What are the best must-read young adult books?

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    #1The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games is the first novel of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins which centers on Katniss Everdeen who volunteers as tribute to replace her younger sister in a game televised and ruled by a dictatorial government.

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    Tomás Olivares
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "i loved the book , more than i did the movie"
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    #2Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.
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    Aaron Reed
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I found The Diary of Anne Frank to be extremely moving. It was heartbreaking to read and identify with someone my own age, who had to go through such a different and terrible experience. Every kid should read this!"
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    #3Little Women

    Little Women

    Little Women is a coming-of-age fiction novel written by Louisa May Alcott. This book follows the story of four teenage sisters living with their mother. The two volumes were consecutively released in 1868 and 1869.

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    Sofía Cervantes
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "A true classic! One of my favorites! In my opinion, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is a great book for young adults to read, because it is a story about four young teenage sisters who were becoming women and enduring a variety of hardships and enjoying exciting adventures in Civil War New England. I really think that a lot of young people can relate to a lot of the feelings and journeys of the four young ladies in the book and gain a greater appreciation for this special stage in life."
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    #4Hush, Hush

    Hush, Hush

    Nora Grey is a smart and good girl and that against all odds, falls for Patch, a classmate with a questionable past. The attraction between the both of them gets stronger as days go by, but his mysterious past makes Nora feel insecure about completely falling for him.

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    Betty Matthews
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I have a confession to make: I'm in my 30s, and I just read this book that's made for young adults. A little embarrassing? Yes. But, I don't care. Hush, Hush was excellent. This would be my favorite book if I were still an emo little teenager! The author will really draw you in and keeps you engaged throughout the story. There's never a lull in the story, and you'll be kept guessing until the end, as this book is far from predictable."
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    #5Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle

    'Howl's Moving Castle' is a fantasy novel written by Diana Wynne Jones which inspired the namesake movie by Hayao Miyazaki. Sophie, the eldest of three daughters, leaves home to seek her fate. A spell transforms her into an old lady: the only chance to break it lies in the Howl's moving castle.

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    Jeremy Hansen
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Having two children and three grandchildren this is one of the best childrens books i have come across. Castles,witches and spells will keep the children engrossed in this fairy tale like story. My grandchildren loved this book. It really does keep the kids attention and they love Sophie. Love it and highly recommend."
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    #6Daughter of Smoke & Bone

    Daughter of Smoke & Bone
    Karou, a young student from Prague, is a half-human half-monster from Elsewhere, a parallel world full of secrets. The gates to Elsewhere are closing, so Karou will have to choose between staying in the real world or dive into the darkness of Elsewhere to find out who she really is. 
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    Angélica Saldaña
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I first read this book when I was just out of high school, about five years ago, and just re-read it last week. The writing is beautiful and the story unique. Who doesn't want to read about a main character raised by a dark and mysterious character. Did I mention the main character is only half human and has to basically save our world as we know as darkness from other worlds start to seep in?"
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    #7The Giver

    The Giver

    The Giver is a book by Lois Lowry that tells the story of Jonas, a boy who lives in a very structured society where everyone has a role. He will soon discover what his role is meant to be, and it will change his life.

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    Hannah May
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "A very thought provoking book that everyone should read"
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    #8The Truth About Forever

    The Truth About Forever
    The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen tells the story of a young girl named Macy who is grieving for her father's loss. Things happen unexpectedly when she meets an artistic and talented boy named Wes. 
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    Kelly Marshall
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Some teenagers can relate to the lead character. It makes them want to keep on reading to see how the story progresses. It is good to get and keep them reading. Always help them by discussing what they are reading."
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    #9Obsidian (Lux)

    Obsidian (Lux)
    Katy Swartz, a seventeen yeard old girl that moved to West Virginia for her last high school year, would have never believed that the hot guy, yet worth of a beat down, living next door was an alien. Daemon and his sister are being attacked by enemies from another galaxy, and he will have to use his powers, like the ability to freeze time, to save them and Katy. 
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    Linda Crawford
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Looking for a good Young Adult book. You should definitly check this one out. What's worse than moving in high school? Moving to West Virginia but what if you move right next door to a super sexy alien? This is a very action packed and page turning thriller but the love affair between Katy and Daemon will have you wanting more. Read in a day because I could not put this down. Wonderfully written."
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    #10Just Listen

    Just Listen
    Just Listen is a book by It tells the story of Annabel from a girl who has everything to a girl who has nothing. Her best friend dumped her, and her sister is anorexic. She feels unwanted. Her life starts to change when she meets a tall, dark and music lover Owen Armstrong.
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    Sean Lewis
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I thought that Just Listen was entertaining and smart. This book seemed to captured all the little crises that a young girl goes through. To a young adult, this book will really speak their language and read almost like a diary. I imagine that it could be seen as a must-read to a teenager. To an older person, I found some of the events comical, horrifying, and educational in equal measure. No matter what age you are, you will enjoy reading this book."
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    #11Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass)

    Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass)

    After serving at the salt mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien has found a way of recovering her freedom: she will have to act has the champion of Prince Dorian in the competition to find a new royal assassin. 

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    Timothy Stevens
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is a very nice book with high ratings. Highly recommend."
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    #12Anna and the French Kiss

    Anna and the French Kiss

    Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins tells the story of Anna, a high school student in Atlanta who is about to embark on her senior year. She has a great best friend, a cool job, and a budding romance when suddenly her father sends her to boarding school in Paris, where she meets Étienne. He is almost perfect but taken... What will happen? Will she find love in Paris and have a true French kiss, or will she go back to her Atlanta sweetheart? 

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    Frances Ramos
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I agree that Anna and the French Kiss is a page-turner for those young at heart. I read Anna and the French Kiss and would say it is a great stress reliever. I think Anna and the French Kiss is the best must-read young adult book."
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    #13Graceling (Graceling Realm)

    Graceling (Graceling Realm)
    Graceling is a book by Kristin Cashore that tells a story about Katsa. She is smart and beautiful who lives in the Seven Kingdoms where people are born with Grace. She was blessed with killing grace but thing changed when she met Po.
     
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    Alan Thompson
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Even though this book is targeted towards a younger crowd I found it to be quite good. I love fantasy books and like to check out new authors. This is the debut book for this author and she did a very good job. I'm eagerly awaiting how she follows this one up. "
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    #14Eleanor & Park

    Eleanor & Park

    Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is a romance novel originally published in 2012. This book won the Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2013 and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Best Fiction Book in 2014.

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    Amy Chen
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "If you have a daughter or a young girl in your life, this is a good book. It doesn't really speak to the male audience but girls seem to like it. My daughter did and so did I. It was a bit sappy and full of angst, but enjoyable."
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    #15Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls)

    Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls)

    Born at Midnight, the first book in C.C. Hunter's Shadow Falls series, is a teenaged Kylie Galen who was sent to a camp in Shadow Falls, and there starts a chaotic love triangle with the half-fae Derek and the werewolf Lucas.

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    Lori Wheeler
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "I got stuck in the car, waiting on my daughter to be done with one of her yoga classes (she said I wasn't allowed inside - to wait - she wanted me to wait around the corner. SIGH. Teenagers). In any case, I read this because she had it in the car. It's really engaging and I can see why it's so popular. Full of excitement, coming of age supernatural experiences. To be honest, if she orders the other books in the series, I might read them first!"
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    #16The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.
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    Patrick Crawford
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I thought the writing was very well done, filled with amazing metaphors and similes. And the narration done from Death's point of view was very interesting because it was so neutral, not at all gruesome. However, the author created the story and environment so real and depressing that I didn't want to finish the book. And that is sad because the story was interesting and the writing very nearly brilliant."
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    #17The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)

    The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)
    The Maze Runner is the first novel in The Maze Runner series written by James Dashner which centers on Thomas who wakes up in the lift and had an amnesia. 

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    Jerry Kelley
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I have really struggled with this review as I wanted SO badly to love this book as I did the first three in the series...but just couldn't! Of course it was well written and the narration was once again excellent but the story completely fell short...for me at least. Having read and LOVED all of the first 3 books in the Maze Runner series, I was hoping that this prequel would provide answers...how, why, when...but I got nothing but chapter after chapter after chapter of survival fight moments that were, at best, repetitive. I felt like very little thought went into this prequel and much of the book revolves around survival battles rather than painting a picture of what caused the sun flares and a believable reason as to why the flare virus was released. ***SPOILERS*** At the very end of the book the small pack of battle survivors discovers one written memo which describes the world government leaders coming together to release the virus as a form of population control in order to conserve resources...yet probably 90% or more of the population had been wiped out by the sun flares and the survivors were existing just fine in separate small settlements and not stealing or bothering anyone else so the idea of the virus being released for population control by the collective world governments was really not believable. If a group of militia had released it to further wipe out the human race and keep all remaining resources for themselves, I could have bought that. Even Alien invasion or mad scientists would have been more believable."
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    #18Looking for Alaska

    Looking for Alaska
    Looking for Alaska is an award-winning young-adult fiction novel by John Green published in 2005. This book follows the story of a boy named Pudge who's obsessed with famous last words and his quirky group of friends. 
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    Jeffrey Gonzalez
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "It was a great read. Very well written"
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    #19Divergent

    Divergent

    Divergent is the first dystopian novel in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth which is set in a post-apocalyptic society divided into five factions where Beatrice Prior has to choose only one to devote her life to.

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    Grace Fisher
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "If you liked the Hunger Games, you're going to love Divergent. Where Hunger Games highlighted a disparity in our societies, Divergent delves into the facets that form our being. What makes you you? And are we clones of our parents or a blend of both? Divergent is a book about kids trying to figure out who they are and where they fit into society. In "Divergent's World", danger lurks if you choose wrong or think outside the box. This was an interesting dystopian novel and there's two more to boot. I think you will enjoy the read."
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    #20The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a book by Stephen Chbosky that tells the story of Charlie. The book revolves around Charlie's writings in his diary. His struggle as a unique teen, trying to live his life happily. 

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    Kenneth Morgan
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I read The Perks of Being Wallflower while I still in highschool, cruising through those dusty halls. When I went through a difficult patch in my life, I would often find myself returning to "The Perks of Being Wallflower." Definitely a must buy book from Amazon! "
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    #21The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
    The Lightning Thief is the first book in Rick Riordan's series Percy Jackson & the Olympians. In this book, Jackson discovers that he's Poseidon's son and must stop a war between the gods by finding the thief who stole Zeus' master bolt. 
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    Angela Gomez
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This entire series is full of twists and turns. It's very engaging and sure to keep yound minds happy and active."
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    #22Anne of Green Gables

    Anne of Green Gables

    Anne of Green Gables is about two old siblings who are still unmarried. They are too old to handle their farm so they decide to adopt a girl that shocked the whole town. The girl has imaginary friends and will encounter problems growing up.

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    Eric Schneider
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This certainly belongs on the list of must-reads for young adults. This helps young adults realize that both males and females are just as capable. These are very uplifting books, especially for young women."
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    #23Kat and Meg Conquer the World

    Kat and Meg Conquer the World
    Kat and Meg Conquer the World is light and feel-good novel for young adults written by Anna Priemaza. It was originally released in November 2017. It is about two girls trying to improve their social skills while completing a science project.
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    Esteban Contreras
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Kat and Meg Conquer the World is a delightful little book. I can't even imagine anyone not enjoying it this book."
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    #24The Black Jacket Mystery (Trixie Belden)

    The Black Jacket Mystery (Trixie Belden)

    The Black Jacket Mystery is a young adult mystery fiction and the eighth book in Trixie Belden series written by Kathryn Kenny. It is first published in 1961. 

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    Yu Gu
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The Black Jacket Mystery (Trixie Belden) is good for young adults, but maybe not for the really younger set as the may not find the material interesting or exhaustive enough for their tastes. It's overall good but there are numerous lackluster reviews so it may not be for everyone."
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    #25Sunset Boulevard (A-List: Hollywood Royalty)

    Sunset Boulevard (A-List: Hollywood Royalty)
    Sunset Boulevard is a young adult contemporary fiction and the second book in A-List: Hollywood Royalty series written by Zoey Dean. This chick lit novel is first published in 2009 by Poppy. 
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    Emily Duan
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Sunset Boulevard is quirky book on how a young starlet can get caught up in the glare of Hollywood. The author has a series on the CW called Privilege which draws a lot of young adult viewers. If you like the show on CW, read this book. "
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    #26Lady of Locksley (My Lady Robin Hood)

    Lady of Locksley (My Lady Robin Hood)

    Lady of Locksley is the first book in Aron Lewis' romance and adventure series, My Lady Robin Hood series. It was first published in 2017. It is one of the most famous retellings of the Robin Hood novel.

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    Paul Lucas
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book is absolutely insane, so many twists and turns. I highly recommend it to anyone who does want to feel on the edge of their seat at times. the ending is somewhat open so I hope it'll be continued."
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    #27The Marshland Mystery (Trixie Belden)

    The Marshland Mystery (Trixie Belden)

    The Marshland Mystery is a young adult mystery fiction and the tenth book in Trixie Belden series written by Kathryn Kenny. It is first published in 1962. 

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    Timothy Fowler
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "As the father of a young adult, I am always looking for books to help them explore new things in life. With The Marshland Mystery (Trixie Belden), I found that this book was a good children's book. But this book is not for young adults, and it is not a must read. "
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    #28Shark Girl

    Shark Girl

    Shark Girl is the first book in the young adult fiction series Shark Girl written by Kelly Bingham which centers on 15-year-old Jane Arrowood who returns to school with her fake arm. 

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    Xiang Feng
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Not related to the movie I found out, but great read nonetheless. It's written in a diary style from the main characters perspective, and gives you a new light and deeper context of events that happen along the way. Read was decent, might check out the next book."
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    #29Hotel Honolulu

    Hotel Honolulu
    Hotel Honolulu is a comedic and light young adult novel written by Paul Theroux. It was released in 2001 and became a New York Times Bestseller. It is about Hotel Honolulu and all the crazy happenings in the hotel.
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    Jeffrey Berry
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "What a colorful and wonderful world written by Paul Theroux. I thoroughly enjoyed this and read it slowly to take in every moment, I loved it. "
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    #30Greta and the Goblin King (Mylena Chronicles)

    Greta and the Goblin King (Mylena Chronicles)

    Greta and the Goblin King is the first book in the young adult fantasy series Mylena Chronicles written by Chloe Jacobs which centers on Greta who was thrown into a portal to Mylena and now has to become a bounty hunter to survive. 

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    Daniel Lewis
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This was fun read all the way through, especially since the protagonist is actually pretty terrible at her job at first. The entire book is mixture of light hearted with a serious overtone and is far superior to others of it's type such as Narnia due to the (happily) missing christian overtones."
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    #31The Screech Owls' Home Loss

    The Screech Owls' Home Loss

    The Screech Owls' Home Loss is a young adult mystery fiction and the eighth book in Screech Owls series written by Roy MacGregor. It is first published in 1998. 

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    Liliana Cervantes
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Great story for young readers around middle school age who enjoy sports. The Screech Owls are a hockey team that go through some tough times when a teammate faces some personal challenges. There are other books in this series as well, so it's a nice place to get your child interested in reading a series."
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    #32Ice Dancing

    Ice Dancing

    Ice Dancing is a young adult fiction written by Nicholas Walker. Published in 1994 by Scholastic, Ice Dancing focuses on the story of Samantha, an ice-skater who's determined to win the gold medal in ice dancing.

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    Barbara Peters
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Ice Dancing is a young adult fiction written by Nicholas Walker on the story of Samantha, an ice-skater who's determined to win the gold medal in ice dancing."
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    #33Igorotdo

    Igorotdo
    Igorotdo: The Enlightened Warrior Within is a Filipino fiction novel written by Rexcrisanto Delson. This book is about ethnic heritage and it is first published in 2011. 
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    Henry Perry
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This book really touched me as the child of immigrants. The young kid Igorotdo is an indigenous person from the Philippines moved to America. I loved how much he wanted to maintain his heritage while still wanting to be a “real” American. I loved this book."
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    #34Heat

    Heat

    Heat is a young adult fiction novel written by Mike Lupica which centers on 12-year-old Cuban immigrant Michael Arroyo dreaming of playing on the Little League World Series.   

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    Edward Wade
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I bought this book for my grandson who loves reading books about baseball. It is a novel written by a famous writer. My grandson has not read it yet but he says he will soon. He said it looks like a good story. Recommend!"
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    #35Meanwhile

    Meanwhile

    Meanwhile: Pick Any Path is a young adult science fiction children's graphic novel written by Jason Shiga. It is first published in 2010 by Harry N. Abrams. 

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    Angélica Arreola
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Young adult literature is important to encourage young readers. Meanwhile by Harry Abrams is a good science fiction attempt at keeping youth interested."
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    #36The November Girl

    The November Girl

    The November Girl is a romantic fantasy and adventure novel written for young adults written by Lydia Kang. It was originally published in November 2017. It is about a magical teenage girl who fell in love with a runaway boy.

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    Edward Cole
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The November Girl is a young adult fantasy and adventure story about magic and love. I found the characters to be well written and developed. If you're looking for a nice story with a touch of magic, this might be the book for you."
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    #37Back in Black (A-List)

    Back in Black (A-List)

    Back in Black is a young adult fiction and the fifth book in A-List series written by Zoey Dean. This chick lit novel is first published in 2005 by Little Brown & Co. 

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    Israel Rocha
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Back in black is the world-burner in this series. the A list is a terrific character based series. It's all about the drama, and it's never been higher stakes than this book. Really, the author can't write these fast enough for me. I love them so much. Great for young adult readers of all ages. "
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    #38The Graduation of Jake Moon

    The Graduation of Jake Moon

    The Graduation of Jake Moon is a standalone realistic fiction novel written by Barbara Park which follows on Jake Moon whose grandfather named Skelly has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. 

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    #39No Saints in Kansas

    No Saints in Kansas

    No Saints in Kansas is a thrilling, fast-paced historical fiction for young adults written by Amy Brashear. It is a retelling of the brutal murders that inspired Truman Capote's story, In Cold Blood. It was published in 2017.

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    Raúl Contreras
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I own this book and for some reason, I am just not connecting with it. Maybe it's because the author has chosen to impugn the reputation of a dead teen girl. I have strong doubts about finishing."
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    #40From Somalia with Love

    From Somalia with Love
    From Somalia with Love is a young adult realist fiction written by Na'ima B. Robert. This children's' cultural fiction book is first published in 2008. 
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    Linda Watkins
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I got this for my kids to learn about what it fells like to be an immigrant . They both loved it and have passed it around to their friends who also loved it. It is a first hand look which makes it all the more enjoyable and believable. How difficult war is on children is important for children to learn also. Highly recommend."
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    #41Podium Finish

    Podium Finish
    Podium Finish is a young adult contemporary romance fiction novel written by Beth Pond. This sports romance book is first published in 2013 by Astraea Press. 
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    Gerald Wilson
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Podium Finish bored my daughter, for whom I bought it. I used this as an opportunity to give her some experience in literary criticism, asking her what she didn't like about it. She told me that it was indecisive, in a sense - not sure if it was a sports drama or a romance. The characters were uninteresting and one-sided, and the tension therefore fell flat. I'll give it some points for this literary lesson...but still, avoid the book."
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    #42Grief is the Thing with Feathers

    Grief is the Thing with Feathers

    Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter is a literary fiction novel published in 2015. This book was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. It tells the story of two siblings dealing with the recent death of their mother.

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    Bob Sun
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This novel attracts all aged person. "
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    #43Round Ireland with a Fridge

    Round Ireland with a Fridge

    Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks is a comedic and travel literature novel originally published in 1998. This book tells the story of Hawks attempt to win a bet of hitchhiking around Ireland with a fridge.

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    Kenneth Clark
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This odd sounding title is actually a great adventure read. Tony travels around Ireland with his fridge and by doing so is involved in a number of different scenarios. This fun story will keep you invested and entertained till its end. "
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    #44Obsidio (The Illuminae Files)

    Obsidio (The Illuminae Files)

    Obsidio is a young adult science fiction and the third book in The Illuminae Files written by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It is published in 2018 by Knopf Books for Young Readers.

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    Jordan Rose
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book is fantastic, it describes a very unique story, it absorbs you inside the story, you will read every page of this book being surprised on the situations and the characters described on it, and i am sure you will love this book as i did. "
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    #45With You and Without You

    With You and Without You

    With You and Without You is a young adult fiction book written by Ann M. Martin. It is first published in 1986 by Scholastic. 

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    Mildred Soto
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I read this book years ago when I was younger and enjoyed it. The story does get you a bit emotional and you should probably read it when you're in a good mood. "
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    #46Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin)

    Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin)

    Grave Mercy is a young adult fantasy romance and the first book in His Fair Assassin series written by Robin LaFevers. It is first in 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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    Samantha Little
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I am usually not a fan of fantasy romance novels but I think this was a great read and my daughter loved it even more. A medieval setting makes it an interesting read and a must-read for young adults. "
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    #47Lighthouse Island

    Lighthouse Island

    Lighthouse Island: A Novel is a dystopic, dramatic romance and adventure novel for young adults written by award-winning author Paulette Jiles. It was originally released in July 2014. It is about an orphan looking for paradise in a destroyed world.

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    Bob Ma
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Amazing writing. The theme might not be for everyone but her writing is so good you can usually look past the genre of a book. Worth the read if you like reading."
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    #48The Alpha Bet

    The Alpha Bet

    The Alpha Bet is a young adult contemporary realistic fiction written by Stephanie Hale. It is first published in 2010 by Flux. 

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    Phillip Martin
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This is the classic nerd girl in college becomes cool story. This was a terrible read whiny lead with unrealistic situations. There are better young adult books to read stay away from this one!"
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    #49Freaky Friday

    Freaky Friday

    Freaky Friday is the first book in the young adult fiction series Andrews Family written by Mary Rodgers which centers on Annabell and her mother. This has been adapted into a film by Disney.

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    Jessica Romero
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Those who love the movies will probably enjoy this. Its message, unlike in the movies, is derived from the mother's wish for her daughter to better understand her, and it is told from the perspective of the daughter, so can provide some interesting lessons about what qualities adult women might wish to possess."
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    #50A Little Princess

    A Little Princess

    A Little Princess is a classic young adult novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett which centers on little girl Sara who's father spends too much to fulfill her wishes but something horrible happens leaving her to deal with horrible circumstances. 

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    Denise Moore
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This book is so easy to read it makes me question if it was meant for young adults and not children. It's trite and doesn't offer anything new. Meh."
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    #51The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland

    The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland

    The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane is a young adult fiction novel originally published in December 2016. This book tells the story of Zander Osborne and her belief in the existence of "nowhere".

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    Shirley Kelley
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Although I am an adult, I was able to relate to a lot of things in the book because of my past. I wasn't complete engrossed in the book and the ending was predictable, but this story is worth reading and probably should have been a series of books."
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    #52Everybody Sees the Ants

    Everybody Sees the Ants

    Everybody Sees the Ants is a standalone realistic fiction novel written by A.S. King which centers on the life of Lucky Linderman who feels his life is so unfortunate but he has a secret. 

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    Megan Guerrero
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I had never heard of this book before. I'm happy I found it, it's a good book."
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    #53Made You Up

    Made You Up

    Made You Up is a young adult novel written by Francesca Zappia which centers on Alex diagnosed with schizophrenia as she tries to fight and distinguish the difference between the reality and delusion. 

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    Roger Brooks
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "the book is great for young adults. it takes us into the world of Alex."
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    #54Chains

    Chains
    Chains is a book by Laurie Halse Anderson that tells the story of Isabel Wages. They are slaves owned by a cruel couple who does not care about the freedom of slaves. They will fight for their rights and win their freedom.  
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    #55A Fine Line (The Line)

    A Fine Line (The Line)

    A Fine Line is the second book in the young adult contemporary romance series The Line written by Courtney Brandt which continues the story of Lucy Karate who is now a senior student and wants to be the drum line of her Forrest Hills High School. 

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    Gloria Smith
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I needed a good must-read young adult book. I found A Fine Line (The Line) by Courtney Brandt. It continues the story of Lucy Karate. She's now a senior student at Forrest Hills High School and wants to be the drum line. It's a very riveting story with great characters and a great story. Love it!"
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    #56I Love You, Stupid

    I Love You, Stupid

    I Love You, Stupid! is a standalone young adult fiction novel written by Harry Mazer which follows the love story between Marcus and Wendy Barrett.

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    Keith Garza
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I Love You, Stupid by Mazer should be among the best of the must-read young adult books out there. Mazer's style is engaging and the world he writes about leaps from the pages. A must read for sure."
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    #57The End of the Tether

    The End of the Tether

    The End of the Tether is a book by Joseph Conrad that tells the story of an old man's rite of passage. He elaborates how the life of man will end and how his sea of stories will be forgotten. 

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    Aaron Murray
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "The excelling part of this experience for me is the advanced and sophisticated use of English language by an author who is Polish and English is not his first language. I am really thrilled with his talent and achievement in his works. In this book, he vehemently pictures the life transformation of an old man going through existential crisis and how he decides to go through. To me this is very distinctive and fascinating, as in our society, the perception is mostly based on mid-life existential crisis, and once you are past that point, you have already figured out your life purpose. But Conrad, takes this pre-conceived notion to the edge and challenges it. "
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    #58The Sand Child

    The Sand Child

    The Sand Child is a light comedy novel but with deep messages for young adults. It was written by Tahar Ben Jelloun and translated by Alan Sheridan. It is about a girl raised as a boy due to his father's wish of having a son among his eight kids.

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    Kenneth Black
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "It was about the message about the girl fo it"
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    #59The Alchemyst (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel)

    The Alchemyst (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel)
    The Alchemyst is the first book in Michael Scott's fantasy and magical realism series for pre-teens and young adults, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. It was first published in 2007 and has been translated into 20 languages in 37 countries.
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    Gregory May
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "One of the best must-read young adult books is The Alchemyst. It deals with fantasy and magical realism series for pre-teens and young adults that do to its twists and turns will make them want to read more."
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    #60Pretty Little Liars

    Pretty Little Liars

    Pretty Little Liars is a young adult contemporary mystery fiction written by Sara Shepard. it is first published in 2006 by Harper Collins Publishers. 

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    Rosa María Alvarado
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Great books! You get sucked in immediately and even as an adult, might finish this in one day. My tween thought these books were amazing, I imagine it's like a kid version of Dynasty or Dallas."
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    #61Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha)

    Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha)

    Children of Blood and Bone is a young adult fantasy fiction and the first book in Legacy of Orisha series written by Tomi Adeyemi. It is published in 2018 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers.

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    Roy Medina
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The first book of a 2 part series, I really enjoyed this, It had many moments that made me curious, and I could really feel emotions while reading this. I would recommend it to anyone including adults to read this book. Even friends and family who I told about this said that they enjoyed it."
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    #62Sky in the Deep

    Sky in the Deep

    Sky in the Deep is a young adult fantasy novel written by Adrienne Young. It will be published in April 2018 by Wednesday Books. 

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    Parakram Rangan
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I just finished reading this book. I think I will read it again because the story is that good."
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    #63The Mystery of the Whispering Mummy (The Three Investigators)

    The Mystery of the Whispering Mummy (The Three Investigators)

    The Mystery of the Whispering Mummy is a young adult mystery fiction and the third book in The Three Investigators series written by Robert Arthur. It is first published in 1965.

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    Alan Medina
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "this actually is another book my son has. he reads it a lot and says its a good series and says its one of his favorites"
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    #64You Had Me At Hello

    You Had Me At Hello
    You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane is a young adult chick lit fiction novel about how the relationship of Rachel and Ben fell apart. This book is the first in the You Had Me At Hello series.

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    Crystal Rodriguez
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "This is a nice run of the mill book. It is kind of sad but ends predictably. "
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    #65Bewitching (Kendra Chronicles)

    Bewitching (Kendra Chronicles)

    Bewitching is a  young adult fantasy romance fiction and the second book in Kendra Chronicles series written by Alex Flinn. It is published in 2012 by HarperTeen. 

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    Johnny Brooks
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This I know will be a great read."
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    #66The Mystery of the Fiery Eye (The Three Investigators)

    The Mystery of the Fiery Eye (The Three Investigators)

    The Mystery of the Fiery Eye is a young adult mystery fiction and the seventh book in The Three Investigators series written by Robert Arthur. It is published in 1967. 

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    Cheshta Gavde
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Who doesn't love a good mystery? I do that's for sure. I love this book, its a great book not only for teens but also for mystery loving adults."
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    #67The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a young adult contemporary fiction and the first book in Sisterhood series written by Ann Brashares. It is first published in 2001.  
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    Wayne Nichols
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Great for young adults. Very contemporary angle. My 16 year old daughter couldn't put it down, and neither could I!"
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    #68The Gatehouse Mystery (Trixie Belden)

    The Gatehouse Mystery (Trixie Belden)

    The Gatehouse Mystery is a young adult mystery fiction and the third book in Trixie Belden series written by Julie Campbell. It is first published in 1951. 

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    Marie Ross
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I love a mystery story. Keeps me engaged and thinking what would happen next , how would this unfold. I recently read The Gatehouse Mystery (Trixie Belden). It does not disappoint at all. Would go back and read it again in a heartbeat."
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    #69The Secret of the Crooked Cat (The Three Investigators)

    The Secret of the Crooked Cat (The Three Investigators)

    The Secret of the Crooked Cat is a young adult mystery fiction and the thirteenth book in The Three Investigators series written by Robert Arthur. It is first published in 1970. 

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    Janet Adams
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "The Secret of the Crooked Cat by Robert Arthur is an interesting mystery book for young adults. I like the The Three Investigators series overall and this one doesn't disappoint. While it is geared toward young adult readers, other adults would enjoy it also (especially those who love a good mystery)."
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    #70Here We Are Now

    Here We Are Now

    Here We Are Now is a coming-of-age romantic novel for young adults written by Jasmine Waga. It was originally published in November 2017. It is about a young lady trying to find his father and grandfather with the help of an indie rock star.

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    Tiffany Snyder
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Tal has a pain of never having known her father. Her mother won't say a word about who her dad was. Tal finds a box full of old letters from Julian Oliver, the indie rock star. Then one day Julian shows up at her doorstep, he asks her to go on a trip with him to meet her family and to say good-bye to her grandfather who is dying."
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    #71Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks

    Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks

    Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle is a contemporary romantic fiction for young adults. This book was published in 2009. This book is about breaking the norms of living with wealth and privilege.

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    Jose Kim
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "A great read for young adults. A truly heart warming tale."
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    #72The Thief Lord

    The Thief Lord

    The Thief Lord is a young adult novel written by Cornelia Funke which follows the story of brothers who have run away to Venice and end up in the company of a group of juvenile thieves.  

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    Frank Jones
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke is a fast paced action adventure that takes place in Venice. The Thief Lord has characters that are charming and witty as they deal with looming danger. I found this to be an absorbing and compelling read even though I bought it for my granddaughter."
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    #73We Are All Made of Molecules

    We Are All Made of Molecules
    We Are All Made of Molecules is a young adult novel by Susin Nielsen. It tells the story of Stewart and Ashley, two teenagers who become step-sibling through the marriage of their parents. 

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    Sophia Lai
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "One of my favorite books of the year so far, for sure! It was just so well written, so perfect. I loved all the main characters, even ashley (by the end of the book). It was a great book about making blended families work, about how everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, and about learning to love and accept each other for who you/they really are. So good."
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    #74Pretty Girl-13

    Pretty Girl-13

    Pretty Girl-13 is a standalone young adult fiction novel written by Liz Coley which centers on a 13-year-old Angela Gracie Chapman who is trying to find out her identity after she finds out she has been kidnapped and captive.

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    Sara Bradley
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Very interesting and powerful tale of one young girls' strength after surviving incredible abuse. The character Angela is realistic and so is her story. Very hard to put down. You want to keep reading to find out what happens next. I highly recommend this for all ages , unless you are highly sensitive to abuse. The strength of this girl's character is very moving and empowering."
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    #75Before I Let Go

    Before I Let Go

    Before I Let Go is a New York Times bestseller book written by Marieke Nijkamp and it was published in January 2018. This young adult fiction novel tells the tragic story of Corey and Kyra - friends separated by death.

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    Jesse Fisher
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This book had me torn up for weeks. I absolutely love this style of writing and it really fits in with the young adult genre!"
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    #76Dairy Queen

    Dairy Queen

    Dairy Queen is a young adult football romance novel by Catherin Gilbert Murdock. It tells the story of D.J. Schwenk, who tries to balance her chores at her family's farm, her social life, and her duties at the football team.

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    Arnav Das
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "not a must read but good reviews"
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    #77Fatal Dose

    Fatal Dose

    Fatal Dose is a mystery-thriller fiction written by Russell Atkinson. Originally published in 2013, it is the third book in the Cliff Knowles series.

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    Brian Knight
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Good scifi-ish book. Great characters and the plot is something new."
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    #78The Secret of a Heart Note

    The Secret of a Heart Note

    The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacet Lee is a young adult fiction and romance novel originally published in December 2016. This book tells the story of a teen girl and her extremely accurate sense of smell.

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    Carl Murray
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is a brilliant coming of age novel that anyone who has ever been a young person will relate to. This is one of the most whimsical, fun, positive young adult novels I have read in years. The text contains diverse characters and wonderful moments. Recommended."
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    #79As You Wish

    As You Wish

    As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti is a young adult fiction book originally published in January 2018. This book follows the small town of Madison hidden in the midst of the desert and nothingness as its secrets slowly unfold.

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    Roger Williams
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "a good read for teens to enjoy"
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    #80The Secret of NIMH

    The Secret of NIMH

    The Secret of NIMH is a classic young adult and the first book in Rats of Nimh series written by Robert O'Brien. It is first published in 1971 by Scholastic Paperbacks. 

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    Lauren Watson
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The book itself was amazing. The only negative I have for this book is the cover. The cover really makes this book look bad when it is in fact not. It is certainly one you will read more than once! "

Summary

Best What are the best must-read young adult books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Hunger GamesBooks 26 Paid
2Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 24 Paid
3Little WomenBooks 23 Paid
4Hush, HushBooks 21 Paid
5Howl's Moving CastleBooks 20 Paid
6Daughter of Smoke & Bone Books 19 Paid
7The GiverBooks 18 Paid
8The Truth About ForeverBooks 18 Paid
9Obsidian (Lux)Books 16 Paid
10Just ListenBooks 15 Paid
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