What are the best short young-adult novels?

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    #1The 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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    Teresa Domínguez
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I enjoyed this book, I guess you could say it was short, it depends on your definition of short. I thought the main character was very relateable for a lot of kids in high school. I think there are a lot of people that can identify with him. I thought it was very touching and moving, and I would read it again."
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    #2Looking 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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    Ai Feng
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I read this a few years back and just picked it up again. At the time I wasn't too excited about it but reading it again now that I'm a little older I can really begin to relate to the characters in a way I wasn't able to before. I recommend picking this up if you like young-adult stories, it's really great."
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    #3Two Boys Kissing

    Two Boys Kissing
    Two Boys Kissing is a book by David Levithan that tells a story about two teenagers named Harry and Craig. They joined a 32-hour marathon of kissing for a world record, but as they are doing it they and the viewers will realize something about identity. 

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    Arjun Bose
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "Two Boys Kissing was an interesting young adult novel. The story is pretty good and the lessons learned in the book are relevant."
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    #4An Abundance of Katherines

    An Abundance of Katherines
    An Abundance of Katherines is an intriguing romance book about Colin Singleton, who was dumped by 19 different girls all named Katherine. In this book, John Green details Colin's attempt to break the curse.

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    Esteban Toledo
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "The attempt to break the curse are very fun to read here. The is an intriguing romance book and I expect everyone to try it out. "
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    #5The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    Bruno returns home after a school day in the Berlin of 1942, when he discovers that his family should move to another house close to a tall fence where he can see strange people in the distance. Bruno discovers there a desolate place where he'll make a friendship, with devastating consequences. 


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    Alice Alexander
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "It is set in 1942 during World War II. The main character is a young boy and you follow him throughout the story. It was quite fascinating. I have read a few times and would read again."
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    #6Girl, Stolen

    Girl, Stolen

    Girl, Stolen: A Novel by mystery and thriller author April Henry is the story of a Cheyenne, a blind 16-year-old, who was kidnapped and held for ransom. To get out alive, she must outwit her captors.


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    Josefina Olvera
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Girl, Stolen is a great dramatic crime story. The story is really interesting about a blind girl who is kidnapped and held for ransom. This thriller takes many twists and turns as it wields a tale of demented perversion. I really enjoyed the book and found that I want to read it again and again."
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    #7Warm Bodies

    Warm Bodies
    This genre-defying book stars 'R', a zombie that is somehow different to all the other zombies. He meets Julie, a girl that will color his grey life, and instead of eating her, all he wants to do is protect her. 'R' will get tired of the zombie life: he wants to live, and Julie will help him.


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    Kelly Chapman
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Author Issac Marion has married two unlikely concepts in this book -- zombies and young love -- and the result is the "can't-put-it-down" romantic tale of "R" and Julie that will delight adolescent horror and romantic fans alike."
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    #8How They Met, and Other Stories

    How They Met, and Other Stories

    How They Met, and Other Stories by David Levithan includes various short stories about love and the kinds of love and how love becomes addictive and at the same time a beautiful thing.


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    Roger Woods
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "This is a rather interesting book with a nice ending. It is about romance, and has some beautiful writings."
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    #9Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks)

    Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks)

    Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally is the third book in the Hundred Oaks series. It tells the story of Parker Shelton who has everything but who also wants to change her life into something new.


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    Julie Hall
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "A short read that I purchased for my daughter. She enjoyed it and I skimmed it first to make sure it was age appropriate. A good story and character development. No issues of it incorporating adult themes it was just fine. Kept her attention and any books that do that are great."
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    #10The Midwife's Apprentice

    The Midwife's Apprentice
    The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman is about Brat who meets Jane to become her apprentice. While helping out Jane in delivering babies, Brat starts to become confident and wants to have a purpose in life.


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    Rakesh Khan
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "Karen Cushman writes in a way that is enjoyable and involving, but also educational. I recommend her books because of their historical perspective, and they are a good way to make learning a little history enjoyable for young adults. Not only that, but I am an old adult, and I think they are fun. "
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    #11Moon at Nine

    Moon at Nine
    Moon at Nine is a historical romance fiction book authored by Deborah Ellis and was published on April 1, 2014 by Pajama Press. It follows the story of a young woman born to an aristocratic family.

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    Olivia Sims
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Moon at Nine is a very good book and most young adults will enjoy it. It has to deal with LGBT issues back in Iran in the 1980's. Iran is not as liberal as other parts of the world when it comes to Lesbian/Gay issues so the main character, Ferrin, has a difficult time. This book chronicles her trials and tribulations. I really enjoyed the book."
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    #12The Truth About Alice

    The Truth About Alice

    The Truth About Alice is a young adult fiction novel written by Jennifer Mathieu. It tells the story of a high school student named Alice who has a bad reputation in her school because of bad rumors.


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    Rachel Crawford
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This book took me on a ride and helped me see how not everything is as it seems. We follow Alice, a teen in high school who is bullied because of rumors that may or may not be true. Not everything is as it seems and through the story we really get to see how viscous the spread of rumors can be and how it can effect another person's life. "
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    #13Boy Meets Boy

    Boy Meets Boy

    Boy Meets Boy is a 2003 young adult novel by David Leviathan. It follows the life of Paul, a gay teenage boy and his group of quirky, LGBT friends as they traverse the perils of young love in LGBT-friendly New Jersey.


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    Amit Nair
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "I had never read a LGBT focused story in my life so this was enlightening. The author treated the subject matter with grace and respect. Though the story lagged in some parts, it was very touching and interesting overall. "
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    #14Mahtab's Story

    Mahtab's Story

    Mahtab's Story by Libby Gleeson tells the life of Mahtab after leaving home to Pakistan. She is to start a new life with her family except for her father whom she believes is already dead. This story also portrays the life of refugees.


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    Christian Vargas
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "Mahtab's Story is one of the best short young-adult novels. It gives kids a little insight as to what like in Pakistan is like and how refugees live. It is a great book for a young teen to read to gain a little more worldly view and gain some empathy."
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    #15The Cardinal of the Kremlin

    The Cardinal of the Kremlin
    The Cardinal of Kremlin is a novel about the clash of the Soviet Union and the United States. When a US spy spilled the plans of the Soviet in building a massive-laser-defense system. To gather more information, the US send their Cardinal to do the work.

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    John Reed
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "The Cardinal of the Kremlin is another of the Jack Ryan series of novels. I have read all of the Jack Ryan novels to date and this is one of my favorite. This book is a good representation of the series which makes it a good place to start your journey into this world."
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    #16Love's Autograph

    Love's Autograph

    Love's Autograph is a lesbian romance book by Michelle Reynolds that tells the story of a lesbian rock star. She is trying to find love and she may find one in an unexpected way. 


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    Amber Washington
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This book is excellent. It is not necessarily aimed at the young adult audience but there are elements of it that would appeal to them. Themes of love and family and finding yourself ring true and loud in this book making it appeal to young adults but the idea of adulthood and lesbianism are aimed more towards adults."
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    #17Ways to Live Forever

    Ways to Live Forever

    Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nichols is a children's literature novel first published in 2008. This diary book follows the compelling story of Sam, an 11-year-old boy suffering from leukemia.


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    Carl Harvey
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "Ways to Live Forever is both sad and uplifting. It is well written, with a good story and interesting characters. It has a very realistic feel, and I found it very moving. The story has a good message and I think people of all ages will get something out of it."
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    #18Marubhoomikal Undaakunnathu

    Marubhoomikal Undaakunnathu

    Marubhoomikal Undaakunnathu is a book by Anand that tells the story of a labor officer who works in the desert. He works hard for a living even if life in the desert is hard. 


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    Joy Kang
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "A beautiful and inspiring book that my neighbor's son truly enjoyed reading. It's the perfect book for young adults who are not quite ready for adult novels. It's great for those long car rides or even to just curl up with a book on a rainy day."
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    #19The Refugees

    The Refugees
    The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen is a short story collection novel originally published in February 2017 by Grove Atlantic. This is the first book Nguyen has written since he won the Pulitzer Prize.

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    #20An outcast of the Islands

    An outcast of the Islands

    An outcast of the Islands is a book by Joseph Conrad that tells the story of Willems. He was left by his fellow Europeans on a deserted island in the Malayan Island and this is the story of his struggle. 


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    Johnny Hanson
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "I could really relate to the characters in this story and the plot kept me guessing the whole time. I could re-read this a bunch of times. "
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    #21Padmarajan (Malayalam Edition)

    Padmarajan (Malayalam Edition)

    Padmarajan is a book by Padmarajan that tells the story of a father. His struggles, his love for his daughter and the other things that bother him. 


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    Lisa Allen
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "Not sure this one would be the best choice for short young-adult novels. There are so many books to choose from. I'd find another one other than this one."
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    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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    Marilyn Sanders
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I believe that Chains, which is a book by Laurie Halse Anderson, is a very good short young-adult novel, because it can be read and understood by children as young as 10 years old and is easy for young people to read and understand. "
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    #23Under Western Eyes

    Under Western Eyes

    Under Western Eyes is a book by Joseph Conrad that tells the story of Razumov. He is an orphan and he did not know who his parents were. His story was being told be a professor in the present and he shares all of Razumov's great words and acts.


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    Paul Stevens
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "This is a very interesting read by Joseph Conrad detailing the history of events that happened before the Russian revolution. This book is easy to read and understand the undertones. A highly recommended read."
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    #24The 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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    Angel Trivedi
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "This book is an easy read for perhaps a shorter roadtrip. The story telling stands the test of time, and you will be thinking about the story for a while afterwards, it's got some deeper stuff. Plan to need a mood pickup when done reading, though!"
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    #25The Code Of The Woosters

    The Code Of The Woosters

    The Code Of The Woosters is a book by P.G Wodehouse that tells the story of Bertie Wooster. His Aunt will order him to steal from an antique shop. He will the meet a collector that and his adventure will go from calm to complicated. 


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    Amanda Alvarado
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "I wanted something light and funny to read in between reading my murder mysteries. Someone recommended this book and I'm so glad they did. I actually laughed out loud a few times while reading it which is rare for me when reading. I highly recommend giving this a shot."
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    #26Come Juneteenth

    Come Juneteenth
    Come Juneteenth is a book by Ann Rinaldi that tells the story of Sis Goose. She is a slave that was loved dearly by the family she serves, but she will discover a secret that will ruin her relationship with the family.  

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    José Antonio Camacho
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is a good read about a young girl facing a moral question. What do you do when you know a secret that is hurting others, but you have sworn to keep secret to those closest to you? Although a work of fiction, the scenario is very plausible and realistic. Dealing with issues of slavery and truth, the book make me pose the question of how i would react in a similar situation. A very intriguing read."
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    Chance is a book Joseph Conrad that tackled different social issues using his heroine protagonist. In this book, he mentioned and elaborated issues like feminism and financial status between man and woman. 


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    Justin Mason
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "seems okay but i would not say the best"
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    #28Numbering All the Bones

    Numbering All the Bones

    Numbering All the Bones is a book by Ann Rinaldi that tells the story of Civil War. The siblings Eulinda and Zeke were separated because Zeke was sold as a slave. She will fight for her life alone. 


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    Betty Porter
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I love historical fiction. And since I had ancestors fighting on both sides, I love reading about the Civil War. This story is a compelling tug on the heartstrings. "
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    #29Dari Datuk ke Sakura Emas (Indonesian Edition)

    Dari Datuk ke Sakura Emas (Indonesian Edition)

    Dari Datuk ke Sakura Emas is a book by Clara Ng that tells the story of a Datu who only wants to dedicate his self to his tribe. But as he is about to lead a customary ceremony, he will end up on a mission that will risk his position. 


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    James Richardson
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "This novel follows the story of a, Dari Datuk. As the story unfolds it is reveal that there are major life milestones that Datu must choice from. On one hand his tribe and on the other the love of his life. This book follows cultural fiction line."
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    #30A Summer to Die

    A Summer to Die
    A Summer to Die is a young adult fictio nnovel written by Lois Lowry and was illustrated by Jenni Oliver. This book was originally published in 1977. It tells the story of Meg and her father who resigned from his work to write a book.

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    Lidia Núñez
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Meg isn't thrilled when she gets stuck sharing a bedroom with her older sister Molly. The two of them couldn't be more different, and it's hard for Meg to hide her resentment of Molly's beauty and easy popularity. But now that the family has moved to a small house in the country, Meg has a lot to accept. Just as the sisters begin to adjust to their new home, Meg feels that Molly is starting up again by being a real nuisance. But Molly's constant grouchiness, changing appearance, and other complaints are not just part of a new mood. And the day Molly is rushed to the hospital, Meg has to accept that there is something terribly wrong with her sister. That's the day Meg's world changes forever. Is it too late for Meg to show what she really feels?"


Best What are the best short young-adult novels
1The Perks of Being a WallflowerBooks 48 Paid
2Looking for AlaskaBooks 43 Paid
3Two Boys KissingBooks 40 Paid
4An Abundance of KatherinesBooks 38 Paid
5The Boy in the Striped PajamasBooks 33 Paid
6Girl, StolenBooks 33 Paid
7Warm BodiesBooks 29 Paid
8How They Met, and Other StoriesBooks 27 Paid
9Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks)Books 25 Paid
10The Midwife's ApprenticeBooks 24 Paid

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