What are the best young adult diary novels?

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    #1Go Ask Alice

    Go Ask Alice

    Anonymously written, Go Ask Alice is a diary—which may be real or fictional— of a teenage girl who got sucked into a drug-filled world. This book chronicles her descent into addiction, as she takes to drugs to escape real life.

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    Samuel Macías
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This book is really good for young adults to read, especially if they are struggling with peer pressure and being around drugs. It's a classic cautionary tale that every kid should read, if only to deter them from that path."
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    #2Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man

    Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man

    Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man is bestselling author Fannie Flagg's high-spirited first novel. It takes readers through sassy and irreverent Daisy Fay Harper's formative years on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.

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    Lawrence Snyder
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "From what I can tell this is sort of a coming of age book about a girl traveling around the Gulf of Mississippi. A fun book for some people, but too ordinary for me."
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    #3I Capture the Castle

    I Capture the Castle

    I Capture the Castle is a novel by Dodie Smith that tells the story of the Mortmain family through the eyes of Cassandra. Through poverty and the dawn of first love, Cassandra writes down her experiences in her journal.

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    Willie Barrett
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This book is near perfect. Why haven't I read it before? I don't normally love first person narration because you're in one characters head and if the character is annoying you're stuck. Cassandra is not annoying; she's an amazing narrator. Fans of pride and prejudice, Jane Eyre, and the great Gatsby, this book is for you! "
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    #4The 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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    #5The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is an award-winning young adult novel by Sherman Alexie. It tells the story of Junior, a Spokane Indian who left the reservation to go to an all-white high school.


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    Scott Newman
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book was an education for me. I know it is fiction, but the ideas presented were very unfamiliar to me. I never knew any Native Americans growing up, so this story introduced me to some concepts about young Indians and the issues they go through. I think this book will be enjoyed by all ethnicities, as it brings up some thought-provoking ideas on growing up different or similar from kids around you."
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    #6Diary of a Wimpy Kid

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid
    Diary of a Wimpy Kid is the first book in the young adult series Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney which centers on Greg Heffley starting his new school year at a middle school. 
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    Jesse Porter
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "My kids love this book so I decided to give it a read. I have to say that I really enjoyed it. I read it in one sitting, very easy read. I highly recommend for adults as well as kids!"
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    #7Catherine, Called Birdy

    Catherine, Called Birdy

    Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman is a children's fiction book about a protagonist who was forced to marry a man she does not love. This book was originally published in 1994.

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    Craig Coleman
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This is an amazing story about Catherine who has a strong will and opposes the social norms of her time. This story is applicable to today in an age where gender equality is constantly being challenged. "
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    #8A Desperate Road to Freedom

    A Desperate Road to Freedom

    A Desperate Road to Freedom is a book written by Karleen Bradford that tells the story of Julia May. They are slaves of a tobacco farm and they fled for their freedom. This book is her diary and it tells all the challenges she faced. 

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    Victoria Hunter
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Have you ever wondered about the burdens of freedom and if we all are really free?! This book has a very interesting view of it. Try to read it."
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    #9Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey

    Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey
    Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey is a speculative fiction novel written by Margaret Peterson Haddix. This book was first published in 1996 by Simon Pulse. It follows the story of Tish Bonner writing her daily journal entries.
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    Phillip Webb
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book was a gift for my teenage daughter and I think she had to do a book report on it if I remember correctly. I know my daughter could relate heavily because she also keeps a diary that she would be devastated if anyone read. Once she finished the book she thanked me and said it was probably her favorite book she's read so far this year."
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    #10Flowers for Algernon

    Flowers for Algernon
    Flowers for Algernon is a novel written by Daniel Keyes. It tells the story of Charlie, who agrees to be a human subject for an experimental brain operation, following the success of the operation on Algernon, a white mouse.
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    Victoria Medina
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Following the same successful surgery on a mouse, Charlie agrees to be the guinea pig. It turns him into a genius. But not everything is ok in his world. read the book to find out what happens."
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    #11The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4

    The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4

    The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 is a novel by Sue Townsend. Published by HarperTeen on August 14, 2003, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 tells the story of Adrian Mole's various life adventures.

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    Tammy Phillips
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "It's such a humorous look at being that age I don't know that I would actually recommend it for anyone that age because it might seem offensive to them. That could also work in your favor though if you're looking for a tool to help a young teen see their own selfishness."
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    #12Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicholson)

    Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicholson)
    Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging is a young adult novel by Louise Rennison. First published in 1999, it is the first book in the Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series.
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    Marie Bishop
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicholson) is one of the young adult diary type books you read while you're still in school. I still remember this book fondly. I'm not sure I knew what half of the items were from the title back then, it was quite a lesson!"
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    #13Book of a Thousand Days

    Book of a Thousand Days
    Book of a Thousand Days is a novel by Shannon Hale. It tells the story of Dashti, who gets locked into a tower with her mistress, Lady Saren, after the lady refused her father's command to marry. Despite being sequestered, Dashti finds love.
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    Carolyn Jenkins
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "The plot is boring, the characters are one-dimensional and hard to understand, and the prose itself is awkward and doesn't flow well. Not the best reading for a young adult."
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    #14The Princess Diaries

    The Princess Diaries

    The Princess Diaries is the first book in the Princess Diaries series written by Meg Cabot which follows the life of Mia Thermopolis. This has been adapted into a film starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews.

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    Janet Harper
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The Princess Diaries is probably one of the best diary novels that a young adult could read. This book tells a really interesting tale and follows the life of Mia Thermopolis. Growing up this was one of my favorite books to read."
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    #15Monster

    Monster

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    Written on April 12, 2018
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Best What are the best young adult diary novels
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Go Ask AliceBooks 38 Paid
2Daisy Fay and the Miracle ManBooks 37 Paid
3I Capture the CastleBooks 34 Paid
4The Perks of Being a WallflowerBooks 32 Paid
5The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianBooks 30 Paid
6Diary of a Wimpy KidBooks 27 Paid
7Catherine, Called BirdyBooks 12 Paid
8A Desperate Road to FreedomBooks 0 Paid
9Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. DunphreyBooks 0 Paid
10Flowers for AlgernonBooks 0 Paid
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