What are the best young adult novels with diverse characters?

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    #1Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

    Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
    Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is an award-winning young adult novel by Becky Albertalli. It features Simon Spier, a teenager who keeps his sexuality a secret from everyone. All that changed when a situation forced him to come out.
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    Katherine Valdez
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "One of the best coming of age stories! This book is perfect for teens and young adults. Having a gay main character is rare, and hopefully a lot of people who can relate to Simon's journey will find this book."
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    #2The V Girl

    The V Girl
    Set in a post-apocalyptic America, this book narrates the story of Lila Velez, a young girl desperate to lose her virginity to whoever she wishes. She is afraid the enemy troops will visit her village and take her with no consequences, as sexual slavery is not forbidden. Despite not quite trusting him, she falls for Aleksey Fürst, a foreign man who turns to be very possessive and jealous.


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    Nicholas Dixon
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book about the world after it is destroyed follows a young girl and the trials that come with this new world. Very descriptive writing make the world jump off the pages as you see the carnage and destruction all around. You quickly discover that as the world has changed, man is still plague by all of his old bad habits. A really interesting book that does not follow the beaten path."
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    #3American Born Chinese

    American Born Chinese

    American Born Chinese: A book that shows how it is to live as a Chinese-American. There are three characters who represents the different kinds of Chinese-Americans. It shows the characters' journey in life.

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    John Garza
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The diverse characters variation is an aspect that is ideal for me. This novel seems to solve it and improve upon the results. No harm in trying this sweet book for yourself!"
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    #4Scarlet

    Scarlet
    Scarlet is one of Robin Hood's band of merry men, and one of his best. This brilliant boy thief, however, has one secret that only Robin and his men know: Will Scarlet is actually a girl!
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    Vivian Wang
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I'm a sucker for a re-imagining or a different angle on a classic tale, and Scarlet did not disappoint. Having the character Will Scarlet actually be a girl in disguise, running from a secret past, is a great premise, and who doesn't love Robin Hood tales?? That said, I don't know that I'd call the characters in this book particularly diverse, so if that's very important, keep looking."
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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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    Joshua Chavez
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is one of the best young adult novels with diverse characters. It is about an indian who goes to an all white highschool and some of the troubles the face. If you know any indians they would probably love this book but I am all white and I loved it too."
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    #6Two 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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    Joan Hoffman
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The conceit of this plot is very innovative, but the delivery - I don't know. I'm not sure it works. I think that teens might identify with this and like it, I've given it out to kids and they found a lot in it that they could relate to. I suppose I'm speaking from a literary perspective that this just, sort of, didn't quite work. But for kids who want an interesting read about diversity, this is okay. In fact, parts are pretty good. "
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    #7City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments)

    City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments)
    City of Bones is about 15-year-old Clary Fray and a weird murder that she witnessed in a city club. The culprit is invisible, and the body disappeared into thin air then an angel came and everything gets messier when Clary's mother is gone.
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    Bobby Moreno
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I thought this book was very fun and mesmerizing, I loved the plot and the secret world hidden within and all the details that came with the background, awesome. I find books with the heroine finding out who they are to be most the irritating and annoying part but that was not how I felt about this book, the way everything was revealed and unfolded, with its constant action and random but exciting curve balls to be exhilarating. It's so unique, all the characters and the scenery, I very much appreciated the originally of this world"
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    #8The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a 2003 mystery novel by Mark Haddon which tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy with autism trying to figure out who killed the neighbor's dog.
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    Gerardo Chávez
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a very interesting book. It tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, who is a 15-year old with autism. He is trying to figure out who killed the neighbor's dog. "
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    #9Winter (The Lunar Chronicles)

    Winter (The Lunar Chronicles)

    Winter is the fourth novel in The Lunar Chronicles series. This young adult fantasy novel by Marissa Meyer tells the story of Princess Winter as she tries to fight for a happily ever after.

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    Carolyn Grant
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Really cool series for younger adults and this one book is my favorite. Every one in the story is so different and so well thought out by the author. I recommend this to anyone with young adult readers in the house."
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    #10Esperanza Rising

    Esperanza Rising
    Esperanza Rising is a children's book written by the award-winning author, Pam Muñoz Ryan. It was first published in 2000, and it tells the story of a Mexican girl and the challenges she faced during the Great Depression.
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    Lin Ma
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I think this book should be a must read for everyone of all ages. It has the best characters of any book I've ever read. Each one is interesting, diverse, and has a story of their own."
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    #11Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)

    Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)
    There is civil unrest in the districts, and the Capitol is getting tired of quelling these disturbances. In Catching Fire, the Capitol sends a chilling message to the districts to remind them of who is really in charge.
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    Ralph Reynolds
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Books are usually better than the movies. You can gain an insight into the thoughts of the characters that does not make it to the big screen. If you liked the "Hunger Games" movies, then you will like the books even more."
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    #12Wonder

    Wonder
    Wonder is a book by R.J Palacio that tells the story of a kid with a facial difference who will bravely face the world and the challenges it gives him. With the help of his supporting parents, he will be able to embrace his real self.
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    Thomas Rogers
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The page was a animated photos.Customer needs a attractive photos."
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    #13Will Grayson, Will Grayson

    Will Grayson, Will Grayson
    Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a young-adult fiction novel by John Green and David Levithan that tells the story of two teens who have the same name - Will Grayson. This collaborative novel is a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice.
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    Miguel Luna
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This looks to be a great book and story. Not sure it is the proper fit for the given topic, but it is a very good read nonetheless. "
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    #14The 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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    Christopher Arnold
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Without giving too much away, I found myself rooting for Charlie, given what he had endured as a child. He has the normal teen ups and downs and minus that one *big* thing, I can see a lot of myself in Charlie. He is likable and relatable, as are most of the other characters in this book."
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    #15Eleanor & 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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    Kathryn Herrera
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is a really interesting book, though maybe not my favourite. The best part is easily the number of characters from different backgrounds they manage to incorporate."
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    #16Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)

    Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)

    Cinder by Marissa Meyer is the first novel in The Lunar Chronicles series. This book is about a 16-year-old cyborg named Cinder who has an evil stepmother who volunteers her for plague research after her stepsister got infected by a deadly plague.

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    John Hunt
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Cinder is a must read for all teens. The biggest plus is the diverse group of characters, making it an appealing book for everyone."
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    #17Ice 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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    William Thompson
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This novel is about ice skating athletes, which is a unique choice of protagonist. This will likely appeal to any young adult readers who are athletes or fans of ice dancing and skating. The characters involved are interesting for a young adult novel, but not particularly diverse."
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    #18Love Lessons

    Love Lessons
    Love Lessons is a young-adult romance novel written by Jacqueline Wilson. Originally published in 2005 by Doubleday UK, it focuses on the story of Prue and Grace.
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    Olivia Quintero
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I remember enjoying this book, Love Lessons by Jacqueline Wilson, when I was a teenager. As an adult, I feel differently about it now. While I still enjoy the storyline and have gained a better perspective on the issues, I am a little more annoyed with the inanities of the characters. Overall though, I would still recommend it for teenagers. "
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    #19Sugar and Ice

    Sugar and Ice

    Sugar and Ice is a young adult fiction written by Kate Messner. Published in 2010 by Walker & Company, Sugar and Ice is a story focusing on Claire Boucher, an ice-skater focuses on the story of Samantha, an ice-skater.

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    #20Skateway to Freedom

    Skateway to Freedom

    Skateway to Freedom is a young adult/historical fiction written by Ann Alma. Originally published in 1993, Skateway to Freedom focuses on Josie Grun who escaped Communist East Germany in 1989.

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    Marie Marshall
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "In Skateway to Freedom, I found a fictional book that bordered on the historical with its true to life facts. Eleven year old Josie and her parents flee Communist East Germany in 1989 in a hair raising escape. They find their way to relatives in Canada where Josie has to start over with a new language, culture, school and especially finding new friends. It isn't easy, but Josie has one thing that keeps her going, her skating, which proves to be the best chance she has to find herself again. This is a great read that offered me a glimpse into how it was living in Communist East Germany and the struggles that come with adapting to a new world. "
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    #21The Trial (The Tree House)

    The Trial (The Tree House)

    The Trial is a young adult fiction and the second book in The Tree House series written by Shay Lynam. This book is about Jack Morgan's life and it is self-published in 2014. 

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    Jeffrey Berry
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is a highly regarded young adult novel, focusing on a pair of brothers and their quest to figure out the mystery surrounding their lives. There is a large cast of characters, bolstered by the fact that there are two main characters the book must focus on. There's a lot of great action and intrigue in this book, so you'll definitely be interested when reading this."
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    #22The Ice Princess (Silver Blades)

    The Ice Princess (Silver Blades)

    The Ice Princess is a young adult fiction written by Melissa Lowell. Originally published in 1994 by Skylark, The Ice Princess focuses on the story of five talented skaters, including Nikki, Danielle, Tori, Jill, and Haley.

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    Devansh Gavde
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I liked this book for its dynamic among the five talented skaters and how they all have their own histories and journies. I would call this one of the more important and inspiring as well as entertaining books for young adults for its realness, message, and story."
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    #23Ice Magic (Silver Blades)

    Ice Magic (Silver Blades)

    Ice Magic is a young adult fiction written by Melissa Lowell. Originally published in 1996 by Skylark, Ice Magic focuses on the story of Martina Nemo who dreams of becoming a famous skater.

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    Emily Duan
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I found a lot of YA people liked this but I had a few minor complaints. It was a fairly great example of a diverse novel and a fairly decent example of a YA novel but I can definitely think of several other examples of better diverse YA novels, especially novels that concentrate on diversity as a theme."
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    #24Undercover (Laura Geringer Books)

    Undercover (Laura Geringer Books)

    Undercover is a young adult realistic fiction written by Beth Kephart. Originally published in 2007, Undercover focuses on the story of Elisa who ghostwrites loves notes for the boys in her school.

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    Evelyn Gomez
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I bought this book because the main character shares my name - Elisa - which is unusual, as I have seen my name in print very few times in my life! There is a lot more than that to recommend it, however. The story is touching, the writing is wonderful, and the emotions represented remind me of that terrific TV show, "My So-Called Life," which was unjustly cancelled after one season. Both "Undercover" and that show represent teens as thinking, feeling, caring people who are exploring their identities and emotions. I appreciate that perspective, and think this is a magical book for young women as well as anyone who wants a well-written, heatwarming story. "
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    #25Gold Medal Winter

    Gold Medal Winter
    Gold Medal Winter is a young adult realistic fiction written by Donna Freitas. Originally published in 2014 by Scholastic, Gold Medal Winter focuses on the story of Esperanza Flores, a substitue on the US Olympic figure skating team.
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    Joe Barnett
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "One my daughters friends at school (5th graders) recommended this book. I purchased it for her, as I love the idea of enhancing her reading skills. Now she want a pair of ice skates..."
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    #26Hetty Feather

    Hetty Feather

    Hetty Feather is a book by written by Jacqueline Wilson. Originally published in 2009, it is the first book of five books in the Hetty Feather book series.

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    Kevin Weaver
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Unlike any other story I read before, truly wonderful characters come to live in this young adult Novel. The diversity itself is a pulling factor that keeps me coming back to this book. "

Summary

Best What are the best young adult novels with diverse characters
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaBooks 44 Paid
2The V GirlBooks 38 Paid
3American Born ChineseBooks 35 Paid
4ScarletBooks 32 Paid
5The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianBooks 29 Paid
6Two Boys KissingBooks 25 Paid
7City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments)Books 23 Paid
8The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeBooks 22 Paid
9Winter (The Lunar Chronicles)Books 19 Paid
10Esperanza RisingBooks 17 Paid
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