The Best Young Adult Novels You Must Read

Updated 2019

Our list of the best young adult novels are must reads. In the literary world, there’s a bridge between children’s stories and full adult novels. Welcome to the genre we call young adult! These books tackle everyday obstacles people of this age face, from complicated love stories to loss and so much more. These stories grip the heart in ways you don’t find in other genres and are incredibly entertaining to read. They’re also among some of the bestselling books on the market today. 

What Did These Young Adult Books Do To Qualify For This List

Any time you are ranking the best of something the results are usually somewhat subjective but we have did our best to come up with a list the readers of the young adult genre will truly like. To come up with this list we took into account:

  • quantity and quality of user reviews
  • sales data
  • public perception
  • opinions of readers of this genres
  • commercial success
  • and of course personal opinion

Take a look at the best Young Adult Novels you can read right now:

Table of Contents
• Best Young Adult Novels

• Best Young Adult Movies

• Best Young Adult Audio Books

 

Best Young Adult Novels

If you are looking for the best young adult novels available in ebook and print editions this is the list for you

1) Harry Potter Series, by J.K Rowling

Best Young Adult Novels: Harry Potter

Book Summary: The Harry Potter series has been hailed as “one for the ages” by Stephen King and “a spellbinding saga” by USA Today. Now is your chance to give this set to a reader who is ready to embark on the series that has changed so many young readers’ lives.

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2) The Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle 

Best Young Adult Novels: The Wrinkle in Time

Book Summary: It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

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3) Prism Cloud (Harbinger Book 4), by Jeff Wheeler

Book SummarBest Young Adult Novels: Prism Cloudy: When the emperor is assassinated, Sera Fitzempress is the noble most eligible to inherit the empire. Her upcoming marriage to the prince would cement her position.

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4) Mortal Engines (Mortal Engines, Book 1), by Philip Reeve

Best Young Adult Novels: Mortal EnginesBook Summary:  Welcome to the astounding world of Predator Cities! Emerging from its hiding place in the hills, the great Traction City is chasing a terrified little town across the wastelands. Soon, London will feed.

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5) The Hobbit (Lord of the Rings), by J.R.R. Tolkien

Best Young Adult Novels: HobbitBook Summary: A great modern classic and the prelude to THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure.

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6) Broken Hill Hurt: The Broken Hill High Series (Book 3), by Sheridan Anne

Best Young Adult Novels:Broken Hill HurtBook Summary: Nate Ryder has been the center of my world for the past few months. He’s cared for me, cherished me, and shown me a love I never even imagined could be real.

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7) Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi

Best Young Adult Novels: Shatter MeBook Summary: One touch is all it takes. One touch, and Juliette Ferrars can leave a fully grown man gasping for air. One touch, and she can kill.No one knows why Juliette has such incredible power. It feels like a curse, a burden that one person alone could never bear.

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8) The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

Best Young Adult Novels: The HateBook Summary: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.

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9) Five Feet Apart, by Rachael Lippincott

Best Young Adult Novels: Five Feet AoartBook Summary: Can you love someone you can never touch?
Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant.

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10) Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell

Best Young Adult Novels: Eleanor and ParkBook Summary:Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits-smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love-and just how hard it pulled you under.

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Best Young Adult Novels Made Into Movies

If you are looking stellar young adult novels that made into major blockbuster movies then these selections won’t let you down.

Before I Fall

Best Young Adult Movies: Before I FallStarring: Zoey Deutch , Halston Sage , Logan Miller and Kian Lawley
Directed by: Ry Russo-Young

Movie Summary: A girl repeats the last day of her life over one mysterious week-untangling the secrets of those closest to her and discovering the power of a single day to make a difference.

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Mud

Best Young Adult Movies: MudStarring: Matthew McConaughey , Tye Sheridan , Jacob Lofland , et al.
Directed by: Jeff Nichols

Movie Summary: MUD is a timeless adventure about two boys, Ellis and his best friend Neckbone, who find a mysterious man named Mud (McConaughey) hiding out on a deserted island in the Mississippi.

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Girl Most Likely

Best Young Adult Movies: Girl Most LikelyStarring: Kristen Wiig , Darren Criss , Matt Dillon and Annette Bening
Directed by: Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini

Movie Summary: Kristen Wiig stars in a comedy about a failed playwright forced to move home with her eccentric mother (Annette Bening) as she transitions from being “Next Big Thing” to “Last Year’s News

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Sherrybaby

Best Young Adult Movies: SherrybabyStarring: Maggie Gyllenhaal , Danny Trejo and Giancarlo Esposito
Directed by: Laurie Collyer

Movie Summary: Maggie Gyllenhaal gives a truly stunning performance as Sherry, a young woman with a history of drug abuse and emotional turmoil. Just out of prison, she finds herself struggling against all odds to reconnect with her estranged five-year-old daughter while trying to readjust to the outside world.

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Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Best Young Adult Movies: Maze RunnerStarring: Dylan O’Brien and Kaya Scodelario
Directed by: Wes Ball

Movie Summary: In the epic Maze Runner conclusion, Thomas leads the Gladers on their final mission – they must break into the legendary Last City, which turns out to be the deadliest maze of all!

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Best Young Adult Novels Made Into Audio Books

In our opinion these are the best young adult novels available to listen to as  audio books.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Wil Wheaton, et al.

Best Young Adult Audio Books: Ready Player One

Book Summary: For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved – that of the late 20th century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

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Storm Glass: (Harbinger, Book 1) by Jeff Wheeler, Kate Rudd, et al.

Best Young Adult Audio Books: Storm Glass

Book Summary: Theirs is a world of opposites. The privileged live in sky manors held aloft by a secretive magic known only as the Mysteries. Below, the earthbound poor are forced into factory work to maintain the engine of commerce. Only the wealthy can afford to learn the Mysteries, and they use their knowledge to further lock their hold on society.

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The Hate U Give by Angie ThomasBahni Turpin, et al.

Best Young Adult Audio Books: The Hate U Give

Book Summary: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi AdeyemiBahni Turpin, et al.

Best Young Adult Audio Books: Children of Blood and Bone

Book Summary: Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

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Tell Me Three Things by Julie BuxbaumJorjeana Marie, et al

Best Young Adult Audio Books: Tell Me Three ThingsBook Summary: It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son. In a leap of faith – or an act of complete desperation – Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

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Conclusion

What do you think about our list of best young adult novels? If you have another genre that you prefer to read we have probably compiled a list of our favorites for that genre too. So if you are looking for something other than the best young adult novels you can find other genres here.

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