The Ultimate YA Reading Guide – 42 Young Adult Books You Should Read

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “young adult” in fiction? For many, it’s vampires, absurd love triangles, and angst. Everywhere.

These stereotypes get a bad rep, and for good reason. They also shed a bad light on teen fiction, which, believe it or not, isn’t all bad. In fact, some stereotypes, if done well, make stories work. The hard part is sifting through what’s good and what isn’t.

As a young adult myself, I’ve read my share of the genre’s fiction. I’ve read the good, the bad, and the ugly, so I’m here to help you out. I compiled a list of 42 YA novels that are pretty decent, ranging from dystopian to contemporary to historical fiction to paranormal/horror to fantasy, so hopefully, there’s something for everyone in here. I also included the Goodreads link in each title, in case you find something you like.

Even if you don’t find a title that catches your eye, at least enjoy looking at the pretty covers.

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 

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2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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3. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

4. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

5. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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6. And I Darken by Kiersten White

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7. Legend by Marie Lu

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8. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

9. The Giver by Lois Lowry

10. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

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11. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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12. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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13. Gone by Michael Grant

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14. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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15. Hush by Donna Jo Napoli

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16. Reawakened by Colleen Houck

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17. Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks

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18. Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer

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19. Infinite in Between by Carolyn Mackler

20. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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21. Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung

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22. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

23. The Memory Book by Lara Avery

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24. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Choksi

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25. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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26. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

27. I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith

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28. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

29. Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

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30. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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31. A Great And Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

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32. Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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33. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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34. Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

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35. Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

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36. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

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37. Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

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38. Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia

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39. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

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40. The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

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41. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

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42. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

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What other YA fiction would you add to this list? Share below.

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