75 Best YA Books of All-Time: Forever Favorites

75 Best YA Books of All-Time: Forever Favorites

The best Young Adult (YA/Teen) books are perfect reads for people who love all things YA! The best YA books are all on our ultimate teen list. This list of new and best teen fiction books has something for everyone. If you are looking for book recommendations for teens, this is the place to start. Find all of the genres from contemporaries to mysteries and fantasies, and more all on this best YA books list. We recommend them all!

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Best YA Books

Last Updated: April 12, 2023

  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

2. The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Phillipe

3. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

6. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

7. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

8. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

10. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

11. Divergent by Veronica Roth

12. Legend by Marie Lu

13. The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

14. The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni

15. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

16. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

17. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

18. Warcross by Mare Lu

19. The Selection by Kiera Cass

20. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

21. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

22. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

23. Paper Towns by John Green

24. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

25. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

26, Caraval by Stephanie Garber

27. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

28. Looking for Alaska by John Green

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

30. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

31. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

32. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

33. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

34. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff

35. The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby

36. All the Rage by Courtney Summers

37. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

38. The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

39. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

40. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

41. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

42. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

43. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

44. The Giver by Lois Lowry

45. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

46. The Lightning Thief by Rick RIordan

47. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

48. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

49. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

50. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

51. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume

52. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

53. Dear Martin by Nic Stone

54. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

55. Anne Frank: A Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

56. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

57. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

58. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

59. Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

60. Feed by M.T. Anderson

61. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

62. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

63. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

64. Every Day David Levithan

65. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

66. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

67. Sythe by Neal Shusterman

68. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

69. Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

70. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

71. The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

72. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

73. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

74. American Street by Ibi Zoboi

75. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

These best YA books are a fantastic way to rediscover an old favourite or a totally new-to-you book that becomes a favourite. If you are interested in adding any to Goodreads,  What are some of your favourite books from our best YA books list?

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