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The 100 best young adult novels of all time

March 15. 2022

Lucy Schuster

Written by Jason Reynolds



What is a young adult novel


Personal Opinion and Recommendations


8 chosen novels


She walks in Beauty

~ Age category, not a content category

~ so it can be fantasy, romance, horror, etc.

Difference to other novels

~ Stories for 14-17 year old teenagers

~ Protagonist is mostly around 17

What is a young adult novel?

1868 by Louisa May Alcott

1908 by L.M. Montgomery

1947 by Anne Frank

1998 by Louis Sachar

Little Women

Anne of Green Gables

Anne Frank: Diary of a young girl


So much about female adolescence has changed since the 19th century-- yet Little Women endures, thanks to the timeless archetypes embodied by each of the sisters at its center, who face illness, grief and the agony of young love.

This first part of the eight book Anne series-- in which the headstrong heroine is sent to adoptive parents who'd wanted a boy-- is a classic that captures in equal measure the joys and sorrows of growing up.

Anne Frank's diary is a miracle. It's a document that places the incalculable atrocity of the Holocaust in terms comprehensible to children even younger than Anne.

Not everything is as it seems at Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention center where teen boys "build character" by digging a new hole 5ft. deep and 5ft. wide every day. Fourteen-year-old Stanley Yelnats, convicted of a crime he didn't commit, is determined to unearth the truth about what he and the others are really digging for.

2000 by Meg Cabot

2005 by MArkus Zusak

2012 by John Green

The princess Diaries

The Book Thief

The Fault in Our Stars

When Mia's estranged father reveals she's the heir to the throne of a tiny country, she's more than a little overwhelmed. In a series of journal entries that are simultaneously hilariozs and heartfelt.

Nine-year-old Liesel is taken in by an older German couple when her mother can no longer care for her at the onset of WW2. In Zusak's global best seller, Liesel's passion for books (and stealing them) becomes a distraction from the grim reality of life under the Nazi regime

Trouble seems to follow Percy Jackson. He finally learns why, after his math teacher morphs into a monster and tries to kill him and his mother reveals a big secret: Percy is actually a demigod, the son of one of the Greek gods of Olympus.

The most beloved book from YA giant Green, charts the love story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old with stage 4 thyroid cancer and Augustus Waters, a 17-year-old in remission from osteosarcoma, after they meet in a cancer support group.

The Lightning Thief

2005 by Rck Riordan

2010 by Siri Mitchell

For a young society woman seeking a favorable marriage in the late 1890s, so much depends on her social season debut. Clara Carter has been given one goal: secure the affections of the city's most eligible bachelor. Debuting means plenty of workthere are corsets to be fitted, dances to master, manners to perfect. Her training soon pays off, however, as celebrity's spotlight turns Clara into a societypage darling. Yet Clara wonders if this is the life she really wants, especially when she learns her best friend has also set her sights on Franklin De Vries. When a man appears who seems to love her simply for who she is, and gossip backlash turns ugly, Clara realizes it's not just her heart at stake. The future of her family depends on how she plays the game.

She walks in beauty

Personal Opinion and Recommendations

~ please read "She walks in beauty"

~ you can purchase these novels on amazon or get them at the local library, you can also ask me for some of them