teens The Best Books for Teens  

Stan Holton
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List Rules Books whose themes and reading level are great for teens between the ages of 13-18

The best books for teens include some of the greatest novels ever written, along with several contemporary books that are extremely popular. Any list on the best books for teenagers should include timeless classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and The Catcher in the Rye. Just becuase high school students may be assigned these works in English class doesn't mean the books will be boring! These incredible works of literature hold safe spots in the literary canon because they have struck a nerve with generations of teen readers. Once a teenager falls in love with books, luckily, he will find there are many, many others to read. Be sure to vote for the teen books you like the most, vote down any that you didn't like -- and please, add any that might be missing.

In recent years, young adult author John Green has become incredibly popular, largely with the success of his YA novel The Fault in Our Stars. Green has written several other notable books for teens, so he's on this list quite a bit. Other top choices include Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games trilogy of books, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. and certainly J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. All of these writers are no doubt among the best young adult authors ever.

Some books listed here for teens might also appeal to preteens and adults. The genre is becoming so popular, it's possible to select a YA book that almost everyone will enjoy. Many of the books listed here have gone on to become major motion pictures. You can check out this list of the best film adaptations of young adult novels to see if your favorite made the cut.

Finding the right book for teens depends, in part, on that teenager's specific reading and maturity level. Some books contain material that might be a little dicey for a 13-year-old, but would be perfectly fine for a 16-year-old. This list includes books for all teenagers, ages 13 to 18. Don't forget to vote and remember: You can also re-rank this list in any order you want!

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Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Books for Teens
The Harry Potter Series J. K. Rowling

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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books for Teens

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The Chronicles of Narnia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books for Teens

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The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books for Teens
The Hunger Games Trilogy Suzanne Collins

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The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books for Teens

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The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books for Teens
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

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The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Books for Teens

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The Giver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books for Teens
The Giver Lois Lowry

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The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books for Teens
The Book Thief Markus Zusak

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The Lightning Thief is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books for Teens
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan

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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books for Teens
The Outsiders S. E. Hinton

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The Perks of Being a Wallflowe... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books for Teens

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The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Books for Teens

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The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Books for Teens
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

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Divergent is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Books for Teens
Divergent Veronica Roth

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Pecu... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books for Teens

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The Maze Runner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Books for Teens
The Maze Runner James Dashner

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Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Books for Teens
Ender's Game Orson Scott Card

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Looking for Alaska is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books for Teens
Looking for Alaska John Green

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Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books for Teens
Lord of the Flies William Golding

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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books for Teens
The Princess Bride William Goldman

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Flowers for Algernon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Books for Teens
Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes

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Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books for Teens
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

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A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books for Teens
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle

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City of Bones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books for Teens
City of Bones Cassandra Clare

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Tuck Everlasting is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Books for Teens
Tuck Everlasting Natalie Babbitt

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Books for Teens

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Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Books for Teens
Watership Down Richard Adams

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The Call of the Wild is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Books for Teens
The Call of the Wild Jack London

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Books for Teens

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Paper Towns is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Books for Teens
Paper Towns John Green

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Books for Teens

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The Bad Beginning is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Books for Teens
The Bad Beginning Daniel Handler

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Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Books for Teens
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

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The Sisterhood of the Travelin... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Books for Teens

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Howl's Moving Castle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Books for Teens
Howl's Moving Castle Diana Wynne Jones

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Thirteen Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Books for Teens

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Speak is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Books for Teens
Speak Laurie Halse Anderson

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Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Books for Teens
jackslee2 added Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

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Clockwork Angel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Books for Teens
Clockwork Angel Cassandra Clare

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The Golden Compass is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Books for Teens
The Golden Compass Brian Sibley

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The Princess Diaries is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Books for Teens

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I Am Number Four is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Books for Teens
I Am Number Four Pittacus Lore

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It's Kind of a Funny Story is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Books for Teens

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Go Ask Alice is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Books for Teens
Go Ask Alice Beatrice Sparks

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If I Stay is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Books for Teens
If I Stay Gayle Forman

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A Separate Peace is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Books for Teens
A Separate Peace John Knowles

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Vampire Academy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Books for Teens
Vampire Academy Richelle Mead

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The Curious Incident of the Do... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Books for Teens

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The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Books for Teens
aakankshagandhi11 added The Alchemist Paulo Coelho