young adult The Best Recent Young Adult Books  

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List Rules Books written for young adults only, published within the last five years. Vote up the very best.

Here is the list of the best recent young adult books, ranked from best to worst by the Ranker community. Popular young adult novels like The Fault in Our Stars and the Divergent series are all included, but you will also find new and lesser known YA books on this list. Be sure to vote for the young adult books you like the most, vote down any that you didn't like -- and please, add any that might be missing, but make sure they were published within the last five years. 

The young adult genre has been very popular due to great authors like Veronica Roth, John Green, and R. J. Palacio. Recently, more and more of these YA novels are also being adapted into movies and even film franchises, which only increase the popularity of these bestselling titles. With the success of blockbusters like The Hunger Games, fans of young adult fiction should expect to see more of their favorite books as film adaptations. 

Although young adult books are written for teenagers, the themes covered in these novels  relate to readers of all ages. While YA novels usually involve love, teen romance, and growing up, these books also deal with more serious issues like drug abuse, domestic abuse, and depression. Filled with humor, thrills, and drama, the young adult genre is constantly growing popular with teens.

Vote for your favorite recent young adult book. You can also re-rank this list in any order you want!  

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The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books

2
632 308
Insurgent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
Insurgent Veronica Roth

3
307 182
P.S. I Still Love You is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books

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175 153
Wonder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
Wonder R. J. Palacio

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181 164
City of Lost Souls is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
City of Lost Souls Cassandra Clare

6
139 135
Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
Prodigy Marie Lu

7
155 159
Cinder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
Cinder Marissa Meyer

8
135 136
Red Rising is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
Red Rising Pierce Brown

9
150 157
Fangirl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
Fangirl Rainbow Rowell

10
134 142
The Selection is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
The Selection Kiera Cass

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128 137
We Were Liars is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
We Were Liars E. Lockhart

12
116 123
Hopeless is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
Hopeless Colleen Hoover

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120 133
Aristotle and Dante Discover t... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books

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124 142
Eleanor & Park is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
Eleanor & Park Rainbow Rowell

The Best Young Adult Fiction Series

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105 121
The Darkest Minds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
The Darkest Minds Alexandra Bracken

16
103 119
An Ember in the Ashes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
An Ember in the Ashes Sabaa Tahir

17
99 117
I'll Give You the Sun is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
I'll Give You the Sun Jandy Nelson

18
101 121
A Court of Thorns and Roses is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books

19
110 137
To All the Boys I've Loved Bef... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books

20
109 142
The Immortal Rules is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
The Immortal Rules Julie Kagawa

21
106 139
Since You've Been Gone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
Since You've Been Gone Morgan Matson

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2 1
Spooky Tales Inspired by Real ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books

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95 127
Under the Never Sky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
Under the Never Sky Veronica Rossi

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98 133
The False Prince is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
The False Prince Jennifer A. Nielsen

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101 148
Obsidian is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
Obsidian Jennifer L. Armentrout

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84 129
All the Bright Places is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
All the Bright Places Jennifer Niven