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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
638 313
Insurgent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
Veronica Roth

3
311 186
P.S. I Still Love You is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books

4
182 156
Wonder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
R. J. Palacio

5
184 169
City of Lost Souls is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
Cassandra Clare

6
146 136
Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
Marie Lu

7
160 160
Cinder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
Marissa Meyer

8
137 139
Red Rising is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
Pierce Brown

9
154 159
Fangirl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
Rainbow Rowell

10
138 143
The Selection is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
Kiera Cass

11
131 138
We Were Liars is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
E. Lockhart

12
117 124
Hopeless is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
Colleen Hoover

13
121 134
Aristotle and Dante Discover t... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books

14
127 143
Eleanor & Park is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
Rainbow Rowell

15
107 119
An Ember in the Ashes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
Sabaa Tahir

16
109 122
The Darkest Minds is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
Alexandra Bracken

17
101 118
I'll Give You the Sun is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
Jandy Nelson

18
114 139
To All the Boys I've Loved Bef... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books

19
102 125
A Court of Thorns and Roses is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books

20
107 140
Since You've Been Gone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
Morgan Matson

21
3 2
Spooky Tales Inspired by Real ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books

22
109 144
The Immortal Rules is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
Julie Kagawa

23
1 0
Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
godisgreat added J. K. Rowling

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1 0
Harry Potter and the Goblet of... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
godisgreat added J. K. Rowling

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1 0
Harry Potter and the Half-Bloo... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Recent Young Adult Books
godisgreat added J. K. Rowling