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The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults  

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The most memorable books are often the ones that make you feel something. These inspirational young adult novels and nonfiction books set out to do just that, using fully realized characters, engrossing plots, and touching details to capture readers' imaginations and hearts. But these books aren't just for young adults. Book lovers of all ages will find inspiring YA stories to love on this list.

What stories will you find on this list of the best inspirational books for young adults? The Fault in Our Stars is a heart-stirring tale of a teen finding love and hope while living with cancer. Although the book grapples with true tragedy, strength and friendship are at its core. The Hunger Games is another great book that shows teens that they can do anything they put their mind to. When it comes to non-fiction, The Power of Positive Thinking is a great way for young people to learn how to succeed in their goals. Other good works featured on this roundup of inspiring YA books include Forever..., It's Kind of a Funny Story, and Before I Fall.

Which heartwarming YA read deserves the top spot on this list? That's up to you to decide. Give your favorite reads a thumbs up to move them towards number one, and please add any great young adult books that are missing.

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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
S. E. Hinton
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The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Suzanne Collins
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The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
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The Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Holes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
chambergambit added Louis Sachar
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Ella Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Gail Carson Levine
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If I Stay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Gayle Forman
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The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
harmoniaclaire added Markus Zusak
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The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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Before I Fall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Lauren Oliver
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The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Paulo Coelho
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The Perks of Being a Wallflowe... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
DeborahTragasz added Stephen Chbosky
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Tuck Everlasting is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Natalie Babbitt
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Tuesdays With Morrie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Mitch Albom
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Unbroken: A World War II Story... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
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A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
harmoniaclaire added Charles Dickens
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Pay It Forward is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Catherine Ryan Hyde
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It's Kind of a Funny Story is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
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Graceling is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Kristin Cashore
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Forever... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Judy Blume
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The Purpose Driven Life is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Napoleon Hill
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A Separate Peace is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
John Knowles
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What Color is Your Parachute? is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Richard Nelson Bolles
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The power of positive thinking is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Norman Vincent Peale
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After Ever After is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Jordan Sonnenblick