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

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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
S. E. Hinton

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Holes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
chambergambit added Louis Sachar

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The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Suzanne Collins

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The Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Frances Hodgson Burnett

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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 Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 8 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) 9 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Lauren Oliver

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Tuck Everlasting is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Natalie Babbitt

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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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Forever... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Judy Blume

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Tuesdays With Morrie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Mitch Albom

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The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
harmoniaclaire added Markus Zusak

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A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
harmoniaclaire added Charles Dickens

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Unbroken: A World War II Story... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults

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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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Graceling is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Kristin Cashore

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It's Kind of a Funny Story is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults

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The Purpose Driven Life is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Napoleon Hill

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A Separate Peace is listed (or ranked) 21 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) 22 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) 23 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Norman Vincent Peale

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The Speed of Light Part I is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
fr81089 added

Don't let the fist on the cover fool you. The characters fight and argue and curse, but this novel has a whole lot of heart. Its focus is young men facing a lot of typical teen issues such as cliques, popularity,  and jealousy but also a lot of life issues like grief and forgiveness and redemption. This is a book you cannot help but feel at your core and the characters are so like the people I know and have known that it's kind of weird to see them in print. I can't get the picture to load. Sorry.

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After Ever After is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Inspirational Books for Young Adults
Jordan Sonnenblick