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Top 10 Best Fiction for Young Adults

The list presents books published in the past 16 months that are recommended reading for young adults 12 to 18). It is a general list of fiction and nonfiction titles selected for their proven or potential appeal to the personal reading tastes of the young adult.

For more information see: Best Fiction for Young Adults

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Year Title Author
2018 What Girls Are Made Of Elana Arnold
  The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic Leigh Bardugo
  The Gentlemanís Guide to Vice and Virtue Mackenzi Lee
  Sparrow Sarah Moon
  Long Way Down Jason Reynolds
  Strange the Dreamer Laini Taylor
  The Hate U Give Angie Thomas
  Piecing Me Together Renee Watson
  Eliza and Her Monsters Francesca Zappia
  Goodbye Days Jeff Zentner
2017 The Passion of Dolssa Julie Berry
  The Reader Traci Chee
  The Lie Tree Frances Hardinge
  The Female of the Species Mindy McGinnis
  Burn Baby Burn Meg Medina
  Ghost Jason Reynolds
  Salt to the Sea Ruta Sepetys
  Scythe Neal Shusterman
  The Sun is Also a Star Nicola Yoon
  The Serpent King Jeff Zentner
2016  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Becky Albertalli
  Six of Crows Leigh Bardugo
  The Bunker Diary Kevin Brooks
  Audacity Melanie Crowder
  Shadowshaper Daniel Josť Older
  The Boy in the Black Suit Jason Reynolds
  Bone Gap Laura Ruby
  X: A Novel Ilyasah and Kekla Magoon Shabazz
  Challenger Deep Neal Shusterman
  More Happy than Not Adam Silvera
2015 The Carnival at Bray Jessie Ann Foley
  The Crossover Kwame Alexander
  The Gospel of Winter Brendan Kiely
  Iíll Give You the Sun Jandy Nelson
  Jackaby William Ritter
  Noggin Corey Whaley
  The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim E. K. Johnston
  Vango Timothee de Fombelle
  We Were Liars E. Lockhart
  The Young Elites Marie Lu
2014 All the Truth Thatís in Me Julie Berry
  Freakboy Kristin Elizabeth Clark
  Better Nate Than Ever Tim Federle
  Far Far Away Tom McNeal
  Eleanor & Park Rainbow Rowell
  Midwinterblood Marcus Sedgwick
  Out of the Easy Ruta Sepetys
  Winger Andrew Smith
  Golden Boy Tara Sullivan
  Rose Under Fire Elizabeth Wein
2013 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Jesse Andrews
  The Diviners Libba Bray
  Seraphina Rachel Hartman
  Enchanted Alethea Kontis
  Every Day David Levithan
  Never Fall Down Patricia McCormick
  Boy 21 Matthew Quick
  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Benjamin Saenz
  The Raven Boys Maggie Stiefvater
  Code Name Verity Elizabeth Wein
2012 The Girl of Fire and Thorns Rae Carson
  Leverage Joshua C Cohen
  Everybody Sees the Ants A King
  Under the Mesquite Guadalupe Garcia McCall
  Shine Lauren Myracle
  A Monster Calls Patrick Ness
  Between Shades of Gray Ruta Sepetys
  The Scorpio Races Maggie Stiefvater
  Daughter of Smoke and Bone Laini Taylor
  How to Save a Life Sara Zarr
2011 Ship Breaker Paolo Bacigalupi
  Revolution Jennifer Donnelly
  Finnikin of the Rock Melina Marchetta
  Amy & Rogerís Epic Detour Morgan Matson
  Hold Me Closer, Necromancer Lish McBride
  Trash Andy Mulligan
  Bamboo People Mitali Perkins
  The Things a Brother Knows Dana Reinhardt
  Last Night I Sang to the Monster Benjamin Saenz
  Revolver Marcus Sedgwick
2010 Demon's Lexicon Sarah Rees Brennan
  The Orange Houses Paul Griffin
  The Great Wide Sea M Herlong
  The Reformed Vampire Support Group Catherine Jinks
  Alligator Bayou Donna Jo Napoli
  Stitches: A Memoir David Small
  When You Reach Me Rebecca Stead
  Marcelo in the Real World Francisco X Stork
  Lips Touch: Three Times Laini Taylor
  Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland Sally M Walker
2009 It's Complicated: The American Teenager Robin Bowman
  Waiting for Normal Leslie Conner
  Mexican WhiteBoy Matt de la Pena
  Bog Child Siobhan Dowd
  The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
  Ten Cents a Dance Christine Fletcher
  Baby Joseph Monninger
  Nation Terry Pratchett
  Skim Mariko and Jillian Tamaki
  The Brothers Torres Coert Voorhees