10 Best Young Adult Books Everyone Should Read

The best young adult books offer a window into the lives of teens and young adults. They teach us about the struggles of growing up in a world that’s always changing, and they can provide a sense of freedom from the worries of life. Books also offer a chance to let your imagination run wild. In many ways, these books are perfect for when you want to escape reality and forget all your troubles. If you’re looking for some great young adult novels, here are 10 that we recommend!


Best Young Adult Books - Qualify by Vera Nazarian

1. Qualify (The Atlantis Grail Book 1)

by Vera Nazarian

It is the year 2047. The descendants of ancient Atlantis have returned from the heavens in their silver spacecraft to give humanity assistance as an extinction-level asteroid approaches Earth. However, there is a catch. Only a small percentage of the Earth’s inhabitants can be transported to the colony planet Atlantis. To be picked, you must be a teenager who is brilliant, talented, and athletic, and you must Qualify.

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Best Young Adult Books - The Good Knight by Sarah Woodbury

2. The Good Knight (The Gareth & Gwen Medieval Mysteries Book 1)

by Sarah Woodbury

Gareth reappears in the aftermath of an ambush, standing over the body of a killed king, five years after he walked away from Gwen in shame. Despite the fact that it isn’t the reunion Gwen had hoped for, she and Gareth join forces to combat the deceit and intrigue rife in Gwynedd’s court. And when Gareth is found guilty of the murder, Gwen is left to pursue the truth on her own, finding unlikely allies in other nations and eventually exposing a conspiracy that will rock the foundations of Wales.

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Best Young Adult Books - The Last of the Fire Drakes by Farah Oomerbhoy

3. The Last of the Firedrakes (The Avalonia Chronicles Book 1)

by Farah Oomerbhoy

Aurora, a sixteen-year-old girl, wishes she could be someone else. She believes things can’t get much worse after being mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school. When she is kidnapped and transported into the mystical world of Avalonia through an ancient tapestry, she quickly learns that some dreams can easily turn into nightmares.

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Best Young Adult Books - Madhouse by Miguel Estrada

4. Madhouse

by Miguel Estrada

Faced with his parents’ divorce, eleven-year-old Lucas flees his house in the hopes of his family reuniting to find him. He gets picked up by a mysterious woman while walking through the deserted streets, who offers to take care of him and provide him with a loving family. The youngster then awakens in shackles, locked to a bed in a run-down house in the middle of nowhere, where he must confront his innermost fears in order to survive.

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Best Young Adult Books - Displaced by Bridget E. Baker

5. Displaced (The Birthright Series Book 1)

by Bridget E. Baker

Because Judica is a twin, the Evian line of succession is complicated, but Chancery Alamecha is happy with Judica inheriting the kingdom. She is, after all, the more powerful sister—a vicious warrior, ruthless politician, and groomed heir. When Chancery puts on her mother’s staridium ring, however, something unexpected happens, thrusting her into a role she never wanted: the foretold queen who will save Earth from doom.

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Best Young Adult Books - Awaken by Skye Malone

6. Awaken (Awakened Fate Book 1)

by Skye Malone

I’m Chloe Kowalski, and I promise you, developing scales was never in my plans. Of course, I had no intention of leaving my home either. Or being hunted down by assassins. My main intention was to go on a beach vacation—and maybe get to know my best friend’s hot stepbrother better while I was at it. Regrettably, I fell into the sea. I now have a mermaid tail, am being pursued by madmen, and am being followed by a mysterious man with shining blue eyes. And what about that sultry stepbrother? Oh, he’s got his own set of secrets. It was intended to be a relaxing break. It’s now a fight for my life.

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Best Young Adult Books - Let's Be Just Friends by Camilla Isley

7. Let’s Be Just Friends

by Camilla Isley

For years, Rose Atwood has been in love with her closest friend, and she’s tired of hiding her feelings for fear of being hurt. Being Tyler’s best friend is becoming more difficult with each passing year and with a new woman in his life—especially Georgiana Smithson, a snobbish, attractive girl who is a fellow Law School student. Tensions rise when Rose, who has been rejected by her long-term lover, temporarily moves into Tyler’s apartment. Georgiana is determined to get Rose out of the house. Georgiana is no longer welcome in Tyler’s life, according to Rose. Tyler, on the other hand, has no idea what he wants.

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Best Young Adult Books - Talented by Sophie Davis

8. Talented

by Sophie Davis

Talia Lyons attends the McDonough School for the Talented with one aim in mind: to learn how to use her talent as a Mental Manipulator to kill the guy who murdered her parents. She’s capable of dealing with any situation. The strenuous physical requirements. The psychological toll. Whatever it takes to achieve her goal. With only a year left in the program, Talia, seventeen, is finding it more difficult than ever to ignore the rest of her life. Worse yet, she can’t seem to disconnect from her telepathic link with her first love…or stop thinking about her intriguing new comrade. Ian Crane is a writer from the United Kingdom. Talia’s life was ruined by this man. She’s on a mission to get rid of it. It’s time to start killing.

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Best Young Adult Books - Moving On by Trisha Grace

9. Moving On (Ghost Of The Past Book 1)

by Trisha Grace

Two completely different personalities must learn to get along and play nice in order to survive a will that will change their lives. Tyler Hayes was torn from his childhood home twenty years ago. Tyler’s grandfather threw him out of the mansion and sent him away shortly after his parents died in a tragic accident. Now that his grandfather has died, he can finally return home. Tyler’s grandfather, though, has betrayed him even in death, leaving the mansion to a lady he’s never met.

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Best Young Adult Books - Angels Rising by Harriet Carlton

10. Angels Rising (Book 1)

by Harriet Carlton

Imorean Frayneson, 17, is taken aback when he earns a scholarship at Gracepointe University in Norway, as he has no recollection of applying. When he arrives, he sees strange occurrences such as gates that close at night, employees who refuse to provide straight answers, and, most troubling of all, a spectral entity who appears to be haunting him. Imorean soon finds himself caught up in a terrible scheme – hatched seventeen years ago – that threatens to destroy his life and reveal the dark truth about who he truly is.

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