The Greatest Books: YA Fiction


191 Books, According to 172 “Best of” Lists

This list is generated from 172 book polls & top lists from a variety of great sources. The books is ranked based on how many lists a particular book appears on. Other list in this series

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  1. We Were Liars by Lockhart, E. (28 Lists: a1,b2,b3,b5,b6,b16,b18,b19,c4,f1,g1,h1,h5,k1,l2,l6,l7,m11,n1,n5,p1,p6,r7,s1,s11,t1,w3,y1)


2. I’ll Give You the Sun by Nelson, Jandy (20 Lists: a1,b2,b4,b5,b16,b18,c4,c10,f1,g1,i3,n1,n5,n8,p1,p4,p6,s1,t1,y1)


3. Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by King, A.S. (13 Lists: b2,b4,b16,b18,c10,i4,k1,m11,n4,p1,p6,s1,y1)


4. Grasshopper Jungle by Smith, Andrew (12 Lists: b1,b2,b5,b16,b18,k1,l9,n8,p1,p4,s1,y1)


5. Impossible Knife of Memory, The by Anderson, Laurie Halse (12 Lists: a1,b4,b18,c4,f1,g1,m11,n1,n3,p1,s1,y1)


6. Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, The by Walton, Leslye J. (12 Lists: a1,b2,b5,b18,g1,h1,m11,n4,p1,s1,s10,y1)


7. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Stiefvater, Maggie (9 Lists: b6,b16,b18,g1,k1,l3,r7,s1)


8. Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Taylor, Laini J. (9 Lists: a1,b6,b16,f6,f7,g1,h1,l3,r7)


9. Belzhar by Wolitzer, Meg (8 Lists: a1,b18,n5,p1,p6,r7,s1,t1)


10. Noggin by Whaley, John Corey (8 Lists: b6,b18,c10,i4,n1,n3,p1,y1)


11. Ruin and Rising by Bardugo, Leigh (8 Lists: a1,b6,b8,f6,g1,h1,h7,l3)

12. Afterworlds by Westerfeld, Scott (7 Lists: b8,b16,f1,l3,p6,s1,y1)

13. Egg & Spoon by Maguire, Gregory (7 Lists: a1,b5,f7,h5,k1,s1,y1)

14. Half Bad by Green, Sally (7 Lists: b2,b4,g1,h1,i3,p1,y1)

15. Heir of Fire by Maas, Sarah J. (7 Lists: a1,b8,g1,h1,h7,r7,y1)

16. Infinite Sea, The by Yancey, Rick (7 Lists: a1,b4,b6,b8,b18,g1,h1)

17. Young Elites, The by Lu, Marie (7 Lists: a1,b6,b8,b18,g1,h1,y1)

18. Gabi: a Girl in Pieces by Quintero, Isabel (6 Lists: b4,b16,c10,k1,s1,y1)

19. Girls like Us by Giles, Gail (6 Lists: b4,b18,c10,m11,n3,y1)

20. Hollow City by Riggs, Ransom (6 Lists: a1,a5,b8,g1,h7,l7)

21. Winner’s Curse, The by Rutkoski, Marie (6 Lists: a1,b16,c10,g1,k1,y1)

22. 100 Sideways Miles by Smith, Andrew (5 Lists: m11,n1,n3,n5,y1)

23. Althea & Oliver by Maracho, Cristina (5 Lists: b4,k1,s1,t1,y1)

24. Clariel: the Lost Abhorsen by Nix, Garth (5 Lists: b5,b8,b16,h1,l3)

25. Cress by Meyer, Marissa (5 Lists: a1,b6,b18,g1,h1)

26. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Perkins, Stephanie (5 Lists: a1,a8,b6,g1,r7)

27. Pointe by Colbert, Brandy (5 Lists: b6,b11,b16,c10,p1)

28. Tyrant’s Daughter, The by Carleson, J.C. (5 Lists: a1,b16,b18,k1,y1)

29. Unfinished Life of Addison Stone, The by Griffin, Adele (5 Lists: a1,b16,r7,s2,y1)

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30. And We Stay by Hubbard, Jenny (4 Lists: b2,k1,p4,y1)

31. Dorothy Must Die by Paige, Danielle (4 Lists: c4,g1,i3,r7)

32. Jackaby by Ritter, William (4 Lists: b11,b16,k1,y1)

33. Love Is the Drug by Johnson, Alaya Dawn (4 Lists: b1l6,k1,l3,n4)

34. Mortal Heart by LaFevers, Robin (4 Lists: a1,h1,s1,y1)

35. Panic by Oliver, Lauren (4 Lists: b8,b18,g1,h1)

36. Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Heppermann, Christine (4 Lists: b2,b16,k1,p1)

37. Skink — No Surrender by Hiaasen, Carl (4 Lists: a1,b8,n3,t1)

38. Time to Dance, A by Venkatraman, Padma (4 Lists: a9,b4,k1,y1)

39. Truth about Alice, The by Mathieu, Jennifer (4 Lists: a1,b18,g1,m11)

40. Carnival at Bray, The by Foley, Jessie Ann (3 Lists: k1,p4,y1)

41. Dirty Wings by McCarry, Sarah (3 Lists: b16,k1,n4)

42. Everything Leads to You by LaCour, Nina (3 Lists: g1,s2,y1)

43. Heap House by Carey, Edward (3 Lists: k1,n5,t2)

44. Kiss of Deception, The by Pearson, Mary E. (3 Lists: b16,g1,y1)

45. Perilous Sea, The by Thomas, Sherry (3 Lists: a8,f1,h1)

46. Salvage by Duncan, Alexandra (3 Lists: b16,c10,n4)

47. Say What You Will by McGovern, Cammie (3 Lists: b18,i3,p1)

48. She Is Not Invisible by Sedgwick, Marcus (3 Lists: b18,k1,y1)

49. Threatened by Schrefer, Eliot (3 Lists: n3,p1,y1)

50. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Han, Jenny (3 Lists: g1,m11,s1)

51. True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean, Telt by Hisself, The by Almond, David (3 Lists: b2,b4,p1)

52. Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy, The by Hattemer, Kate (3 Lists: b18,k1,y1)

53. Waistcoats and Weaponry by Carriger, Gail (3 Lists: a8,f7,l3)

54. Walled City, The by Graudin, Ryan (3 Lists: b8,b18,i3)

55. While We Run by Healey, Karen (3 Lists: b16,c10,h1)

56. Wildlife by Wood, Fiona (3 Lists: b4,b16,y1)

57. Accidental Highwayman, The by Tripp, Ben (2 Lists: s1,y1)

58. Adam by Schrag, Ariel (2 Lists: m6,m10)

59. Art of Secrets, The by Klise, James (2 Lists: b4,e3)

60. Atlantia by Condie, Ally (2 Lists: b8,h1)

61. Avalon by Arnett, Mindy (2 Lists: i3,s1)

62. City of Heavenly Fire by Clare, Cassandra (2 Lists: b8,g1)

63. Complicit by Kuehn, Stephanie (2 Lists: b16,y1)

64. Conversion by Howe, Katherine (2 Lists: b18,y1)

65. Creature of Moonlight, A by Hahn, Rebecca (2 Lists: b14,k1)

66. Crossover, The by Alexander, Kwame (2 Lists: a9,y1)

67. Cruel Beauty by Hodge, Rosamund (2 Lists: b16,g1)

68. Death Sworn by Cypress, Leah (2 Lists: c10,k1)

69. Devil’s Intern, The by Hosie, Donna (2 Lists: k1,y1)

70. Doubt Factory, The by Bacigalupi, Paolo (2 Lists: e3,l3)

71. Four: a Divergent Collection by Roth, Veronica (2 Lists: b8,g1)

72. Girl in Reverse by Stuber, Barbara (2 Lists: k2,n5)

73. Glass Casket, The by Templeton, McCormick (2 Lists: b16,y1)

74. Gospel of Winter, The by Kiely, Brendan (2 Lists: k1,y1)

75. Hero at the End of the World, A by Claiborne, Erin (2 Lists: b16,k1)

76. How It Went Down by Magoon, Keklan (2 Lists: k1,y1)

77. Into the Grey by Kiernan, Celine (2 Lists: k1,y1)

78. Islands at the End of the World, The by Aslan, Austin (2 Lists: b16,k1)

79. Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories by Krasnostein, Alisa & Rios, Julia (2 Lists: b16,n5)

80. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Talley, Robin (2 Lists: g1,m11)

81. Love Letters to the Dead by Dellaira, Ava (2 Lists: b6,g1)

82. No One Else Can Have You by Hale, Kathleen (2 Lists: g5,t1)

83. One, The by Cass, Kiera (2 Lists: b6,g1)

84. Otherbound by Duyvis, Corinne (2 Lists: b16,l3)

85. Run to You: First Sight by Kensie, Clara (2 Lists: r7,r8)

86. Some Boys by Blount, Patty (2 Lists: m11,r8)

87. Stolen Songbird by Jensen, Danielle L. (2 Lists: f5,g1)

88. Stranger by Brown, Rachel Manija & Smith, Sherwood (2 Lists: b16,y1)

89. Unmade by Brennan, Sarah Rees (2 Lists: b18,n4)

90. Vango. Between Earth and Sky by Fombelle, Timothée de (2 Lists: k1,y1)

91. When I Was the Greatest by Reynolds, Jason (2 Lists: c10,y1)

92. Why We Took the Car by Herndorf, Wolfgang (2 Lists: c4,k1)

93. Alliance by Frost, Mark (1 Lists: b8)

94. Bane Chronicles, The by Clare, Cassandra et al. (1 Lists: b8)

95. Better off Friends by Eulberg, Elizabeth (1 Lists: g1)

96. Beware the Wild by Parker, Natalie C. (1 Lists: b16)

97. Black Dog by Neumeier, Rachel (1 Lists: f5)

98. Blackbird by Carey, Anna (1 Lists: h1)

99. Boys like You by Stone, Juliana (1 Lists: r8)

100. Breakfast Served Anytime by Combs, Sarah (1 Lists: y1)

101. Caminar by Brown, Skyla (1 Lists: a9)

102. Child Eater, The by Pollack, Rachel (1 Lists: l3)

103. Compulsion by Boone, Martina (1 Lists: r7)

104. Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly by Wesselhoeft, Conrad (1 Lists: k1)

105. Don’t Look Back by Armentrout, Jennifer (1 Lists: g1)

106. Earth Star by Edwards, Janet (1 Lists: k1)

107. Empress of the Sun by McDonald, Ian (1 Lists: l3)

108. Endgame: the Calling by Frey, James (1 Lists: b8)

109. Everything I Never Told You by Ng, Celeste (1 Lists: g1)

110. Evil Librarian by Knudsen, Michelle (1 Lists: y1)

111. Exquisite Captive by Demetrios, Heather (1 Lists: k1)

112. Fake by Nicholas, Beck (1 Lists: r7)

113. Fake I.D. by Giles, Lamar (1 Lists: e3)

114. Falling into Place by Zhang, Amy (1 Lists: g1)

115. Far from You by Sharpe, Tess (1 Lists: k1)

116. Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders by Herbach, Geoff (1 Lists: y1)

117. Flat-Out Celeste by Park, Jessica (1 Lists: g1)

118. Found by Coben, Harlan (1 Lists: a6)

119. Free to Fall by Miller, Lauren (1 Lists: y1)

120. Geography of You and Me, The by Smith, Jennifer E. (1 Lists: g1)

121. Girl Defective by Howell, Simmone (1 Lists: k1)

122. Girl from the Well, The by Chupeco, Rin (1 Lists: b16)

123. Girl on a Wire by Bond, Gwenda (1 Lists: l3)

124. Glaze by Curran, Kim (1 Lists: b16)

125. Going Over by Kephart, Beth (1 Lists: b4)

126. Great by Benincasa, Sara (1 Lists: h1)

127. Guy in Real Life by Brezenoff, Steve (1 Lists: b11)

128. Hook Up, The by Callihan, Kristen (1 Lists: a8)

129. Ignite Me by Mafi, Tahereh (1 Lists: g1)

130. Illusions of Fate by White, Kiersten (1 Lists: a8)

131. In the Afterlight by Bracken, Alexandra (1 Lists: b8)

132. In the Shadows by White, Kiersten (1 Lists: y1)

133. Into the Still Blue by Rossi, Veronica (1 Lists: h1)

134. Jesus Jackson by Daley, James Ryan (1 Lists: k1)

135. Just One Night by Forman, Gayle (1 Lists: b6)

136. Life of a Banana, The by Wong, P. P. (1 Lists: w7)

137. Like No Other by LaMarche, Una (1 Lists: b18)

138. Lost Girl Found by Bassoff, Leah & DeLuca, Laura (1 Lists: y1)

139. Mad, Wicked Folly, A by Waller, Sharon Biggs (1 Lists: y1)

140. Made for You by Marr, Melissa (1 Lists: h7)

141. Matter of Souls, A by Patrick, Denise Lewis (1 Lists: k1)

142. Monstrous Affections by Link, Kelly & Grant, Gavin J., eds. (1 Lists: l3)

143. Mortal Danger by Aguirre, Ann (1 Lists: b16)

144. My Last Kiss by Neal, Bethany (1 Lists: d1)

145. My Life with the Walter Boys by Novak, Ali (1 Lists: g1)

146. Nearly Gone by Cosimano, Elle (1 Lists: e3)

147. Never Ending by Bedford, Martyn (1 Lists: k1)

148. Nona & Me by Atkins, Claire (1 Lists: b16)

149. Of Metal and Wishes by Fine, Sarah (1 Lists: y1)

150. On the Fence by West, Kasie (1 Lists: g1)

151. Open Road Summer by Lord, Emery (1 Lists: g1)

152. Opposition by Armentrout, Jennifer (1 Lists: g1)

153. Perfectionists, The by Shepard, Sara (1 Lists: b18)

154. Play Me Backwards by Selzer, Adam (1 Lists: h1)

155. Plus One by Fama, Elizabeth (1 Lists: r8)

156. Prince of Shadows by Caine, Rachel (1 Lists: r7)

157. Prince of Venice Beach, The by Nelson, Blake (1 Lists: e3)

158. Prophecies, Libels & Dreams: Stories by Wilce, Ysabeau (1 Lists: l3)

159. Puddle Jumping by Johnson, Amber L. (1 Lists: g1)

160. Redeemed by Cast, P. C. & Cast, Kristin (1 Lists: b8)

161. Retribution of Mara Dyer by Hodkin, Michelle (1 Lists: t1)

162. Revenge of Seven, The by Lore, Pittacus (1 Lists: h1)

163. Road Rash by Parsons, Mark Huntley (1 Lists: y1)

164. Rule of Thoughts, The by Dashner, James (1 Lists: b8)

165. Rumble by Hopkins, Ellen (1 Lists: g1)

166. Salt and Storm by Kulper, Kendall (1 Lists: y1)

167. Scar Boys, The by Vlahos, Len (1 Lists: y1)

168. Shadowplay by Lam, Laura (1 Lists: f6)

169. Silver Shadows by Mead, Richelle (1 Lists: g1)

170. Since You’ve Been Gone by Matson, Morgan (1 Lists: g1)

171. Six Feet over It by Longo, Jennifer (1 Lists: b18)

172. Sorcerer Heir, The by Chima, Cinda Williams (1 Lists: b8)

173. Stray by Sussman, Elissa (1 Lists: r7)

174. Sublime by Lauren, Christina (1 Lists: h7)

175. Sway by Spears, Kat (1 Lists: y1)

176. Take Me On by McGarry, Katie (1 Lists: g1)

177. Talon by Kagawa, Julie (1 Lists: b8)

178. Tease by Maciel, Amanda (1 Lists: y1)

179. Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Farizan, Sara (1 Lists: i4)

180. These Broken Stars by Kaufman, Amie (1 Lists: g1)

181. These Gentle Wounds by Dunbar, Helene (1 Lists: b6)

182. This Shattered World by Kaufman, Amie & Spooner, Meagan (1 Lists: a8)

183. Thousand Pieces of You, A by Gray, Claudia (1 Lists: r7)

184. Timebomb by Andrews, Scott K. (1 Lists: b16)

185. Trouble by Pratt, Non (1 Lists: y1)

186. Turn of the Story, The by Brennan, Sarah Rees (1 Lists: b16)

187. Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling by Frank, Lucy (1 Lists: k1)

188. Uncertain Glory by Wait, Lea (1 Lists: a6)

189. Visitors by Card, Orson Scott (1 Lists: b8)

190. Weight of Stars, The by Gratton, Tessa (1 Lists: b16)

191. White Hot Kiss by Armentrout, Jennifer (1 Lists: g1)


List Used:

  1. AARP , a10
  2. A.V. Club , a7
  3. AbeBooks , a11
  4. About.Com , a5
  5. Agatha Awards , a6
  6. ALA/RUSA Notable Books , a2
  7. Alex Awards , a4
  8. All About Romance , a8
  9. Amazon , a1
  10. America’s Test Kitchen , a12
  11. Andrew Carnegie Medals , a15
  12. Andrew Zimmern , a13
  13. Association for Library Service to Children , a9
  14. The Atlantic , a3
  15. Austin Chronicle , a14
  16. Backchannel , b12
  17. Barnes and Noble , b8
  18. Barry Award , b9
  19. BBC , b13
  20. BestFantasyBooks.com , b14
  21. Biographile , b15
  22. Boing Boing , b10
  23. Book Riot , b11
  24. The Book Smugglers , b16
  25. The BookBitch , b17
  26. Booklist , b4
  27. BookPage , b3
  28. BookPeople , b5
  29. Bookreporter , b19
  30. Boston Globe , b2
  31. Brain Pickings , b7
  32. Bustle , b18
  33. Buzzfeed , b6
  34. Chatelaine , c3
  35. Christian Science Monitor , c1
  36. Cleveland Plain-Dealer , c4
  37. Comics Alliance , c5
  38. Commonweal , c6
  39. Complex , c7
  40. Costa Book Awards , c8
  41. Crime Always Pays , c9
  42. Crimespree Magazine , c2
  43. Cybil Awards , c10
  44. The Daily Beast , d2
  45. The Daily Meal , d3
  46. Denver Post , d4
  47. Do Some Damage Crime Fiction , d1
  48. Eater , e6
  49. The Economist , e2
  50. Edgar Awards , e3
  51. Elle , e7
  52. Entertainment Weekly , e4
  53. Entrepreneur , e5
  54. Esquire , e1
  55. Fantasy Book Critic , f4
  56. Fantasy Café , f5
  57. Fantasy Faction , f6
  58. Fantasy Literature.com , f7
  59. Fiction_L (online discussion group — one vote for each title receiving multiple votes on list) , f1
  60. Financial Times , f10
  61. Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize , f2
  62. Flavorwire , f3
  63. Foreign Affairs , f8
  64. Fortune , f9
  65. Gear Patrol , g2
  66. Globe and Mail , g5
  67. Goodreads Choice Awards , g1
  68. Great New Books , g3
  69. Greatist , g4
  70. Guardian , g6
  71. Hammett Prize , h4
  72. Horn Book , h5
  73. The House of Crime and Mystery , h3
  74. Hudson Booksellers , h1
  75. The Huffington Post , h2
  76. Hugo Awards , h6
  77. Hypable , h7
  78. Inc. , i2
  79. The Independent , i5
  80. Indies Choices Awards , i4
  81. Indigo , i3
  82. io9 , i1
  83. Kansas City Star , k2
  84. Kirkus Reviews , k1
  85. Largehearted Boy , l4
  86. Left Coast Crime Awards , l5
  87. Library Journal , l1
  88. Library Reads , l2
  89. Library Thing , l6
  90. LitReactor , l7
  91. Locus Magazine , l3
  92. Los Angeles Times , l8
  93. Los Angeles Times Book Prizes , l9
  94. Maclean’s , m4
  95. Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf , m7
  96. Man Booker Prize , m2
  97. Mashable , m11
  98. McNally Jackson , m8
  99. Miami Herald , m9
  100. The Millions , m10
  101. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , m12
  102. Minneapolis Star-Tribune , m1
  103. Morning News-Tournament of Books , m6
  104. Mother Jones , m3
  105. Murder by the Book , m5
  106. National Book Awards , n3
  107. National Book Critics Circle Awards , n9
  108. National Journal , n10
  109. National Outdoor Book Awards , n11
  110. National Reading Group Month: Great Group Reads , n12
  111. Nebula and Andre Norton Awards , n4
  112. The New Republic , n7
  113. New Statesman , n15
  114. New York Post , n13
  115. New York Public Library , n8
  116. New York Times , n1
  117. The New Yorker , n6
  118. Newsday , n14
  119. Newsweek , n2
  120. NPR , n5
  121. O Magazine , o1
  122. Only the Best Science Fiction & Fantasy , o2
  123. PaperMag , p8
  124. Paste Magazine , p9
  125. Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist , p7
  126. PBS Food , p10
  127. PEN/Faulkner Awards , p3
  128. People Magazine , p2
  129. Pop Matters , p5
  130. Powell’s Books , p6
  131. Printz Awards , p4
  132. Providence Journal , p11
  133. Publisher’s Weekly , p1
  134. Pulitzer Prizes , p12
  135. The Rap Sheet , r2
  136. Read Me Deadly , r3
  137. Richmond Times-Dispatch , r5
  138. Riffle , r4
  139. RITA Awards , r8
  140. Rolling Stone , r6
  141. RT Book Reviewer’s Awards , r7
  142. RUSA Reading List , r1
  143. Salon , s2
  144. San Francisco Chronicle , s7
  145. The Savvy Reader , s11
  146. School Library Journal , s1
  147. Science Friday , s12
  148. Seattle Times , s3
  149. SFF World , s8
  150. Slate , s4
  151. Splitsider , s13
  152. St. Louis Post-Dispatch , s6
  153. Story Prize , s9
  154. Strand Critics Award , s5
  155. Strange Horizons , s10
  156. Telegraph , t3
  157. Time , t1
  158. Tor.com , t2
  159. USA Today , u1
  160. Vanity Fair , v2
  161. The Village Voice , v3
  162. Vogue , v1
  163. Vox , v4
  164. Vulture , v5
  165. Wall Street Journal , w3
  166. Washington Post , w2
  167. Waterstone’s Book of the Year , w1
  168. The Week , w5
  169. Wired , w4
  170. Woman’s Day , w6
  171. Women’s Prize for Fiction , w7
  172. YALSA Awards , y1


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