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Best Young Adult Books for Adults


Some young adult books have such interesting stories and compelling characters that they are not only good reads for teens, but can also be very enjoyable for adults. The books on this list will delight readers young and old alike.

'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Dutton Juvenile
The Fault in Our Stars is one of the best books of 2012. Period. Although it is labeled "young adult," this story of two teenagers with cancer is a book adults will devour as well. It is laced with pop culture and a "teen" voice, but asks questions that all of us grapple with.

'The Hunger Games' Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Warning: When you start The Hunger Games, the first book in Suzanne Collins' trilogy, be prepared to read nonstop, sacrificing sleep and productivity, until you finish. You'll want to have Catching Fire and Mockingjay on hand. These are the sort of books that you can't put down. The story of Katniss is not only page turning, but it will make you think as well. These are some of the best books -- adult or young adult -- released in the past few years.

'When You Reach Me' by Rebecca Stead

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Random House Children's Books

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead is a young adult novel that has a little bit of a mystery and science fiction element to it, but is also a coming of age story. It is a delightful read that will remind you what it is like to be young.

'Stardust' by Neil Gaiman

'Stardust' by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman' Stardust is a fairy tale in the vein of The Princess Bride. There is a lot of comedy and grown up humor in this fantasy.

'Harry Potter' by J.K. Rowling

'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' (Book 1) by J.K. Rowling
The Harry Potter books, starting with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, have become a worldwide phenomenon. People of all ages have eagerly anticipated each new installment in this series. Read for yourself about Harry Potter, a young boy whose life is changed when he starts attending Hogwarts, a school for wizards.
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The 'Twilight' Saga by Stephenie Meyer

'Twilight' by Stephenie Meyer
Little, Brown
Read 30 pages of Twilight and you'll know whether this series of vampire romances is for you. If you get hooked, be prepared to be hooked hard. This is an indulgent read that will keep you up late at night.

'Eragon' by Christopher Paolini

'Eragon' by Christopher Paolini
Random House Children's Books

Eragon was written by a 15-year-old boy about a 15-year-old peasant boy who finds a dragon egg and discovers he is descended from dragon-riding warriors. The Inheritance series takes readers through Eragon's adventures.

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'A Series of Unfortunate Events' by Lemony Snicket

'The Bad Beginning' by Lemony Snicket
Lemony Snicket's thirteen books in his A Series of Unfortunate Events tell the story of the three Baudelaire children, who find out in the first book that their parents have died in a fire. These are dark novels, but readers will enjoy Lemony Snicket's linguistic playfulness and wit.
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'Divergent' by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Katherine Tegen Books

 The Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth shares some similarities with Hunger Games. These dystopian teenage novels are page turners with moral aspects to consider.

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