A week ago NPR’s website posted an article asking readers to nominate the five best Young Adult novels of all time. They wanted the choices posted in a thread on their website, but I thought it would be fun to share my picks with everyone.

Since I love this genre so much, I found choosing just five a very difficult task. There were countless others that I would have loved to include, but they only asked for five, so I stayed within their parameters. My favorites are listed below and are in no particular order (that would have been entirely too challenging). Please feel free to list your favorites in the discussion section below.

 

 

Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

 

 

 

 

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

 

 

 

The Book Thief – Mark Zusak

 

 

 

The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton

 

 

The Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling

 

***Not all the Harry Potter books were good enough to make the list, but the series on a whole was something special, so I included them all.

NOTE: I would have put Pride and Prejudice in place of Harry Potter, but I wasn’t sure it could technically be considered Young Adult, so I left it out.

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A dreamer, a writer, a critic, an avid reader and the endless seeker of enlightenment through education. Basically, that translates to a girl who loves to read and discusses what she is reading and writing with anyone who will listen so that she doesn’t have to think about her obscenely large student loan debt. She holds a BA in pre-law, a Masters from Northeastern University in Communication Management with a focus in Social Media Marketing and Personal Branding and is currently working on an MFA in creative writing, but believes she has learned the most from writing…lots and lots of writing. She is also the owner of the literary and lifestyle business marketing an management firm, Voir Media Group.
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  • ccartier
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    Mockingbird is forever and always a favorite but, for me, Brave New World makes this list in a heartbeat!

    • 2 Gliterary Girls
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      Agreed, but it had to be Young Adult (tear)…which is good, because I don’t really think I could pick 5 greats of all time. There are entirely too many.

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