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Amazon Customer Selected Essentials for Young Adults List

Do you remember me talking about Amazon’s list of Essential Books for Young Adults? Yeah, I forgot too. It is a new feature on Amazon that offers teens and parents a list of YA books that they thought teens would enjoy.

Amazon compiled the list, but wanted suggestions from reader’s for a “Customer Selected Essentials for Young Adults” list.

Well, reader’s voted and the winners are:

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  • To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition by Harper Lee
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  • Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
  • Sabriel by Garth Nix



I’m impressed. You Amazon customers who voted picked some AWESOME books. I’m wasn’t surprised at all to see The Hunger Games on the list, but I was at Graceling. I love this book and am so happy to see that many others do too.

Plus, Divergent made it! I never had any doubts it would. 😉 Also, Sabriel is a classic, and it definitely should be read by all high schoolers fo sho.

Random fact: I haven’t read Jellicoe Road, but I somehow managed to read Marchetta’s first novel, Looking for Alibrandi. I thought her name sounded familiar!

What books are you happy to see on the list and what ones do you think should have made it?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Natalie Spaan

    I’m really happy that The Outsiders made it onto the list! It’s such a classic! I remember reading it way back in Grade 8! I’m kind of shocked though that Harry Potter didn’t make the list…maybe that one is just a given! And as for a book that I wish was on the list I would have to say anything by Tamora Pierce or Shannon Hale would have made my day!

  • Truly Bookish

    I have only read about half of these, but they all look really good! Need to add some more books to my crazy long TBR pile…..
    NC
    Truly Bookish

  • http://twitter.com/heylisarenee lisa

    i love lists, and that’s the truth. thanks for sharing!

  • Melissa Hayden

    I’ve read a few books on this list, but there are a few I haven’t heard of too. And this book by Garth Nix is new to me. But sounds interesting. :) Thanks!