Fantastic Books for Teens

A Listmania! list by Natanya Auerbach (Boston, MA)
The list author says: "[NOTE: this is my list from high school, so these recommendations do not necessarily reflect my current views. However, I'll leave this up here just because.]

These are my all-time favorite books. As I read more amazing books, this list will probably grow. I read books with a fairly wide range of genres and both YA books and regular fiction, so some of these may seem random compared to the others. These books are in no particular order -- I love them all."
Uglies (Uglies Trilogy, Book 1)
1.  Uglies (Uglies Trilogy, Book 1) by Scott Westerfeld
The list author says:
  "First book in the Uglies Trilogy. The trilogy takes place in a utopian society in the future, and like all utopian societies, it has its own strange, interesting secrets. I love the whole trilogy."
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Shadowland (The Mediator #1)
2.  Shadowland (The Mediator #1) by Jenny Carroll
The list author says:
  "Book 1 of the Mediator series. Unique, interesting, fun, and all around great. Quick reads."
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Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)
3.  Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) by Stephenie Meyer
The list author says:
  "It's Twilight. It's addicting, but not exactly good literature. I have (thankfully) become disillusioned with the Twilight novels and do not wish to read them again. However, I will keep this on the list for nostalgic purposes..."
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Brave New World
4.  Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
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  "I'm pretty much a utopian/dystopian society novels addict, and this is definitely one of my favorite."
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The Handmaid's Tale
5.  The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The list author says:
  "Extremely interesting books. It's confusing at times (...often), but it's really great. Definitely not a quick or fun read, but really rich and intellectually stimulating."
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Kitchen (A Black cat book)
6.  Kitchen (A Black cat book) by Banana Yoshimoto
The list author says:
  "Banana Yoshimoto is an amazing Japanese writer. I love all of her books. They're easy reads, but deal with many difficult topics."
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Life of Pi: A Novel. Signed.
7.  Life of Pi: A Novel. Signed. by Yann Martel
The list author says:
  "A boy, a tiger, the Pacific Ocean. What more do you need? After a zillion people recommended this book to me, I finally got around to reading it, and it's wonderful."
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The Angel Experiment: A Maximum Ride Novel (Book 1)
8.  The Angel Experiment: A Maximum Ride Novel (Book 1) by James Patterson
The list author says:
  "I love the Maximum Ride series (at least the first three). Unique and witty. It's hard to go wrong with James Patterson."
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1st to Die (Women's Murder Club)
9.  1st to Die (Women's Murder Club) by James Patterson
The list author says:
  "First book of The Women's Murder Club series. Again, hard to go wrong with James Patterson."
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Boy Meets Girl
10.  Boy Meets Girl by Meg Cabot
The list author says:
  "Meg Cabot's "boy books" are fun, quick reads. They're written in journal entries, emails, and even receipts! The other two books are "The Boy Next Door" and "Every Boy's Got One". (They're not a series, but they're related.)"
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Eragon / Eldest (Inheritance, Books 1 & 2)
11.  Eragon / Eldest (Inheritance, Books 1 & 2) by Christopher Paolini
The list author says:
  "Great books, and as always, better than the movie. Haven't read the third one, but I'm sure it's great as well."
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The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1)
12.  The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1) by Jonathan Stroud
The list author says:
  "Book 1 of the Bartimaeus Trilogy (the rest of the trilogy is great too). Very interesting and at times fun. Jumps between the points of view of a few different people, which makes it even more interesting to read."
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Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, Book 1)
13.  Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, Book 1) by Eoin Colfer
The list author says:
  "It took me a while to get into them, but the Artemis Fowl books are great. The first one isn't actually my favorite, but I thought it would be strange to put up one of the middle ones. They're all great, though."
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Among the Hidden (Shadow Children #1)
14.  Among the Hidden (Shadow Children #1) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The list author says:
  "First book of the Shadow Children series. Though I'm a little old for these books now, I started reading them when the first one came out, and I still think they're wonderful and intriguing books."
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