This morning NPR released its Top 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels list, noting that “it’s almost a cliche at this point to say that teen fiction isn’t just for teens anymore.” We agree, but it still needs to be heard!
Just over 75,000 people voted for this year’s list, about 15,000 more than last year’s science fiction and fantasy list. Coming in at numbers 1 and 2, respectively, are the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series. No surprise there. But, we’re happy to report, at number 4 you can find John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. Green appears in the top ten twice, with Looking for Alaska at number 9, and elsewhere on the list for Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan). This editor is happy to see Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness series made the list.
Check out the Top 100 here. If you’re curious about how they do it and why some of your favorite books are missing, here is a blog post describing the polling process. NPR has also provided a printable list, so you can check off books as you go!
Have you read everything on the list? Where do your favorites fall? Let us know in the comments!