30 Books That Will Change Your View Of The World

06/11/2014 8:23PM | Posted by: TeamEpicReads | Book Nerds Unite, Infographics, Lists!

These YA books are so profound and so moving that they literally changed the way we look at the world. With the help of our community on Twitter and YouTube, we pulled together the thirty most highly recommended books to create this list, but if there are more that you would add, please tell us in the comments below!


30 YA Books That Changed Our View Of The World

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Full List of Books


Top Row

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
Burned by Ellen Hopkins
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


Middle Row

Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
Split by Swati Avasthi
Tease by Amanda Maciel
Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Silenced by James Devita
Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
Winger by Andrew Smith
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen


Bottom Row

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
These Gentle Wounds by Helene Dunbar
Reality Boy by A.S. King
Every Day by David Levithan
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson



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What other books would you add to this list?



User Comments 12 comments

  1. June 12, 2014 | 11:33 am

    I would also add The Tyrant’s Daughter by J.C. Carleson and Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck.

  2. June 12, 2014 | 8:15 pm

    Ask the passengers by A.S. King and Luna by Julie Ann Peters!

  3. June 12, 2014 | 8:31 pm

    How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

  4. June 12, 2014 | 9:54 pm

    Also The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams, Once was Lost by Sara Zarr, and Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma!

  5. June 13, 2014 | 4:57 pm

    I would definitely add The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, though I suppose there are arguments on both sides of whether it should be included in YA or not.

    I might also add Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

    I really love that you included Before I Fall. I absolutely love that book and I feel like it is often overlooked because of the popularity of her other novels (not a bad problem to have I suppose, ahaha)

    –Katie at The Pop Cultist

  6. June 14, 2014 | 11:28 pm

    Looking for Alaska by John Green, Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Andersen, Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters, and Panic by Lauren Oliver.

  7. June 15, 2014 | 4:13 pm

    Her by Felicia Johnson, Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, Willow by Julia Hoban, and If I Stay by Gayle Forman.

  8. June 15, 2014 | 11:32 pm

    I would add The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Chbosky and Winter Girls by Laurie Halse Anderson. Those are two books that I really loved and really connected with. Speak is a great choice as well, glad it’s on the list.

  9. June 16, 2014 | 10:10 am

    The Giver!

  10. June 21, 2014 | 1:38 am

    I don’t know if they are technically YA but Whale Rider, and Persepolis.

  11. July 12, 2014 | 9:50 pm

    I would personally add The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, If I Stay by Gayle Forman and An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.

  12. July 23, 2014 | 3:58 pm

    If I Stay by Gayle Forman and an Abundance of Katherines

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