Best Books of the Decade (2000-2009): Top 10 for Teens

These are the young adult books that have captured the imaginations of teens for the last 10 years. Handpicked by our editors, the list encompasses both the best of the best and the books that did the best job getting teens to read. These top picks include books for boys and books for girls; sci-fi and fantasy; a memoir; girlfriend bonding books; longing-for-a-girlfriend books; books about outsiders, dorks, geeks, orphans, drug addicts, and -- of course -- Twilight.

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Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Overlong but engrossing popular vampire romance.
By Stephenie Meyer
(2007)
(2005)
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Book Poster Image
Funny, gritty, and powerful novel of growing up on the rez.
By Sherman Alexie
(2007)
(2007)
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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Book Poster Image
Popular series start shows positive girl friendships.
By Ann Brashares
(2003)
(2001)
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The Book Thief Book Poster Image
Powerful testament to humanity in Nazi Germany.
By Markus Zusak
(2006)
(2006)
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Twisted Book Poster Image
Gritty but powerful read about bullied teen.
By Laurie Halse Anderson
(2007)
(2007)
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Fire Book Poster Image
Stellar fantasy heroine in mature action-adventure/romance.
By Kristin Cashore
(2009)
(2009)
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King Dork Book Poster Image
Dark, funny coming-of-age with lots of mature content.
By Frank Portman
(2006)
(2006)
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Little Brother Book Poster Image
Exciting, provocative dystopian novel will make teens think.
By Cory Doctorow
(2008)
(2008)
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Looking for Alaska Book Poster Image
Award-winning novel of life and death, for older teens.
By John Green
(2006)
(2006)
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Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines Book Poster Image
Real addict offers honest, mature portrayal.
By Nic Sheff
(2008)
(2008)
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