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One-Sentence Descriptions of 35 Great YA Novels!
(Each Book Summed Up in 10 Words or Less!)
YA dystopian bestsellers

How would you describe the plot of a favorite book in one sentence of ten words or less? Could you pick a book to read based solely on a single sentence?

Below are thirty-five books, each summed up in ten words or less. All of these novels are great for teens, young adults, and adults. Some are contemporary fiction. Others are set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian future. Most include exciting romance. All of these books feature the journeys of great teenage characters that touch your heart.

If you're looking for a good book to read, whether for yourself or for your entire book club, you just might find it here. For extra fun, see if you can guess the titles of any of the books based on the one-sentence description.

If you want find out more about any of these books, click on the book's title to visit Amazon.com.

Which books will you be adding to your must-read Book Bucket List?

~Jen at mydreamcametrue.com

P.S. If you're a member of Amazon's Kindle Unlimited, the *ed ebook titles below are FREE to read!

The works below range from popular 5-star-rated best sellers from New York Times or USA Today best-selling authors to hot new indie releases that have reached the top 100, top 10, and even the #1 spot on numerous Amazon best seller lists. All are worth a read. (And make perfect gifts!)

You can also visit my YA Dystopian Book Bucket List and my YA Contemporary Book Bucket List OR you can go on a blind date with a YA book!

YA Book Plots in 10 Words or Less ...
Teens fight to survive in a government-sponsored death match. The Hunger Games*
by Suzanne Collins
In a society divided into factions, one girl doesn't fit. Divergent
by Veronica Roth
Five teens go to detention, but only four survive. One of Us is Lying
by Karen M. McManus
In a world without pain, one boy learns the truth. The Giver
by Lois Lowry
Eight kidnapped children struggle to escape from their mysterious captors. The Unknown*
by J.W. Lynne
A girl reluctantly enters a competition to marry a prince. The Selection*
by Kiera Cass
Two boys bond on the last day of their lives. They Both Die at the End
by Adam Silvera
A terrible accident leads to a horrible secret. We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart
Two college students' lives change after spending three minutes together. 180 Seconds*
by Jessica Park
Sixteen-year-old girls go on a dangerous camping trip. The Grace Year
by Kim Liggett
A girl struggles with her dangerous special powers. Shatter Me
by Tahereh Mafi
A girl lives in a society where love is forbidden. Delirium
by Lauren Oliver
A housebound girl falls in love through her bedroom window. Everything, Everything
by Nicola Yoon
A girl unknowingly gives away a winning lottery ticket. Windfall
by Jennifer E. Smith
Sixteen-year-old misfits fall in love. Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell
Contestants in a futuristic competition face a deadly complication. The Simulation Game*
by J.W. Lynne
A boy is forced to befriend a dying girl. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
by Jesse Andrews
The earth will die, but the chosen will be saved. Qualify*
by Vera Nazarian
A girl lives in a world divided by gender. The Gender Game*
by Bella Forest
A girl lives in a society where emotions are dangerous. Configured*
by  Jenetta Penner
After the apocalypse, a girl wakes up from cryosleep alone. Wake Me After the Apocalypse*
by Jordan Rivet
A girl with anxiety disorder goes on a mission. Turtles All the Way Down
by John Green
A girl and a boy with cancer fall in love. The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
A boy copes with first love, suicide, and mental illness. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky
A girl fights to survive an alien invasion. The 5th Wave
by Rick Yancey
A girl relives her last day on earth seven times. Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver
A girl learns she has magical powers. Red Queen
by Victoria Aveyard
Two teens discover shocking secrets about their seemingly utopian society. Above the Sky*
by J.W. Lynne
A boy with amnesia awakens trapped in a maze. The Maze Runner
by James Dashner
A boy falls in love with a self-destructive girl. Looking for Alaska
by John Green
A girl is caught between life and death. If I Stay
by Gayle Forman
A boy discovers a mysterious and dangerous place. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
A boy learns why a classmate decided to end her life. Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher
A girl must choose between two boys and two lives. Matched
by Ally Condie
A girl seeks to avenge her brother's untimely death. Legend
by Marie Lu
  (Page last updated in March 2022)