10 of the most popular YA books on TikTok

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TikTok – especially BookTok – has changed the way we read and the way people talk about books. At this point, it’s pretty clear. BookTok is at the forefront of publishing trends and even brings titles from the bestseller list back to the bestseller charts. BookTok covers a wide range of book genres, including romance and fancy. But when it comes to books people love on TikTok, young adult literature is king. That’s why we’ve put together this big list of the most popular YA books on TikTok.

The great thing about young adult literature is that it includes a wide range of genres and subject matter. And the reason people on BookTok love these books is as varied as the stories themselves. Some of these books are great tear-jerkers. Some promise shocking twists that have everyone on the platform talking. For some BookTok accounts, it’s all about character development. For others, it’s all about romance.

What’s also great about YA books that BookTok loves is that they’re surprising. Some of these are newer titles, but the majority of young adult books buzzing on BookTok are older titles finding a second life and a new audience. And many of these older titles have remained a mainstay since the dawn of BookTok.

So which YA books will be popular on TikTok? It’s hard to predict. But one thing all of the top YA books on TikTok have in common: they get people talking.

The most popular YA books on TikTok

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legacy games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes legacy games has been all over BookTok since its 2020 release. Avery Grambs is a high school student whose life changes forever when she mysteriously receives an inheritance from Tobias Hawthorne, a puzzle-loving billionaire she’s never met. But to earn her inheritance, she must move into the Hawthorne house filled with secret passages, where danger awaits her at every turn. Books like this do well on TikTok because people have opinions about the series and its characters. And with the third novel in the series released later this year, legacy games will likely remain the topic of conversation at BookTok for quite a while.

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They both die in the end by Adam Silvera

This book was originally published in 2017, but Adam Silvera They both die in the end returned to the New York Times bestseller list after all the buzz it got on TikTok. This book imagines a future where Death-Cast can tell people the exact time they are going to die. When Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio both get the call on September 5 just after midnight, their last day together will change everything. The creators of BookTok go wild for how emotional this book is, even recording himself crying. And yes, even though the title reveals the end of the story, that doesn’t mean the BookTokers were any less devastated by the final pages.

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We were liars by E. Lockhart

Everyone might know how They both die in the end ends, but with We were liars BookTok challenges you to guess the unpredictable ending. Even when people think they know what to expect from this book, they are still surprised. This 2014 young adult thriller follows the story of the Sinclairs, a wealthy and seemingly perfect family who spend their summers on their private island. However, not everything is as perfect as it seems and the private island holds many secrets. This book is another older title that has found new life thanks to BookTok, and now E. Lockhart has written a prequel, family of liars.

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Anna and the French kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Of course, BookTok is a visual medium, and so some of the books that are hyped on the platform are getting a lot of attention for their aesthetic appeal. Novel by Stephanie Perkins from 2010 Anna and the French kiss is one of those books. But that’s not the only reason BookTokers love it. Readers love the love story between Anna, a high school student from Atlanta, and Étienne St. Clair, the smart and charming boy Anna meets when she is sent to boarding school in Paris. While not all is easy when it comes to romance in the City of Lights, the folks at BookTok are swooning over this unforgettable love story.

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The sun is also a star by Nicola Yoon

Books like Nicola Yoon The sun is also a star are indefinitely quotable, which is part of why it’s gaining a lot of buzz on TikTok. When you only have a short time to catch someone’s attention, a short but thought provoking quote is great content. But it’s also the one that grabs attention for the aesthetics, for the love story, and because it brings readers to tears. Really, that love story about two teenagers who fall in love with each other over the course of a day? It has everything that makes BookTok sing!

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have a strong desire to by Tracy Wolff

Let’s talk about the Crave series and all the reasons why it’s perfect for BookTok. First, we must recognize the aesthetic. Then there’s the fact that it’s basically Dusk for a new generation, but with a dark academic twist. There is romance. Characters people love and love to hate. This is another YA book that has all the stuff TikTok loves. After the death of her parents, Grace moves to a small town to live with her uncle and attend boarding school there. Except this school isn’t exactly a normal school. And then there’s the mysterious Jaxon Vega, who happens to be a vampire.

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carnival by Stephanie Garber

The Caraval series is so beloved on BookTok that people are dance about it. Scarlett and her sister Tella live with their father on a small island they have never left. Scarlett dreams of one day seeing Caraval – a magical performance where the audience takes part in the spectacle that only takes place once a year. And then one year, Tella is kidnapped to become the center of the season’s Caraval, and whoever finds her first is the winner. Scarlett always thought Caraval was faking it, but now that her sister is missing, Scarlett knows she has to find Tella before the game is over. Or who knows what the very real consequences would be?

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Six of Ravens by Leigh Bardugo

Remember how we established that BookTok loves a good quote time? Well, Leigh Bardugo’s novels are full of them. And while all Bardugo shadow and bone–adjacent novels are quite popular on BookTok, that is Six of Ravens that attracts the most attention. Along with amusing dialogue, this book is an intriguing story featuring a full cast of compelling characters, plenty of fantasy elements, and, oh yeah, a heist. So it’s no surprise that BookTok is so head over heels in love with this book.

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The summer when I became pretty by Jenny Han

Yes Jenny Han To all the boys I’ve loved before is a huge hit on BookTok, but not as huge as the author’s 2009 novel The summer when I became pretty (and its sequels). Belly has been close to brothers Jeremiah and Conrad for years, ever since their first summer at the beach house. But one summer, everything changes. Even if you think you’re so over the love triangle trope, BookTokers says there’s something special about this one. And they love to chat to find out if they’re Team Jérémie or Conrad.

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Born of legend by Tracy Deonn

BookTokers are absolutely speechless finished Born of legend by Tracy Deonn. BookTok loves a good dark college novel, but they’re also crazy about storytelling, and Born of legend deliver both. This book, based on the Arthurian legend, tells the story of Bree Matthews, a teenage girl who joins a residential program for brilliant high schoolers at UNC-Chapel Hill and stumbles upon something extraordinary. When a flying demon attacks the campus, a secret society of “Legendborn” students hunts down the creature. Because Bree wasn’t supposed to see any of this, a mage called “Merlin” attempts to erase Bree’s memory. But in doing so, he instead releases dormant powers within her.

Of course, BookTok is still a great place to go for book recommendations. But if you’re looking for something a little more suited to your particular tastes, you can’t go wrong with Tailor-made book recommendations! TBR is a book recommendation service that matches you with an expert librarian who will choose books especially for you. So if you’re looking for more young adult books that BookTok might have missed — or any genre for that matter — TBR has you covered.

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