My Favorite Underrated Books

Hey Wishers!

Today I’m going to be talking about some of my favorite unpopular books. These are all books with under 2,000 ratings on Goodreads, which I saw as a Top Ten Tuesday topic a few weeks ago. I love bringing more attention to books that I feel are underappreciated and I hope you guys find some new books to read from this!

Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu and Anne Greenwood Brown


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Description from Goodreads:

Kadence Mulligan’s star was rising. She and her best friend, Lauren DeSanto, watched their songs go viral on YouTube, then she launched a solo career when a nasty throat infection paralyzed Lauren’s vocal chords. Everyone knows Lauren and Kadence had a major falling-out over Kady’s boyfriend. But Lauren knows how deceptive Kadence could be sometimes. And nobody believes Lauren when she claims she had nothing to do with the disappearance. Or the blood evidence As the town and local media condemns Lauren, she realizes the only way to clear her name is to discover the truth herself. Lauren slowly unravels the twisted life of Kadence Mulligan and sees that there was more to her than she ever knew. But will she realize she’s unknowingly playing a part in an elaborate game to cover up a crime before it’s too late?

Girl Last Seen is a twisty, exciting thriller that surprised me on so many levels. I didn’t know what the outcome would be, and who I could trust. The ending still has me shocked!

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas


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Description from Goodreads:

There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.

Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.

Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.

But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.

Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.

Like the above, The Darkest Corners is filled with some crazy plot twists that I never in a million years would’ve expected to happen. Props to Kara Thomas for even thinking of these twists, because they’re so well planned and smart. This and Girl Last Seen are must-reads for anyone who loves YA thrillers.

The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian


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Description from Goodreads:

What if your town was sliding underwater and everyone was ordered to pack up and leave? How would you and your friends spend your last days together?

While the adults plan for the future, box up their possessions, and find new places to live, Keeley Hewitt and her friends decide to go out with a bang. There are parties in abandoned houses. Canoe races down Main Street. The goal is to make the most of every minute they still have together.

And for Keeley, that means taking one last shot at the boy she’s loved forever.

There’s a weird sort of bravery that comes from knowing there’s nothing left to lose. You might do things you normally wouldn’t. Or say things you shouldn’t. The reward almost always outweighs the risk.


It’s the end of Aberdeen, but the beginning of Keeley’s first love story. It just might not turn out the way she thought. Because it’s not always clear what’s worth fighting for and what you should let become a memory.

I’ve raved about this book so much on my blog and it deserves so much praise. It’s beautifully written and relatable. It’s a love story, but also has a lot of themes about friendship and family, which I liked a lot.

Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw


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Description from Goodreads:

Meet Scarlett Epstein, BNF (Big Name Fan) in her online community of fanfiction writers, world-class nobody at Melville High. Her best (read: only) IRL friends are Avery, a painfully shy and annoyingly attractive bookworm, and Ruth, her weed-smoking, possibly insane seventy-three-year-old neighbor.

When Scarlett’s beloved TV show is canceled and her longtime crush, Gideon, is sucked out of her orbit and into the dark and distant world of Populars, Scarlett turns to the fanfic message boards for comfort. This time, though, her subjects aren’t the swoon-worthy stars of her fave series—they’re the real-life kids from her high school. And if they ever find out what Scarlett truly thinks about them, she’ll be thrust into a situation far more dramatic than anything she’s ever seen on TV…

Scarlett Epstein is freaking hilarious. You can read my review here.

Winning by Lara Deloza


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Description from Goodreads:

Whoever said being nice would get you to the top?

Certainly not Alexandra Miles. She isn’t nice, but she’s more than skilled at playing the part. She floats through the halls of Spencer High, effortlessly orchestrating the actions of everyone around her, making people bend to her whim without even noticing they’re doing it. She is the queen of Spencer High—and it’s time to make it official.

Alexandra has a goal, you see—Homecoming Queen. Her ambitions are far grander than her small town will allow, but homecoming is just the first step to achieving total domination. So when peppy, popular Erin Hewett moves to town and seems to have a real shot at the crown, Alexandra has to take action.

With the help of her trusted friend Sam, she devises her most devious plot yet. She’ll introduce an unexpected third competitor in the mix, one whose meteoric rise—and devastating fall—will destroy Erin’s chances once and for all. Alexandra can run a scheme like this in her sleep. What could possibly go wrong?

Winning takes the classic mean girl to a whole new level. This book sets the bar for that trope. Alexandra, the queen bee, is smart and caniving and crazy, but you root for her anyways. This book is so fun, and it’s definitely one of my favorites of 2016.

My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul


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Description from Goodreads:

Despite the best of intentions, seventeen-year old, wisecracking Hank Kirby can’t quite seem to catch a break. It’s not that he means to screw things up all the time, it just happens. A lot. Case in point: his attempt to ask out the girl he likes literally goes up in flames when he spells “Prom” in sparklers on her lawn…and nearly burns down her house.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Peyton Breedlove, a brooding loner and budding pyromaniac, witnesses the whole thing. Much to Hank’s dismay, Peyton takes an interest in him—and his “work.” The two are thrust into an unusual friendship, but their boundaries are tested when Hank learns that Peyton is hiding some dark secrets, secrets that may change everything he thought he knew about Peyton.

This is another 2016 favorite! Robin Reul’s debut is heartbreaking and funny at the same time. I shed quite a few tears while reading this, but at other times I was shaking with laughter. I cannot wait for more from Robin!

Have you read any of these books? What are some of your favorite less popular books?



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6 thoughts on “My Favorite Underrated Books

  1. Ooo, Girl Last Seen looks interesting. I just added to my TBR–thanks for the recommendation. Let’s see. . . a less popular book I recently enjoyed was Ice Massacre–terrible title, thrilling story.

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