It’s no secret that all of us at Style Aria are voracious readers and self proclaimed fiction nerds! With John Green’s Paper Towns having premiered as Cara Delevingne’s debut movie in New York this week, and the Hunger Games: Mockingjay’s final installment slated for a December 2015 release, we got to thinking about more young adult books that would make super awesome movies.
Here’s our list of top 12 Young Adult books that deserve kickass big screen adaptations!
1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher – Thirteen Reasons Why is a young-adult fiction novel about a guy named Clay Jensen who discovers that he was one of the thirteen reasons why his classmate and crush, Hannah Baker, committed suicide.
The book begins with Clay getting home from school one day to find a package on his porch that is addressed to him from an anonymous person. He opens it and finds a shoe box with seven cassettes recorded by Hannah, in which she reveals names of all the people and the reasons for her suicide. From the cassettes, Clay gets to know and feel the pain Hannah that went through. he finds out how, unintentionally, a bunch of people including himself led to her taking her own life.
2. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen – Here’s what the official book description says – Macy’s summer stretches before her, carefully planned and outlined. She will spend her days sitting at the library information desk. She will spend her evenings studying for the SATs. Spare time will be used to help her obsessive mother prepare for the big opening of the townhouse section of her luxury development. But Macy’s plans don’t anticipate a surprising and chaotic job with Wish Catering, a motley crew of new friends, or … Wes. Tattooed, artistic, anything-but-expected Wes. He doesn’t fit Macy’s life at all–so why does she feel so comfortable with him? What is it about him that makes her let down her guard and finally talk about how much she misses her father, who died before her eyes the year before? Sarah Dessen delivers a page-turning novel that carries readers on a roller coaster of denial, grief, comfort, and love as we watch a broken but resilient girl pick up the pieces of her life and fit them back together.
We say – just read this inspiring coming of age book for the lovable, well developed characters, convincing romance that will make you cheer for them and plain sheer entertainment!
3. Time Riders by Alex Scarrow – Liam O’Connor should have died at sea in 1912. Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010. Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2026. Yet moments before death, someone mysteriously appeared and said, ‘Take my hand . . .’ But Liam, Maddy and Sal aren’t rescued. They are recruited by an agency that no one knows exists, with only one purpose – to fix broken history. Because time travel is here, and there are those who would go back in time and change the past. That’s why the TimeRiders exist: to stop time travel from destroying the world . . .
This wonderfully gripping and believable sci-fi series by Alex Scarrow is like a lesson in world history, but 100 times more interesting! Each of the nine novels in this series is a roller-coaster ride that will keep you at the edge of your seats and will definitely make for great fast paced movies!
4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time recently opened as a Broadway play, and we think it would make a great movie as well. A film adaptation may be in the planning stages, but no production has begun. The story follows Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old with high-functioning autism, as he tries to solve the mystery of his neighbor’s murdered dog. Genius, moving stuff, right?
5. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli – From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, hallways hum “Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. Until they are not. Leo urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her – normal.
This inspiring “un-put-downable” book chronicles Leo’s interaction with a profoundly non-conformist girl Susan Caraway who also goes by the name Stargirl. It raises some introspective questions about standing out when the entire society wants you to “fit in”.
6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – Anna Oliphant has life going great for her till her father decides to ship her off to a boarding school in Paris. She can’t speak a word of French and she definitely misses everyone back home. Everything takes the turn for the worse till she meets the charming and beautiful Étienne St. Clair. It’s the stuff for movies that a younger Hilary Duff or Amanda Bynes could have starred in.
7. Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles – Moving, emotional, realistic—these are just words that can describe the story of four teenagers whose lives are changed with one pregnancy. Friendship, love and sex are the perfect ingredients for a summer romance movie. It’ll be interesting to see this on-screen since there are multiple narrators in the book. A movie can give the story a holistic look and make connecting the dots a lot easier.
8. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – Imagine writing letters to your ex-boyfriends and hiding them in your closet, never having the intention of sending them out. Imagine finding out that the letters are missing and you learn that these letters have reached their corresponding owners. The main character Lara Jean receives a healthy dose of reality and growing up in this coming-of-age novel. Inspired by Han’s own habit of writing (but never sending) letters to boys she had a crush on, this book will make a delightful big screen adaptation, we think!
9. Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume – Margaret is raised by parents who do not like to discuss religion as not to confuse her. But once she reaches puberty, she ends up talking to God about possibly everything since she has no one else to talk to. From religion to adolescence to wearing bra and making and losing friends, this 1070’s book has proven to be a classic and at least deserves a screen adaptation.
10. Betsy-Tacy Series by Maud Hart Lovelace – The Betsy-Tacy books are a series of semi-autobiographical novels by American novelist and short-story writer Maud Hart Lovelace (1892-1980), which were originally published between 1940 and 1955 by the Thomas Y. Crowell Co.
The series follows the adventures of heroine Betsy Ray, who is based closely on the author, and her friends and family. The first book, Betsy-Tacy, begins in 1897 on the eve of Betsy’s fifth birthday, and the last book, Betsy’s Wedding, ends in 1917 as the United States prepares to enter the First World War.
Coming of age in Industrial America would only get better with the costumes, don’t you think!
11. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld – Curtis Sittenfeld’s debut novel, Prep, is an insightful, achingly funny coming-of-age story as well as a brilliant dissection of class, race, and gender in a hothouse of adolescent angst and ambition.
Lee Fiora is an intelligent, observant fourteen-year-old when her father drops her off in front of her dorm at the prestigious Ault School in Massachusetts. She leaves her animated, affectionate family in South Bend, Indiana, at least in part because of the boarding school’s glossy brochure, in which boys in sweaters chat in front of old brick buildings, girls in kilts hold lacrosse sticks on pristinely mown athletic fields, and everyone sings hymns in chapel. Lee’s experiences–complicated relationships with teachers; intense friendships with other girls; an all-consuming preoccupation with a classmate who is less than a boyfriend and more than a crush; conflicts with her parents, from whom Lee feels increasingly distant, coalesce into a singular portrait of the painful and thrilling adolescence universal to us all.
12. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson – This riveting, heartbreaking book follows the story of Lia, an eighteen-year-old girl dealing with anorexia nervosa. The novel opens with the news that Lia’s best friend of 10 years, Cassie, who was bulimic, has died, and the night she died, she tried to call Lia 33 times. The novel follows the course of Lia’s struggles with anorexia, her difficult relationships with her parents and stepmother, and her search to learn about Cassie’s fate.
Drop us your thoughts on our list, or your suggestions for the dream cast, in the comments section below!