By Chase Gaitens, School-Age and Teen Services Assistant
Have you ever been reading a book in the library and thought: “This would make a great movie!” Well, Hollywood agrees! Check out this list of YA books that have been adapted for the silver screen.
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Lena Duchannes is struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them. This book/movie is perfect for those who like supernatural tales.
Movie available for check out as Library DVD and to stream on Hulu, Prime Video and Vudu.
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
High school senior Bianca has a rude awakening when she learns that her classmates secretly know her as the D.U.F.F. – Designated Ugly Fat Friend – to her prettier and more popular cohorts. She seeks help from a popular jock in order to save her senior year and to overthrow the school’s social order. This book/movie is perfect for those who love romantic comedies.
Movie available to stream on Netflix, Prime Video and Vudu.
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
The 5th Wave follows a girl named Cassie who becomes one of the very few survivors of humans. This book/ movie is perfect for those who like dystopian novels.
Movie available for check out as Library DVD and to stream on Prime Video, Tubi and Vudu.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This literary classic follows writer and Wall Street trader, Nick, as he finds himself drawn to his millionaire neighbor Jay Gatsby. While it has been made into a movie and miniseries many times, the 2013 version is both visually appealing and features many familiar faces. This book/movie is perfect for those who like dramatic romance stories and literary classics.
Movie available to stream on Prime Video and Vudu.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with a tough choice. Stay true to her first love – music – even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind? Then, one February morning, Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters. This book/movie is perfect for
those who like dramatic romance stories.
Movie available for check out as Library DVD and to stream on Prime Video and Vudu.
Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
This movie follows an expedition to Iceland that goes awry as their only way to escape is to go deeper and deeper below the earth’s dangerous surface. One of many movie adaptations, the 2008 sci-fi film stays pretty close to the original story, a novel written all the way back in 1864. This book/movie is perfect for those who like discovering lost worlds.
Movie available for check out as Library DVD and to stream on Prime Video.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Maze Runner is about a boy named Thomas who wakes up at the center of a large labyrinth with no memory of his previous life. He quickly becomes an asset to the maze’s makeshift civilization. This book/movie is perfect for those who love sci-fi and mystery.
Movie available for check out as Library DVD and to stream on Hulu, Prime Video and Disney+.
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Shy teenager Mia Thermopolis is thrown for a loop when, from out of the blue, she learns the news that she is a real-life princess! Mia begins a comical journey toward the throne when her strict grandmother, Queen Clarisse Renaldi shows up to give her “princess lessons.” This book/movie is perfect for those who like to laugh out loud.
Movie available to stream on Disney+.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
This teen movie follows a high schooler named Lara Jean, a daydreamer who writes love letters to boys she has crushes on, but never sends them. Until one day when all the love letters are sent out to her previous crushes. Her life is then thrust into chaos as she must confront the boys one by one. This book/movie is perfect for those who like romantic comedies about crushes.
Movie available to stream on Netflix.