YA Books Adapted Into Films

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Do you like to see the movie or read the book it’s based on first?

I prefer to read the book before I see the movie. When I read a book or a series such as the “Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, I am able to imagine myself in that world.

I get to know the characters and the details of the setting and worlds created in the books, and they all come to life in my mind. Then when I see the movie, I compare the world that I envisioned with the world created in the films and the images of the characters I imagined with the actors who play those characters.

It’s fascinating to see the words that I have read in a book being brought to life in a film. I often find that the movie isn’t as detailed as the book but I still enjoy seeing the interpretation.

Sometimes I watch a movie and find out later that it was based on a book. In that case, I borrow that book from the library, read it and compare it with the movie. The look and mannerisms of the characters in the movie may influence how I see the book but the book also helps me understand the backstories of the characters and other details that may not have been shown in the movie.

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All the Bright Places

Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school–both teetering on the edge–it’s the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the “natural wonders” of the state of Indiana, and two teens’ desperate desire to heal and save one another. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.

Between Shades of Gray

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author’s family, includes a historical note. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.

Ashes in the Snow (DVD)

An artistic sixteen-year-old is forcefully separated from her family by Soviet soldiers and sent to one of Stalin’s work camps in Siberia. Despite suffering through cruel and harsh conditions, Lina finds refuge in the connections she makes with other deportees and in the art she continues to create to document her experiences. Based on the novel “Between Shades of Gray” written by Ruta Sepetys. You can also check out this title as video on Hoopla.

Five Feet Apart

Seventeen-year-olds Stella and Will, both suffering from cystic fibrosis, realize the only way to stay alive is to stay apart, but their love for each other is slowly pushing the boundaries of physical and emotional safety. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.

Five Feet Apart (DVD)

Stella is a vibrant, fun-loving seventeen-year-old, who, unlike most teenagers, has to spend much of her time living at a hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. When Stella meets Will, a charming and rebellious fellow patient, she feels a powerful connection, but the risk of life-threatening infection dictate that she and Will maintain a safe distance between them. As their feelings grow, Stella and Will face a life-changing question: How does love feel when even a single touch is off-limits?

The Hate U Give (DVD)

Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr tries to find her voice in order to stand up for what’s right.

The Hunger Games

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby, as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.

The Hunger Games (DVD)

Set in a future where the Capitol of the nation of Panem selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to compete in the Hunger Games. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen volunteers take her younger sister’s place for the latest match. She must rely upon her sharp instincts when she’s pitted against highly trained Tributes who have prepared their entire lives. If Katniss is ever to return to District 12, she must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Mortal Engines (DVD)

Hundreds of years after our civilization was destroyed, a new world has emerged. A mysterious young woman named Hester Shaw leads a band of outcasts in the fight to stop London, now a giant predator city on wheels, from devouring everything in its path.

Spontaneous (DVD)

Get ready for the outrageous coming-of-age love story about growing up…and blowing up. When students in their school begin exploding (literally), seniors Mara and Dylan struggle to survive in a world where each moment may be their last.

The Sun Is Also a Star (DVD)

College-bound romantic Daniel Bae and Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley meet, and fall for each other, over one magical day amidst the fervor and flurry of New York City. Sparks immediately fly between these two strangers, who might never have met had fate not given them a little push. But will fate be enough to take these teens from star-crossed to lucky in love?

Words on Bathroom Walls (DVD)

Diagnosed with a mental illness halfway through his senior year of high school, a witty introspective teen struggles to keep it a secret while falling in love with a brilliant classmate who inspires him to open his heart and not be defined by his condition.