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Lately, Hollywood has been on a roll when it comes to making movies based on young adult novels. These movies include the Hunger Games and Twilight franchises and some standalone films like The Duff and Flipped. As we continue to see more film adaptations of young adult movies, I'd like to take a moment to share with you a couple of my favorite young adult books that I believe deserve to be adapted into films.

5. Jenny Han's To All The Boys I Loved Before (2014)

Lara Jean Song Covey had a few crushes in her lifetime, but didn't have the courage to pursue them. So whenever she lost interest in a crush, she would write a secret goodbye letter to him and place it in a teal hat box that her mother gave her. One day, her goodbye letters mysteriously get sent out to her crushes.

Why This Would Be A Good Movie

To All The Boys I Loved Before is an Asian drama in the making because it has all the components to be a legit drama, but there isn't enough material to go off of for a TV series, so a movie is all we can wish for. To All The Boys I Loved Before has that teen romance comedy charm to it, and could be considered the next great chick flick that you and your best girlfriends will be watching. A possible film adaptation of the book could be compared to the likes of The Duff and A Cinderella Story (the original and best one with Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray).

4. Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park (2013)

Eleanor & Park is set in Omaha, Nebraska around 1986. Eleanor Douglas, a new transfer student, is forced to ride the bus to her school. She sits next to Park Sheridan and eventually their bus seating arrangement becomes routine. They start to talk to each other and learn that they share a common interest in music and comic books. Eventually, they fall in love and start dating.

Why This Would Be A Good Movie

As today's entertainment is taking a trip down memory lane with '90s reboots, it would be nice to see an original story set in a different decade like the '80s. Eleanor & Park is the awkward, geeky romance that any introverted, shy person dreams of having in their life (and trust me, I wish to meet a guy like Park).

Personally, I envision this movie to be an instant classic film for teenagers and young adults everywhere. Not only does the novel focus on romance, but it also deals with family relationships, domestic/child abuse, body image, and cultural barriers. If you are a fan of films like Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, or (500) Days of Summer, this one's for you. It has the same ambience — a quirky love between two weird, introverted people.

Also, rumor has it that DreamWorks picked up the film rights for this book.

3. Kimberly Karalius's Love Fortunes And Other Disasters (2015)

The town Grimbaud is known as the city of love and romance. Grimbaud's citizens respect the local love charm maker, Zita, for her accurate love fortune predictions.

For generations, Fallon Dupree's family attended the local high school in Grimbaud. It is at this high school where her parents and brother met their true loves. Fallon hopes to do the same, but when she received her fortune from Zita, she was told that she was not destined to find true love. Devastated, Fallon joins a group of rebellious students to stop Zita's control over the love lives of Grimbaud's citizens.

Why This Would Be A Good Movie

What I really love about this fantasy romance novel is the setting descriptions of the town, Grimbaud. The town seems like an enchanting fairy tale land that would be great to see on the big screen. In fact, when watching the Harry Potter movies, I enjoyed the scenes where Harry, Ron, and Hermione go to Diagon Alley the most. There's something magical about seeing these fantasy places being brought to life. Grimbaud is no exception.

In addition, Love Fortunes and other Disasters would be a chick flick that you would want to see because viewers can relate to the feelings of longing for true love. There's mystery, action, comedy, and of course, romance. It's a fantasy love story that we need, so if you enjoy a movie like, Penelope, Love Fortunes and other Disasters is right up your alley.

2. Josh Sundquist's We Should Hangout Sometime: Embarrassingly, A True Story (2014)

Josh Sundquist conducts a real-life social experiment where he tries to figure out why his past crushes didn't like him.

Why This Would Be A Good Movie

Josh Sundquist is a Paralympian, cancer survivor and a best-selling author. He's your boy-next-door type of guy that any guy or girl can relate to. In fact, I'm pretty sure that we can all recall a time where we had a crush on someone but never told him or her so it was just kept a secret. His memoir stories are hilarious and it conveys the hope that there's someone out there for everyone.

We Should Hang Out Sometime would be one of those "based on a true story" films that would fall under the categories of comedy and romance. If you like John Green's Fault In Our Stars or Jesse Andrews's Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, you will enjoy this one.

1. Amy Zhang's Falling Into Place (2014)

Liz Emerson has the "perfect life" — or so it seems — from the perspective of others. She's the most popular girl in her high school, but behind this fake appearance is a depressed girl. The story focuses on Liz Emerson's "last days" on Earth before she attempts suicide via car accident.

Why This Would Be A Good Movie

It would be a movie that many teenagers and young adults would be able to relate to. I would categorize this novel into the "coming-of-age" genre since it deals with a lot of issues that young adults experience while growing up. At some point in our lives, we were once Liz Emerson. We all had low self-esteem, felt unloved, or have been stressed out and wanted to explode. So a movie like Falling Into Place would be great to address issues such as bullying, mental illness, and body issues as they continue to be hot topics in the media. In regards to filming, it would be an interesting challenge to see how producers visually depict time since the story is told in a combination of flashbacks and present-day narrative. The story even has a mystery aspect to it. The audience will have to piece together the reasons why Liz Emerson wants to commit suicide.

If you enjoyed Gayle Forman's If I Stay or Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why, Amy Zhang's Falling into Place is a must-read for you.

These YA novels have tons of romance, humor, and drama and are just a few of my favorite books out there. If you are interested in reading one of these titles, you can buy them on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

And hopefully, one of these days, some filmmakers adapt these YA novels into movies that we can all enjoy. I have my fingers crossed!

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Is there a YA novel that you want to see be made into a film? Let us know in the comments!


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