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7 Book to Movie Adaptations We're Looking Forward to Watching This Year

We’re already a few months into 2018, and it feels like we’ve already been #blessed with an incredible set of film adaptations. From LOVE, SIMON to the final MAZE RUNNER, we’ve barely had time to chill between movie outings! But the year is not slowing up, and there are a bunch more book to movie adaptations coming out before the year ends. So we wanted to take a beat, look ahead, and see what’s coming to the silver screen!


7 Book to Movie Adaptations We’re Looking Forward to Watching This Year


1. The Darkest Minds

It feels like we fell in love with Ruby and her story a lifetime ago! This dystopian epic by Alexandra Bracken was one of our first YA faves, a story that encouraged us to fight against injustice and never give up, all set against a brutal, superpowered world. We’re ready to rally behind Ruby once again when this film hits the big screen!


2. Measure of a Man

You might not recognize this one, but ONE FAT SUMMER is a YA classic from before the time of YA as you know it! This film is set in the 70s (and actually stars Chuck, our MAZE RUNNER cinnamon roll) and follows a bullied boy as he learns to stand up for himself. But, you know, it’s also pretty funny, so we definitely see this one being a good time.


3. Dumplin’

Now that PUDDIN’ is finally out in the world, we’re even more excited for DUMPLIN’—and with Dolly Parton writing original music, a cast starring Jennifer Aniston, Danielle Macdonald, and Dove Cameron, we didn’t think that was possible. This movie sounds like a dream!!

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

Dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . .  until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant


4. Crazy Rich Asians

Okay, we know this one isn’t YA, but can you blame us for including it?! The trailer looks AMAZING and we’re ready for Constance Wu to take over the world. We’re also ready for a summer full of feel good content, so this is just checking all the boxes.


5. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

To say we’re going to schedule a cookie dough movie night for the SECOND this hits the Netflix homepage would be an understatement. We cannot wait to see one of our favorite YA rom-coms of all time come to life, and we’re sure that we’re going to fall in love with Lara Jean and Peter as quickly off the page as we did on!! Plus, Mona from PRETTY LITTLE LIARS plays Margot, so that’s just an added bonus right there.

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.


6. The Hate U Give

THE HATE U GIVE blew our minds last year. It was important. It was emotional. It was hilarious. We could not put it down. And from what we know about this movie, it’s shaping up to be exactly the same. While we wait (not so) patiently for a trailer, we’ll just be browsing all the behind-the-scenes pics over… and over… and over…

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.


7. Murdered at 17

With so much drama, and so many twists and turns, we’re surprised it’s taken this long for a total Lifetime movie YA event! With PREGNANT AT 17MISSING AT 17, and MURDERED AT 17, we just KNOW the kind of teen angst, drama, and danger we’re in for.

Pretty and popular, seventeen-year-old Brooke Emerson is the envy of her classmates—and even some of her closest friends. But while she seems to have it all, Brooke has never felt so lost.

Ever since she sustained a head injury during a cheerleading stunt the previous year, she’s suffered from a disorder that causes her to fly into uncontrollable, sometimes violent rages. And it isn’t until Brooke meets Jake, a handsome and charismatic stranger, that she feels like she’s found someone who not only understands her, but accepts her for who she is. As tempting as it is to get swept up in the romance, she can’t help but feel like something in their relationship isn’t quite right.

When her best friend is brutally murdered, Brooke has no choice but to depend on her new love… especially because she’s worried that she might be the killer.


What other adaptations are you looking forward to? Let us know below!