Raise your hand if you’re more than ready for winter break?
SO ARE WE, Y’ALL.
So while you’re winding down from school, work, or whatever it is you’re taking a *break* from, we already know you’re going to check out our most anticipated December reads, and maybe even our roundup of books to help you feel just a little more zen (because what else is break for?).
But you may have forgotten that there are also an incredible amount of YA movies you can stream while you’re home! Whether it’s a new one, like Dumplin’ and her girl gang, or an old fave like the Divergent films, we hope this list gives you a healthy distraction from life’s stress. And maybe, just maybe, even a quick break from your ever-demanding TBR—but who’s to say you can’t also read all the amazing books these movies are based on?!
YA Movies to Stream
OVER WINTER BREAK
WE’RE FINALLY HERE, YOU GUYS! It feels like we’ve been waiting forever, but we are SO excited for y’all to watch this now that our favorite high-heeled revolution has premiered on Netflix! Before you watch, head to our blog to find out everything you need to know about this amazing film! And don’t miss our live-tweet watch party—watch (or re-watch) and tweet along!
2. Love, Simon
We know, we know. You’ve probably already seen the amazing adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda approximately 47 times. We mean, we’ve seen it ourselves at least fifty. At this point we even quote it by heart! But this is the perfect opportunity to watch it again, and we’ll never pass up the chance to see Simon singing karaoke at Bram’s Halloween party.
3. Everything, Everything
Amandla Stenberg is the reigning queen of YA adaptations, and if you haven’t seen them absolutely KILL it alongside Nick Robinson (the king of YA movies, tbh), you’re really missing out!
4. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Woah woah woah woah woah—were you not planning on binging this again over the break? Peter Kavinsky captured our hearts, and we can’t wait to rewatch To All the Boys yet again when the sun sets and we can snuggle up with our blanket, popcorn, and cupcakes. Or brownies, since, you know, they’re easier to cut for a watch party. When’s that sequel hitting screens?
No matter which faction you’re in, we recommend revisiting the original golden age of YA with this still epic adaptation. We’ll never be over the chills we get during the knife throwing scene, or the excitement we can’t help but feel as Tris walks into the Dauntless dining room for the first time. We still listen to this soundtrack and reminisce about these OG YA faves!
6. Before I Fall
Lauren Oliver’s emotionally searing and basically perfect debut novel Before I Fall was adapted into an equally perfect movie starring Zoey Deutch back in 2017, and we still laugh and gasp and sob when we think about it. Zoey’s star has only been on the rise, so if you haven’t seen it yet, now is definitely the time!
7. The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Please, please, please tell us you’ve seen this movie. Cameron Post got a limited release in theaters after winning the Grand Jury prize at Sundance so, obviously we are of the mind that way more people should be clamoring to see it. Chloë Grace Moretz absolutely kills it as Cameron Post. And though this story is an incredibly emotional one, it’s also filled with so many moments of joy and hopefulness that we know you’ll fall in love with it just as strongly as we have.
8. I Am Number Four
Though there are some definite differences between I Am Number Four the book and I Am Number Four the movie, you can guarantee we’ll be rewatching this and remembering the simpler, sweeter times (Dianna Agron is still the perfect Sarah, idc) with the final Legacies Reborn on the horizon.
9. The Hunger Games
If you’ve already made it this far through our list, we hope you haven’t forgotten about the absolute masterpiece that is The Hunger Games. One of our favorite YA movies of all time, there are countless times in this film—in the whole series, really—where we still get chills, no matter how many times we watch. Put Katniss volunteering for Prim in some cinematic hall of fame, please.
10. Vampire Academy
All we want in life is to know who would be cast as Adrian Ivashkov! This brutally underrated YA flick also stars Zoey Deutch, and honestly, we’re just thrilled we got to see Rose Hathaway on screen. Her bite—and we’re talking about the sarcasm, not the bloodsucking—is unmatched on page, and such a simple concept evolved into a brutally complex, clever, and emotional journey over the course of the books.
11. The Darkest Minds
One of the newest additions to our collection of YA movies, The Darkest Minds was a blast from the past this year—and perfectly timed to The Darkest Legacy. The characters in this world are so empowering, we will definitely be rewatching this one when the real world gets too overwhelming.
Which epic adaption are you going to stream? Did we miss any of your faves? Let us know in the comments below!