The hottest days of summer are here- which means there’s nothing better than an air conditioned movie theater. Luckily, there are plenty of great book to movie adaptations coming out in the next month. Here are just some of my favorites!
August 3: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Protagonist of The Darkest Minds, Ruby, is played by Amandla Stenberg, a Young Adult book to movie adaptation veteran (check her out in The Hunger Games and Everything, Everything). Ruby lives in a world where teenagers have begun developing special powers- and she’s one of them. After escaping the government camp she was held in, with the help of some friends Ruby discovers a safe haven run by teens like her. In this action-packed dystopian thriller, nothing is as it seems and everyone has something to be afraid of.
August 15: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Kwan’s wealth-saturated debut boasts a nearly all Asian cast and $30 million dollar budget. Set in Singapore, the story follows Rachel as she’s introduced to her boyfriend Nick’s family. However, Nick’s family happens to be one of the richest families in Asia- and they’re not exactly welcoming of an outsider. A win for diverse representation and romance novel lovers alike, Crazy Rich Asians is sure to be a hit.
August 17: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
When I first read Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, my mom had just died. While the novel is a romance (and a really cute one, too), I connected most with protagonist Lara Jean’s grief over the death of her mom and her relationship with her sisters and father. Han’s story is sweetly endearing, but it is also realistic. I’m hoping this mix will be translated into the Netflix adaptation of the novel, released on August 17. Check out my reviews of the second and third book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy.
BONUS! October 19: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Thomas’s debut about police shootings rocked the Young Adult book community when it came out, for good reason. The Hate U Give is a powerful, compelling story that seems only too relevant in our political climate. I am so excited to see powerhouse actress/activist Amandla Stenberg as Starr Carter in what is sure to be a blockbuster.