From book to screen this summer!

Need something to read this summer?  Several young adult novels are being made into movies and will soon be at a theater near you.   Of course, most of the buzz has been about The Fault in Our Stars, which comes to theaters on June 6. You might want to order your tickets online because I imagine long lines for this highly anticipated movie.  Be sure to bring kleenex!  Author John Green has had a major role on the movie set, and from what I have read, the film is faithful to the movie.  Ansel Elgort plays Augustus Waters and Shailene Woodley plays Hazel Grace Lancaster.  The two also starred together in Divergent.  In case you haven’t heard about this book, it is the story of two teens who meet at a cancer support group and fall in love. Even though many of us already know how the story ends, I expect we will still enjoy seeing Gus and Hazel move from print to screen.  So read the book, or read it again, buy your ticket, grab some tissues, and head to the theater for this one.  Everyone will be talking about it, so don’t miss it!

Spend July reading, or re-reading, The Giver by Lois Lowry.  The movie hits the theaters on August 15.  You may have read this book in Middle School, but it is certainly a story for all ages.  The story revolves around Jonas and his life in a Utopian Society that has eliminated pain and strife by converting to “Sameness,” a plan to eliminate emotional pain. Jonas is selected to inherit the position of “Receiver of Memory,” the person who stores all the past memories of the time before Sameness, in case they are ever needed again. As Jonas receives the memories from The Giver, he discovers the power of knowledge.  But, does he want this power and what will he do with it?  Jeff Bridges is starring as The Giver and Brenton Thwaites plays Jonas. Taylor Swift also stars.  From what I have read, the movie is not going to be entirely faithful to the book, so you might want to read it before heading to the theater to refresh your memory.

Another one you will want to see is If I Stay which opens August 22.  Based on the novel by Gayle Foreman, it tells the story of Mia, a young cellist, who hovers between life and death after a car crash kills her parents and brother. The story is told in flashbacks as her boyfriend and others try to convince her that life is worth living despite its tragedies.  Chloe Grace Moretz plays Mia, and Jamie Blackley plays her boyfriend.  I found this a powerful and emotional book that made me cry, so I am taking plenty of tissues to the theater with me!  You should too!

If you like action, adventure, with sci-fi mixed in be sure to catchThe Maze Runner on September 19, based on the book by James Dasher. The book is action-packed with twists and turns, and I hope the movie captures this same excitement.  Thomas wakes up to find himself in an enclosed environment that is similar to a maze. It is called the Glades and the other boys he meets have been trapped in the maze for almost two years. Thomas is determined to get out, but quickly realizes that is not going to be easy.  Dylan O’Brian plays Thomas, and Will Poulter plays Gally.  This is one guys especially are not going to want to miss.

So whether you are headed to the beach, the mountains, camping, or just hanging out in your backyard, these are four great books to read, to enjoy, and to experience on screen!