A Quick Guide to Turn Your Teens Into Book Lovers!

Updated: Sep 11, 2020

Reading isn’t for everyone. But it can be. I’ve always been a book lover, but my taste and dedication to reading haven’t always been consistent. I’ve read books in the past 4 years that I don’t think I ever would have picked up 15 years ago. Reading is not a one size fits all hobby. Teenagers like different things, and go through fazes that can last anywhere from a month to their entire middle/high school experience.

In the past 20 years, we’ve seen popular Young Adult authors such as John Green and Suzanne Collins have their books adapted into films. These films got a whole generation of young millennials and Gen Z kids into reading, all because they loved the film. While book-to-film adaptations don’t always get a good rep, I’ve found that sometimes, watching the films before reading the books, can give you a much bigger appreciation for the story. We’ve also seen how the birth of Tumblr and fandoms keep these stories alive. So I’m going to give you a list of book-to-film recommendations to introduce your kids into the world of literature!

For the drama queens & hopeless romantics that live by insta quotes

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

“Maddy is a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who is unable to leave the protection of the hermetically-sealed environment within her house because of an illness. Olly is the boy next door who won't let that stop them from being together. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, Maddy and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together, even if it means losing everything.”

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

“College-bound romantic Daniel Bae and Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley meet -- and fall for each other -- over one magical day amidst the fervor and flurry of New York City. Sparks immediately fly between these two strangers, who might never have met had fate not given them a little push. With just hours left on the clock in what looks to be her last day in the U.S., Natasha is fighting against her family's deportation just as fiercely as she's fighting her growing feelings for Daniel.”

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

“Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old cancer patient, meets and falls in love with Gus Waters, a similarly afflicted teen from her cancer support group. Hazel feels that Gus really understands her. They both share the same acerbic wit and a love of books, especially Grace's touchstone, "An Imperial Affliction" by Peter Van Houten. When Gus scores an invitation to meet the reclusive author, he and Hazel embark on the adventure of their brief lives.”

Every Day by David Levithan

“Sixteen-year-old Rhiannon falls in love with A, a mysterious spirit who inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A try to find each other on a daily basis, always unsure of what or who the next day will bring. Soon, the realities of loving someone who is a different person every 24 hours starts to take its toll, leaving Rhiannon and A to face the hardest decision either has ever had to make.”

Beastly by Alex Flinn

“An arrogant and cruel student, prone to humiliating unattractive classmates, is cursed by someone he hurts and physically transformed into everything he despises. The only solution to the curse is to find someone that will love him as he is.”

For the fighters, feminists and “I was born in the wrong generation” outcasts

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

“In what was once North America, the Capitol of Panem maintains its hold on its 12 districts by forcing them each to select a boy and a girl, called Tributes, to compete in a nationally televised event called the Hunger Games. Every citizen must watch as the youths fight to the death until only one remain. District 12 Tribute Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has little to rely on, other than her hunting skills and sharp instincts, in an arena where she must weigh survival against love.”

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

“Shy San Francisco teenager Mia Thermopolis is thrown for a loop when, from out of the blue, she learns the astonishing news that she's a real-life princess! As the heir apparent to the crown of the small European principality of Genovia, Mia begins a comical journey toward the throne when her strict and formidable grandmother, Queen Clarisse Renaldi, shows up to give her "princess lessons."”