Book Bomb! Teen Novels to Film 2015

More and more stories are making their way from the pages of the most beloved teen novels to the big screen. Here are a few titles that you should definitely read before (or after) the film is released.

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 
by Jesse Andrews.

Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann) deals with the suckfest that is high school with his mastery of the art of staying off the radar. Together with his kind-of-maybe friend Earl, his low-key existence is filled with keeping things low-key and making amateur films that are… interesting (to put it politely) versions of old classics. Until his mother forces him to re-friend a girl from his childhood who has been diagnosed with leukemia, pushing Greg into the one place he’s been trying so hard to avoid: the very center of things.
In theatres June 12.
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by John Green

Quentin (Matt Wolf) has been in love with Margo Roth Spiegelman (Cara Delevigne), the incandescent girl across the street, all his life, secretly (or so he thinks) and from afar. His whole world implodes when the object of his obsession ninjas her way into his room one night and recruits him on a night of vengeance and hilarity... and the next morning, is nowhere to be found. But the girl who loves mysteries has left clues behind for the boy who loves the greatest mystery of his entire life, and he’s not about to let anything stop him from solving it.
In theatres July 24.

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The Scorch Trials 
by James Dashner

Sequel to The Maze Runner.  After solving the mystery of the maze, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and the surviving Gladers thought they had won their way to freedom, but instead find themselves emerging from the deadly ever-shifting maze only to be thrown into the even deadlier ever-burning zone called The Scorch. They have but two weeks to traverse this lethal obstacle course, two weeks to live or die in this hellish inferno of a place that very few have survived.
In theatres Sept 18.

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by R.L. Stine

Inspired by the series of books filled with thrills and chills for children and teens.  Zach Cooper has just moved to a new town. His new neighbor, Hanna, is the daughter of none other than the world famous R.L. Stine himself (played by Jack Black), author of the Goosebumps books that have both terrified and delighted readers for years. What people don’t know is that Stine’s books keep the world safe by trapping all of the monsters within their pages. That is, until Zach accidentally releases all of these horrors out into the world. Now it’s up to him, Hannah and Stine to put them back before the fictional world of horrors in R.L. Stine’s books becomes, well, the real world.
In theatres October 16.

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Victor Frankenstein 
by Mary Shelley

Based on the classic Victorian horror novel of a young doctor’s misguided attempts at discovering the secrets of life and death, the film follows the story from the perspective of Igor (Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter film fame), a character not in the original novel. Through Igor’s eyes, experience the story of his sinister past, his friendship with the young man who would later on create a monster, and those terrible events that made that young doctor a legend.
In theatres November 15.

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by Suzanne Collins

In the last part of the Hunger Games film series, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) will finally accept her role as leader of the resistance, the role she must play to ensure the overthrow of the current regime, the downfall of President Snow, and most importantly the rescue of Peeta, who may or may not be under the influence of the Capitol. Some lives will be lost. Others will be saved.  Secrets, traitors, and betrayers will be revealed.
In theatres November 20.

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by Lauren Kate

Sent to a remote boarding school for her role leading to the death of a boy, Luce Price (Addison Timlin) isn’t sure what creeps her out more: that her new school forbids the use of phones, or that there are cameras following the students everywhere they go. So it’s not that much stranger that the hostile, enigmatic Daniel, whom she has never met before, is somehow so familiar to her… like they’ve known each other all their lives.  Because they have known each other, and every single time they met in those countless lives before, she died.
In theatres Fall 2015.

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by Rick Yancey

An alien race has invaded Earth and begun to “cleanse” the planet in preparation for colonization. Their invasion began in the form of “waves”: the first wave was an electro-magnetic blast that rendered all electronic-based technology useless. The second wave was a titanic bar dropped into the ocean that destroyed all coastal civilization. The third wave decimated the human population with a viral plague. The fourth wave came in the form of aliens themselves, who revealed they had been living among humans for decades. Cassie (Chloe Moretz) a teen who survives the death of both her parents, promises to keep her little brother safe. She just needs to make it through the fifth wave… which is about to begin.
In theatres January 15, 2016.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 
by Seth Grahame-Smith

All of the lovely angst of Jane Austen’s Victorian classis is superimposed with the supernatural (zombification!) so that once-familiar events take on more thrilling and undead connotation. Elizabeth Bennet (Lily Collins) and her sisters have been raised, as any proper English girls should be, in the feminine arts by their mother… and in the deadly martial arts by their father. Just as in the original, Lady Bennet only wishes marital bliss for her daughters, and contrives to arrange suitable matches for them, even while they battle the ravening undead.
In theatres February 5, 2016.

When his grandfather is killed by creatures that could only be described as make-believe, a teen boy (Asa Butterfield) follows the clues left behind, eerie photographs of children who seem to have… peculiar capabilities. His quest leads him to an orphanage his grandfather was once raised in, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. With the discovery of these supernaturally talented kids comes the discovery that the creatures who killed his grandfather may not be so imaginary after all.
In theatres March 4, 2016.

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by Veronica Roth

The conclusion to Roth’s best-selling Divergent series follows Tris’ (Shailene Woodley) discovery of the truth behind the factions, and the walled-off city they have been confined to. The world is not what they thought it was, and neither are the factions, or the Divergent.
The film will be split up into two parts, the first of which will be 
in theatres March 16, 2016.

Click on any of the book covers or titles to visit the OC Public Libraries’ catalog to reserve a copy of the novel today!

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