12 New Young Adult Books to Read While Waiting for the ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Movie
Prepare yourselves, book lovers: A ton of young adult books are getting major motion picture adaptations in 2018. In March, we're being treated with the highly anticipated film adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, directed by the phenomenal Ava DuVernay and starring Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Oprah, and Storm Reid. Plus, with an adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, featuring Katherine Langford and Nick Robinson, and The Darkest Minds starring Mandy Moore also hitting theaters this year, we seriously can't wait to see all of our favorite YA literary adventures come to life on the silver screen. But because these premieres are still months away, we're stocking up on some young adult reads to tide us over until the big releases. Here are 12 brand new YA books we can't wait to read before they get optioned for film.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert ($17): When 17-year old Alice learns that her grandmother, author of a cult-classic book of fairy tales, has died alone on the Hazel Wood estate, her entire world changes in an instant. When her mother is kidnapped by someone claiming to be from the place where her grandmother's stories are set, the Hinterland, Alice enlists the help of her classmate and Hinterland superfan Ellery Fitch to help save her mother and unveil the Hinterland's many secrets.
Everless by Sara Holland ($18): Time is currency in the kingdom of Sempera, and the rich aristocracy is taxing the poor to extend their own lives by hundreds of years. A decade ago, Jules Ember and her father were servants at the Gerlings' elaborate estate, and now that her father is dying, Jules must return to the world of wealth to earn more time to save him. But with secrets, temptation, and danger at every turn, Jules's actions are bound to affect more than just her ailing father.
Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh ($18): Odessa is a master necromancer, and it's her job to retrieve the soul of every dead nobleperson from a dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. For the transition to be complete, the dead must remain shrouded; if even a little flesh is exposed, their souls transform into a bloodthirsty, and lethal, Shade. Now, as a shocking increase in Shade attacks terrifies the community and one of Odessa's closest companions is killed, Odessa joins the fight to untangle a seedy plot to destroy the kingdom in this adventure-packed fantasy with an LGBTQ+ romance at its core.
Meet Cute by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Dhonielle Clayton, et. al ($18): This anthology of original short stories is all about love — specifically, the single moment when every romance begins. With stories from young adult superstars like Nicola Yoon, Nina LaCour, Sara Shepard, and Ibi Zoboi, this awesome compendium will make you believe in love at first sight just in time for Valentine's Day.
Rookie on Love by Tavi Gevinson ($15): This star-studded anthology of short stories highlights iterations of love both grand and petite. With exclusive stories from powerhouses like John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Alessia Cara, and Emma Straub, it's the perfect throw-in-your-bag book to uplift your spirit on your way to the office.
American Heart by Laura Moriarty ($18): In a United States where registries and detainment camps for Muslim-Americans are a reality, 15-year old Sarah-Mary Williams believes that everything she reads in the news is true and that these plans are best for the safety of all Americans. But her views are challenged when she runs into Sadaf, a Muslim fugitive trying to reach freedom in distant Canada. Sadaf challenges Sarah-Mary's perspective and the two embark on a dangerous journey of a lifetime.
Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed ($19): Maya Aziz is a 17-year old Indian-American Muslim girl who's desperately trying to figure out her impending adult life. Despite her parents' wishes for her to attend a college close to their home in Chicago and marry a suitable Muslim boy, Maya has big dreams of attending film school in New York City and finally pursuing her childhood crush. In the aftermath of a horrific crime in Maya's peripheral, the community she's known since birth starts to change as fear, bigotry, and hatred surround her. In this timely tale of finding yourself within the chaos and expectations of others, Samira Ahmed's story is a necessary read you'll be glad you picked up.
Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann ($17): Alice has her entire summer planned to the minute — including all-you-can-eat-buffets, marathoning her favorite TV shows, working at the library to pay her share of the rent, and getting over her ex-girlfriend who ended things when Alice confessed she's asexual. But when Alice meets Takumi, her singles-only summer takes an unexpected turn and she must decide if she's ready to re-enter the dating world that scorned her so badly in the past.
Love and Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen ($12): Noah and Ammy have two very different opinions on love, and after an awful first impression on an Amtrak to upstate New York, they decide it's best to go their separate ways. That is, until the train suddenly breaks down in the middle of a snowstorm and Noah and Ammy have no choice but to travel together to make it to their destinations. The trip of a lifetime, Leah Konen's brand new 24-hour romance is a sweet reminder that love can happen when you least expect it.
Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle ($18): After witnessing a tragic accident in New York City during the holidays, high school senior Kendall and gap year wanderer Max are racked with guilt. In order to ease their troubled minds, the two accept a dare to perform random acts of kindness to strangers. As they criss-cross the city learning strangers' stories and secrets, the become closer than they could have ever imagined, in Jennifer Castle's stunning coming-of-age novel about kindness, love, and uncertain futures.
The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis ($18): Based on Angelo Surmelis's own childhood, this is an inspirational tale about learning to stand up for yourself in the wake of horrible abuse. 17-year old Evan Panos's strict Greek mother sees him as a massive disappointment and uses every opportunity she has to verbally and physically abuse him. While Evan is still struggling to accept his sexuality, he grows closer with his best friend Henry, and slowly starts to let those closest to him know about his hellish home life. Honest and, at times, difficult to read, Surmelis's latest novel is a grounded portrayal of resilience in the face of unthinkable tragedy.
Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke ($18): After being expelled from high school, Jane moves out of her family home to attend a high school completion program at Elbow River Community College. It's here that she signs up for the House of Orange, a student-run reality show akin to Big Brother, for the free housing, a chance to win a used car, and an opportunity to prove to everyone who doubted her that she has what it takes to succeed.
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