Top 10 YA Books That Need to Be Made Into Movies

Top 10 YA Books That Need to Be Made Into Movies

These all would be great on the big screen.

It seems that everywhere I turn, a new young adult book is being made into a movie. And while I can't wait for them to come out, these are a few books that I desperately need made into movies. Like, now.

1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Paris, boarding school, hot British guy. Need I say more? This story follows Anna, a senior in high school whose parents ship her off to a Paris boarding school her senior year, where she meets the swoon-worthy, intelligent, and taken Ètienne St. Clair. This book is the perfect, lighthearted romcom that would make the perfect movie for a girls' night in.

2. This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston

I haven't read this book yet, but I'm planning on picking it up next. This book is said to be full of mystery and suspense. It starts with a group of five guys going hunting. But only four return. And no one will say who shot and killed their friend, though evidence says it could have been any of them. This story follows Kate, an intern at the district attorney's office, who tackles the case and is determined to find the killer. The final line of the Goodreads synopsis says it all: "As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all -- and if Kate doesn't uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line . . . including her own."

If that doesn't hook you, then I don't know what will.

3. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

This book gives me Twilight vibes, but it is written so much better and instead of vampires, this follows aliens. The synopsis sounds kind of cheesy and I'm not a fan of the cover, but you've just got to give it a chance. It's seriously amazing and would make an entertaining movie.

4. My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

This is a collection of 12 holiday short stories written by 12 young adult authors. While not all of the short stories were my favorite, I think this would be a cute holiday movie, or perhaps a short Netflix show. It helped put me in the Christmas spirit last year.

5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Sarah's other series, Throne of Glass, has been optioned for a television show, but I think A Court of Thorns and Roses would be an amazing movie series. This is going to be a trilogy, and the final book comes out this May. This is a high fantasy beauty and the beast retelling with a kick-butt main female lead, strong friendships and family bonds, and a High Lord that is sure to steal your heart. This has quickly become my favorite series of all time and if it became a movie, I'd be at the theater at midnight watching it.

6. RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

Young adult fantasy retelling of The Phantom of the Opera. Need I say more?

7. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare has long been my favorite author. Her first series, The Mortal Instruments, was made into a movie back in 2013 and didn't do so well in the theaters. If I'm being honest, I didn't enjoy it, either. It's now in its second season of it's t.v. show and it's fine. But her Infernal Devices series (the first book being Clockwork Angel) is set in London in the 19th century and follows demon hunters, warlocks, and quite possibly the only love triangle I actually like, and I think it would do better as a movie than The Mortal Instruments did, especially if it was made by a different producer.

8. Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Lina is spending the summer in Italy with her father, who she hasn't seen her entire life, after her mother passes away. And she couldn't be less thrilled about it. But once she arrives in Italy, she's given a journal her mother kept while she was there, and she begins her own journey around Tuscany uncovering family secrets, newfound friendships, and a relationship she never saw coming. This would be the perfect movie to be released in the summer. It's lighthearted, funny, and filled me with the desire to go to Italy as soon as I finished the book.

9. Legend by Marie Lu

The Hunger Games and Divergent are the most popular dystopian novels, but Legend is my favorite out of all of the ones I've read, and one of the most underrated. This is set in an alternate America, called the Republic, and follows June, who is the military's prodigy and begins her search to find her brother's killer. All signs point her to Day, the Republic's most wanted criminal who is fighting for survival while hiding from the Republic. But the two soon discover that, like in all dystopian novels, there is a major issue within the government and everything is not as it seems.

10. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

This follows a teenage girl who meets a cute British boy in an airport and they begin to fall in love on their plane ride to London, and the whole time you're questioning whether or not they're going to end up together. . This is another book that would make a perfect romcom in my opinion.

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A Senior's Last Week Of High School

The bittersweet end.

Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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Severus Snape Is The Worst, And Here's Why

Albus Severus, sweetie, I'm so sorry...


I grew up being absolutely obsessed with the Harry Potter franchise. I read the books for the first time in second and third grade, then again in middle school, and for the third time in my last year of high school. Recently, I had a somewhat heated argument with a fellow fan of the books about Severus Snape. As I've reread the Harry Potter books, I've noticed that, although J.K. Rowling tried to give him a redemption arc, he only got worse because of it. Here's why I still think Severus Snape is the absolute worst.

His love for Lily Potter was actually really creepy. When I was younger and reading the books, I always found the fact that he held fast in his love for Lily to be very endearing, even noble. However, rereading it after going through a couple of relationships myself, I've come to realize that the way he pined over her was super creepy. It was understandable during his time at Hogwarts; he was bullied, and she was the only one who "understood" him. However, she showed zero interest, and if that didn't clue him into realizing that he should back off, her involvement with James Potter should have. She was married. He was pining after a married, happy woman. If he truly loved her, he would have realized how happy she was and backed off. Instead, he took it out on her orphan son and wallowed in bitterness and self-pity, which is creepy and extremely uncool. When a girl is kind to a boy during high school (or in this case, wizard school), it's not an open invitation for him to pine for her for the literal rest of his life and romanticizes the absolute @#$% out of her. It's just her being a decent person. Move on, Severus.

He verbally abused teenagers. One of the most shocking examples of this is in The Prisoner of Azkaban when Snape literally told Neville Longbottom that he would kill his beloved toad, Trevor if he got his Shrinking Potion wrong, and then punished him when he managed to make the potion correctly. Furthermore, poor Neville's boggart was literally Snape. The amount of emotional torture Neville must have been enduring from Snape to create this type of debilitating fear must have been almost unbearable, and even if Snape was simply trying to be a "tough" professor, there is no excuse for creating an atmosphere of hostility and fear like he did in his potions class for vulnerable students like Neville. In addition, he ruthlessly tormented Harry (the last living piece of Lily Potter, his supposed "true love," btw), and made fun of Hermione Granger's appearance. Sure, he might have had a terrible life. However, it's simply a mark of poor character to take it out on others, especially when the people you take it out on are your vulnerable students who have no power to stand up to you. Grow up.

He willingly joined a terrorist group and helped them perform genocide and reign over the wizarding world with terror tactics for a couple of decades. No explanation needed as to why this is terrible.

Despite the constant romanticization of his character, I will always see the core of Severus Snape, and that core is a bitter, slimy, genocidal, manipulative trash being. J.K. Rowling's attempt to redeem him only threw obsessive and controlling traits into the mix. Snape is the absolute worst, and romanticizing him only removes criticism of an insane man who just so happened to be capable of love (just like the vast majority of the rest of us). Thank you, next.

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