10 Books For YA Fans To Read Before The Movie

Are you the type who always wants to read the book first? Here’s a list of movies based on books YA fans love, which are due to be released over the next few months.

1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The second installment in the Hunger Games trilogy will be released in November. This is one of the rare times when I’ve enjoyed a movie (Hunger Games, the first installment) more than a book but wider opinion is very much divided.

2. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

This novel has been popular since it was first published in 2004. You might call it the Brit version of Tomorrow When The War Began.

3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Not a YA novel per se but certainly enjoyed by readers of around 15 and up. If you see the movie before reading this beautiful book, we cannot be friends. Ever.

4. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein

Part two of the film trilogy, entitled The Desolation of Smaug, premieres next month. I will casually mention that Smaug is played by Benedict Cumberbatch, in case anyone’s interested…

5. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Against my preconceptions, I really enjoyed this book about two teenagers with terminal cancer. About a gazillion or so people agree. The movie is scheduled for next June.

6. Maze Runner by James Dashner

There are now several books in this very popular dystopian series. After a few delays, filming started in May of this year.


7. Divergent by Veronica Roth

Another hugely popular dystopian trilogy (the second is Insurgent, the final is Allegiant which is due any day now!) with a movie due in March 2014.

8. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead’s vampire series is bigger on action and character than Twilight, which bodes well for the movie, scheduled for release in February 2014.

9. Uglies by Scott Westerfield

As far as I know, a movie of Uglies is still just a maybe but this is a really interesting book. The concept is that teens are turned into “Pretties” with extreme cosmetic surgery when they turn 16, and the story follows a girl who decides to rebel.


10. Delirium by Lauren Oliver and Gone by Michael Grant

You get 2-for-1 here because these are potential TV series rather than movies, and haven’t been completed yet, but they’re both very popular novels for 14+.


Emily Gale is a Children’s & YA Specialist at Readings Carlton, and a Children’s & YA writer the rest of the time.