Wednesday, July 28, 2010

YA Books That Will Be Movies

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Like many ambitious New York City teenagers, Craig Gilner sees entry into Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School as the ticket to his future. Determined to succeed at life -- getting into the right high school to get into the right college to get the right job -- Craig studies night and day to ace the entrance exam, and does. That's when things start to get crazy.
At his new school, Craig realizes that he's just average, and maybe not even that. He soon sees his once-perfect future crumbling away. The stress becomes unbearable and Craig stops eating and sleeping -- until, one night, he nearly kills himself.
Craig's suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, isolated from the crushing pressures of school and friends, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.
I think I was in 7th grade when I read this book. I definitely will need to reread this because I can not remember much about it! And yay! for the Ida Maria song in the background.
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen Flipped is a romance told in two voices. The first time Juli Baker saw Bryce Loski, she flipped. The first time Bryce saw Juli, he ran. That’s pretty much the pattern for these two neighbors until the eighth grade, when, just as Juli is realizing Bryce isn’t as wonderful as she thought, Bryce is starting to see that Juli is pretty amazing. How these two teens manage to see beyond the surface of things and come together makes for a comic and poignant romance.
How cute does this look??! I've seen the book around but have never picked it up. I will now!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling Rowling has prepped loyal readers for the end of her series by doling out increasingly dark and dangerous tales of magic and mystery, shot through with lessons about honor and contempt, love and loss, and right and wrong. Fear not, you will find no spoilers in our review--to tell the plot would ruin the journey, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is an odyssey the likes of which Rowling's fans have not yet seen, and are not likely to forget. But we would be remiss if we did not offer one small suggestion before you embark on your final adventure with Harry--bring plenty of tissues.
AHHHH! DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1! I am so, so excited for this. Holy crap, I can't even begin to describe it. I'll be rereading all the books late October - the midnight premiere!


Meeroar said...

this is crazy, because i've read ALL of these books, LOVED them, but i didn't even know they were MOVIES TOO! OMGOD! and i've loved ned vizzini SINCE THE START.... maybe he will be REALLY FAMOUS now... lol

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Mrs. DeRaps said...

Nice. I love books-to-movies. I need to read It's Kinda a Funny Story...Thanks for the heads-up!

Kristen said...

Flipped was such a cute book! I had no clue they were making it into a movie! How cool!!!! And I cannot wait for HP!

celi.a said...

I'm not that excited for Flipped, but the other two are going to be must-sees. Nice list!