The Best YA Book-to-Screen Adaptations

There’s nothing better than seeing your favorite characters come to life in a truly great YA book to screen adaptation. From Elle Fanning’s portrayal of Violet in All the Bright Places to Yara Shahidi as Natasha in The Sun Is Also a Star to heartthrob Jacob Elordi as The Kissing Booth’s Noah Flynn—fall in love, get your heart broken, and grow up in the pages and on screen. What are your favorite YA book to screen adaptations? Let us know in the comments below and get social with us at @getunderlined!

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

This New York Times bestselling love story about two teens who find each other while standing on the edge is now a Netflix film starring Elle Fanning and Justice Smith!

All the Bright Places Movie Tie-In Edition

All the Bright Places Movie Tie-In Edition

By Jennifer Niven

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might die. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself–a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. Check out the YA book to screen adaptation by watching the film and reading the book by Jennifer Niven.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

A new adventure hatches in the first book of the Inheritance Cycle, perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings! This New York Times bestselling series has sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation.

Eragon

Eragon

By Christopher Paolini

When fifteen-year-old Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

Overnight his simple life is shattered, and, gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save—or destroy—the Empire. Check out the YA book to screen adaptation by watching the film and reading the book by Christopher Paolini.

Every Day by David Levithan

The New York Times bestseller is now a major motion picture starring Angourie Rice.

Every Day Movie Tie-In Edition

Every Day Movie Tie-In Edition

By David Levithan

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with–day in, day out, day after day. But can Rhiannon love someone who is destined to change every day?

Check out the YA book to screen adaptation by watching the film and reading the book by David Levithan.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Maddy is a girl who’s allergic to the outside world. Olly is the boy who moves in next door and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken.

Random Minis: Everything, Everything

Random Minis: Everything, Everything

By Nicola Yoon

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face . . . or kiss the boy next door? Maddy is a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken.

Check out the YA book to screen adaptation by watching the film and reading the book by Nicola Yoon.

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

A classic he-said-she-said romantic comedy! This updated anniversary edition offers story-behind-the-story revelations from author Wendelin Van Draanen.

Flipped

Flipped

By Wendelin Van Draanen

The first time she saw him, she flipped. The first time he saw her, he ran. That was the second grade, but not much has changed by the seventh. Juli says: “My Bryce. Still walking around with my first kiss.” He says: “It’s been six years of strategic avoidance and social discomfort.” But in the eighth grade everything gets turned upside down: just as Bryce is thinking that there’s maybe more to Juli than meets the eye, she’s thinking that he’s not quite all he seemed.

Check out the YA book to screen adaptation by watching the film and reading the book by Wendelin Van Draanen.

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

This extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller has been hailed as one of the best books of all time and has been adapted into an HBO original series, starring Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (HBO Tie-In Edition)

His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (HBO Tie-In Edition)

By Philip Pullman

A war is brewing in Lyra’s world–a battle between those who would keep people in ignorance and those who are willing to fight for true freedom. Lyra is thrust into the middle of the conflict when her uncle Asriel comes to Oxford, fomenting rebellion, and when her best friend, Roger, suddenly disappears.

Lyra learns that Roger was kidnapped by a shadowy organization that steals children and, it is rumored, experiments on them. To find him, she will travel to the cold, far North, where armored bears and witch clans rule . . . and where her uncle Asriel is attempting to build a bridge to a parallel world. What Lyra doesn’t know, mustn’t know, is that her actions will have consequences not just in her world, but in all the worlds beyond. Check out the book to screen adaptation by watching the HBO series and reading the book.

The Kissing Booth series by Beth Reekles

The Kissing Booth movies 1, 2, and 3 are now on Netflix! Read the books in the Kissing Booth series for fun, fresh romance from Beth Reekles.

The Kissing Booth

The Kissing Booth

By Beth Reekles

Meet Rochelle “Elle” Evans: pretty, popular—and never been kissed. Meet Noah Flynn: badass, volatile—and a total player. When Elle decides to run a kissing booth at her school’s Spring Carnival, she locks lips with Noah and her life is turned upside down. Her head says to keep away, but her heart wants to draw closer. This romance seems far from a fairy tale.

Is Elle headed for heartbreak or will she get her happily ever after? Check out the YA book to screen adaptations by watching the Netflix movies and reading the books.

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Called “Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club” by Entertainment Weekly, this addictive story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Streaming on Peacock.

One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying

By Karen M. McManus

Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them. Check out the YA book to screen adaptation by watching the Peacock series and reading the book.

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The #1 New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist from the author of Everything, Everything is now a major motion picture.

The Sun Is Also a Star Movie Tie-in Edition

The Sun Is Also a Star Movie Tie-in Edition

By Nicola Yoon

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Check out the YA book to screen adaptation by watching the movie and reading The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon.

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