Keep the Holds List Happy: 2015 Movies Based on Teen Books

Everybody wants them: the books that this year’s hot movies are based on. Movie buzz gives books a nice bump, so be ready for the next “new” thing. When you run short on stock, here’s what to display and recommend next. Leave your own recommendations in the comments section for a chance to win a free copy of The DUFF by Kody Keplinger!

  • While your average Austen fan may not immediately jump at Pride and Prejudice and Zombiesthe movie is sure to attract those readers who like their highbrow tales tempered with a dash of brains. Tempt them further with the macabre pages of Little Vampire Women (2010), by Louisa May Alcott and Lynn Messina, or the Monstrumologist series (2009), by Rick Yancey (which has the Victorian setting and the terror that readers may crave). Better yet, hand them a graphic novel like Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula (2015), by Andi Watson, for another sassy spin on the undead.

Book cover of The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

  • In theaters now is The DUFF, based on the novel by Kody Keplinger, features plenty of frank talk about romance and the social order in high school (DUFF stands for Designated Ugly Fat Friend, the placeholder in a friend group for the person that makes everyone else look good by comparison). For another star-crossed romantic read, try the romantic scheming of characters in The Art of Lainey (2014), by Paula Stokes. For those fixated on the in-group vs. out-group dynamics, display a copy of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (2008), where another outcast finds her own way to fit in. Another must-recommend is The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (2003), by Carolyn Mackler.

Among adult books with teen appeal, you’ll see the following movie adaptations:

  • Room, by Emma Donoghue. An Alex Award winner from 2011, told from the point of view of a little boy who has grown up with his mother trapped in a room by a captor. Suggest the real-life tale of captivity from Jaycee Lee Dugard, A Stolen Life: A Memoir (2011). Or, another fictionalized view from a teen held against her will in Living Dead Girl (2008), by Elizabeth Scott.
  • Book cover of The Martian by Andy WeirAnother recent Alex Award winner is The Martian, by Andy Weir. This movie, starring Matt Damon and directed by sci-fi great Ridley Scott, will likely capture a lot of the book’s atmospheric drama both claustrophobic and desolate in turn. For those who like the “stranded without a hope” flavor of The Martian, try The Dog Stars (2012), by Peter Heller, or for more desperate space rescues promote Lockstep (2014), by Karl Schroeder.

Ok, now it’s your turn. What are your suggestions for readers waiting on the holds lists for these popular books? Share your suggestions in the comments section, and in a week we’ll select a comment at random to receive a brand new copy of The DUFF by Kody Keplinger!

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Erin Downey Howerton is a public librarian in Kansas. Follow her on Twitter at @hybridlib.

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  1. heather.brown@psd150.org' Heather Brown says:

    The Rise and Fall of the Gallivanters by MJ Beaufrand is a must-read for teens.This book is awesome! It is amazing that a story about the 80s punk scene and a serial killer can hold so much about friendship, love, death, and empathy.

    Noah is a messed up kid, but I love him! It’s 1983 and Noah knows something terrible is coming. Something that wants to eat up his friends from the inside. Noah and his best friend Evan have seen the posters of the missing girls up all over town, and everyone knows who is taking them. Stopping the disappearances is the hard part. Noah is worrying over Evan having another migraine when Ziggy shows up, with the solution to it all. Noah needs to get the band back together, play at the PfefferBrau Haus and beat back the evil stalking them all. But can Noah convince Sonjia, his ex, that it will be worth it? And what is with Evan’s migraines?

    Little Miss Evil by Kristy Shen will be a big hit with lower and middle grade students looking for a fun read to go alongside the Avengers:Age of Ultron. Fiona is the daughter of one of three local Evil Geniuses, but even though it breaks her father’s heart, she just wants to be a normal person. When their Evil Lair is attacked and her father kidnapped, Fiona uses her own genius and the “toys” her father has made to rescue him. Can she find out where he is being held and who she can trust before everything explodes?

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