Thursday, 13 September 2018

YA novels that Netflix needs to adapt ASAP


Netflix is all about YA books right now. It goes without saying that not all have been a success - and some have been successful although they don't deserve it (looking at you The Kissing Booth) but generally, rom-coms are making a comeback in the form of YA books and peeps are eating them up.

So keeping with that theme, here are some YA novels I think should be adapted asap. Most of them are rom-coms. 

Let me know your thoughts and choices in the comments!


When Dimple Met Rishi - Sandhya Menon

"Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right? 

 Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself. The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not? 

 Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways."

Indian rep, an adorable enemies-to-lovers romance, witty banter, strong-willed characters, and messy family dynamics? Yes please! This book would be so so good as a film!

Netflix, make it happen. I can totally see a When Dimple Met Rishi film getting the hype of TATBILB. It could be amazing.


Letters to the Lost - Brigid Kemmerer

"Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope. 

Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past. When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. 

But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart."

This isn't your average rom-com. 

It'll warm you up inside, sure, but it's also infused with an incredible amount of heart and beauty and real, relatable pain. The characters are extraordinary, their struggles are human, and the friendships are magnificent. It is such a good book - no words can do it justice. A film adaption is literally ESSENTIAL.



Geekerella - Ashley Poston 

"Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad's old costume, Elle's determined to win - unless her stepsisters get there first. 

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons - before he was famous. Now they're nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake - until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. 
But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?"

Fandoms and cuteness and mistaken identities....get on it, Netflix! This book is the perfect summer flick, and it's the kind of light, fluffy, harmless rom-com we need on our screens. It's generic enough to find an audience, yet unique enough to add something new.

But please - cast good teen actors. Otherwise this could get bad real fast. 


Keeper - Kim Chance

"When a 200-year-old witch attacks her, sixteen-year-old bookworm Lainey Styles is determined to find a logical explanation. Even with the impossible staring her in the face, Lainey refuses to believe it—until she finds a photograph linking the witch to her dead mother.
After consulting a psychic, Lainey discovers that she, like her mother, is a Keeper: a witch with the exclusive ability to unlock and wield the Grimoire, a dangerous but powerful spell book.


But there’s a problem. The Grimoire has been stolen by a malevolent warlock who is desperate for a spell locked inside it—a spell that would allow him to siphon away the world’s magic.

 With the help of her comic-book-loving best friend and an enigmatic but admittedly handsome street fighter, Lainey must leave her life of college prep and studying behind to prepare for the biggest test of all: stealing back the book."


Urban fantasy needs to make a come back, and a Keeper film could be amaaaaaazing. With the right cast, cinematographer, and director, this atmospheric small-town fantasy would be perfect and fresh and totally spellbinding.
It's a great story. If done right, it could be a great film.



Windfall - Jennifer E. Smith

"Let luck find you. Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes. 

 At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall. 

 As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined…and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect."

Beautifully written, unexpectedly funny, adorable, and wholeheartedly romantic. This book is pure through and through - there's literally no cussing or even slightly inappropriate content. That's rare in a YA book.

I want a film! Please Netflix! It'll be so cute. It'll make everyone feel fluffy and warm inside. I need this in my life.



American Panda - Gloria Chao

"At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents' master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies. 

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can't bring herself to tell them the truth--that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese. 

But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?"

Okay fine. FINE. I haven't read this book yet. BUT. It looks so good and I'm obsessed with that cover (more specifically, that creamy drink). And it sounds like it'll be an awesome movie, right? And also diverse and unique and powerful?

Hopefully I'll get to read the book soon. In the meantime, make a movie Netflix.






What are some YA books you think Netflix should adapt? Do you agree with my choices?

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