From the page to the screen
I recently had a conversation with a young woman at the library’s check-out desk. She was asking for a copy of John Green’s young adult novel The Fault in Our Stars. I asked her if she’d seen the recent movie adaptation of the popular novel: “No,” she said. “I’m determined to read the book first. I always like to read the book before seeing the movie version.”
If you feel the same, beat the movie-induced rush; come out to Kendall Young Library today and check out these great books!
“The Giver” by Lois Lowry: A classic, Lowry’s “The Giver” is a much-beloved story of a futuristic society that has achieved ultimate perfection. Or has it? This society boasts no poverty, hardship, war, or fear of violence. But 11-year-old Jonas, the story’s relatable main character, goes on a journey of discovery that has him realizing the terrible truth behind his society’s “perfection.” Geared toward readers grades 6-9, this is a book that everyone can enjoy.
Film adaptation release date: August 15, starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, and Brenton Thwaites.
“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn: Winner of multiple awards, including People Magazine’s 2012 Best Book of the Year, “Gone Girl” tells the fictional story of a young, seemingly perfect couple and the secrets that are revealed when the wife mysteriously goes missing on their fifth anniversary. A twisted and unpredictable plot makes this story and its ending both thrilling and unforgettable.
Film adaptation release date: October 3, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.
“The Best of Me” by Nicholas Sparks: Nicholas Sparks, author of “The Notebook”, uses “The Best of Me” to tell the romantic tale of two forty-something former sweethearts. Dawson and Amanda reunite in their hometown after the death of their former teacher, and as they revisit the stomping grounds of their first love, rediscover each other all over again.
Film adaptation release date: October 17, starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden.
“Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed: In “Wild”, a #1 non-fiction bestseller, Cheryl Strayed relates her experience hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, an 1100-mile journey. With a unique narrative voice and unflinching honesty, Strayed brings alive both this incredible experience and the painful but necessary personal growth she experienced during this trying period of her life.
Film adaptation release date: December 5, starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern.