With the sudden influx of adaptations based on popular young adult novels pouring into movie theatres, book lovers all across the world have been finding themselves face-to-face with the familiar question: What do I read next? Finding the motivation to pick up another book after finishing the novel of the century is often a painstaking task, but certainly not one without remedy. If you’re struggling with a bad case of reader’s block, take a look at these titles that stay true to the genres of their more popular counterparts, and it just might be your next favorite book.
If there’s one author topping the young adult charts this year, it’s almost certain to be writer/video-blogger extraordinaire, John Green. Holding three out of the ten coveted spots on the New York Times Bestseller’s list, Green’s witty take on teenagers and their troubles has struck a chord with readers across the world, making him one of the most popular authors of the modern age. His most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars, is currently set for film release on June 6, 2014 and will star Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster, a sixteen year-old cancer patient who finds love in one of the most unlikely places – a support group for the sick and dying.
Those who enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars should pick up Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park as their next read. Set in the mid-1980s, the novel features the many eccentricities of Eleanor Douglas, the new girl in a Nebraska town who is bullied by peers because of her quirks and is struggling through home life because of her large family and abusive stepfather. Despite the setbacks that go hand-in-hand with being a new face in a new town, Eleanor soon falls for Park Sheridan, a comic book-reading boy whose Vietnamese heritage and peculiar hobbies make it difficult for him to fit in with the high school crowd. A modern take on the classic star-crossed-lovers archetype, Eleanor and Park is a tale of X-Men comics, 80s mix-tapes, and first romance that is sure to make any reader fall hopelessly in love.
Liked The Hunger Games? Try Divergent.
The post-Hunger Games era has sparked a frenzy of dystopian young adult novels that apparently can only be satisfied by more dystopian young adult novels. In the aftermath of the Twilight craze, vampire romances were flying off the shelves left and right. Now that the second installment of The Hunger Games is in theatres, the same is happening with books similar to Suzanne Collins’ blockbuster trilogy.
Novels like those in the Divergent series have followed in the footsteps of The Hunger Games’ central theme of young women rebelling against their oppressive futuristic societies. In Divergent, Beatrice “Tris” Prior is trapped in a society where citizens are divided into five different communities, or factions, based on decisions made in an aptitude test that is taken during each teenager’s sixteenth year. Despite her upbringing in Abnegation, the faction that values selflessness above all, Tris is fascinated by the Dauntless, those who throw all caution to the wind, living wild, fast-paced lives that are often cut short in consequence. The first novel in its trilogy, Divergent is a refreshing take on the dystopian theme that has become so popular in the last few years. With countless twists and turns along the way, it’s a read that’s nearly impossible to put down.
Click here to see the trailer for Divergent, in theatres March 21, 2014.
Liked The Book Thief? Pick up Code Name: Verity.
Listed on The New York Times Bestseller’s list for 230 weeks and counting, Markus Zusak’s breakthrough novel The Book Thief paints a picture of life during the Holocaust from an astonishingly unique point of view. The book is narrated from the perspective of Death, who follows the adventures of Liesel Meminger, a young German girl who lives with a foster family following her mother’s departure. Though life is undeniably tough during the height of World War II, Liesel finds refuge in her own world by stealing books, learning to read through the help of her accordion-playing foster father and her best friend, Max Vandenburg, the Jewish fist-fighter who hides out under the basement stairs.
Click here to see the trailer for The Book Thief, in theatres now.
Elizabeth Wein’s recent novel, Code Name Verity chronicles the friendship between two young British women, one a pilot, the other a spy, during the Nazi occupation of France during World War II. After their plane crashes in Nazi territory, the spy with the codename “Verity” is captured and given a choice – either reveal the details of the British war effort or face certain execution. In her written confession, Verity brings to light her past, specifically her friendship with Maddie, the pilot who serves under the codename “Kittyhawk” during the war. Despite the circumstances – a spy’s worst nightmare, Verity fights to stay alive, knowing that the cost is great if her confession is not enough. Code Name Verity is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty, and survival, with a message of friendship that truly stands the test of time.