Young adult books have served as the basis for some huge movie franchises, and it looks like this trend is going to continue for a long time. Generally fast-paced and packed with relatable characters, young adult books appeal to readers of all ages. Seriously, these are not just “kid’s books.” So don’t let the next Harry Potter or Hunger Games sneak up on you, and read these young adult books before they become movies.
Reading the book first means you get the chance to let your imagination flesh out the characters. When you watch the film first, it can be more difficult to picture anyone but the actors. Not to mention, reading gives you greater insight into the characters’ backgrounds and other aspects of plot development that probably can’t make it to the screen. And of course you get to have the smug satisfaction of announcing that you’ve read the book to your fellow moviegoers. (Or maybe you have more chill than that.)
These are engaging, quick reads, so you can load up your Kindle and power through most of them in no time. From classic works to current series, these books should appeal to anyone with a sense of fun and adventure. They might even help you feel like a kid again.