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53 Engaging Teen Books Made Into Fantastic Teen Movies

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One great thing about reading books with my teens is watching the movie together afterward.

Some teen books turned into movies are well done, and others, well let’s say we have rolled our eyes more than once. But comparing the book to the movie is always a great discussion.

Not only will you be able to enjoy a great book together, but then you can discuss the choices made when adapting the story for the big screen

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Options for Reading a Book With Your Teen

1. Listen to the audio version together. Grab some time in the car or in the evenings after dinner.

Audiobooks are easy to find. They are often at your public library or available through the Libby app (using your library card). You can also purchase them on Amazon Audible or join with a monthly Audible membership and receive your first title free! (sometimes more – be sure to check out the lastest deal)

2. Read Aloud. Teens are not too old for a fantastic read-aloud. I still try to find time to read 1-2 books a year out loud with my older teens. 

3. Read Separately. Agree on a book and each of you read it on your own time. Honestly, this is often the easiest method with our busy schedules.

Ready to have a great discussion after the movie?

I’ve got a guide for you with 9 questions you can discuss after watching any movie. 

53 Teen Books Made Into Movies

Let’s get this list started with 50 fun teen books that have been turned into movies.

Please note that you should always research the content of books and movies to determine if they are appropriate for your own family. I recommend using Common Sense Media to review the specific content. 

I did include the rating if the movie is rated R.

The Hobbit: Or, There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit: The Book
The Hobbit: The Movie

the Hobbit Book
The Hobbit Movie

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games: The Book
The Hunger Games: The Movie

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent: The Book
Divergent: The Movie

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women: The Book
Little Women: The Movie

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice: The Book
Pride and Prejudice: The Movie

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park: The Book
Jurassic Park: The Movie

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: The Book
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: The Movie

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Five Feet Apart: The Book
Five Feet Apart: The Movie

Emma by Jane Austen

Emma: The Book
Emma: The Movie

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver: The Book
The Giver: The Movie

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

The Outsiders: The Book
The Outsiders: The Movie

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Help: The Book
The Help: The Movie

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures: The Book
Hidden Figures: The Movie

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet: The Book
Romeo and Juliet: The Movie

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: The Book
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: The Movie

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall: The Book
Before I Fall: The Movie

5th Wave by Rick Yancey

5th Wave: The Book
5th Wave: The Movie

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones: The Book
City of Bones: The Movie

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief: The Book
The Book Thief: The Movie

Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Fault in Our Stars: The Book
Fault in Our Stars: The Movie

Maze Runner by James Dashner

Maze Runner: The Book
Maze Runner: The Movie

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Perks: The Book
Perks: The Movie

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s: The Book
Miss Peregrine’s: The Movie

Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Secret Life of Bees: The Book
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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game: The Book
Ender’s Game: The Movie

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The Host: The Book
The Host: The Movie

Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson

Let It Snow: The Book
Let It Snow: The Movie (NETFLIX)

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

It’s Kind of a Funny Story: The Book
It’s Kind of a Funny Story: The Movie

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

The Spectacular Now: The Book
The Spectacular Now: The Movie (R)

Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl: The Book
Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl: The Movie

Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns: The Book
Paper Towns: The Movie

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You: The Book
Me Before You: The Movie

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Hamlet: The Book
Hamlet: The Movie

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give: The Book
The Hate U Give: The Movie

The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief: The Book
The Lightning Thief: The Movie


I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

I am Number Four: The Book
I am Number Four: The Movie

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Princess Bride: The Book
The Princess Bride: The Movie

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

A Walk to Remember: The Book
A Walk to Remember: The Movie

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star: The Book
The Sun is Also a Star: The Movie

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds: The Book
The Darkest Minds: The Movie

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

The Thief Lord: The Book
The Thief Lord: The Movie

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Stardust: The Book
Stardust: The Movie

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Inkheart: The Book
Inkheart: The Movie

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables: The Book
Anne of Green Gables: The Movie

Stormbreaker (Alex Rider) by Anthony Horowitz

Stormbreaker: The Book
Stormbreaker: The Movie

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Eragon: The Book
Eragon: The Movie

Teen Books Made Into Movies

Avalon High by Meg Cabot

Avalon High: The Book
Avalon High: The Movie

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian: The Book
The Martian: The Movie

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls: The Book
A Monster Calls: The Movie

Nerve by Jean Ryan

Nerve: The Book
Nerve: The Movie

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One: The Book
Ready Player One: The Movie

I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly

I Kill Giants: The Book
I Kill Giants: The Movie

Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Anne Frank: The Book
Anne Frank: The Movie

Don’t Miss the Discussion Guide: Questions to Compare a Book to the Movie:

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