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6 Books to Read Before they Hit the Big Screen!

If you’re like me and want to read a book before its movie comes out, then look here! It may just be me, but when given the option to read the book or watch the movie, I’ll choose the movie just for the sake of time. But, I’ve missed out on some great books that way, and it’s such a bummer! (Think Harry Potter… I promise I’ll read it one summer. Promise. I’ve already got the whole set. Just gotta find the time…)

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Release date: March 21st, 2014, starring Shaileene Woodley & Kate Winslet

Spoiler-free keywords: dystopian Chicago, unlikely romance, brutal betrayals, think The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner, enthralling and engaging, secrets


The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Release date: June 6th, 2014, starring Shaileene Woodley & Ansel Elgort

Spoiler-free keywords: boy meets girl, romance and love, life isn’t fair, deals with tough real-life circumstances and learning to live through it, have tissues and wine ready



The Giver by Lois Lowry

Release date: August 15th, 2014, starring Meryl Streep & Taylor Swift

Spoiler-free keywords: deals with utopia and dystopia, page-turner, provocative, the power of ignorance and knowledge, quick read



If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Release date: August 22nd, 2014, starring Chloe Moretz

Spoiler-free keywords: the aftermath of a life-altering accident, grief, reflection, painful and powerful,

life or death decisions


The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Release date: September 19th, 2014, starring Dylan O’Brien & Kate Scodelario

Spoiler-free keywords: book one of three, think The Hunger Games and Divergent, imprisonment, dystopian world, trust, escape




Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Release date: November 21st, 2014* starring Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson

Spoiler-free keywords: action-packed, romance and heartbreak, life-altering final decisions, dystopia, end of The Hunger Games series, Peeta vs. Gale, thought-provoking, *this novel has been broken up into two movies

College of Charleston junior Angel Mathis is pursuing a BA in Communication with a double minor in Creative Writing and Tourism Management. While still uncertain of her career path, Angel knows that the field of Communication is where she is meant to be. Her love of words is evident in her writings and conversations. Because she knows the power, the beauty, and the pain words carry, she speaks and writes with care, and hopes that one day a string of words she threads together positively influences someone's life. Until then, she'll continue to bake, travel, and laugh her days away. 
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