5 Books to Read Before Seeing the Movie

As a reader, very rarely do I see a book-to-movie adaptation without reading the book it was based on first. If the movie interests me, the reader in me has to pick up the book before seeing it. I am that friend that usually says, “Yeah, I liked the movie. Buuuuut… the book was better.” I’ve noticed a few upcoming movies that were adapted, so if you’re a reader like me, make sure you pick these up to prepare for the film!

1. Every Day: Based on the book Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day follows a girl named Rhiannon who falls in love with a spirit known as A. A inhabits a different body every single day, always the same age but never the same person. The connection between Rhiannon and A is serious, and they try to find each other every single day, no matter whose body A is occupying that day. Obviously, being in love with a body-changing spirit is not easy, and Every Day shows Rhiannon and A’s journey, and whether true love really does prevail.

In theaters February 23rd

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2. A Wrinkle in Time: Based on A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time is a classic, but I had never read it until I took a Children’s Literature class this semester. It follows a girl named Meg, her friend Calvin, and her younger brother Charles Wallace as they attempt to rescue Meg’s dad, who had been experimenting with a fifth dimension of time travel before he mysteriously appeared. They have some wild adventures and some very interesting sidekicks along the way. The story is timeless (haha) because it deals with important themes, such as insecurities and how Meg overcomes them. The family in this story is precious and it’s just a great story for children and adults alike. Also, the cast for the movie is fantastic!!!!!

In theaters March 9th

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3. Love, Simon: based on the book Simon VS. the Homosapien’s Agenda by Becky Albertalli

“Everyone deserves a great love story.” Simon Spier is a seemingly normal high student. He has great friends, a great family, but also has one huge secret: he’s gay, and no one knows. He anonymously chats online with another boy at his school, who is pretty much in the same boat, and the two of them really hit it off. Only, they do not know each other, and neither one of them is quite comfortable with revealing their identity just yet. Simon, and his secret, have to come out eventually and his story is very powerful, and also very cute and full of all the feels.

In theaters March 16th

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4. Ready Player One: Based on the book Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One follows Wade, a teenager in the year 2045. Wade goes on a quest when the creator of a virtual reality world called OASIS dies and releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. This is a high adventure virtual reality story and it looks like it will translate to screen really well!

In Theaters on March 30th  

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5. On Chesil Beach: Based on the book On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

It’s 1962. Edward and Florence are newlyweds, and also virgins, on their honeymoon. When it comes time to consummate the marriage, both of them are filled with anxiety, but Florence is also filled with dread and disgust at the thought of it. On Chesil Beach navigates sexuality in a time where there were strict expectations for the way in which a relationship between a man and a woman operated. Also, Florence is played by Saoirse Ronan (Ladybird!!!!), and she is totally bad ass. I’ll see whatever movie she is in.

In theaters on May 18th

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Happy reading and watching! :)