Love, confusion, anxiety; torn between desperately wanting to fade into the background while simultaneously yearning for a place to belong; such is the life of a teenager.
In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie begins 9th grade as a friendless observer of life. Often poignant, sometimes funny reflections shared as letters to an anonymous person chronicle Charlie’s inner and outer struggles during high school including friendships, drugs, alcohol, sex, sexual abuse and mental illness.
Ten years after its publication, Stephen Chbosky adapts his unique, award-winning novel for the big screen. This highly anticipated film features such young, talented stars as Emma Watson, Logon Lerman and Ezra Miller. The film is rated PG-13. I am quite anxious to see how they handled the mature themes in order to keep the rating down while still being true to the book.
Though the film was not only written, but also directed by the author himself and will more than likely be the most honest representation of his written word, remember to read the book first!
– Cassie V., Children’s Services Librarian at CADL Downtown Lansing
It seems like the box office this summer has been swamped with hit movies which all made their debut between the covers of some amazing books. This isn’t a new trend, and it’s definitely not limited to adult fiction novels. For example, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 shattered box office records. Here are a few of my other favorite page-to-screen conversions, teen style. And don’t forget to place a hold on either the book or movie; all of them are available in our collection here at CADL!
Whip It by Shauna Cross and the film version, Whip It directed by Drew Barrymore: Desperate to escape her mother’s beauty queen dreams for her, Bliss heads to Austin to find her place in the roller derby scene.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne and the film version, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas directed by Mark Herman: Bruno, after moving with his family to Auschwitz, alleviates his boredom by befriending a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a barbed-wire fence.
Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakely-Cartwright and the film version, Red Riding Hood directed by Catherine Hardwicke: Valerie must choose between love and security, while the wolf that hunts her village draws ever nearer.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and the film version, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone directed by Chris Columbus: It’s hard to choose a favorite Harry Potter, so start here, and continue on with the entire series.
Beastly by Alex Flinn and the film version, Beastly directed by Susan Cartsonis: Kyle must learn the true meaning of beauty, lest the spell cast upon him transform him into a beastly form in exile from society forever.
– Liz V.; Youth Services Librarian @ CADL Holt-Delhi