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3 On A YA Theme: Stream These YA Adaptations

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Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

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As the weather begins to turn cooler and the nights become a little longer, it seems like prime time to take a look at some of the YA adaptations currently offered on Netflix. I’ve done a number of these round-ups through the years, and it’s always neat to see the number of these films increasing. I’ve included the film trailers, as well as descriptions from the book where the film was inspired.

If you haven’t yet, take advantage of a few streaming films from Lifetime. There’s a 7-day free trial to Lifetime’s streaming service, which is plenty of time to enjoy Sea ChangeTen, and/or Drink, Slay, Love.


Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.


Carrie Pilby by Caren Lissner

Figuring out life in NYC. Being a genius has never been this hard! Carrie Pilby doesn’t fit in. Anywhere. And she’s pretty much given up trying. A year out of college, this nineteen-year-old genius believes everyone she meets is immoral, sex obsessed and hypocritical, and the only person she sees on a regular basis is her therapist. When he comes up with a five-point plan to help her discover the “positive aspects of social interaction, ” Carrie, who would rather stay home in bed, is forced to view the world in a new light.


Girls Lost based on Pojkarna by Jessica Schiefaur (translated into English as The Boys, which is confusing to me, too).


There doesn’t seem to be a full adaptation available in English, but there is a nice excerpt in English available to read here.


Maximum Ride by James Patterson


Six unforgettable kids—with no families, no homes—are running for their lives. Max Ride and her best friends have the ability to fly. And that’s just the beginning of their amazing powers. But they don’t know where they come from, who’s hunting them, why they are different from all other humans…and if they’re meant to save mankind—or destroy it.


If you’re a fan of Megan McCafferty’s “Jessica Darling” YA series—starting with Sloppy Firsts—then you might want to also stream the adaptation of her middle grade series that tells the early story of Jessica and her friends. Jessica Darling’s It List is available on Netflix and is so worth watching to see how these characters started their adventures together.



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