The start of 2017 marks more than the beginning of short-lived New Year’s resolutions. It’s the kick-off to a whole year of new releases. These book-to-film adaptations are at the top of our to-be-watched list.
1. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Allergic to the outside world, eighteen-year-old Madeline Wittier has spent the majority of her life within the confines of her decontaminated house. Her social contact with the outside world extends only to her nurse and overbearing mother. When she takes a chance on befriending the handsome boy next door, she opens the door to a new world of possibilities, learning that love just might be worth the risk.
2. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Born with a rare facial deformity, Auggie Pullman is used to being whispered about by people on line at the grocery store. What he’s not used to, is the relentless bullying of a bully in his fifth-grade class, or the sudden isolation of his big sister, Via. When a school camping trip turns awry, Auggie learns who his true friends are, and what it means to choose kindness.
3. A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
After a tragically short life, a loving canine is reborn, again and again and again. He discovers his purpose on earth through an insightful perspective that tugs at the heartstrings of dog-lovers alike.
4. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Theodore Finch is obsessed with death and the constantly contemplates the various ways he may kill himself. Violet Markey is counting down the days until graduation, when she’ll finally be able to escape her small town and the lingering presence of her sister’s recent death. When the two meet on the ledge of the school’s bell tower, they embark on a journey of self-discovery whilst visiting Indiana’s most famous tourist attractions.
5. My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
To the rest of the world, Jeffrey Dahmer is a convicted psychopath, but to Derf Backderf, “Jeff” was a shy classmate and friend. Though a troubled teen, Dahmer led a fairly normal life before his downward spiral into a world-known serial killer and rapist.