7 YA Book to Film Adaptations We Can’t Wait to See in 2020

As a new year quickly approaches, we say goodbye to a year that brought us a lot of great book-to-film adaptations. Hits like After, Five Feet Apart, and The Sun Is Also A Star brought some of our favorite stories to the screen, giving them the dose of real life emotion we love of stories.

2020 is going to be no different, with some incredible young adult books transitioning to the screen. There are many things we look forward to in a new year, and kick ass books made in to kick ass movies is definitely one of them.

Here are 7 of our most anticipated young adult book-to-film adaptations that you can see in 2020.


PS I Still Love You

Okay, this one has me squeeing with excitement. Its predecessor, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, by the incomparable Jenny Han, was the Netflix hit of 2018, bringing Lara Jean’s soft humor and Peter Kavinsky’s swoony swagger to life in a way that made us all warm and squishy inside. 2020 will see the sequel, PS I Still Love You, come to Netflix on February 12, bringing another recipient of one of LJs love letters back into her life. John Ambrose will be played by Jordan Fisher of Teen Wolf fame, and we can’t wait to see our favorite couple back on the screen with Lana Condor and Noah Centineo.




Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda

So you’re probably thinking ‘Um…this has already been made into a movie. Remember? Love Simon?’ You’re right, but this is a little different. This time, the Becky Albertalli hit will become a TV series featured on Disney+. Filming started back in August, so there is a good chance that late 2020 we will see this spin off on our screens. The show will follow a new character, Victor, who goes to Simon to help navigate life at Creekwood High.




The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Who else loves period pieces? *raises hand* This one by Mackenzi Lee is set in 18th century and follows a bisexual boy named Henry (aka Monty) Montaque as he and his bestie Percy take a grand tour of Europe. Of course, things take a turn when one of Monty’s impulsive decisions turn into a manhunt. The show will appear on HBO Max, and since the news only dropped a little while ago we don’t know too much else about this one. But we loved the book, so are all about seeing it on the screen.




Children of Blood and Bone

This particular book dominated the charts in 2018, skyrocketing author Tomi Adeyemi into bestseller stardom. This YA fantasy novel is set in the fictional land of Orisha, following MC Zelie and her family as they try to escape danger and outwit a prince to save magic in the land. The film was originally sold to Fox2000, but Disney recently took it over. Again, no casting or official release date has been provided yet, but we can’t wait for this to come to life on the screen in (possible) late 2020.




All the Bright Places

This Jennifer Niven contemporary will drop to Netflix January 1, and is the perfect way to kick off the new year. Set in small down Indiana, two troubled teens collide into each others lives and are changed forever. Their troubled pasts drive them to escape their small town, bringing them to the edge…literally and figuratively. Elle Fanning and Justice Smith will start as Violet and Theodore, and we can’t wait to ring in the new year with this adaptation!





What If Its Us?

YES! All the YES for this Adam Silvera & Becky Albertalli queer romance that gave us all the feels in 2018. Arthur is just visiting NYC for the summer, but when he meets local Ben in a swoon-worthy meet cute at a post office, could it change their plans and be the real meant to be? The rights were bought by Anonymous Content and are set to adapt the book for the screen. Once we know more about casting and date, we will be sure to let you know!



The Knife of Never Letting Go

We all love a good dystopian, and this one is no different. Set in a world where women don’t exist and everyone can hear each others thoughts, MC Todd and his dog find finally find some silence…and a girl named Viola. The adaptation will star our fav Tom Holland, and Daisy Ridley, and there is a January 1 release date. It was originally set to be released in 2018, but some serious reshoots were needed which set back the release. We are hoping no more delay for this exciting tale by Patrick Ness.




There are plenty of other YA books coming to the screen in 2020, and we can’t wait to curl up and binge each and every one! Let us know which one you are most excited about in the comments.

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