Netflix Original YA Book Adaptations

Looking to watch the movie or T.V. version of your favorite YA book? We’re here to tell you all of the YA books that Netflix brought from page to screen. Let us know your faves and whether Netflix did a good job!

1. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Amazon.com: 13 Reasons Why (9780451478290): Asher, Jay: Books

Probably the most popular of Netflix’s book adaptations, 13 Reasons Why premiered in 2017 and concluded in 2020. The original book by Jay Asher came out in 2007. While the show had four seasons, there was only one book. The book was fairly different and didn’t get too much buzz until the show. 

2. Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

Let It Snow (Movie Tie-In) by John Green, Lauren Myracle, Maureen Johnson:  9781101998618 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books

Looking for something sweet and lighthearted, Let It Snow by John Snow, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle is perfect for the holidays. The movie follows the book closely and it is super cute. There are multiple romances and stories about finding yourself. Consider this book/movie when the weather starts getting cooler.

3. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Amazon.com: All the Bright Places (9780385755917): Niven, Jennifer: Books

We have to be honest, we haven’t read the book. However, we saw the movie and we’re not sure if we would ever pick up the book. Even though it was a great and thought provoking movie, it is sad! Let us know if we should give All The Bright Places a go. 

4. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han, Paperback | Barnes & Noble®

Lara Jean coming to our screens created a lot of buzz. Every fan of Jenny Han’s series fangirled when this contemporary finally had a release date. Was it worth the hype? Yes and no.

 What we loved: the casting! We didn’t have many complaints. The casting of the Song Covey girls was perfect. Peter was perfect and Noah captured his charm to a T.  

What we didn’t love: It didn’t fully follow the books and the director took some liberties with the story. However, the moments that did follow the book were magical!

If you haven’t seen the movie, but loved the book, be prepared for some great scenes and ones that will leave you diappointed.

5. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU (MOVIE TIE-IN) (TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE  02):HAN, JENNY | Asiabooks.com

So, the second movie in Han’s series was cute, but it did disappoint us. It followed the book less than the first movie and some of our favorite scenes were cut! If you read the book, then you know about the game of assassin the characters play. It was super fun and brought out Lara Jean’s competitive side.

We also were so mad they changed the dance Lara Jean attends! It was supposed to be a USO party! And, the way Lara Jean and John Ambrose reconnect is way different. However, Jordan Fischer did a great job playing John, so kudos to him!

6. The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles

Amazon.com: The Kissing Booth (9780385378680): Reekles, Beth: Books

We didn’t realize this was a book when it first came out. It’s pretty much something to watch if you want to make fun of stereotypes. Okay, so we’re all for the hot bad boy, but he needs more depth! Still, the movie had us laughing. The Kissing Booth is perfect for a girls night in.

7. Locke and Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

Locke and Key: Keys to the Kingdom by Joe Hill Signed and Numbered Sli -  Dark Regions Press

This YA graphic novel about a family moving into a house with dark secrets has been popular for years. This TV show had us hooked from the first episode. The Locke family moves from Washington state to a small town on the North Shore in Massachusetts. The youngest member of the family, Body, starts to find these strange keys that can do magic. But their origin is much darker than he or his older siblings can imagine. If you want a fantasy/thriller TV show, watch Locke and Key ASAP.

8. The Kissing Booth 2 by Beth Reekles

The Kissing Booth #2: Going the Distance by Beth Reekles: 9780593172575 |  PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books

Okay, so we actually enjoyed this movie more than the first— and it’s got a love triangle. As Noah Flynn goes off to Harvard, Elle is still in LA and meets Marco, who also happens to love dancing. Elle’s life becomes even more complicated as she tries to navigate her future after high school. BTW the book is called Going The Distance

9. Dumplin’

Amazon.com: Dumplin' Movie Tie-in Edition (9780062934673): Murphy, Julie:  Books

We heard of this movie because Jennifer Aniston is in it, and we love her! The movie pleasantly surprised us with its heartfelt moments and important message. We were rooting for Dumplin the entire time and loved the sweet romance. We’ve never read the book, so we can’t comment on the accuracy of the adaption. But if you’re looking for a feel good YA adaption on Netflix, look no further! 

45 thoughts on “Netflix Original YA Book Adaptations

  1. I loved Dumplin’ and cannot wait to sit down and watch the movie. This is such a great idea since everyone spend so much time at home right now. Maybe they’ll read the book first : )

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  2. I was unaware some of these movies were based on books, and now I’ve added them to my seemingly endless TBR list… (the joys of being a book blogger).

    I have to agree about the PS I Still Love You movie. I was disappointed with the scenes that they left out, and, as you said, I was looking forward to seeing the USO costumes! That was a major letdown.

    I can’t wait to binge some of these movies! Thank you for the recommendations and entertaining content. 🙂

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  3. I remember reading 13 Reasons Why in middle school and absolutely loving it. I enjoyed most of the first season but I think the show really went downhill after that.

    I didn’t realize All the Bright Places got made into a movie. I’ve seen people talk about it before but I never read it. Now I want to check it out 😀

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  4. I need to watch all of these! I’ve read 13 Reasons Why years ago, so I could jump into that one. I still need to read Locke and Key, To All the Boys, and All the Bright Places. I have them on my TBR though!

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  5. I’ve seen all of the adaptations on this list except Locke & Key and I enjoyed all of them! I didn’t read Dumplin’ and The Kissing Booth so I can’t really compare them to the book, but I think Netflix did a good job of adapting 13 Reasons Why, Let It Snow, All The Bright Places, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and PS I Still Love You!

    Serena / http://www.ramblingsofanotherunigraduate.com

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  6. I actually just watched Dumplin the other day. I was sitting around doing some monotonous work for behind the scenes with my business and wanted to put on something ‘feel good’ to watch that wasn’t too serious (because that would lead me to being far too distracted). This was the perfect choice! I loved the important message that it carried for young girls everywhere.

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  7. Great list! I have watched quite a few of them. But I honestly loathe All the Bright Places (the book and the movie) and I honestly love To all the Boys I’ve loved before (all three books and both movies)

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