So Hot Right Now: Hollywood.com’s Summer Movie Book Club

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Unofficial Tagline: A quest to rescue her mother leaves a young woman entering worlds she never might have imagined.
Why We're Obsessed: Launching from everyday life in New York to a fantastical realm of monsters, magic, and stakes higher than you ever braved before? It’s the standard formula for YA fantasy, but if it ain't broke…
See the Movie or Read the Book?: See the movie! How can you resist a cast with the likes of Lily Collins, Lena Headey, Jonathyn Rhys Meyers, and Jared Harris? All that and a few whimsical kingdoms makes for some splendid cinema.
Margaret K. McElderry Books; Constantin Film Produktion
The Spectacular Now
The Spectacular Now
Unofficial Tagline: It’s spectacular. Period.
Why We're Obsessed: Everything about this story is fantastic. It’s about being a teenager and growing up and falling in love and struggling with who you are. As the Internet would say, it makes us feel all of the feels.
See the Movie or Read the Book?: Both. They tell the same story but in slightly different ways — and in this case that’s not a bad thing. You would be doing yourself a disservice to choose one or the other.
Ember; 21 Laps Entertainment
The Twilight Saga
The Twilight Saga
Unofficial Tagline: When you can live forever, what do you live for? Um, this series. 
Why We're Obsessed: Vampires, werewolves, and humans, oh my! This saga has every juicy ingredient of a clichéd teen drama, which is exactly why it'll become your new guilty pleasure.  
See the Movie or Read the Book?: See the movies, skip the chick lit. Taylor Lautner shirtless absolutely cannot be missed, and the movies capture the spirit of Stephanie Meyer's (admittedly not fantastic) writing well. 
Little, Brown Books; Summit
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Unofficial Tagline: Forget your lame high school English class; Greek mythology is awesome.
Why We're Obsessed: Rick Riordan brings ancient Greek mythology to the modern day, making it accessible to a younger generation. How can you go wrong with gods and monsters?
See the Movie or Read the Book?: Read the book, it’s amazing. If the film goes the way of The Lightning Thief, though, it will only be a shell of the story Riordan wrote.
Disney-Hyperion; 20th Century Fox
I Am Number Four
I Am Number Four
Unofficial Tagline: What's worse then being an alien in high school? Being on an evil alien's hit list.
Why We're Obsessed: Nefarious writer/liar James Frey pens a novel under the ridiculous name Pittacus Lore about hot teenagers who are actually aliens. What more do you need to know? This is all kinds of awesome.
See the Movie or Read the Book?: Read the book. While Alex Pettyfer is smokin' (and spends plenty of time shirtless), Lore's suspenseful saga gets lost in the translation from page to screen.
HarperCollins; Dreamworks
The Host
The Host
Unofficial Tagline: The next chapter in Stephenie Meyer’s “two men are in love with me; who should I choose?"” fantasy.
Why We're Obsessed: Max Irons and Saoirse Ronan are in the movie.
See the Movie or Read the Book?: Eh, go for the movie. Irons and Ronan are pretty much The Host’s only redeeming quality. Oh! And that it's basically about Mormonism.
Sphere; Summet Entertainment
The Giver
The Giver
Unofficial Tagline: Ignorance is not always bliss.
Why We're Obsessed: Lois Lowry gives us one of the only books we enjoyed being forced to read in middle school with her controversial interpretation of why being perfect isn't always perfect. 
See the Movie or Read the Book?: Read the book. Although we are looking forward to seeing Jeff Bridges in the title role, the classic award-winning novel is best told through Lowry's interpretation of utopia. And we're already pretty angry that 23-year-old Brenton Thwaites as the adolescent Jonas.
Laurel Leaf; As Is Productions
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Unofficial Tagline: Friends (and great English teachers) will conquer all.
Why We're Obsessed: We totally identify with this realistic take on the high school experience. Plus, it's full of great references to classic books like On the Road, cult movies like Rocky Horror, and amazing music like The Smiths.
See the Movie or Read the Book?: See the movie. While the book will always have a special place in our hearts, seeing Charlie and the gang come to life on the big screen is an even more powerful experience. And the acting is incredible, especially Emma Waton's performance as Sam. 
MTV Books; Summit Entertainment
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games
Unofficial Tagline: May the odds be ever in your favor. And good luck choosing between Gale and Peeta. 
Why We're Obsessed: In a story of life or death compelled by love, Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each Districts in a post-apocalyptic North America are chosen at random to compete.
See the Movie or Read the Book?: See the movie. The improbable plot becomes a reality thanks to the literally killer CGI, kick-ass J-Law, and a fabulously wacky supporting cast (think Stanley Tucci and Elizabeth Banks with blue hair). The next installment hits theaters November 2013.
Scholastic Press; Summit Entertainment
The Fault In Our Stars
The Fault In Our Stars
Unofficial Tagline: Through a support group for children with cancer, Stage 4 patient Hazel Lancaster explores a whole new chapter in her life, and a new lease on living altogether.
Why We're Obsessed: The story touches upon all of the existential traumas and tribulations that plague every one of us, raising the stakes with the approaching mortality of the main character.
See the Movie or Read the Book?: While we can't speak on behalf of the movie just yet, the casting of Shailene Woodley is always promising. Still, we have to play it safe and say "read the book." John Green's empathetic novel will speak volumes to anyone who has ever dealt with any sort of personal tragedy.
Dutton Juvenile; Temple Hill Entertainment
Ender's Game
Ender's Game
Unofficial Tagline: Video games are the new war games.
Why We're Obsessed: Orson Scott Card may be a questionable human, but his 1985 novel showed us a vision of the future we'd never before seen: one in which school dynamics were just as tricky to navigate as intergalactic warfare.
See the Movie or Read the Book?: Definitely read the book, the jury's still out on whether the movie (to be released November 2013) will be worth watching. But the cast — Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Harrison Ford, and Ben Kingsley — is promising.
Tor Science Fiction; Summit Entertainment
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Unofficial Tagline: British boy wizard narrowly avoids death over and over (and over) again.
Why We're Obsessed: It’s part of our childhood! It’s the only book series with its own theme park. We’re still waiting for our Hogwarts acceptance letter.
See the Movie or Read the Book?: The movies do a decent job of capturing the magic of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world (some more than others), but the books are undoubtedly better. And if you still haven’t read them, you need to get on that immediately.
Arthur A. Levine Books; Warner Bros. Pictures
Divergent
Divergent
Unofficial Tagline: Your entire life is based on a single personality trait.
Why We're Obsessed: Heart-pounding action and suspense, a kick-ass heroine, swoon-worthy romance — Divergent has it all!
See the Movie or Read the Book?: The upcoming movie sounds promising if it can differentiate itself from that other dystopian-set trilogy, The Hunger Games. But unlike the story's heroine Tris, you don’t have to choose: you can like them both!
Katherine Tegen Books; Summit Entertainment
The Book Thief
The Book Thief
Unofficial Tagline: When Death tells a story, you start crying. 
Why We're Obsessed: Death tells the story of a little girl in Nazi Germany who steals books. Yes, it's depressing, but who doesn't want to read a book narrated by Death?
See the Movie or Read the Book?: Definitely read the book, but get excited for the movie. The movie is bringing fresh faced child actors, such as Sophie Nélisse, to Hollywood while also holding it down with heavy hitters like Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson, a combination that is sure to bring Marcus Zusack's moving tale to life.
Alfred A. Knopf; Fox
Beautiful Creatures
Beautiful Creatures
Unofficial Tagline:Small-town boy meets the girl of his dreams (literally). Then he finds out that she has magical powers.
Why We're Obsessed:
It's like Twilight in reverse with an awesome Southern gothic feel. See the Movie or Read the Book?: Read the book. The melodramatic movie fails to capture the magic of the original work (pun seriously intended) and alters the story enough to put even the least purist of fans in a tizzy.
Penguin Books; Warner Bros

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