Thursday, February 9, 2017

Young Adults Books for Fans of Audrey Hepburn Movies

Last summer Paige and I put together a post that paired Meg Ryan movies with Young Adult books. We had so much fun putting that post together that I knew this movie to book pairing was something we'd have to revisit again.

Stephanie Scott's debut Alterations is a retelling of movie Sabrina. Both the original version with Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart and the 1995 remake with Julia Orman and Harrison Ford are fantastic. I loved what Stephanie Scott did with this material and how she adapted it for a young adult audience living in the 21st century.

There are so many great Audrey Hepburn movies, and we had a lot of fun thinking of young adult books to pair with each one.

If you love Sabrina try Alterations by Stephanie Scott:
Stephanie Scott's Sabrina character, Amelia Blanco, is an aspiring fashion designer who lives with her mother and grandmother in the service apartment of the wealthy Laurenti family. Amelia's longtime crush, Ethan Laurenti, doesn't notice Amelia until he sees how much she's changed after a summer internship in New York. Alterations is fun update of the classic Audrey Hepburn movie.

If you love Funny Face try Geek Girl by Holly Smale:
Both Funny Face and Geek Girl feature very unlikely models. Funny Face's Jo Stockton works in an obscure bookstore and loves philosophy. She is definitely not looking to become a model. In Geek Girl watch math nerd Harriet Manners take on the world of modeling.

If you love Charade try With Malice by Eileen Cook:
Charade was one of the movies that my mom loved to pull out during slumber parties as an example of a classic thriller. Reggie Lampert's (Audrey Hepburn's character) husband is murdered and Lampert doesn't know who to trust and if anyone is who they say they are. With Malice is a YA thriller where the reader (and the main character) doesn't know what's true and if everyone is who they say they are.

If you love Breakfast at Tiffany's try Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland:
I recently rewatched Breakfast at Tiffany's, the story of Holly Golightly and her new neighbor Paul Varjak. Our Chemical Hearts, like Breakfast at Tiffany's, features a girl with a troubled past and a boy who, despite his best intentions, gets involved with her.

If you love Roman Holiday try Love, Lucy by April Lindner:
There are a whole slew of princess books that I could have picked for this pairing. (If you prefer princes and princess we have some recommendations here.) However, I just love April Lindner's retelling of Room with a View, and it definitely also has a bit of the Roman Holiday vibe.

If you love Wait Until Dark try Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan:
Wait Until Dark was another sleepover classic at my house. The first time I ever watched it was late at night with my friend Megan and my mom. We were at the most dramatic moment of the story when our recording switched to something else. Someone had recorded over the ending! (Ah the days of VHS tapes.) So we had to make a midnight run to Blockbuster so that we could find out what happened. (Ah the days of Blockbuster.) The main character in Wait Until Dark is blind, and her only advantage over her attacker is that she can navigate through the darkness much better than he can. This is also true of Sophie Jordan's main character, who's blindness allows her to navigate the dark world she lives in.

If you love My Fair Lady try The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris:
In the classic updating of Pygmalion, Professor Henry Higgins transforms Eliza Doolittle into a fine lady. In The Fine Art of Pretending, Alyssa Reed, with the help of her best friend Brandon Taylor, attempts to transform herself into someone more dateable. Unforeseen consequences and hijinks ensue.  

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