8(5) Young Adult Books That Should Be Movies (And Who Should Star in Them)

With the announcement that Rainbow Rowell’s beloved young adult novel Eleanor and Park will be adapted for film, directly following the news that John Green’s Paper Towns is also headed to the big screen, here are TIME’s recommendations for 8 other YA books worthy of a screenplay — plus, just for fun, the actors who would be perfect in the starring roles.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
This story has the opportunity to make a true impact for teens and parents by shedding light on the heartbreaking effects of bulimia and anorexia. Dream casting: Troian Bellisario as Lia, with Bunheads favorite Julia Goldani Telles as Cassie.

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Two of Dessen’s books were merged together for Mandy Moore’s How to Deal in 2003 but fell quite short of impressive. The Truth About Forever mixes typical adolescent issues with love and loss that would shine on screen. Dream casting: Elle Fanning as Macy

The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Harry Potter for the older set still hits a nerve when it comes to young adults in this series by Grossman (who, full disclosure, writes for TIME). Better yet? Its third installment is due out in August. The movie was once picked up as a TV show but the pilot wasn’t green-lit. Dream casting: The Way, Way Back’s Liam James as Quentin

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
Misfit Lee Fiora heads to a Massachusetts prep school full of questions about her sexuality, identity and where she falls among the WASP-y elite. Think of it as a not-so-popular girl mingling with the Nate Archibalds of the world. Dream casting: Elizabeth Olsen as Lee.

Looking for Alaska by John Green
Being honest, everything John Green writes could be adapted for the screen and this heartbreaker is no exception. Dream casting: Logan Lerman as Miles Halter while AnnaSophia Robb (pictured) would work wonders with Alaska’s moody and elusive persona.

source: time