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Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department,
Collage of films and their adapted books

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen. But if you don't know your beloved series is coming out as a movie, or that the fun looking preview you saw was adapted from a book, how can you join the debate? The library is here to the rescue! Here we will be exploring the movie adaptations soon to hit screens big and small and give you the chance to read before you view.

Coming This April

Book cover for Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
Blume, Judy

Judy Bloom’s seminal coming-of-age novel, Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret, follows sixth-grade Margaret Simon as she moves to a new town and attempts to fit in with new friends. But when her interfaith upbringing clashes with her new crowd, Margaret looks inward to unravel all her big questions. From her first crush to her first period, Margaret faces it all with humor and an open heart. Starring Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates, the first film adaptation of this iconic novel will premiere in theaters on April 28, 2023.

Book cover for Beautiful Disaster: A Novel
Beautiful Disaster: A Novel
McGuire, Jamie

A new school means a new beginning, and Abby Abernathy needs just that. So when she meets tall, handsome, tattooed Travis, she knows he is exactly the kind of trouble to avoid. But Travis won’t be turned away that easily. Jamie McGuire’s bestselling Beautiful Disaster is a gripping romantic tale. Starring Dylan Sprouse and Virginia Gardner, the film adaptation will be released in theaters on April 12, 2023.

Book cover for Dracula
Stoker, Bram

Bram Stoker’s classic Gothic novel, Dracula, recounts a young attorney’s chilling encounter with the eerie Count Dracula and the tragedies that follow. The latest adaptation of this most famous vampire novel follows Renfield, Count Dracula’s fanatic servant. Starring Nicholas Cage, Nicholas Holt and Awkwafina, this comedic and modern adaptation will premiere in theaters on April 14, 2023.

Book cover for The Last Thing He Told Me
The Last Thing He Told Me
Dave, Laura

When her husband disappears, leaving her with Bailey, hostile teenage stepdaughter, Hannah begins to learn he may not be who he said he was. Confused and hurt, Hannah and Bailey must work together to put together the pieces of his past and find out what happened. Starring Jennifer Garner and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the TV series adaptation of Laura Dave’s bestselling The Last Thing He Told Me will premiere on Apple TV on April 14, 2023.

Book cover for Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice From Dear Sugar
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice From Dear Sugar
Strayed, Cheryl

For years, Cheryl Strayed was the anonymous advice columnist for the online column Dear Sugar on The Rumpus website. In her bestselling book, Tiny Beautiful Things, she collects those columns, and some never before published, into a deeply compassionate and warm compendium of friendly advice. Starring Kathryn Hahn, the mini-series adaptation of Strayed’s book will premiere on Hulu on April 7, 2023.

Book cover for Frog and Toad Together
Frog and Toad Together
Lobel, Arnold

Everyone’s favorite amphibian friends finally have their own show! Frog and Toad are two anthropomorphic amphibians who enjoy each other’s company. Join along as they attempt to fly a kite, enjoy a scary story, and learn the importance of friendship. Arnold Lobel’s easy-reader children’s books, Frog and Toad, are perennial classics and have won numerous literary awards. With the vocal talents of Yvette Nicole Brown, Margaret Cho, and Ron Funches, the animated adaptation will premiere on Apple TV on April 28, 2023.