I found this newest bit of exciting news out a few days ago and I’m sure many of you already know about it, especially if you follow Sarah Dessen, but guess whose books are getting made into Netflix films! I’ll admit, my immediate first thought when I found this out was to ask one very important question: which of Sarah Dessen’s books are they adapting? And luckily I was quite pleased with the answer. And I can say unquestionably that if one of these books hadn’t been chosen, I would have been massively upset.
I do think the way for this was somewhat paved by the popularity of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and the success it had on Netflix (it was a pretty amazing film, though, so I’d have been surprised if it wasn’t successful) and in that case I’m really happy about this fact. Dessen has already had two of her novels mushed together into a single film featuring Mandy Moore (it wasn’t that good, I’ll be honest) and they weren’t even her best novels. So, in my mind, it’s really no wonder that movie was such a flop. I have higher hopes for these new ones.
Now, on to the important question: which books were optioned for Netflix?
The most important one for me, by far, is This Lullaby. It’s my favorite Sarah Dessen book, the first one that I read, and ultimately the best option for a film. Had this book not been included, I would have been furious. Probably not furious enough to avoid watching the others (unless it was Lock and Key cause I didn’t like that one), but enough that I probably would’ve whined about it for ages. And I do have one small whine to make about this and it is the fact that This Lullaby will not be the first of Dessen’s to-be-film novels to arrive on Netflix. No, that spot is held firmly by Along for the Ride, one of the more enjoyable Dessen novels, but still one that, for me, was barely in the top five. So keep your eyes peeled for it. The last of Dessen’s novels optioned for film is actually one of her newer ones, the only one she’s published recently that I loved rather than simply liking it or find it okay.
All in all, I think the three novels chosen were a good choice, though I am mildly miffed that The Truth About Forever and Just Listen–my second and third favorites after This Lullaby, respectively–were passed up. Especially when there’s the option of having Remy and Dexter cameo in Just Listen! What an opportunity to pass up!
Anyway, I’ve left the synopses for books chosen at the bottom of this post for you all to peruse in the event that you’ve not read a Sarah Dessen book and want to check them out!
When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn’t mess around. After all, she’s learned all there is to know from her mother, who’s currently working on husband number five. But there’s something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy’s rules. He certainly doesn’t seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can’t seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy’s starting to understand what those love songs are all about?
It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.
A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.
In her signature pitch-perfect style, Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people learning to connect.
As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.
Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.
Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.
What do you think about these three books appearing on Netflix? Are you excited? If so, which movie are you most excited for? Are you happy with the ones that were chosen? Is there a different Sarah Dessen book you’d have rather seen? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!