Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 YA Reads That Would Make Excellent Musicals

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Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books I Wish Had (More/Less) X In Them (the original idea came from Andi who suggested top ten books I wish had more kissing which I thought could be fun but also realize it might not be everyone’s thing! Could also be top ten books I wish had more diversity in them or top ten books I wish had less violence in them or less romance focus in them or top ten books I wish had more dragons in them. IDK! Have some fun with this one!)”

I drew a serious blank on this topic no matter which way I tried to go. I gave up and sat down to watch the musical Grease for a while and then it hit me – what about great books that would be even more awesome if they were made into musicals?  I decided to focus on YA novels since that’s what I’ve been mostly reading lately, so here’s my list of 10 YA reads that I think would make excellent musicals. I can practically envision the costumes and hear the music just thinking about these titles!

Top 10 YA Reads That Would Make Excellent Musicals

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1. A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab

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2. A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas

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3. CINDER by Marissa Meyer

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4. FROSTBLOOD by J.K. by Elly Blake

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5. EVER THE HUNTED by Erin Summerill

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6. SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

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7. FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

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8. RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard

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9. ANNA & THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins

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10. ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell

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Question:  What YA reads do you think would make excellent musicals?

28 replies
  1. Chrystal
    Chrystal says:

    What a cool idea! I haven’t read ACOTAR or Red Queen tethered but I can totally picture the costume styles.

    Love ANNA and ALL RAINBOW ROWELL books, so those could be fun.

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    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Thanks! Yes, at first I wasn’t going to put Eleanor & Park on there since I already had one of Rainbow Rowell’s books mentioned, but the more I thought about that 80s music, the more I knew it just had to be on my list.

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    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Don’t they? Especially Schwab. I can totally picture the costumes Kell and Lila would be wearing and having someone brings the 4 Londons to life on stage would be incredible!

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  2. Emz Chang
    Emz Chang says:

    Great picks! All of these are on my TBR expect Anna and the French Kiss because that’s the only one I’ve read. 😅 I think Graceling by Kristin Cashore would make an interesting musical. Mabe These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner too. 🙂

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  3. Greg
    Greg says:

    Ever the hunted and Fangirl both seem like they would make excellent musicals! ACoTaR seems like it would be a good one too even though I haven’t read it.

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  4. Zoe @ Stories on Stage
    Zoe @ Stories on Stage says:

    OMG I LOVE THIS POST SO MUCH AHHH. I’m an actress myself so this is right up my alley. And OMG Simon as a musical would be absolutely amazing. (I can just picture there being a whole song about Oreos and honestly that sounds fantastic). Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! <3

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