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May 1, 2014 | 12:00 a.m. CST
Author: John Green
Film release: June 6
Before you ugly-cry with fellow moviegoers, prepare yourself with John Green’s tale about a pair of star-crossed teens. Although that might sound overdone, this is no Romeo and Juliet. It’s not their families trying to tear them apart but their own cancer-ridden bodies. Will their story make you cry even when you know what’s coming? Always.
Author: Richard C. Morais, Film release: Aug. 8
Authors: Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Film release: Aug. 1
Let’s pretend the Hulk movies never existed.Marvel rarely lets its fans down, and Guardians of the Galaxy should be no different. A ragtag team of heroes protecting the innocent and fighting evil is always butt-kicking good fun. Go ahead and add the Guardians to your shelf of Avengers.
Author: Chris Claremont, Film release: May 23
Author: Lois Lowry
Film release: Aug. 15
It’s likely been awhile since the seventh grade, so brush up on the Newbery-winning dystopia with a Throwback Thursday read. Those themes you Spark-Noted to get through class might just resonate more clearly now that you’re older and wiser. You’ll be ready when Jeff Bridges starts giving truths as The Giver.
Author: Frank Miller, Film release: Aug. 22
Author: Gillian Flynn
Film release: Sept. 1
If you’ve managed to avoid spoilers about Flynn’s twists and turns, congratulations. But it’s time to buckle down and tackle the shock and suspense of her sophomore novel, Dark Places, which follows the sole survivor of a small-town massacre. Afterward, you can get a head start before Gone Girl hits screens in October for the movie version.
Author: James Franco, Film release: May 9
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