Top Ten Tuesday: YA and Children’s Lit to Adult Fiction

Top Ten Tuesday was started over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there’s a different theme, but today is a freebie week. Inspired by the latest book in the Mediator series, I’m doing top ten YA and Children books I’d like to see an adult follow up to. For a lot of these, I don’t think an adult fiction follow up would really work, but it’s fun imagining the futures of these young characters I love.

  1. 1-800-Where-R-You series by Meg Cabot
    Since this list was inspired by Meg Cabot, I’m going to start off with another Cabot series. Aside from the Mediator, she has also written more of The Princess Diaries (which I haven’t caught up on yet). Now I’d like to see what Jessica Mastriani is up to. I honestly don’t remember a ton about these books, but I know I devoured them as a bored teen on summer vacation.
  2. From the Files of Madison Finn series by Laura Dower
    I adored this middle grade series when I was a kid. It’s another one my memory is a little foggy on though and I grew out of the books before the series was over. But I loved them so much an adult Madison Finn is something I’d like to read about. Her orange Apple laptop was a feature of the series so I’m imagining adult Madison with a Macbook Pro and iPhone. Is she dominating in the tech industry? Where does she live? Which characters are still in her life? Madison feels like a long lost friend I’d want to reconnect with.
  3. Just One Day series by Gayle Forman
    Allyson and Willem, guys. ALLYSON AND WILLEM. I don’t know how Gayle Forman does it, but I fall in love with her characters falling in love and I always want more!!!
  4. If I Stay series by Gayle Forman
    I know Where She Went was already pretty much what this list is about, BUT again, I want more Forman forever and always. I love her characters so much that they could have the most boring futures and I’d still want to read about what they’re up to.
  5. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
    Aysel is really struggling in this book and the conclusion leaves her in a better place, but I’d love to see where she ends up and how she copes.
  6. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
    This is actually one of my least favorite Dessen books. It’s a heavy one and I think I just wasn’t prepared for it. Dessen also talks a lot about how she doesn’t write sequels to any of her books and I don’t think I’d actually want her to, but poor Caitlin! I worry for her. I want to see her happy. Similar to number 5, I want more happiness for characters who had a rough time in their teens.
  7. Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
    This was a stressful read and the future I imagine for Naila would probably be mostly boring to read about. I want calm for her. I want to know about her career and how her family is.
  8. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
    Willowdean is wise as a teen so as an adult I imagine she’d be even wiser. I see her as a great mom or teacher or mentor in general.
  9. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
    This book ends with … a lot. Maddy is so brilliant and lovable and there’d be so much to explore in a follow up.
  10. The Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne
    I grew up reading these books and an adult book would be totally crazy and different. Is there still magic in Jack and Annie’s lives? Do they move on and have “normal” lives?

So a lot of these would be a stretch and likely not translate well into adult fiction, but who doesn’t like imagining where characters end up? Anyone have books they’d like to see get the adult fiction treatment?

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