7 Celebrities Who Should Write YA Novels
"True," the final novel in Hilary Duff's paranormal "Elixir" trilogy, has come out, concluding Clea and Sage's impossible love story. But before her first YA novel "Elixir" came out in 2010, who would've known that the girl formerly known as Lizzie McGuire had a book (or three) in her? Celebrities make fascinating authors, because in many cases they draw from their larger-than-life experiences—but it's fiction, so it doesn't feel like reading a gossip magazine or a humblebrag tweet.
Lauren Conrad transplanted the best parts of her "The Hills" experience into the book "L.A. Candy." Nicole Richie did much the same, but went darker, with "The Truth About Diamonds" and "Glee" star Chris Colfer made his debut with "The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell." Even "How I Met Your Mother" star Jason Segel has joined the ranks of celebrity writers, with a novel about "kids facing their biggest fears" coming out sometime in 2014. With that in mind, here are our seven dream YA novels that, if they were real, we would snatch up in a second.
Author bio: Lawrence is currently jetting around the country starring in multiple franchises, as Mystique in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and as Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." With the fall heard round the world, she also took home the best actress Oscar for "Silver Linings Playbook" in 2013.
What her book would be about: Two years ago, Norah was your typical country girl who liked to roughhouse with her brothers and had dreams of acting. Now she's America's favorite young actress, even when she does ridiculous things like fall onstage or blurt out awkward sound bites. But what happens when her management encourages her to be even more candid for more attention?
The Fierce Five
Author bio: Gymnasts Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross, and Jordyn Wieber captured America's hearts and the second gold medal for their country at the 2012 Olympics. Not to mention, they spawned several viral GIFs and even a Tumblr dedicated to McKayla's unimpressed facial expression. Further proving how close-knit they are, we want them to co-author their first novel.
What their book would be about: Told entirely through texts and Tumblr posts, this is the story of five best friends and competitive athletes living in different parts of the country who keep in touch over social media. But will Snapchat videos and Google Hangouts be enough to keep them together through high school clique wars and first loves?
Author bio: The recipient of MTV's 2013 Generation Award is in tune with all audiences, thanks to memorable characters in "Dreamgirls," "Ray" and "Django Unchained."
What his book would be about: Ricky is the coolest guy at his high school—except that no one knows who he actually is. His fellow students, from the jocks who torture him to the girl he secretly loves, all stealthily listen to his podcast in class. But will they accept him even when they find out he's the one behind their favorite mash-ups?
Author bio: Writing runs in Cyrus' family: Dad Billy Ray Cyrus wrote his memoir, "Hillbilly Heart" and she has Dolly Parton (author of "Dream More") as her godmother. Cyrus also commands an impressive Twitter following with her radical haircut photos and on-again, off-again engagement to "Hunger Games" star Liam Hemsworth.
What her book would be about: Destiny gets humiliated at her junior prom—only to wake up the next morning and discover that she gets to relive prom over and over again. A blend of "Carrie" and "Groundhog Day," this novel shows that with enough tries, you can have the perfect night.
Author bio: In addition to playing dystopian hero Peeta Mellark in "The Hunger Games," Hutcherson also branches out into animated fare like the forthcoming CGI fantasy film "Epic." Since 2010, he has been actively involved with LGBT ally organization Straight But Not Narrow.
What his book would be about: It's like "The Selection," but with a twist: Every year, 20 girls are chosen to compete for the affections of their dystopian country's young ruling prince. But what happens when The System chooses sixteen-year-old boy Britt as one of the competitors? Forcibly outed, he must compete with his cutthroat female competitors for a prince who may be in the closet himself. The penalty if he doesn't win the prince's heart? Death.
Author bio: The acerbic and brilliant Australian actress broke onto the scene with a bit part in "Bridesmaids" and has quickly worked her way up to become one of Hollywood's most in-demand comedians.
What her book would be about: Wilson teams up with Busty Girl Comics' Paige Halsey Warren for a graphic novel about a curvy girl who accidentally starts a movement for body awareness that goes viral.
Author bio: For years this talented British actor quietly toiled in small roles in films such as "War Horse" until Joss Whedon's "The Avengers" made both Loki and Hiddles (as his fans call him) into Tumblr phenomena.
What his book would be about: Mordicai is a 5th year at Sorcery Academy when a trio of do-gooder wizards descends upon the school bent on eradicating the so-called "threat" all of these students pose to the magical world. Now this villain-in-training has no choice but to muster his knowledge of dark arts to protect his friends.