Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl would work as a good Studio Ghibli character lead. Stargirl’s quirkiness as a character is similar to Ghibli’s Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service. They’re both star leads in their own right. Both are eclectic, strong, and true to themselves. Seeing Stargirl come to life as an animation would be a colorful film to watch.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Looking for Alaska challenged us to see life from a broader perspective. It made us understand that life and our relationships will always be complex. Pudge’s journey of understanding relationships after the — spoiler — accident rendered in the studio’s muted colors would be an interesting sight. If they tell Alaska and Pudge’s story like Jiro and Naoko’s in The Wind Rises, the anime adaptation will leave us with the feels yet again.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Charlie Kelmeckis is one of the most loved Young Adult novel characters. He’s quiet, but he can speak to your heart like you’re the one living his story. But what if, instead of Sam and Patrick, he gets Totoro as his friend? We think he’d be the perfect companion for Charlie. Just imagine imagine them dancing to Come On Eileen. Very cute.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
All of us secretly wanted our own Levi (man, cute farm boys who want the best for us always gets us) and we’re all fangirls ourselves. Fangirl’s Cath and Whisper of the Heart’s Shizuku both have stories of falling in love in an unusual way, and with a person you’d never really think you’d fall for. Think of how nice it would be to see Levi and Cath falling in love in a Studio Ghibli world, kind of like Shizuku and Seiji.
Although it isn’t technically a Young Adult novel, it is the ultimate YA story when it comes to dealing with high school life. Everyone had their own Regina George to overcome, and an Aaron Samuels that they’ve always wanted. But can you imagine if Cady Heron and Ashitaka (from Princess Mononoke) actually met and joined forces? They’re both strong-willed, and with Ashitaka’s skills with fighting off demons (a.k.a highschool cliques in the real world), battling Regina George would be easier. We’re definitely curious to see how an animated Mean Girls would look like. We bet Damian would look extra kawaii with his pink shirt.