Books into TV: Juliet Immortal and Recovery Road (In Development at ABC Family)

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ABC Family is at it again with picking up YA books for adaptation. Last week they ordered I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. This week they have set their sights on Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay and Recovery Road by Blake Nelson, according to Hollywood Reporter. Continue reading for more details!

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

Juliet Immortal (Juliet Immortal, #1)

Writer/Producer: Stacey Jay
Goodreads Rating: 3.67 (3,935 ratings)
Publication Date: August 9th, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: Fantasy/Romance/Retellings

The most tragic love story in history . . .

Juliet Capulet didn't take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn't anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she's fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she's forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.

Recovery Road by Blake Nelson

Recovery Road

Producers:  Pilgrim Studios (Lifetimes' Whisper of Fear)
Goodreads Rating: 3.80 (625 ratings)
Publication Date: March 1st, 2011
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Contemporary

From acclaimed author Blake Nelson, the story of girl meets rehab.

Madeline is sent away to Spring Meadows to help with a drinking and rage problem she has. It's a pretty intense place, but there is the weekly movie night in town--where Madeline meets Stewart, who's at another rehab place nearby. They fall for each other during a really crazy time in their lives. Madeline gets out and tries to get back on her feet, waiting for Stewart to join her. When he does, though, it's not the ideal recovery world Madeline dreamed of. Both of them still have serious problems. And Stewart's are only getting worse....


I haven't read either book, but I have heard some buzz for Juliet Immortal. I think the most interesting thing about these adaptations is that the author for Juliet Immortal, Stacey Jay, will write the script and produce. I don't know if this could hinder or help the project. On one hand, the author of course knows the story better than anyone. On the other hand, authors sometimes don't know how to write for screen. Writing novels and screenwriting are two very different things. Apparently ABC Family is just looking for a studio to back the project.

Whereas Recovery Road already has a studio behind it. I don't know about you guys but I think I'd really like a Recovery Road on TV. It sounds a lot like It's a Funny Kind of Story, and I really enjoyed that movie (I know it was a book first!). If I had to guess which one would move on from development and see the silver screen, I'd have to put my money on  Juliet Immortal because it fits nicely into the ABC Family canon. 


Have you read either of these books? Which one would you rather see on TV? Excited for more adaptations? Thoughts below!


  1. I really wanted to read Juliet Immortal till I read a bad review on it. The idea is still intriguing, I'll be interested to see how it goes.

  2. I'm so excited about Juliet Immortal! Yet... I haven't read it haha. I'm totally adding this to my next buying spree list though. ^^

  3. I can totally see Juliet Immortal as a TV show on ABC family... although there's only like two books in the series so it'd be interesting to see how that works out.