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Melissa de la Cruz’s YA Novel 29 DATES optioned by Disney+

29 DATES marks a possible competitive trend for the new Disney+ streaming service!

Disney+ is preparing to get into the YA adaptation game when it launches in 2019!

The new streaming service just snagged the rights to Melissa de la Cruz‘s young adult novel 29 Dates, which just hit shelves on Tuesday.

The story follows Ji-su, a South Korean teen whose very traditional parents hire one of Seoul’s premiere matchmakers to help her find “The One” at her fancy private school in San Francisco, where she’s also expected to shine academically while adjusting to a host family and a new culture. With a growing interest in both an unapproved career path and an unapproved boy, Ji-su may be in for more chaos than she ever expected.

This isn’t de la Cruz’s first deal with Disney– Her Descendants series was adapted into popular Disney Channel original movies and a cartoon series.

With this option, it seems that Disney is looking to compete with popular YA romance offerings on Netflix like To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Dumplin’. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the streaming service picking up some other YA titles with the same feel soon.

This project is still in the early stages of development, but we’ll keep you updated as more news arises!

You can snag 29 Dates, the novel, now via Amazon or Indiebound.


Ji-su’s traditional South Korean parents are concerned by what they see as her lack of attention to her schoolwork and her future. Working with Seoul’s premiere matchmaker to find the right boyfriend is one step toward ensuring Ji-su’s success, and going on the recommended dates is Ji-su’s compromise to please her parents while finding space to figure out her own dreams. But when she flubs a test then skips out on a date to spend time with friends, her fed-up parents shock her by shipping her off to a private school in San Francisco. Where she’ll have the opportunity to shine academically–and be set up on more dates!

Navigating her host family, her new city and school, and more dates, Ji-su finds comfort in taking the photographs that populate her ever-growing social media account. Soon attention from two very different boys sends Ji-su into a tailspin of soul-searching. As her passion for photography lights her on fire, does she even want to find The One? And what if her One isn’t parent and matchmaker approved?

By Kait

Kait is a New Englander, a YA book and adaptation lover, and a Slythindor, as well as a red velvet and red wine enthusiast. She likes to like things. Catch her on Twitter: @kaitmary

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