17 Young Adult Novels You Should Read, Based On Your Favorite Literary Classics
Combine your love for the classics and young adult novels with these awesome books.
1. If you loved Pride and Prejudice, you should read Elizabeth Eulberg's Prom & Prejudice.
A modern day retelling of the Jane Austen classic, Elizabeth Eulberg's Prom and Prejudice sets all your favorite characters in high school where they're preparing for the biggest event of the season: prom.
2. If you loved Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, you should read A. G. Howard's Splintered.
A dark twist on Lewis Carroll's classic novel, fans will love Splintered, which follows Alyssa Gardner as she enters into Wonderland to try and save her family.
3. If you loved Jane Eyre, you should read Sabaa Tahir's An Ember in the Ashes.
Readers will see the same fierce determination of Jane Eyre in Sabaa Tahir's protagonist, Laia. Both Jane and Laia are fighting for their freedom and fall in love along the way.
4. If you loved Oliver Twist, you should read Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows.
Leigh Bardugo's novel has a similar motley crew of thieves as the group Oliver Twist quickly finds himself a part of. Differently, however, Bardugo's characters have special abilities and the power to save the world. Still, fans of Oliver Twist will love the different characters of Six Crows and the trouble they get themselves into.
5. If you loved Vanity Fair, you should read Cecily von Ziegesar's Gossip Girl.
Blair and Serena are the modern day Becky Sharp and Amelia; two wealthy friends who want to keep their popularity. Also, fans will recognize Amelia's love for George in Blair's love for Nate.
6. If you loved The Great Gatsby, you should read Sara Benincasa's Great.
In this female driven retelling of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, Sara Benincasa takes the glitz of Long Island during the Jazz Age and turns it into the mordern-day Hamptons. Jay Gatsby becomes the mysterious Jacinta and romance and drama quickly unfolds.
7. If you loved Of Mice and Men, you should read Rodman Philbrick's Freak the Mighty.
The friendship between large, learning disabled Max Kane and small, crippled Kevin is very similar to the friendship between George and Lenny. Both these novels center around the small family these friends make with each other, and the tragedy they face.
8. If you loved The War of the Worlds, you should read Rick Yancey's The 5th Wave.
Fans of H.G. Wells' classic story about an alien invasion in Victorian England, will love Rick Yancey's novel about the "Others" who only look human but will kill anyone they see. Readers will love protagonist Cassie's fierce determination to survive and save her brother from the "Others."
9. If you loved Lord of the Flies, you should read James Dashner's The Maze Runner.
James Dashner takes William Golding's novel about a group of boys stranded on an island, to another level. Set in a dystopian world, the novel begins with Thomas waking up, surrounded by boys, all of whom have no memories other than their names and are trying to survive in the ever-changing maze called The Glades.
10. If you loved Frankenstein, you should read Kenneth Oppel's This Dark Endeavor.
A twist on Mary Shelley's classic tale, This Dark Endeavor tells the story of Victor and Konrad Frankenstein, inseparable twin brothers, who find themselves on a real life adventure when they discover the Dark Library and secret books on alchemy and ancient remedies.
11. If you loved Fahrenheit 451, you should read Matched.
In Ray Bradbury's dystopia, firefighters set fires to books instead of putting out fires. In the world of Matched, people no longer know how to write by hand and culture is limited to only 100 of everything: 100 Poems, 100 Paintings, etc. Both novels deal with the necessity of literature and how words have the power to change the world.
12. If you loved The Catcher in the Rye, you should read Ned Vizzini's It's Kind of a Funny Story.
While Holden Caulfield tells the story of what led to him being in a mental hospital, It's Kind of a Funny Story is the story about Craig Gilner being entered into a mental hospital and what happens after. Both Holden and Craig are teens from New York City who attended top tier high schools and fans of Holden's dry wit will love Craig's humor and honesty.
13. If you loved Hamlet, you should read Lisa Klein's Ophelia.
Fans of Hamlet will love Lisa Klein's dark and romantic retelling of one of William Shakespeare's most popular plays. Making Ophelia the protagonist, this novel follows her as she falls in love with Prince Hamlet and fights for her own survival.
14. If you loved Moby Dick, you should read China Miéville's Railsea.
In Railsea, China Miéville perfectly reimagines Herman Melville's classic tale. Instead of the ocean there are endless rails called the "railsea" where giant moles, pirates, and monsters threaten the protagonist, Sham Yes ap Soorap, and the rest of his crew.
15. If you loved Wuthering Heights, you should read Brian James' The Heights.
In Brian James' contemporary retelling of Emily Brontë's classic novel, Heathcliff becomes Henry, an orphan in San Francisco, taken in by Mr. Earnshaw. Similar to the classic novel, Henry falls in love with Catherine but faces difficulties when Mr. Earnshaw dies, leaving his jealous son, Hindley, in charge of his finances.
16. If you loved The Prince and the Pauper, you should read Kate Brian's The Princess and the Pauper.
Kate Brian's modern retelling of Mark Twain's social criticism, replaces the prince with a princess and adds a rockstar to the mix. Filled with funny twists and a little romance, this novel is a fun interpretation of the classic novel.
17. If you loved The Scarlet Letter, you should read Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak.
Both Hester Prynne and Laurie Halse Anderson's protagonist, Melinda, are outcasts, although for different reasons. Still, both these women suffer while the men that should be punished get away with their crimes. And, if you didn't like how The Scarlet Letter ended, you'll absolutely love how Melinda finds her voice in Speak.