Everyone gets assigned classic novels to read that they don’t fully get. They can be a challenge to finish and they sometimes feel like a chore – the metaphors are annoying to catch, the writing can drag, the characters are unlikable. As miserable as classic novels might seem, there’s also modern, YA books that have the same themes as classics – or even the same plot – but in a newer, fresher way. It can be easier to understand a classic once you’ve read a YA novel with the same feel. Plus, we don’t expect you to write any essays or take any quizzes about them. Winning!
Hamlet by William Shakespeare and The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters, Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth, A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchinson, Ophelia by Lisa M. Klein, or Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray