YA Book Lists: Seems Familiar
Retold classics written for young adults

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Marta Acosta / YP FIC ACOSTA
Dark Companion
Brought back to life and orphaned at the age of six, Jane Williams grows up in a series of foster homes and wins a scholarship to the exclusive Birch Grove Academy, where dark secrets abound.

Elsie V. Aidinoff / YP FIC AIDINOFF
The Garden
Retells the tale of the Garden of Eden from Eve's point of view, as Serpent teaches her everything from her own name to why she should eat the forbidden fruit, and then leaves her with Adam and the knowledge that her choice has made mankind free.

Jodi Lynn Anderson / YP FIC ANDERSON
Tiger Lily
Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily receives special protections from the spiritual forces of Neverland, but then she meets her tribe's most dangerous enemy — Peter Pan — and falls in love with him.

Lauren Baratz-Logsted / YP FIC BARATZLO
Crazy Beautiful
In this contemporary retelling of "Beauty and the Beast," a teenage boy whose hands were amputated in an explosion and a gorgeous girl whose mother has recently died form an instant connection when they meet on their first day as new students.

A.C.E. Bauer / YP FIC BAUER
Gil Marsh
High school track star Gil Marsh comes to terms with the loss of his close friend and teammate, Enko, and his own mortality while on a journey to find Enko's grave in this modern retelling of the ancient Sumerian tale of Gilgamesh.

Sara Benincasa / YP FIC BENINCAS
Great
In this contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby, 17-year-old Naomi Rye becomes entangled in the drama of a Hamptons social circle and a tragedy that shakes the summer community.

Francesca Lia Block / YP FIC BLOCK
Love in the Time of Global Warming
After a devastating earthquake destroys the West Coast, causing 17-year-old Penelope to lose her home, her parents, and her 10-year-old brother, she navigates a dark world, holding hope and love in her hands and refusing to be defeated.

Francesca Lia Block / YP FIC BLOCK
Psyche in a Dress
A young woman, Psyche, searches for her lost love and questions her true self in a modern retelling of Greek myths.

Alison Croggon / YP FIC CROGGON
Black Spring
Young Damek promises revenge when Lina, the daughter of a village lord and the object of his affections, is forced into servitude for being a witch — a class of people who are not tolerated in their brutally patriarchal society.

Bree Despain / YP FIC DESPAIN
Shadow Prince
In this modern retelling of the Persephone myth, Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, is sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead.

Elizabeth Eulberg / YP FIC EULBERG
Prom & Prejudice
For Lizzie Bennet, a music scholarship student at Connecticut's exclusive, girls-only Longbourn Academy, the furor over prom is senseless, but even more puzzling is her attraction to the pompous Will Darcy, best friend of her roommate's boyfriend.

Beth Fantaskey / YP FIC FANTASKE
Jekel Loves Hyde
As 17-year-old Jill Jekel and classmate Tristen Hyde work together on a chemistry project, hoping to win a scholarship for her and a cure for his curse, they also uncover family secrets and a chemistry of their own.

Paul Fleischman / YP FIC FLEISCHM
Dateline: Troy
Offers a retelling of the story of the Trojan War illustrated with collages featuring newspaper clippings of modern events from World War I through the Iraq War.

Stephanie Hemphill / YP FIC HEMPHILL
Hideous Love (also on ebook)
A free-verse novel about the Gothic novelist Mary Shelley, a teenager whose love story led her to write the literary masterpiece, Frankenstein.

A.G. Howard / YP FIC HOWARD
Splintered
A descendant of the inspiration for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 16-year-old Alyssa Gardner fears she is mentally ill like her mother until she finds that Wonderland is real and, if she passes a series of tests to fix Alice's mistakes, she may save her family from their curse.

Gordon Korman / YP FIC KORMAN
Jake Reinvented
Rick becomes friends with the popular new boy, Jake Garrett, football player and host of superlative parties, and in the process discovers the true nature of his schoolmates and uncovers the mystery of Jake's past.

Claire Scovell LaZebnik / YP FIC LAZEBNIK
The Trouble with Flirting (also on ebook)
Loosely based on Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, relates high school junior Franny's summer at Mansfield College in Portland, Ore., where she helps her aunt sew costumes for an acting program and gets caught between the boy she likes and the one who likes her.

Claire Scovell LaZebnik / YP FIC LAZEBNIK
Epic Fail
In this modern take on Pride and Prejudice, Elise Benton, who has just moved to California, is a junior at an exclusive prep school where, in spite of her initial bad impression, she finds herself attracted to the moody and handsome son of Hollywood's most famous celebrity couple

April Lindner / YP FIC LINDNER
Catherine
In this retelling of Wuthering Heights, Catherine explains how she fell in love with a brooding musician and left her family to return to him, and her daughter describes searching for her mother many years later.

April Lindner / YP FIC LINDNER
Jane
In this contemporary retelling of Jane Eyre, an orphaned nanny becomes entranced with her magnetic and brooding employer, a rock star with a torturous secret from his past.

Bennett Madison / YP FIC MADISON
September Girls
Vacationing in a sleepy beach town for the summer, Sam is pursued by hordes of blonde girls before falling in love with the unusual DeeDee, who compels him to uncover secrets about the community's ocean-dwelling inhabitants.

Alex Mallory / YP FIC MALLORY
Wild
When Cade, a boy who has lived in the forest his whole life, saves a regular teen from a bear attack, he is brought into modern civilization for the first time.

Walter Dean Myers / YP FIC MYERS
Amiri & Odette: A Love Story
Presents a modern, urban retelling in verse of the ballet in which brave Amiri falls in love with beautiful Odette and fights evil Big Red for her on the streets of the Swan Lake Projects.

Diana Peterfreund / YP FIC PETERFRE
Across a Star-Swept Sea
Sixteen-year-old Persis Blake struggles to balance her life as a socialite and a secret spy in a future where Regs, or regular people, have power over the Reduced, those genetically engineered or drugged into physical and mental impairments.

Diana Peterfreund / YP FIC PETERFRE
For Darkness Shows the Stars
Elliot North fights to save her family's land and her own heart in this post-apocalyptic reimaging of Jane Austen's Persuasion.

Aprilynne Pike / YP FIC PIKE
Life After Theft
Jeff is the new guy in school and the only one who can see Kimberlee, a ghost with a lot of (stolen) baggage. To help her move on, Jeff must return everything she stole when she was alive. But being Kimberlee's accomplice turns into more than he bargained for when his crush and the cops get involved.

Ranulfo / YP FIC RANULFO
Joker
A modern retelling of Hamlet, in which 15-year-old Matt begins questioning everything he believes in after the death of his best friend and his parents' divorce.

Megan Shepherd / YP FIC SHEPHERD
The Madman's Daughter (also on ebook)
Dr. Moreau's daughter, Juliet, travels to her estranged father's island, only to encounter murder, medical horrors, and a love triangle.

Megan Shepherd / YP FIC SHEPHERD
Her Dark Curiosity
Juliet struggles to forget Dr. Moreau's horrific legacy only to confront what she fears is one of her father's murderous creations and her own worsening illness.

Gena Showalter / YP FIC SHOWALTER
The White Rabbit Chronicles
Alice in Zombieland
Through the Zombie Glass
When her entire existence is shattered in the blink of an eye, Ali is forced to partner with secretive bad boy Cole Holland to avenge the deaths of her loved ones by returning an undead army to their graves.

Polly Shulman / YP FIC SHULMAN
Enthusiasm
Julie and Ashleigh, high school sophomores and Jane Austen fans, seem to fall for the same Mr. Darcy-like boy and struggle to hide their true feelings from one another while rehearsing for a school musical.

Jon Skovron / YP FIC SKOVRON
Man Made Boy
Tired of being sheltered from humans, 17-year-old Boy, son of Frankenstein's monster and the Bride of Frankenstein, runs away from home and embarks on a wild road trip that takes him across the country and deep into the heart of America.

Kirstina Springer / YP FIC SPRINGER
The Espressologist
While working part-time as a barista in a Chicago coffee bar, high school senior Jane dabbles in matchmaking after observing the coffee preferences of her customers.

Jessica Verday / YP FIC VERDAY
The Hollow
High-school junior Abbey struggles with the loss of her best friend Kristen, who vanished on a legendary bridge, but her grief is eased by Caspian, an attractive and mysterious stranger she meets in the Sleepy Hollow cemetery.

Jennifer Ziegler / YP FIC ZIEGLER
Sass & Serendipity
Unlike her romantic sister, Gabby is down-to-earth and does not put her trust in relationships, but when the richest boy in school befriends her, she discovers that emotional barriers might actually be getting in the way of her happiness.