12 Popular YA Books That Are Actually Based on Classic Shakespeare

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Assigned readings for English class can be such a drag. No matter how hard the teacher tries to connect a century-old novel to your complicated modern life, the work still usually just comes across as stuffy and traditional. No matter if you’re a diehard Shakespeare-lover or not, finding a work of literature that’s a contemporary re-telling of a story we’ve heard hundreds of times with a unique spin can completely change the way you look at the OG work.

Shakespeare-inspired movies have proved to be hits (have you SEEN She’s the Man?!?!), so it’s not all that shocking that books based off the author’s classics are fun and interesting, as well. If you’re looking for exciting reading suggestions that might even help you stand out as a star student among your classmates, check out the gallery below!