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These YA novels are totally reminiscent of these classics reads

While some students love assigned reading, we sympathize with those who have a tough time diving into certain books. Whether you're pushing through your third Shakespeare play of the semester, finishing off your semester reading list, or studying for an upcoming exam, these modern takes on classic novels are a great way to wrap your head around the story. Flip through these books before beginning your classic novel and save yourself from wondering what's going on.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Great by Sara Benincasa
In this riveting tale, young Naomi Rye spends an eventful summer in the Hamptons. From throwing lavish parties to falling for the girl-next-door, Naomi never sees a dull moment. The story takes a turn as finds herself at the heart of the scandal and becomes the talk of the town. The plot is much like that of The Great Gatsby, but differs in the social dynamic, turning a beloved classic into an engaging novel for young adults everywhere.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Bullying has been around as long as people have, and it's something we're all familiar with. In Speak, young Melinda is publicly ridiculed for being different from her peers and gives a personal account of her school and home life. Much like The Scarlet Letter, Speak is filled with twists and turns, unique characters and exceptional character development. Not to mention, Speak has an incredible movie adaptation.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
Freak the Mighty is an inspiring tale about two underdogs who overcome obstacles to become more powerful than they ever could have imagined. Appropriate for all ages, the novel is a classic example of unlikely heroes teaming up to make a difference and inspire people just like them. Freak the Mighty will leave you excited for the future, imaginative beyond belief, and open to new relationships (no matter how ridiculous they seem).

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and Matched by Allie Condie
Growing up in a dystopian society shapes a person's thinking. Matched gives an inside look on what it's like to grow up believing everything you see and hear, and how limited access to media can stunt a society. Follow Cassia's journey to liberate herself and her people, all the while remaining inconspicuous and working for the common good. Building on the concept thought up by Bradbury, Cassia uncovers the truth about her government and enlightens her fellow citizens to change the nation. 

Have you ever read a classic novel? What's your favorite YA book? Let us know in the comments!

by Julia Bonney | 11/9/2017
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