When it comes to YA retellings, the nostalgia factor is real—at least for adult readers like myself. I can’t seem to resist a fresh take on a familiar story, when authors take beloved and well-known tales but center an unexpected background character or write a new happy ending absent from the original but longed for by readers. I’m particularly fond of retellings with unexpected settings, gender-swapped roles, or surprising plot changes that allow us to approach these stories as if for the first time by injecting them with new and sometimes altogether different meanings and morals.
Today’s book list includes twists on classics, fairytales, and myths, both familiar and new, and all from the YA authors. While the reading options below are abundant, our incomplete list offers just a small sampling of all the YA retellings out there. (We could have put together a list solely composed of retellings based on Pride and Prejudice or Beauty and the Beast !) We’ve left room for your favorites: if you have a favorite YA retelling or three, please tell us all about them in the comments section.
What are your favorite YA retellings? Please tell us all about them in the comments section!