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It’s no surprise that there are a wealth of YA Jane Austen retellings. Austen may be one of the best classic authors to bring to young adult books. Her iconic stories center around passionate people, intense emotion, and fragile webs of social status and perception.
Could anything sound more like the life of a teenager?
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund – Persuasion
Generations after a genetic experiment almost wiped out humanity, a class of Luddite nobility have risen and outlawed most technology. Elliot North’s Luddite family is struggling, forcing them to rent out part of their land to a group of progressive shipbuilders. Among them, to her surprise, is Kai, a former servant Elliot refused to run away with despite his love for her. But even as Elliot wonders if this could be a second chance, she senses that her old friend is hiding something dangerous. What’s more, Kai seems determined to make Elliot regret giving him up.
First and Then by Emma Mills – Pride and Prejudice
Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on her best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon’s cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn’t want them: first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.
Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg – Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood by Abby McDonald – Sense and Sensibility
When their father dies and leaves everything to his new wife, Hallie and Grace are forced to pack up and leave San Francisco for a relative’s house in shiny Beverly Hills. The two sisters take to their changing lot in typically different styles. Shy, responsible Grace manages to make friends with an upbeat, enterprising girl named Palmer but still yearns for her old life — and the maybe-almost-crush she left behind. Meanwhile, drama queen Hallie is throwing herself headlong into life and love in L.A., spending every second with gorgeous musician Dakota and warding off the attention of brooding vet Brandon. But is Hallie blinded by the stars in her eyes? And is Grace doomed to forever hug the sidelines?
And a Bonus New Adult Retelling
Well Played by Katrina Ramos Atienza – Pride and Prejudice
Patrice Reyes is starting her junior year at the University and she’s convinced it’s going to be the best semester ever. For starters, it looks like this is the year her team will win the regional football (soccer, for you Yanks) championships. Her subjects are looking good, and there’s even a chance she might finally get somewhere with her rock star crush. But a new classmate—arrogant, cold math nerd—is seriously throwing off her groove. Will she ever get rid of him and have the awesome semester she deserves? Or is there truth to never judging (math) books by their cover?
Do you have more favorite YA Jane Austen Retellings? What about ones you’d like to see? (I definitely want a horror Northanger Abbey retelling.) Tell us in the comments!
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