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8 Modern YA Novels to Pair With Classroom Classics

8 Modern YA Novels to Pair With Classroom Classics
The school year is winding down, which means that teens (young people of any age, really) can finally give the classics a rest and dive instead into the young adult novels that really reflect what it’s like to grow up today. Not so fast, though: Lots of YA books, for all their fantastical plot elements and contemporary detail (in at least one of these novels, witches and iPods are never far apart), address some of the same themes the classics do, including race, female sexuality, mental illness, and obviously enough, love. In honor of the classics, YA, and the joy of reading of both together, we’ve rounded up eight of the most-taught books in America and paired them with contemporary reads that tread the same, timeless territory. Classic: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare YA Equivalent: The Fault in Our Stars Classic: Macbeth by William Shakespeare YA Equivalent: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl Classic: Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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