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Austen Retellings for Young Adult Readers

Jane Austen is one of the most beloved, and most adapted, authors of all time. It's no wonder that every genre has had their hand in Jane Austen adaptations--from literary sequels, contemporary retellings, murder mysteries, to young adult fiction. Today, I want to look at six great young adult retellings of Austen's novels that are perfect for teen readers or older readers who are looking for new ways to access old favorites. 

Pride by Ibi Zoboi
This fresh take on Pride and Prejudice casts a modern Elizabeth and Darcy as Zuri and Darius, two teens in the Bronx. Zuri's confident in her heritage and in her home, but Darius' arrival, and the arrival of his brother Ainsley, puts them all on high alert. Zuri's got a lot on her plate--from college applications to the changing landscape of her home--but will her pride get in the way of what matters most?

Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen
A little romance, a little mystery, a lot of Austen to love. This fun, historical romance sets Lady Victoria Aston as our heroine, and though she relies heavily on her knowledge of life from Jane Austen novels, she may just face beasts that even Austen didn't have the words to conquer. This is perfect for fans of romps through history and unique takes on classic stories. 

Hearts Strings and Other Breakable Things by Jacqueline Firkins
Austen gets a contemporary twist with this lighthearted romance that retells the story of Mansfield Park. Edie Prince finds herself applying to college, scholarships, and torn between two boys: a childhood friend and a new charmer, but will true love prevail? While Austen's most adapted work is Pride and Prejudice, this fun take shows us why all her novels deserve the YA treatment. 

First & Then by Emma Mills
Speaking of Pride and Prejudice, it gets some fresh YA eyes in this romantic retelling that introduces readers to Devon Tennyson, who is content with her life, until Ezra waltzes into her physical education class and everything goes off course. There's more than just one love story in these pages though, and it's perfect for contemporary YA fans who love to swoon and cheer for a good heroine. 

Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
In this updated story of Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy, Lizzie is a music student on a scholarship who finds herself drawn to the best friend of her roommate's boyfriend. It's prom season and everyone is in a fervor, but will Lizzie and Darcy find a way to overcome their differences and accept the inevitable? 

Ordinary Girls by Blair Thornburgh
Sense and Sensibility gets the YA treatment in Ordinary Girls, where two sisters, Plum and Ginny, find themselves and their sisterhood tested by finances, first loves, and secrets. With the moveout date of one sister looming, they spend one last year together trying to determine how to be happy as sisters despite being such polar opposites. This is a great addition to any reading list about the importance of family and all the complications within it.