Kim Zarins’ new novel Sometimes We Tell the Truth (which we’re currently featuring an extended excerpt of here) is an awesome contemporary retelling of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. Set on a bus ride to Washington, D.C., a group of teens each tell a story—some fantastical, some realistic, some scandalous—in pursuit of the ultimate prize: a perfect score.
Sometimes We Tell the Truth is certainly not the first YA novel to pay homage to classic Brit Lit, but it got us thinking about some of our other favorite retellings. Perhaps you read classics like Jane Eyre or Frankenstein in high school or college, or maybe you only read the Sparknotes because you had a Pre-Calc Exam to prep for, a big meet to practice for, or Twilight to read instead–we’re not judging! But whether you loved the originals, or have never read them, you will definitely enjoy these books inspired by classic works of Brit Lit.