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Classic Literature for a Young Adult Romance Reader

Updated: Nov 8, 2019

During my freshman year at Yale, one of my good friends scoffed at my favorite books. Claiming YA and chicklit were a waste of time (I wholeheartedly disagree with this), he encouraged me to pursue “real literature.” This comment derides scores of worthwhile books, and I told him so. However, I started to feel a little insecure because of his criticism. I began to step outside my literary comfort zone. YA will always be my favorite genre, but I did find several classics that I enjoyed just as much as Meg Cabot’s latest installment.


1. If you like The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen, try the opera Turandot.

2. If you like Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne, try Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

3. If you like A Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody, try Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

4. If you like Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George, try Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

5. If you like Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson, try Mansfield Park by Jane Austen.

6. If you like Fireborne by Rosaria Munda, try Virgil’s Aeneid.

7. If you like The Beholder by Anna Bright, try Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

8. If you like A Thousand Fires by Shannon Price, try Homer's The Illiad.




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