Kate Davies is looking for YA novels that reflect or parallel Romeo and Juliet, with or without the tragic death at the end (and, I would hope, without the wishywashy bonerdeath that is ol’ Romeo):
I’m a former English teacher who’s signing up for a class on Modern Literature in the Classroom to keep my certification up to date. One of the requirements of the class is to read 8 books published in the last thirty years, with an eye toward using them in the classroom. I’ve always paired Romeo and Juliet with a book study, using multiple books that connect with the themes of the play in some way. Sad to say, though, my “kid-friendly” reading list is woefully out of date.
So I’m looking for suggestions for YA books—romance, preferably, but outside the genre is fine—that have R & J themes in them. Forbidden love, parental disapproval, family rivalry, different worlds…anything goes!
Part of the unit for the book study is for students to identify how the book is related to R&J, so more tangential connections would make it more of a challenge for them. (And more interesting for me, because reading eight retellings of R & J in a row could get a little old.)
Got any ideas? And what’s the best interpretation of Romeo and Juliet that you’ve seen? Or, do you prefer the original?