11 Drama-Filled Teen Novels Inspired by Shakespeare Plays

by Iva-Marie Palmer

Long before there was John Hughes, Judy Blume, or any other recent chronicler of the teen experience and the sundry joys and pains that go with it, there was William Shakespeare. In his plays, he tackled young adult angst, love, and lust as it played out in tragic relationships, parental power struggles, and plain old frothy flirtation. So, of course, the Bard’s stories are ripe for reenactment on the pages of teen novels, and these 11 books prove the timelessness of his genius.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2018 and updated in 2023.