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Happy Birthday, Billy Shakes: 5 modern-day retellings of Shakespeare’s plays

The play's the thing...the thing that inspired these novels, that is.

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston

While modern versions of Romeo and Juliet and Taming of the Shrew abound, works like A Winter’s Tale are less often performed, let alone retold. E. K. Johnston’s YA novel Exit, Pursued by a Bear homes in on Hermione Winters, captain of the cheerleader team, who is drugged and raped at a party and is forced to deal with the aftermath. “Fierce and gorgeously drawn, this is a rape story that doesn’t focus on victimhood,” writes Booklist in a starred review. 

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