Imagine if the characters of your favorite fairytale or your favorite love story switched roles. What if it was Prince Phillip resting while Princess Aurora was battling the forest to wake him with a kiss? If the idea of gender flipping roles intrigues you, check out these books that are retellings of classics!
Rogue Princess by B.R. Myers
Not only is this retelling of Cinderella a gender-swap version, but it’s also got a sci-fi edge to it as well. Princess Delia must find a prince to marry in order to save her planet. While she knows this is her destiny, she still yearns for true love and believes there’s got to be another way of accomplishing her mission. Pulling a runaway bride, Princess Delia steals a spaceship—and inside that spaceship is the handsome Aidan. All Aidan was trying to do was get off the planet . . . and now he’s been kidnapped by a princess.
Bad Girls Never Say Die by Jennifer Mathieu
In 1964 Houston, Texas, Evie Barnes is in a group of bad girls. These are the girls who are rebellious, yet also protective against the world. Then, Evie is saved in a scary situation by a good girl, and everything she’s ever believed is questionable. Now, Evie must decide what it means to be a bad girl—and if it’s what she really wants to be in this retelling of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders.
The Princess Will Save You by Sara Henning
After her father dies, Princess Amarande is given a choice between marrying the leader of a neighboring kingdom or losing her crown. To help Princess Amarande make the right choice, her true love, stableboy Luca, is kidnapped. Now, Princess Amarande is on a mission to save Luca and prove that she is not someone who backs down easily.
The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke
The Boneless Mercies are four friends—Frey, Evie, Juniper and Runa—who are hired to kill. Frey has always dreamed of something bigger and better. When Frey hears of a monster who has recently ravaged a small town, she thinks this is her chance. If the Mercies can destroy this beast, they would all get a new future.
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Jamie Watson has always had an interest in Charlotte Holmes, even if she’s a little odd. Jamie’s and Charlotte’s great-great-great-grandfathers are one of the most famous duos in history. When Jamie and Charlotte begin attending the same boarding school, Charlotte makes it clear she has no intentions of making new friends. When a student mysteriously dies, Jamie and Charlotte must trust one another and only one another to honor their families legacies.
The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder
Fi is a book-loving treasure hunter with a talent for ruins and riddles, who definitely doesn’t believe in true love. Shane is a tough-as-nails warrior from the north who likes cracking skulls, pretty girls, and doing things her own way. Briar Rose is a prince under a curse, waiting a hundred years for the kiss that will wake him. The Bone Spindle is a thrilling young adult retelling of the classic Sleeping Beauty tale, full of adventure, romance, found family and snark.