Break ups suck. They really do. Books are normally the thing I turn to when going through anything bad, challenging, different, crazy or good. Basically, the answer is always books. Books have a wealth of advice and knowledge hidden inside them that we can take whenever we want to. We can learn from the lifetime of mistakes of others and, sometimes, books hold the advice that can help us turn a corner. However, break ups come in many forms, so we need lots of different types of books to help us. That is why I have created this…
Complete Guide to Break Up Books. (or Relationship Trouble Reading)
Books for when you need a cry…
Sometimes, a break up comes so completely out of nowhere, and we need a little kick-start to come out of our shock and have a good cry. Tears are good! They don’t even have to be books about relationships, in fact, sometimes it is better if they are not.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
This book is set in a Nazi Concentration camp, so you know it isn’t going to end well. You could also try The Book Thief, same time, same tears, but about a girl who loves books! Cry, now!
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Her Dad has cancer and she has one last summer with her family together, in a place where she made mistakes as a child and then ran from. Unfortunately for Taylor, this is one summer she can’t run from. Cue the wailing.
One Day by Davis Nicholls
Two people meet. This book looks at the same day they met, for the next twenty years. David Nicholls is a master of tears. I wept.
Marley and Me by John Grogan
So if you don’t think you can handle human death and suffering, how about we chuck in an animal? Books with animals, fail safe for starting the waterworks. No matter how great this book is, the ending gets me, every darn time. Animal death= bawl your heart out.
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
A trip down memory lane. this children’s book was probably the first book I ever read where one of the characters dies. And she was my age! And she was just so awesome! Even thinking about this is making me shed a tear! I so wanted to be Leslie! Poor Jesse!
Books with a love more doomed than yours ever was…
So you are done with crying? Now we can find some relationships that were even more doomed than yours.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Back to the classics. This is a love story that was so messed up, I truly hope you can’t compare!
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Aah, I know, I said we were done with crying, but come on, this was the most doomed love story to grace our shelves in this century! And a little more crying won’t hurt…
The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials series)
A love story so tragic that people actually gather at a bench in Oxford every year to mark the literary tragedy of Will and Lyra, separated by, well, different worlds. All very tragic.
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments Book 2) by Cassandra Clare
No love more doomed than that between a boy and a girl who find out they are brother and sister…well, if you need hope when you finish, just keep reading the series. It gets better for Clary and Jace. Which brings us to…
Books to make you believe in Love again…
The Ghost Bird Series by C.L.Stone
These books are so cute, they make you remember the innocence of love, first kisses, sweet boys and a girl who needs the love of these boys to rebuild herself. Well worth a read, especially as the first one is free!
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
The prequel to the Mortal Instruments, this is a story that shows true love wins the day…in the end. If you wait a few hundred years or so.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
A futuristic retelling of our favourite childhood fairytales, who doesn’t love a happily ever after?
The Succubus Series by Richelle Mead (Or Georgina Kincaid series)
A series for a more mature audience, sassy, sexy and intelligent, georgina Kincaid literally goes to hell to argue a contract that will separate her from her love for all eternity. True love man. But, get this, she does all this, and doesn’t even know if her true love will take her back after she betrayed him over, and over, and over. She just wants him to be free. Even if she has to accept a relationship with her might never happen. Which leads to…
Books to read when you need some acceptance
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Read this, and then make yourself a list. Make a great big list of all the things you were too scared to do, or too relationship-ped to do, or just didn’t think were important enough. Seriously. Everything. Even if that is to run a race, or learn how to box, or even climb a mountain and blow bubbles off the top of it. Which, contrary to many of my friends opinions, is not that blimming weird. Now go, live your list and be free!
Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris
Okay, so the title doesn’t sound all that hopeful I agree, but Charlaine is really good at writing about the real stuff in life. She gets it. Not all relationships are destined to last forever, and… that’s okay, because, as the last paragraph of this books says, you will survive, in or out of a relationship.
“I thought Sam and I would be together, maybe by Christmas, maybe for always. I couldn’t imagine a future without him. But I also knew that if he turned away from me at this moment, somehow I would survive that, and I would find a way to flourish like the yard that still bloomed and grew around my family home.
I’m Sookie Stackhouse. I belong here.”
So find your inner strength, get out there and blossom. You didn’t need a relationship to live your amazing life anyway!
Much booky love,
E. St. C.