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9 Books to Get You through Your Break-Up

April 7, 2021
Tashie Bhuiyan

It’s been a rough year for love…for some of us more than others. Did you have your heart broken in the last few days, weeks, months? Have you been binging Netflix rom-coms and crying into your ice cream? Did you wish you had a book to fill the hole in your heart they left behind?

Then we have book recommendations to help you get through it!

9 Books to Get You through Your Break-Up

1. Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

Start with Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch. Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding and hoping she can stop thinking about the one thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken. If you also can’t stop thinking about your heartbreak, dive into Addie’s world instead! Bonus: Addie has a guidebook with her called Ireland for the Heartbroken, so each chapter begins with a little bit of insight on how to heal your broken heart.


2. The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian

Next up, we have The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian. When Keeley’s town is sliding underwater and everyone is ordered to pack up and leave, she and he friends decide to go out with a bang. And for Keeley, that means taking one last shot at the boy she’s loved forever. Are you also thinking about what you’d do if you had one last chance to fix things and nothing left to lose? Then Keeley’s story is the one for you!


3. The Lucky List by Rachael Lippincott

The next book on the list isn’t out yet, but you should definitely pre-order The Lucky List by Rachael Lippincott anyway. The summer before Emily’s senior year, things are going badly. Not only has Emily wrecked things with her boyfriend Matt, who her late mother adored, but her dad is selling the house she grew up in and giving her mom’s belongings away. With her best friend away for the summer and her other friends taking her ex’s side, the only person she has to talk to about it is her dad’s best friend’s daughter, Blake, a girl she barely knows. If you’re also feeling a little lonely right now, this book will prove to be wonderful company!


4. Indestructible Object by Mary McCoy

Up next is another book you should pre-order, Indestructible Object by Mary McCoy. For the past two years, Lee has been laser-focused on two things: her job as a sound tech at a local coffee shop and her podcast “Artists in Love,” which she cohosts with her boyfriend Vincent. Until he breaks up with her on the air right after graduation. Was your heartbreak also messy and sudden? Then join Lee as she navigates the aftermath and rediscovers what love means to her!


5. One Great Lie by Deb Caletti

One Great Lie by Deb Caletti is another book to add to your list and pre-order. When Charlotte wins a scholarship to a writing workshop in Venice with Luca Bruni, it’s a dream come true. Venice itself is beautiful, charming, and seductive, but so is Luca. However, as his behavior becomes increasingly unnerving, Charlotte begins to unearth secrets about the past, and secrets about the present. If you’re still asking yourself questions about why things ended the way it did, and wish you could uncover the mystery of your heartbreak, then Charlotte’s story will help you find some closure!


6. A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

Next, we have A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey. For Lila Reyes, a summer in England was never part of the plan. The plan was 1) take over her abuela’s role as head baker at their panadería, 2) move in with her best friend after graduation, and 3) live happily ever after with her boyfriend. But then everything—including Lila herself—fell apart. If you also had plans and a future that are never going to be carried out, join Lila as she builds a new future for herself!


7. My Summer of Love and Misfortune by Lindsay Wong

The next book on our list is My Summer of Love and Misfortune by Lindsay Wong. Iris Wang is having a bit of a rough start to her summer: Her boyfriend cheated on her, she didn’t get into any colleges, and she has no idea who she is or what she wants to do with her life. If your break-up also ended on a rough note, join Iris as she gets swept up in adventure and makes unexpected and extraordinary discoveries!



8. A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

We have another Deb Caletti classic with A Heart in a Body in the World. Annabelle’s life wasn’t perfect, but it was full—full of friends, family, love. And a boy…whose attention Annabelle found flattering and unsettling all at once. Until that attention intensified. Now Annabelle is running away from the pain and tragedy of the last year, and with every beat of her heart, every stride of her feet, Annabelle steps closer to healing. If you’re also on the journey toward healing, then Annabelle’s story will help you discover that path!


9. The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch

And last but not least, we have The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch. Determined not to let anything ruin his senior year, Sky decides to make a splash at his high school’s annual beach bum party by asking his crush, Ali, to prom—and he has thirty days to do it. Then, Sky’s plans are leaked by an anonymous hacker in a deeply homophobic e-blast that quickly goes viral. If you’re also still reeling from a betrayal that seemingly destroyed your romance, join Sky as he finds hope again and reclaims his love life for himself!


Looking for more? Check out these best break-ups and make-ups from YA books!

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