5 Books to Get You Through a Breakup


Breakups are hard and, unfortunately, most of us will go through them at least once in our lifetime and while we often look for comfort in our best friend, parents, or siblings, sometimes that isn’t enough.

Books can be the silent companion that help you through difficult times without expecting anything in return. The next time heartache catches you by surprise, pick up one of these books to help get you through it.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

This poetry collection, which has captured the hearts of women across the world, will take you through a four-part journey as it moves you from pain to healing. Covering a variety of topics from violence and abuse to love, loss, and femininity, this book will help remind you that while it might hurt right now, pain always brings new strength.

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

This novel, written by the bestselling author of P.S. I Love You, follows follows Rosie and Alex from 5-years-old into adulthood as life continues getting in the way of their true love. As you read Ahren’s book, you’ll laugh and cry with Rosie, knowing that regardless of how it looks to her in the moment, everything will turn out exactly as it’s meant to be in the end.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

If there has ever been a romance that can accurately be labeled as “tragic,” it’s that of Heathcliff and Catherine in Emily Bronte’s classic novel Wuthering Heights.  This novel follows the lives of not only Catherine and Heathcliff, but also of their respective children, Cathy and Linton.  After reading this unfulfilled romance that spans two generations, you’ll not only feel a lot better about your own love life, but you’ll also remember that, at the very least, a tragic tale makes for a great story.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Not only has this novel won two dozen awards, been turned into a film that made over $48 million dollars on the opening weekend alone, and created a whole generation of readers who swoon at the word “Always,” but it also makes an excellent breakup bible. The love story between Hazel and Augustus will touch you and leave you sobbing long before you read the final pages. More than anything else, it will give you the perfect excuse to let loose and cry it out.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Dodie Smith, who also brought us the classic 101 Dalmatians, gives us a perfect coming of age story in this novel, originally published in 1948. Despite being published nearly 70 years ago, readers today are still able to sympathize with Cassandra Mortmain as she fills three notebooks with tales about her family, home life in a ruined castle, and first interaction with unrequited love. Giving us such relatable quotes as “How I wish I lived in a Jane Austen novel” and “No bathroom on earth will make up for marrying a bearded man you hate,” this novel will remind you that, at the end of the day, love is a growing experience.

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Meghan is a senior at Lock Haven University with majors in English and Communication and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. When she’s not writing, Meghan can be found drinking iced coffee, reading Bustle articles, or spending too much time on Pinterest.

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