Me Before You is a classic example of how romance literature can be impossible to put down. Guy meets girl and against all odds, they fall hopelessly and madly in love… with a devastating finale.
Secretly, everyone loves a tear jerker! It’s a timeless genre that we allow ourselves to be completely submerged in. All disbeliefs are suspended. All emotions are alert. For every obstacle faced by the female protagonist, the reader is right there with her, feeling exactly what she feels.
So if you’re about ready to move on from Jojo Moyes’ this-generation classic, Me Before You, then here are a few suggestions that should take you on that emotional rollercoaster again.
1. The Girl You Left Behind
A too-short marriage, a meant-to-be life stolen, doubled, and a united determination to fight for what they love the most… The Girl You Left Behind is another tearjerker from Jojo Moyes, so if you loved Me Before You, you’re almost guaranteed to love this irresistible page-turner too.
2. The Fault in Our Stars
From author John Green comes the enchantingly addictive read: The Fault in Our Stars. Hazel is diagnosed with lung cancer at just 16 years of age and joins a support group. Initially this seems like an awful idea, until she meets Augustus. Throughout the novel we travel an emotional rollercoaster of depression, desperation, reluctancy and – yep, you’ve guessed it – love.
3. If I Stay
If you fancy a break from the age-old guy-meets-girl scenario, then this is what you’ve been looking for. Still guaranteed to be filled with tear-jerking moments, If I Stay by Gayle Forman follows 17-year-old Mia who, although in a coma, is the sole survivor of a devastating car accident. The essence of love remains, as an out-of-body experience offers Mia the choice of either staying with the living (her grandparents and boyfriend) or ending her pain and moving on with the deceased (her mum, dad and little brother). With time hanging in the balance, a decision must be made.
4. The Sweetness of Forgetting
This is the novel that made Kristin Harmel an international bestseller. In The Sweetness of Forgetting we follow down-and-out-of-luck (and ironically named) Hope, who seems to be failing in all aspects of her life. With her grandmother, Mamie, drifting further away in the blur of Alzheimer’s, Hope finds herself on a quest to discover a family secret that could eventually reunite two lovers torn apart. Like Me Before You, you’re sure to need a box of tissues while reading this one.
5. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a novel debut for Jesse Andrews. In this emotional page-turner we follow Greg and his one friend, Earl, through the awkwardness of social inadequacy in high school. We’ve all been there or felt this way at some point, so this is definitely a story to which readers can relate… until Greg’s mother steps in and forces a rekindling of a childhood friendship with Rachel, who has been diagnosed with leukemia. Tissues at the ready.
6. The Rosie Project
The Rosie Project is a debut for Australian novelist Graeme Simsion. If you’re ready for a heart-warming read, this is tailor-made for you. We follow Don Tillman, who happens to be a socially challenged yet brilliant professor of genetics, in his quest to find a wife, until he comes to the age-old realisation that you can’t find love – it finds you. An enlightening change from the devastation of Me Before You, this novel is sure to restore your faith in simple human connections.
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