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If you’re like us, you sobbed your way through Jojo Moyes’s 2012 novel, Me Before You. And behaved pretty much the same way while watching the film version last summer. Ready to re-create that sad-yet-satisfying feeling? Turn to these nine books.
Sixteen-year-old Tessa has just months to live, so she decides to make a list of things she wants to do (hence the title). Number one on the list is sex, and the story that ensues is dynamic and brave and heartbreaking. Buy the book
Kathy, Ruth and Tommy meet as students at a boarding school in England and develop a close but complicated friendship. Their story will make you cry more than you ever expected to cry while reading dystopian sci-fi. Buy the book
If you love Me Before You, you’ve probably already read this smash-hit 2012 novel about a 16-year-old girl with cancer who falls for a 17-year-old amputee. If you haven’t, get on that—you’ll love it. Buy the book
Set in North Carolina in the late 1950s, Sparks’s novel about two teens in love will make you cry as much as (if not more than) the film of the same name—and the author’s other delightfully sappy masterpiece, The Notebook. Buy the book
You should see the film version (it is excellent and costars Nick Offerman and Connie Britton), but definitely also read the original story about three teenagers learning about life and death. Buy the book
The ending is pretty divisive, but what precedes it is a dazzling story about love transcending time and place. Buy the book
Finch thinks about suicide, and Violet lives for the future. What they learn from each other makes for a heartfelt, clever and thought-provoking YA novel. Buy the book
In addition to having a really cool name, Rabbit Hayes has a pretty great life until the world makes other plans for her. The way she deals with the curve balls is equal parts tragic and inspiring. Buy the book
An honest and raw portrayal of a marriage plagued by physical and mental illness, Hancock’s novel is both harshly realistic and unabashedly sentimental. Buy the book
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