7 Books For Breakups

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Maybe you just broke up with someone…or they broke up with you. Maybe you just want to help a friend. No matter what the situation, books are always a tangible way of knowing you’re not truly alone.
“We read to know we’re not alone. We read because we are alone. We read and we are not alone.”
—The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin


Department of Speculation by Jenny Offill
Because it’s short and bittersweet and beautifully observant about relationships and marriage.


Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
This can make anyone feel better about any number of things but is almost guaranteed to make you look at your broken heart in a different light.


Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
For those going through a friend breakup, because sometimes those are just as hard, if not harder, than romantic breakups, and Murakami is brilliant.


Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
We are all Holly Golightly at one time or another, in love or thrown from it. We’ve all had the “mean reds.”


The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
Broken into short stories and essays, Keegan’s descriptions of 20-something life are so spot-on it’s scary.


This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
To make you feel less alone.


Landline by Rainbow Rowell
A reminder that sometimes you just need some time alone to realize what is in front of you. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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Amy Sachs

I am a 22-year-old writer who can most often be found with my nose in a book. I have a blog and a dog, and I love a good cup of coffee.

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