9 Best Books About Heartbreak Update 05/2022

People say that time can heal all wounds, but there’s nothing like a good book to fix a broken heart. Settle in with one (or all) of these seven books, which all deal with the pain of a lost love in their own unique way.

The Idiot by Elif Batuman

Her Siberian classmate is Svetlana and her older math classmate is Ivan, who comes from Hungary. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants who moved to the U.S. as children, has just started her freshman year at Harvard and is slowly making new friends. People across the world read Selin’s story, which is about finding out who you are while living and loving. Selin’s story brings together all the joys, fears, doubts, and unknowns that come with that.

Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera

In the last few days, Juliet told her parents that she was gay. She left the Bronx to go to Portland and “find herself.” Because she has a great internship with her favorite author and feminist mentor, but she doesn’t have a lot of confidence and isn’t sure if she can get her life together this summer. People will fall in love with the heroine in Juliet Takes A Breath because she is both funny and inspirational.

You can trust me when I say that Juliet Milagros Palante is the voice you want in your head right after a breakup. She’s a good judge of character, vivid, and fresh. After coming out to her conservative Latino parents in New York, Juliet moves to Portland, where she plans to intern and live with Harlowe Brisbane, an author who’s pretty much the expert on all things gay and feminist, and she’ll be living there as well. It’s over the course of one summer that Juliet learns a lot about who she wants to be and what it means to be a “queer brown babe.” She also learns how to get over a breakup and find people and places that are “safe spaces.” “In the course of your life, you will meet people you love who make mistakes all the time. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to separate the scum from the brave. They aren’t places where your heart can rest. You’ll learn when to forgive people for their mistakes and when to get rid of the unworthy from your heart.”

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

There was a book that was a top New York Times bestseller. In Milk and Honey, there are four parts of poetry and prose that deal with heartache and pain. Author Rupi Kaur gracefully looks at the bitter parts of life, but she never forgets to look for the healing sweetness that is hidden in the heartache. This is how she does it:

Heartburn by Nora Ephron

The writer of Sleepless in Seattle is very good at adding humor to the end of a perfect marriage. Rachel Samstat, who is very pregnant, finds out that her husband, Mark, is in love with another woman. She’s a cookbook author, so it comes as no surprise that she turns to food to deal with her mixed feelings. Only one thing is left for her to decide: Do she want Mark back, or dead?

The Pisces by Melissa Broder

When Lucy was writing her dissertation, she didn’t even know that her relationship with her boyfriend was in trouble. When the flame finally dies down, Lucy goes to her sisters’ house in LA to pick up the pieces. Instead, she is anxious, jaded, and, frankly, not very lovable at all. In the end, she spots someone else in the water – and at first sight, it’s almost love at first sight until she learns his name.

The Wisdom of a Broken Heart: How to Turn the Pain of a Breakup Into Healing, Insight, and New Love by Susan Piver

Susan Piver, the author of this book, knows that when a relationship ends, the pain and disappointment can be crippling. She wants her readers to forget the typical advice about being busy and moving on, and instead, pushes them to use this time to change their own lives. This book is filled with her own stories of heartbreak and hope for people who need it the most.

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön

Spiritual books should have Pema Chödrön on them. She shows us that moving toward painful situations, rather than away from them, opens our hearts up to more growth and love. She draws on traditional Buddhist wisdom as she gives readers tools that can help them move on from heartbreak and sadness.

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‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ by Cheryl Strayed

I will never stop telling people about Tiny Beautiful Things. Going through a split? Check out this book. An important person has died. Check out this book. Can’t figure out what to do with your life next? Check out this book. There are some things you don’t want to do at brunch. Check out this book. It doesn’t matter what hurts your heart, because Cheryl Strayed is your fairy godmother. Her Dear Sugar columns are sure to make your heart feel better, no matter what.

“You don’t need them. Stepping aside has done you a favor. It’s because when the fools leave, you’ll have the old souls and the true hearts. Some of those are the super-cool sparkle rocket mind blowers we want to get our hands on. These are the people you should love.”

‘The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater’ by Alanna Okun

Warning: Alanna Okun’s description of how I’ve felt every time I’ve had my heart broken is so close to how I’ve felt. Not even during the middle of a breakup, but I still felt the emotional shock of one. A lot of people don’t talk much about how hard it can be to break up, but one thing that isn’t talked about very much is when you break up with your boyfriend or girlfriend and you don’t keep your promises to each other. Okun writes about this in her book “The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater.” Is there anything you can do when “your person” isn’t “your person” any more? Not all the answers are in Okun’s book, but she has a lot of experience that she can share, and maybe it will make you want to try something different to get over your heartbreak.

“So, as with being loved, I didn’t know that the person you were with could stop loving you. He told me he was sorry, but he wanted to break up with me one night at his house. In that moment, I didn’t feel as sad as I did shocked. Those aren’t the rules! Because he should have been on my team, he left without giving me a chance to make things right. All these feelings, all this time, all this space in my body that I had set aside for him. To get back to being just me, how could I?”

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