You’ll want to find more books like Me Before You after you re-read. After You, the sequel, is out there, but it’s just one more book. When will we ever be able to experience the feeling of being completely devastated while reading a book with a box full of tissues? For those who have already read Me Before You and are looking for new books to read, I have compiled a list of 11 titles that I think you will enjoy. There is a lot of heartache in these books, but there is also a great deal of hope. Grab some tissues and enjoy the video.
The Sweetness of Forgetting by Kristin Harmel
Her mother died from cancer at the age of 36, her husband divorced her, and now she’s nearly broke running a bakery on Cape Cod with a moody preteen. She’s become used to bad news. Adding insult to injury, Mamie, Hope’s adored French grandmother, has been showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease for some time. That is until Mamie comes to the realization that the secrets from her past have to be revealed, or they will be lost forever. Mamie sends Hope to France to investigate a 70-year-old mystery after revealing mysterious tidbits about her tragic past.
The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin
When it comes to her family, Rabbit Hayes can’t get enough of her 12-year-old daughter Juliet, her boyfriend Johnny Faye, and the rest of them. A terminal cancer diagnosis has brought an abrupt end to Rabbit’s contented existence. A bitter custody battle erupts around Juliet as she nears the end of her life in a hospice. But don’t expect your eyes to stay dry, because this is an uplifting tale of a family’s struggle to come to terms with a devastating loss.
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
It’s 1987, and June Elbus, a 14-year-old girl, has just lost her only friend and confidant in her Uncle Finn. He died of a mystery illness that June’s mother refuses to name, and he was far too young. It was the day after Finn’s funeral that June saw a mysterious stranger lurking in the shadows, and later that day she received an unexpected package in the mail: Finn’s old teapot. Toby, the stranger who left the package, has left a note asking for a meeting time. A strange friendship develops between them, and June discovers that her uncle isn’t the only one she misses.
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
When Ivy Hart, 15, was recently orphaned, her grandmother, sister, and nephew were left to take care of her while she battled her own mental illness and epilepsy. Jane Forrester, a social worker new to Grace County, has just begun her employment there. For both her boss and her new husband, she quickly develops an emotional attachment to her clients, particularly those of the Hart family. After getting to know the Harts, she discovers a darker side to the family than she ever imagined, and she must decide whether to help them or risk losing her own sense of right and wrong.
Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon
A bored Alice decided to take part in an anonymous online survey on the topic of marriage, which she did not tell any members of her family about. Alice, now known as Wife 22, begins an unlikely correspondence with the survey’s researcher, whom she only knows as Researcher 101. Wife 22 and Researcher 101 begin a strange emotional relationship that could end up destroying everything as she slowly spills the details of her marriage. Some of these others have been a little too heavy-handed for my taste.
The First Last Kiss by Ali Harris
Molly knew she was in love with Ryan the first time they kissed. Molly likes to get out and meet new people, whereas Ryan prefers to stay in and relax. This is more than just a love story that switches back and forth between the past and the present. “Just be” is being encouraged here. While reading this book, be prepared to use a lot of tissues.
Dancing On Broken Glass by Ka Hancock
Mickey Chandler, a man with bipolar disorder, and Lucy Houston, a woman with a history of breast cancer, make an unlikely couple. Before their 11th wedding anniversary, a routine physical results in a diagnosis that will change their lives forever, and they put their agreement in writing.
Yesterday’s Sun by Amanda Brooke
Yesterday’s Sun tells the story of newlyweds Tom and Holly, who relocate to a picturesque English country manor after their wedding. Holly discovers an overgrown moondial with a crystal mechanism while exploring one day, but she has no idea that this moondial is cursed. As a once-a-month visit from her future-sighting abilities, Holly always sees the same thing: a world where she and her husband are holding their daughter Libby… and where her husband is mourning Holly’s death in childbirth. Holly will soon be forced to choose between erasing her daughter from the world or risking her own life.
The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielmen
During her teenage years, Brett wrote down her aspirations for the future. She appears to have forgotten about it now that she is 34 years old. Granted, her current situation is idyllic: she has a fulfilling job, a charming boyfriend, and a stunning apartment. Her mother unexpectedly passed away, and she refused to hand over the company unless Brett completed her childhood bucket list from so many years ago. Unfortunately, some of the things on her to-do list appear insurmountable. If her father died seven years ago, can she really still have a close relationship with him? Is it possible for her to become a “awesome teacher” without having to start from scratch? A letter from Brett’s mother follows each attempt, and soon Brett realizes that the most unexpected journeys often lead to the greatest rewards.
The Glass Wives by Amy Sue Nathan
Evie Glass, Richard’s widow, and Nicole Glass, Richard’s ex-girlfriend, have their lives turned upside down when he dies in a tragic accident. Evie realizes that the death of Nicole means that she can finally get rid of her for good. Nicole, on the other hand, appears to be desperate to hold on to any vestiges of a family that Evie might have expected her own children to form with their baby half-brother. Having run into financial difficulties, she decides to open her home to Nicole and her new baby. Evie wonders who she can rely on, and what family really means, as Nicole’s obsession with the house’s decor grows.
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Victoria Jones has a knack for flowers, but it didn’t seem to make a difference in her miserable life of bouncing around the foster care system. A little garden of her own has been established in the public park where Victoria is now forced to sleep after turning 18 and leaving the system. Victoria’s skills are soon discovered by a local florist, but a mysterious vendor makes her wonder if a second chance at happiness is worth risking everything.