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Books like The Fault In Our Stars

The Fault In Our Stars forced readers to travel an emotional rollercoaster of depression, desperation, reluctance and love. And it taught us to always keep a box of tissues to hand!

John Green has created an enchantingly addictive read that has been enjoyed by both adult and young adult audiences on a global scale. This raw and beautiful novel has captured many a heart. However, if you’re ready for something new, here are some alternative tear-jerking tales.


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1. Things We Know By Heart

Fans of The Fault In our Stars will love this because: It explores the possibility of finding a human connection through tragic loss. Things We Know by Heart, just like The Fault In Our Stars, demonstrates how thin the line is between true happiness and ultimate sorrow.

Things We Know By Heart is the very epitome of the tear-jerker genre. The creator of this novel, Jessi Kirby, leads us to follow protagonist Quinn Sullivan as she falls, somewhat inexplicably, for the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart. With every beat, what has been lost resonates in this heart-wrenching tale.

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2. If I Stay

Fans of The Fault In Our Stars will love this because: It’s an enchantingly gripping read that echoes both the raw emotion and the beauty that we see in The Fault in our Stars.

If I Stay is a wonderfully written novel from Gayle Forman. We follow 17-year-old Mia, who, although in a coma, is the sole survivor of a devastating car accident. An out-of-body experience offers Mia the option to stay with the living (her grandparents and boyfriend) or to end her pain and move on to join the dead (her mum, dad and little brother). With time hanging in the balance, a decision must be made.

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3. All The Bright Places

Fans of The Fault In Our Stars will love this because: This heart-wrenching story is a classic example of how “tear-jerker” has become a timeless genre.

All The Bright Places reminds us how something a simple as a fate meeting could change our entire outlook on life, love and the whole world. On the ledge of their school bell tower, Violet and Theodore meet for the first time, and personify the very heart and soul of this tragic, yet beautiful read created by Jennifer Niven. This heartfelt novel will have fans of The Fault In Our Stars turning page after page, time and time again.

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4. Before I Fall

Fans of The Fault In Our Stars will love this because: It’s a story of devastation and pain, and an attempt to overcome that pain, despite all obstacles.

Before I Fall is a young adult novel by Lauren Oliver. Written as a first person narrative, this novel poses questions of love, life and death and how one person’s life actions can cause a ripple effect. Samantha Kingston is forced to relive the day of her accidental death seven times. Will her efforts to change fate be in vain?

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5. Me Before You

Fans of The Fault In Our Stars will love this because: It poses the question: What would you do if making the one you love happy would mean breaking your own heart?

From JoJo Moyes comes this classic for our generation, the tear-jerking novel, Me Before You. Tissues at the ready as we follow ordinary Louisa Clarke on an extraordinary and life-changing emotional rollercoaster. This is a classic tale of how polar opposites attract. Fans of The Fault In Our Stars will not be able to put this one down!

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6. Holding Up The Universe

Fans of The Fault In Our Stars will love this because: It promises hours of page-turning and a beautiful, yet heartbreaking read.

Straight from the New York Times bestseller list comes Holding up the Universe. It’s a powerful and moving story of how, despite everything, happiness does exist. Grab a box of tissues because Niven has a gift for writing tear-jerkers and fans of The Fault In Our Stars will not be disappointed with this one.

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