I’m Not Done Crying Yet: 10 Heartbreaking Tales to Try after “Me Before You”

Moviegoers are swooning over the film adaptation of Jo Jo Moyes’ best-selling novel Me Before You (2012), in which a paralyzed London playboy and his caregiver fall in love and then things get, um, really, really sad. So sad, you want to crawl under the covers and feed your sadness until you collapse into a pile of tissues and Dove bar wrappers. When you’re done sobbing, here are ten more tearies to keep you crying until your eyes are too red to read.

all the bright places

All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven

A YA crossover that will appeal to fans of The Fault in Our Stars.




every last oneEvery Last One, by Anna Quindlen

An unexpected act of violence shatters a woman’s idea of her perfect family.


firefly laneFirefly Lane, by Kristin Hannah

With one devastating revelation, a 30-year friendship begins to unravel.




goodbye for nowGoodbye for Now, by Laurie Frankle

A couple develops a service that allows people to send a final online farewell to lost loved ones.

one dayOne Day, by David Nicholls

Dexter and Emmy are meant to be together. It’s just a matter of time—until time runs out.




notebookThe Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks

Star-crossed lovers. Kissing in the rain. War. Reunion. Surprise. Weeping.


things i want my daughter to knowThings I Want My Daughters to Know
, by Elizabeth Noble

A dying mother writes letters to the four girls she will never see grow up.



The Time Traveler’s WifeThe Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

Librarian Henry DeTamble’s travels through time always lead him back to his one true love.

turning pointThe Turning Point, by Freya North

Writer Frankie Shaw finds a new relationship more surprising than anything she could have imagined.




walking on trampolinesWalking on Trampolines, by Frances Whiting

Lulu and Annabelle struggle to overcome the betrayal that destroyed their friendship.



About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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