The best books to help you get over heartbreak

Time may heal all wounds, but there’s nothing like a good book to mend a broken heart. Settle in with one (or all!) of these seven books – all which address despair of a love lost in its own unique and healing way.

The Idiot by Elif Batuman

Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants has just arrived for her freshman year at Harvard and she’s slowly making friends – one, Svetlana, her Siberian classmate, and another, Ivan, an older mathematics student from Hungary. As Selin’s story spans cultures and continents, it brings together the joys, fears, insecurities and unknowns of discovering one’s self amid life and love.


Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera

Juliet just came out to her parents and left the Bronx to “find herself” in Portland. The trouble is, she’s found a great internship with her favorite author and feminist mentor, but she’s low on confidence and questioning that she can pull her life together this summer. Humorous and inspiring, readers will fall in love with the heroine in Juliet Takes A Breath.


Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

No. 1 New York Times bestseller Milk and Honey is a four-part collection of poetry and prose, each part dealing with heartache and pain. Author Rupi Kaur gracefully explores the bitter moments in life while never failing to find the healing sweetness that is hidden among the heartache.


Heartburn by Nora Ephron

The writer of Sleepless in Seattle expertly weaves hilarity into the breakup of a perfect marriage as the very pregnant Rachel Samstat discovers that her husband, Mark, is in love with another woman. She’s a cookbook author, so naturally, she turns to food as she processes her confusing emotions. She just needs to decide whether she wants Mark back, or dead.


The Pisces by Melissa Broder

Lucy’s been so focused on her dissertation that she hardly realized that her relationship with her boyfriend was crumbling. When the flame finally goes out, Lucy heads to her sisters’ in L.A. to pick up the pieces. Instead, she finds herself anxious, jaded and frankly unlovable. Then she spots a swimmer – and it’s nearly love at first sight until she finds out his identity.


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

Author Susan Piver recognizes that when a relationship ends, the anguish and disappointment can be crippling. She lovingly encourages readers to forget the typical advice about staying busy and moving on, and instead, pushes them to take this opportunity to self-transform. Throughout the book, she shares her own story of heartbreak and delivers a strong dose of hope to those who need it most.


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

Pema Chödrön’s is the perfect addition to one’s spiritual library as she shows that moving toward painful situations – rather than away from them – can open up our hearts to growth, healing and love. She draws from traditional Buddhist wisdom as she offers life-changing tools to readers suffering from heartbreak and sadness.

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Alison Luther

Alison Luther is a freelance editor and writer based in Fredericksburg, TX, where she lives with her husband and two children. Her background is in digital consumer content and marketing strategies, but today she focuses on small business marketing, ghostwriting, and writing about all things books on She Reads. In addition to raising longhorn, chickens, and children, she loves to cook and is a voracious reader.

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