7 Books to Cure a Broken Heart

Heartbreak is horrible. We can all attest to that because we’ve all been there, and it is always a time of struggling. Next time it happens to you, consider reading a book, and notice how you’re able to escape the pain you’re experiencing. Here’s my list of books to help you cure (or distract) your broken heart:

1) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

This is the story of a young girl who experiences love throughout her life, but it is constantly taken away from her for various terrible reasons. It might be a strange book to be on this list, but heartbreak often makes one feel worthless and sorry for his or herself, but, read Jane Eyre, and I’m sure you will cease to feel sorry for yourself because you will realize just how wonderful your life is compared to poor young Jane.

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2) The Passage by Justin Cronin

This book is 800 pages of incredibly well-written storytelling; it is the story of the post-apocalyptic world, the virals (vampire-like beings), and a little girl named Amy Bellafonte who just might save the world. This description is vague and corny, but the book is absolutely not. It took me three days to read, and it was finals week. I couldn’t put it down, so I’m sure if you are suffering from heartbreak, The Passage will draw you into an entirely different world.

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3) How I Became A Famous Novelist by Steve Hely

This is a book that will make you laugh out loud. Steve Hely is a comedy writer, previously working on Letterman, The Office, and 30 Rock. I met him a few times at some comedy shows, and when you read the book, you hear Steve Hely’s voice. It is the story of Pete Tarslaw, who wants to write a famous novel in order to become rich and famous, as well as humiliate his ex-girlfriend at her wedding. This book could inspire you to write your famous novel in order to humiliate your ex, too.

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4) The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton

This is the story of a young boy who stops speaking after a terrible thing happens to him during his childhood. His silence forces him to find ways to entertain himself, such as tinkering with locks. When his lock-opening skills are found out by the wrong people, he falls into a dangerous lifestyle. This book is a page turner, and, yes, the boy does fall in love with someone, so it will cheer your broken heart right up!

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5) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Want to talk about love being unfair and difficult? Read this book. Poor Celia and Marco are in love, but they aren’t allowed to be because their entire lives are a battle to the death, yet they don’t know it. Their masters are aware of it, but never foresaw the two magicians falling in love with one another. This is a beautiful, vibrant, magical love story.

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6) Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

This is another story of forbidden love, but it is forbidden because Marlena is married to August, a violent paranoid schizophrenic. After Jacob’s parents die in a tragic accident, he joins the circus as a veterinarian, and soon falls in love with Marlena. I don’t want to give away too much here, but this is a great page-turner. I read it in eight hours. You will fall in love with Jacob, Marlena, and the elephant, Rosie.

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7) It’s Called a Breakup Because it’s Broken: The Smart Girl’s Breakup Buddy by Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt

I don’t think a description is needed here. If you need to get over your man fast, read this book and skip all the others. You will read one chapter and be over him, so you can stop there, or you can keep reading and make sure you move on and stay that way.

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Happy Reading! Are there any books that have helped you move on after a breakup?

– Allison Bellows

Allison Bellows

Allison Bellows

Allison has loved reading and writing since she was a kid. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Southern California, working on both her MA in teaching and her secondary English teaching credential. Her favorite genres to read are suspense/thrillers like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, mysteries like And Then There Were None and The Cuckoo's Calling, and the average romance like Outlander. Even cheesy books like The Fault in Our Stars now and then, for a good cry.
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