In an ideal world, every day would consist of sunny days spent reading on grassy knolls with not a cloud in sight. But the real world is full of ups and downs, the occasional cloudy day and sometimes straight up thunder and lightning. Luckily, we find that books can be the best way to weather the storm. Whether you just need to get through a Monday or you’re going through a tough time, these books that demonstrate the strength of the human spirit will give you a lift.
Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni
After her boyfriend commits suicide, Tess drops out of school, unsure what to do next. As she tries to process her grief and confusion, she begins to help her father’s business…doing pet funerals. The more they work together, both find comfort in the clients they serve and in each other. But love, loss, and life are so much more complicated than Tess ever thought. Especially after she receives a message that turns her life upside down.
Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King
Sarah thinks she’s having an existential crisis: she keeps running into past and future versions of herself. But maybe she’s just waking up to the tornado of her family, and events that happened years ago. Heartwrenching and beautifully written, Still Life With Tornado will remind you how difficult yet important it is to break free.
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Hayley’s father struggles to escape the demons of his PTSD, which means they haven’t lived in one place for very long in the past five years. Now, they’re finally settling down – but will it help her father?
Exit Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston
Hermione refuses to be anyone’s cautionary tale after she gets assaulted at cheer camp – and she’ll face a wrenching decision to regain the control she’s always had.
The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter
Exploring psychological damage,toxic relationships, and facing your past, this is Cassie’s journey to learn to love herself after her mother commits her to a mental institution.
What Light by Jay Asher
What Light is a touching story about forgiveness: forgiving the past, forgiving others, and forgiving yourself.
Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee by Mary G. Thompson
After the unthinkable happens to Amy and her cousin Dee, she will have to go back in order to move forward, risking everything along the way.
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
A tale of survival, strength, and love set in 1941 that requires tissues on hand.
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
A hard-hitting but ultimately hopeful book about the dangers of blind faith…and the importance of having faith in yourself.
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