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Break-Up Books For the Holidays

It’s the holiday season, and no one loves it better than couples. So it’s naturally always the absolute WORST when a person gets dumped around the holiday season.

It has actually become a bit of a thing to get dumped around the holidays, and there is now even a term for getting dumped around Thanksgiving for college students: “Turkey Dumped.” But no matter how old you are, it always a bummer when getting dumped and always more of a bummer around the holidays. Below we have a list of break up books to feed that broken heart to get you ready for the Christmas season to come. Pour yourself a glass of wine, and delve into these reads.

  1. Him, Her, Him Again, The End of Him by Patricia Marx

This is a good comedic one to start with, to get you laughing after the long cry and scoops of Häagen-Dazs. Snuggle down with this hysterical read by comedian Patricia Marx, writer in The New Yorker and actor of Saturday Night Live, as she writes her fiction debut about a woman’s romantic fixation on her first boyfriend. The hilarity of this book is one that will keep you from crying and make you feel not so bad about possibly cyber-monitoring that ex of yours.

  1. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

The many awards this author has, mixed with the great story it entails is a recipe for an excellent read. Following different people all across the world, this book deals with all types of love from fading love and maternal love, to illicit and even obsessive love. This book shows us all the weaknesses and strengths of the human heart. It’s a great read to get those emotions flowing in all different directions.

  1. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

If you think your break up is bad, try being 29 with your perfect husband and life only to wake up on the floor a gym, 39 and getting divorced. This book starts with the break up, while the main character pieces together the life she has lost to amnesia to see what went wrong. Following this relationship from the end to the beginning is an interesting twist on the idea of relationship and it’s a fun read to get you out of the break up funk.

  1. I Don’t Care About Your Band by Julie Klausner

To jump back to comedy for a breather, this book is the best for crying-with laughter! This painfully relatable book is all about a girl who is always working like crazy to impress the boys who never notice. She goes though countless Mr. Wrong’s and break ups in an attempt to find Mr. Right. Will she find him? Or maybe its about enduring and learning the lessons of break up to find oneself? Read to find out.

  1. The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante and Ann Goldstein 

Mirroring the emotional roller coaster of relationships and break ups, is our list of emotionally diverse break up books. This one is definitely a downer, as you can tell in the title, so if you don’t want depressing you may want to skip this one. However, if you’re willing to let yourself cry this book is worth the read. You will learn a lot from its dealing with relationships, and you won’t regret having read it if you do.

  1. Dating Game by Danielle Steel

Much lighter than the previous book, Danielle Steel is the queen of relationship books. Her 57th bestselling novel, this is another unforgettable one. This book is all about dating the second time around after you thought you were past that stage. This is a great one to get you back into the dating scene after a serious break up.

  1. The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler

This one is for the people who just didn’t see it coming. One day its great, the next your significant other is telling you that your sex life is, “as exciting as a cup of tea.” And all this before you get to tell him about the pregnancy. Bummer. Now having to look for a job, the main character finds a little bookstore in Manhattan as her salvation to deal with her break up and fear of what will happen next.
It stinks when your heart gets broken, but since the holidays are around make sure to surround yourself with friends and family to help get yourself though it. And remember-books are the best solace.


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