1. Me Before You
A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common – a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
2. The Fault in Our Stars
Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis.
But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
3. Old Yeller
The narrator, Travis Coates, tells the story in the first person, from his perspective as an adult recalling a turning point in his early life. The voice is perfect, recalling Texas in the 1870s and the hardscrabble life settlers led at that time. From a historical standpoint, this book is incredibly interesting, and the details are accurate.
However, it’s mainly a coming-of-age story, in which Travis faces some very difficult situations, takes on responsibilities beyond his years, and makes some decisions none of us would ever want to make. He grows considerably during this process, and the ending of the book, while satisfying, is not slap-happy at all. He suffers loss, and learns to deal with it.
4. Where the Red Fern Grows
Woodrow Wilson Rawls’ timeless coming-of-age Classic is a beautifully heartbreaking story and sentimental favorite. Where the Red Fern Grows explores the love between a boy and his dogs and the bond between two dogs.
5. Dog Heaven
A picture book that picks up where most dog books leave off, Cynthia Rylant paints and writes her vision of dog heaven. It’s a place where no dog will ever go hungry or lack a soft bed or children to play with. “Dog Heaven” is the ultimate comfort read for those experiencing the loss of a pet.