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4 Young Adult Books to Read If You Struggle With Grief

Grief is something that I struggle with daily. It feels like it’s a never-ending hole that you simply won’t escape. Lucky for me, I’m also a reader and I spend a vast amount of my time escaping to these made up worlds, whether they be contemporary or fantasy. Sometimes worlds collide and I stumble upon books about grief without intentionally meaning to. Either that or a book about grief is so captivating that I trudge past my triggers to see what it’s about. 

As I love young adult novels, I thought it’d be nifty to pull together several books surrounding grief, some of which I’ve read and some are on my TBR list (because everyone won’t stop talking bout them for good reasons).

1. “Instructions for Dancing” by Nicola Yoon

This is a great book for a different perspective on grief and loss. It tackles the blocks we put up around ourselves when it comes to love, especially when you know something bad is going to happen. This book helped me so much in a very dark time, and I highly recommend it to everyone around.

2. “The Astonishing Color of After” by Emily X.R. Pan

This book is great for young adults who are battling personal blame and grief, due to the fact that while the main character Leigh Chen was kissing her best friend, her mother was taking her life. Leigh chases her ancestry, goes to Taiwan, and ends up meeting remnants of her family tree she never meant to see before. If you battle with the intersections of grief, personal blame, loss, and love, this is for you.

3. “You’ve Reached Sam” by Dustin Thao

“You’ve Reached Sam” is one of the top young adult books about grief on my TBR list, for whenever I have the mental emotional capacity because oh, boy. This is a heavy hitter. It makes sense as to why it was an

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