7 breathtaking novels that will make you see yourself in a whole new light

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Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.

We hear ya, John Green.

Eric Lindstrom’s gorgeous second novel ‘A Tragic Kind of Wonderful’ is one of those books.

Mel is mourning the death of her brother, facing losing the friendships that keep her going and struggling with her mental health. The only option is to lock away her heart and protect it from getting broken. But she’s not prepared for someone new and an old friend to waltz back into her life and shake up her plans – they may just change her mind.

It’s sweet, sad, beautiful and a brilliant exploration of grief, friendship and mental health. We want to shout about this book from the rooftops!

Here are a few other gorgeous reads that completely changed the way we look at the world and at ourselves.

‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky

We’ve read the book 20 times and seen the movie 15 times – Charlie’s story still makes us tear up.

Charlie is a wallflower – shy, quiet, and fiercely intelligent, but he fades into the background of his classmates. Until he meets Sam and Patrick who teach him what it means to be a part of something.

Excuse us while we go ugly cry again.

’13 Reasons Why’ by Jay Asher

You totally know that the incredible Netflix series is based on a book from 10 years ago, right?

If you’ve fallen head over heels for Clay and Hannah’s story in the show, you really need to read the book. It’s a little different to the show, but just as brilliant.

Just be careful – there are trigger warnings aplenty for this series.

‘When We Collided’ by Emery Lord

This is one of the most beautiful and most romantic books involving mental health we’ve ever read.

While Vivi is in love with life, living it to its brightest, its fullest, Jonah is tired and grieving after the death of his dad has left him to care for his family. Vivi transforms Jonah’s summer and sets him on a whole new path, but is love ever enough?

Brb, we have tears.

‘I’ll Give You the Sun’ by Jandy Nelson

Jude and Noah are twins. Until a tragedy drove them apart, they were as close as twins should be. Now they are barely speaking. With love, art, poetry and surprising new people entering their lives, they may just find a way back to each other.

This book will get under your skin and fill you with art and poetry until you want to explode. In a good way, though.

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‘The Square Root of Summer’ by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

If you think a book that stars physics and slips in time can’t teach you all sorts of things you’d be wrong.

This beautiful debut is set between two summers that changed Gottie – the one where she fell in love, got her heart broken and lost her beloved grandfather, Grey, and the one where time blipped and she relived that summer.

It’s glorious and heartbreaking and it made us ache for summer love and the chance to go back in time.

‘The Art of Being Normal’ by Lisa Williamson

Lisa’s gorgeous novel wormed it’s way into the hearts of everybody when it came out and we still want everybody who hasn’t got their hands on it to devour it like we did.

David has always been an outsider and Leo just wants to be invisible, but when Leo stands up for David all hope of invisibility is lost. An unlikely friendship forms and it’s about to get messy.

‘History is All You Left Me’ by Adam Silvera

Where do we even start with this book?

Adam tackles love, loss, friendship, mental illness and letting go in the most beautiful and affecting way. You won’t turn the last page of ‘History’ without a whole new perspective and a few sobbing sessions under your belt. It’s a real good’un.

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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