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12 of the best YA that deal with grief and loss


Harriet Reuter Hapgood’s YA debut, ‘The Square Root of Summer’ is out this month. Rejoice! It’s a wonderfully beautiful and quirky story about one girl’s very exceptional journey through loss and heartache.

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In honour of this, we’re celebrating all the great YA out there that takes on such sensitive and soul-wrenching issues such as grief and loss, and does so in very differing and refreshing ways. 

grief and loss books

1. ‘The Square Root of Summer’ – Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Curious – Quirky – Dark matter

2. ‘We Were Liars’ – e. lockhart
Poetic – Addictive – Mesmorising

3. ‘The Sky is Everywhere’ – Jandy Nelson
Beautiful – Hopeful – Seizing

4. ‘Looking for Alaska’ – John Green
Clever – Arresting – Lingering

5. ‘A Monster Calls’ – Patrick Ness
Visual – Dark – Lights on?

6. ‘I Was Here’ – Gayle Forman
Brave – Emotional – Careful

7. ‘Far From You’ – Tess Sharpe
Intelligent – Raw – Evocative

8. ‘The Book Thief’ – Markus Zusak
Creative – Memorable – Balanced

9. ’13 Reasons Why’ – Jay Asher
Heartrending – Haunting – Drama

10. ‘Someone Like You’ – Sarah Dessen
Strength – Friendship – Moving forward

11. ‘Me, Earl and the Dying Girl’ – Jesse Andrews
Different – Odd – Perspective

12. ‘Belzhar’ – Meg Wolitzer
Psychological – Kicker – Magical realism

Which books would you add to this list? Tweet us @maximumpopbooks

Also, clicky here to grab your copy of ‘The Square Root of Summer’.

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