19 Heartbreaking Books Like ‘It Ends With Us’

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Books similar to It Ends With Us

New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover’s 2016 romance novel ‘It Ends with Us’ isn’t a fairytale. It shows how relationships are made and what it takes to find a lasting love. 

The story centres around a girl named Lily who is starting a new life in Boston. She meets Ryle,  a neurosurgeon who is also assertive and arrogant. But she falls in love with him, as their romance starts to take off, her first love, Atlas, reappears. Colleen Hoover is a master storyteller and creates unforgettable characters that will hit you right in the heart. It’s a heartbreaking story of an abusive relationship. It portrays the devastation of abuse and what it takes to come out of it. 

If you’re a fan of complex love stories like ‘It Ends With Us’, you’re going to love this list! Here are 19 pulse-pounding novels that you’re going to enjoy. Affectionate love stories that’ll bring tears to your eyes. 

From Hoover’s new novel ‘Reminders of Him’ to John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars’, you wouldn’t be able to let go of these stories or characters. 

Let’s get started! 

Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover 

Young mother Kenna Rowan returns to her town after serving five years in jail. It was a tragic accident that not only sent her to prison but also killed her boyfriend. Now she is determined to meet her baby girl whom she gave birth to in the jail. The only person who still has compassion towards her is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner. As she finds solace in his presence, they both form a profound connection. Colleen Hoover pens another emotionally-charged novel which is a perfect for the lovers of ‘It Ends With Us’. 


Beautiful World Where Are You by Sally Rooney

In ‘Beautiful World, Where Are You’ we meet Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon- four people who are navigating their way in the world. Alice is a successful novelist who decides to travel to Italy with Felix, a guy she met through a dating app. Eileen is her best friend and lives in Dublin. Both often exchanged emails discussing each other’s relationships  and other philosophical concepts that interest them. 


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One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Emma Blair met her soulmate (Jess) in high school and was madly in love. Jess and Emma both travelled together after college and lived their best life. Until, the tragedy hits on their first wedding anniversary and Jess is gone! Years have passed since the tragic accident, but Emma is still grieving her husband’s death. And then she meets Sam, and it’s almost like she got a second chance in finding  love. But then again, life is always full of surprises that do not necessarily come at the right time. Emma learns that Jess is alive and has been looking for her all these years. A gut-wrenching love story that you wouldn’t be able to put down. 


All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

Yet another gripping emotional page turner from the author of ‘It Ends With Us’. This is a story of a broken marriage or rather love that turned from sweet to sour. We follow Quinn and Graham who have been married for seven years. Although they live together, they feel like strangers. And Quinn takes all the blame because of which she suffers a lot! Meanwhile, Graham just wants to be with her and save their marriage. All Your Perfects is another heartbreaking tale of love, marriage and relationship. 


Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Tate Collins decides to move in with her brother until she has enough money to have her own place. This is when she meets Miles Archer. Pilot by profession, he seems reserved and unfriendly. Yet she is drawn towards him. They start to spend more time together, without any interest in a romantic relationship. Miles asks Tate to stick to two rules, do not ask about the past and don’t anticipate the future. Hoover weaves a powerful story, with beautiful moments of a relationship. We learn about the perspectives of Tate and the past life of Miles. 


Remembrance by Jude Deveraux 

What happens when you fall in love with one of the fictional heroes from your own book? That’s the story of Hayden Lane. A romance writer who is trying to figure out her obsession with her fictional hero and her incapability to find true love. As she is desperate to find out more about this, she visits a psychic. And it turns out that everything has to do with mysteries of  her past life. Very much intrigued by it, Hayden decides to seek the help of a hypnotist’s magic and travels back in time to Edwardian England. In her past life as Lady de Grey, she discovers the love story of Callie and Tallie,  which have all the answers to her questions about the present life. 


Seven Days in June by Tia Williams

In this gripping love story author Tia Williams creates a captivating plot with multilayered characters with the themes of second-chance romance and motherhood. Authors Shane and Eva had been madly in love as teenagers. However, their love was short lived and both got on with their respectives lives. Now both are bestselling authors who have been writing about their heartbreak in their works. Their unexpected encounter gives them another chance, seven days to be more exact. Will Eva be able to forgive the man who broke her heart once? Get your hands on the book to find out! 


Call me by Your Name by André Aciman

American writer André Aciman‘s novel tells the tale of an unforeseen romance between teenagers Elio and Oliver, a doctoral student. At first glance Oliver is carefree and spends most time outdoors and playing sports. While Elio loves to read and play piano. Gradually, as both spend more time together, they express their fascination and desire towards each other. A beautiful love story that explores passion and tenderness of first love. 


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They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Mateo and Rufus are two strangers but they are both informed by Death-Cast that they are going to die in the next twenty-four hours. Now they are both looking for someone to spend their last day with. They seek the person via an app called Last Friend. And that’s how they meet for their last adventure. They both discover what it means to live and have no regrets. A compelling story that is charged with emotion. 


Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Another engrossing second chance love story for the lovers of Colleen Hoover novel. We follow two childhood sweethearts through their teenage love and adult romance. As teenagers Macy and Elliot met during a summer time and bonded over their mutual love for books. They spent weekends together and started to share thoughts about life and teenage years. But they haven’t spoken to each other after one odd night. Now here they are again, meeting after eleven years. Both try to regain their love. 


Where the Crawdad Sing by Delia Owens

Delia Owens’ bestselling novel is  a coming-of-age novel that centres around Kya, who is often called “Marsh Girl”.  While the main theme of the novel is survival and resilience, it’s also a touching love story. When the Marsh Girl found solace in the marsh creatures for years,  there were two men who came to her life. But then the unexpected happens and her life is threatened.  Just like the heroine Lily from ‘It Ends With Us’, Kya didn’t have it easy, yet she didn’t give up hope. She worked hard for the life and family she wants. 


The Stationery Shop of Tehran by Marjan Kamali

The award-winning author Marjan Kamali’s sophomore novel is a moving tale of thwarted love. The story is set in the background of Iran’s political upheavals. We follow the events in 1950s Iran and 2010s USA. Young Roya loves spending time in Mr. Fakhri’s neighbourhood stationery shop, wandering around, looking through the books and stationery. During one of her visits she meets a handsome boy who loves poetry.  As their romance blossoms, they spend more time in the little shop. However,because of the sudden political violence, they are torn apart. 


The Jasmin Wife by Jane Coverdale

After her parent’s death Sarah Archer went to live with her relatives in England. Now she is married to Charles Fitzroy, a British official of India, and moved to India. Although she has spent a few years in India as a child, she has only a vague memory of it. Her efforts to be a dutiful wife seem to be more difficult than she expected. Charles is cruel, greedy and dominating. The rich British high society is prejudiced and biassed. So she refused to be a part of their gatherings. When she meets Ravi Sabran, a kindhearted  French-Indian, she feels an instant connection.  The Jasmin Wife is a mesmerising romance told in the background of sublime British Raj.


Me before You by Jojo Moyes

Louisa Clark has quite an ordinary life; a loving family, a boyfriend and a steady job. But when she loses her job at the cafe, she is utterly devastated. After several attempts for work, she finally gets a new job as a caretaker for Will Traynor, a wealthy young man who was recently paralyzed in an accident. Having lived an adventurous life before the accident, Will has no intention to live any longer. But Louisa is determined to change Will’s plan. She sets forth to show Will how extraordinary it is to be living. 


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

16-year-old Hazel Grace has lung cancer and has to carry an oxygen tank because in her own words “lungs suck at being lungs.” As her mother forced her to be a part of a cancer survivor group,  she regularly  takes part in it. Apart from this she also loves reading classical literature and watching reality shows. It’s in this support group where she meets Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player who has recovered from bone cancer. They learn about each other’s hobbies, and read each other’s favourite novels. John Green’s novel certainly breaks your heart, just like Hoover’s did. 


Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks‘ heart wrenching centres around Katie Feldman, who moved to a new town and works as a waitress. For outsiders, she seems quiet and remote and always avoiding any personal questions. But when the local general store owner, Alex tries to have a conversation, Katie doesn’t seem to mind. In fact she forms a strong bond with his two children. She also loves talking to her friendly neighbour, a young woman named Jo. It’s to Jo that Katie opens up about her abusive marriage and her reasons to move to a new place. Shortly afterwards, as she starts to spend more time with Alex and their children, she shares a lot about her previous life. But then her ex-husband starts to trouble her again. 


P.S. I love You by Cecelia Ahern

Cecelia Ahern’s 2004 novel that tells the story of Holly and Gerry, a young couple from Dublin. Gerry’s sudden death leaves Holly heartbroken. As she realises how much he meant to her, she struggles to get her life together. Shortly after, Holly starts receiving letters written by Gerry. Her mother explains that he wrote these notes to encourage her to live without him. P.S. I Love You is a beautiful story about letting go and learning to fall in love again. 


The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Audrey Niffenegger’s debut novel is an unconventional love story. Librarian Henry doesn’t belong in any time lines because of his troublesome disorder called- Chrono-Displacement. Because of this he slips in and out of time since the age of five. Unfortunately he has no control over his timeline and so he doesn’t really know when it’s about to happen. Meanwhile, his wife whom he met during this time travelling, lives a normal life. However, his unpredictable absence causes trouble in their relationship. This love story is special and beautiful. 


Stay by Deb Caletti 

When Clara met her boyfriend Christian, she fell in love with his charm.  She felt unique and special in his presence. As Christian appears to be a devoted boyfriend, she wanted to start a new life with him. However, after a while he seems to be so obsessed with her and  willing to do anything to make her stay with him. Helpless Clara seeks the help of her father and escapes to a small coastal town.  A place where they are strangers and nobody knows about their past. But can she really run away from her boyfriend? Stay is a dark romance tale with a gripping plot !


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