If You Like Me Before You Why Not Try
Love ‘Me Before You’ but can’t seem to find a similar book? Why not try some of the books listed below?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Young Adult Fiction, GRE)
Hazel, a 16-year-old cancer patient, meets and falls in love with Gus, a similarly afflicted teen from her cancer support group. They both share the same acerbic wit and a love of books, especially Grace's touchstone, "An Imperial Affliction" by Peter Van Houten. When Gus scores an invitation to meet the reclusive author, he and Hazel embark on the adventure of their brief lives.
Subjects: cancer, romance, friendship
The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth (Adult Fiction, HEP)
Anna, in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease at only 38 years of age, knows that her twin, Jack, has chosen Rosalind House because another young resident, Luke, lives there. Eve also comes to Rosalind House reluctantly. Once a pampered, wealthy wife, she is now cooking and cleaning to make ends meet. Both women are facing futures they didn't expect. With only unreliable memories to guide them, they have no choice but to lean on and trust something more powerful. Something closer to the heart.
Subjects: relationships, memory, separation
What the Light Hides by Mette Jakobsen (Adult Fiction, JAK)
Vera and David have been passionately in love since the day they met more than twenty years ago. They live in the Blue Mountains where Vera is a sculptor and David makes furniture. Their son, Ben, is at university in Sydney. Or at least he was. Five months after Ben's death, an apparent suicide, Vera is trying to pick up the pieces, but David cannot let go. He goes to Sydney, ostensibly to work, but cannot get Ben out of his mind. His refusal to come to terms with the death of his son is destroying his relationship with Vera.
Subjects: grief, relationships, suicide
Still Alice by Lisa Genova (Adult Fiction, GEN)
At fifty, Alice is a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a renowned expert in linguistics, with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow forgetful and disoriented, she dismisses it for as long as she can until a tragic diagnosis changes her life and her relationship with her family forever.
Subjects: Alzheimer’s, meaning in life, memory
Room by Emma Donoghue (Adult Fiction, DON)
To Jack Room is the world. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years.
Subjects: family, kidnapping, love
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews (Young Adult Fiction, AND)
A teen who spends most of his time making parodies of movies, finds his outlook on life forever changed after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with leukemia.
Subjects: friendship, humour, illness
If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (Young Adult Fiction, FOR)
Mia thought the most difficult decision she would ever have to make would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at prestigious Juilliard or follow her heart to be with the love of her life. However, a car wreck changes everything in an instant, and now Mia's life hangs in the balance. Suspended between life and death, Mia faces a choice that will decide her future.
Subjects: accidents, coma, family
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (Young Adult Fiction, OLI)
Samantha seems to have it all: popularity, a loving boyfriend and a seemingly perfect future. Everything changes in the blink of an eye when she dies in a car crash but then magically wakes up to find herself reliving the same day over and over again. As Sam tries to untangle the mystery of a life derailed, she must also unravel the secrets of the people closest to her and discover how the power of a single day can make a difference.
Subjects: self-perception, high school, time loop
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (Large Print, PIC)
After befriending an old man in her town, Sage Singer is deeply shocked when he begs her for a terrible favour until he shares his darkest secret with her. Can evil ever be forgiven? And can murder ever be justified
Subjects: friendship, grief, integrity
Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks (Adult Fiction, SPA)
Russell has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career. But fault lines are beginning to appear and he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding-one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined.
Subjects: single parent, love, unemployment
Every Day by David Levithan (Young Adult Fiction, LEV)
Rhiannon falls in love with A, a mysterious spirit who inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A try to find each other on a daily basis, always unsure of what or who the next day will bring. Soon, the realities of loving someone who is a different person every 24 hours starts to take its toll, leaving Rhiannon and A to face the hardest decision either has ever had to make.
Subjects: relationships, body swap, love
One Day by David Nicholls (Young Adult Fiction, NIC)
On July 15, 1988, the day of their college graduation, two people from opposite sides of the tracks begin a lifelong friendship. Emma, an idealist from a working-class family, wants to make the world a better place. Dexter, a playboy, thinks the world is his oyster. For the next 20 years, the two friends reunite on the 15th of each July, sharing dreams, tears and laughter until they discover what they've been searching for, each other.
Subjects: friendship, marriage, on-off relationships
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (Young Adult Fiction, NIV)
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It's only with Violet that Finch can be himself--and it's only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet's world grows, Finch's begins to shrink.
Subjects: suicide, friendship, emotional problems
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (Young Adult Fiction, YOO)
Maddy is a 18-year-old who is unable to leave the protection of the hermetically-sealed environment within her house because of an illness. Olly is the boy next door who won't let that stop them from being together. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, Maddy and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together, even if it means losing everything.
Subjects: autoimmune disorders, friendship, isolation
Before I Go by Colleen Oakley (Adult Fiction, OAK)
On the eve of what was supposed to be a triumphant 'Cancerversary' with her husband Jack to celebrate three years of good health, Daisy suffers a devastating blow: her doctor tells her that the cancer is back, but this time it's unstoppable. She's terrified of what will happen to her brilliant but charmingly helpless husband when she's no longer there to take care of him. It's this fear that keeps her up at night, until she stumbles on the solution: she has to find him another wife. With a singular determination, Daisy searches for Jack's perfect match. But as the thought of her husband with another woman becomes all too real, Daisy is forced to decide what's more important in the short amount of time she has left: her husband's happiness or her own?
Subjects: cancer, relationships, happiness