If You Liked… The Fault in Our Stars

One of my favorite parts about being a book blogger is sharing the books that I love with others. I absolutely love sharing my favorite reads and recommending them to others who are looking to fall in love with a new book! With all of these amazing YA adaptations coming out recently, I know a lot of people are looking for more books similar to the movies that have hit the silver screen, so for all those looking for books similar to your blockbuster favorites, I’ve got some recommendations lined up for you!


My recommendations for what to read after THE FAULT IN OUR STARS may not be the books you’d immediately jump to. I feel like it’s easy to pick another book that tells the tale of struggling with cancer, but I felt like TFIOS had a story that went beyond a “cancer story”. It was about two teens who has this awful thing thrown at them, but they’re also still trying to figure out who they are in the world and how they can make an impact. There’s a stress that time may be an issue and they need to make the most of their own lives as well as their time with friends and family. There’s a lot of self-discovery, a solid romance, and some great friendships as well as personal struggles and outside forces turning their entire lives upside down, so with that in mind… Here are my hand-picked of 8 books to read if you liked THE FAULT IN OUR STARS!

books like the fault in our stars


Try… ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell.
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This book was an emotional roller coaster for me, but in a good way. The book is set in the Midwest in the 1980s, but if you’re afraid that you won’t connect with that, don’t fret — it’s not overly fraught with pop culture references (though the music selections are excellent). It has plenty of tender moments, some real character growth, and plenty of moments that will tug at your heartstrings. Rainbow Rowell just has an amazing way of stringing words and sentences together and this book is bound to have you mesmerized!

Try… IF I STAY by Gayle Forman.
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IF I STAY is another BIG book out right now with its movie adaptation just hitting the big screen! It’s also another one of my favorite books EVER. Gayle Forman is a fantastic writer and this book really drew me in to YA contemporary when I was really hardcore into paranormal and dystopian. It’s chock full of emotion — both the good times and the bad. I really fell in love with these characters and this family AND this romance. IF I STAY is not one to miss and I couldn’t be happier that this book from Gayle Forman is now on the big screen!

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This book. I went through such a range of emotions while reading it! It has a fantastic family dynamic featuring Jude, her mother, her father who suffers from Alzheimer’s, and her three older sisters who tell her to stay away from the Vargas boys. When Emilio Vargas happens to be the only person who can help Jude and her father finish his motorcycle… Jude knows she’s in trouble. THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS is one of my favorite books for the content, the emotional connection, the romance, the friendship, the family dynamic… Everything about this book was perfect for me!

Try… WILD AWAKE by Hilary T. Smith.
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WILD AWAKE was another book that totally took me by storm. I literally read it cover to cover in one afternoon — I just couldn’t put it down! The book is about a girl named Kiri who essentially has the house to herself when her parents go on vacation. Instead of what you’d presume teenagers would do (throw a party), Kiri is content mastering the piano for hours a day… Until someone calls asking about her sister who had died a few years back and Kiri’s world quickly turns upside down. It’s a bit of a wild ride and incredible to see the Kiri at the beginning of the book and at the end.

Try… THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay.
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Katja Millay has a fantastic way with words and characters. This book was incredibly beautiful and I totally fell head over heels with it when I first read it. I totally got lost in the writing and not only that but her characters just felt so incredibly real. Even the secondary characters really made an impact on me. The book has such a level of depth that I really got lost in the world that Katja Millay created and didn’t want it to end. I was rooting for these two characters who felt like big, gaping holes of themselves were missing and they came together in the most unexpected way. Truly wonderful.

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The first in a series, CONFESSIONS starts off with Rose, a freshman in high school after she lost her father when he went overseas to war. Her family is trying their best to hold it together, but no one is really handling it in the same way. When Rose becomes the victim of a bully, even more drama erupts in her life and she has to figure out how to grieve, how to reunite her family, and how to deal with friend and bully drama all at once. Oh yeah, and don’t forget the REALLY cute guy who she has a major crush on who’s taken a liking to her…

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Another war-related book (chosen coincidentally)… Told from the POV of Travis who has just returned back home on leave from the army. Travis suffers from PTSD and tries not to let his family or friends catch on. He also has to figure out his place back home since when he left for the army, everything seems to have changed. I was really pleasantly surprised by this one since I don’t normally connect with military themes, but SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL was realistic, mature, powerful, and emotional as well. There’s a great romance and though it’s not a great family dynamic and Travis struggles to reunite with his friends, I loved how Travis strengthened the relationships he valued and realized which ones to let go.

Try… ALTHEA & OLIVER by Cristina Moracho.
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ALTHEA & OLIVER doesn’t release until October, but it’s one that really stuck with me lately. This one is maybe a bit more on the mature side (some content may be a bit mature for younger teens) but I really enjoyed this one quite a bit. ALTHEA & OLIVER follows the two title characters through the roughest patch of their friendship, the summer before and fall of their junior year of high school. This book was raw and real and I loved Cristina Moracho’s writing. Keep your eyes peeled for this one releasing October 2014!

Well, I hope some of these recommendations pointed you in the right direction! They’re some of the books that give me the biggest feels and share a lot of the same qualities that THE FAULT IN OUR STARS does. Which books would you recommend for fans of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS? Anything in particular stick out?

Looking for more recommendations? Check out my previous list of recs below!


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11 thoughts on “If You Liked… The Fault in Our Stars

  1. Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

    Love your recs! TFIOS IS so much more than a cancer story. It is both deep and unexpectedly light. Which reminds me of Winger (and I can’t remember if you’ve read it yet). It’s got humor and growth and its quirky but its also got struggles and a powerful message and one hell of an ending. (If you haven’t read it yet – you should!)

  2. Liv_TheAbsentHistorian

    I really enjoyed The Fault In Our Stars and quite a few of these books are ones I own or am meaning to read so I’m pleased to hear you’d recommend them. Eleanor and Park is one book I can’t wait to start it since I have heard such great things. I definitely agree with you about TFIOS being about more than just cancer though!

  3. Molly Wetta

    These are some good recs. I haven’t read ANGRY GIRL or THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY. Most Buzzfeed type lists for fans of John Green just hit the obvious ones or don’t explain why someone might like it. There are a lot of reasons people like John Green and thus would be drawn to different types of books. I wrote an article on read-alikes for a library publication that includes lots of additional titles .

  4. Rebecca @ The Library Canary

    I just finished If I Stay last night! It was really good though I didn’t quite fall in love with it like everyone else seemed to. But I did really enjoy it and definitely teared up a few times. I think I’ll probably, no definitely, cry when I see the movie just seeing it come to life will kinda kill me I think. The end when Adam is there and then the things he says, definitely teared up a bit. And E&P!!!! LOVE that book so much! I’ll have to check out some of these other books. The Sea of Tranquility is definitely on wishlist. I really want to read that one soon!!


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