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Joseph's 7 Books for Sad Girl* Summer *(Folks of ALL kinds will enjoy!)

Updated: Jul 7, 2022

Look: we LOVE fun in the sun. But sometimes you wanna stay in, pour yourself a drink, crank up some Phoebe Bridgers, and feel the feels.

1. Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

You know we had to put this one here. A retelling of the Trojan War, masterfully told from the perspective of Achilles’ page, friend, and… maybe lover???

Sadness Level: 5 Tears 💧💧💧💧💧

Things go sideways when a young woman makes a deal with the devil. Turns out -- everyone forgets her as soon as she leaves their sight. Oh, also, she can’t die.

Sadness Level: 3 Tears 💧💧💧

3. Normal People by Sally Rooney

Don’t worry if you missed out on the trend last summer; this book is still worth reading. Over several years, two troubled souls keep coming together -- and pulling apart.

Sadness Level: 4 Tears 💧💧💧💧

4. Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Add some chills and thrills to the mix. A tale of dark magic in space -- one part haunted house, one part mystery, a whole lot of snarky quips.

Sadness Level: 2 Tears 💧💧, plus 4 Witch Hats

5. Beach Read by Emily Henry

An excellent enemies-to-lovers romance. Lighter than some of the other books on this list, Henry manages to pack some heavy punches into a delightful rom-com.

Sadness Level: 2 Tears 💧💧

6. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

Young love. Toxic relationships. Teen life, am I right? A story of struggle, friendship, and finding yourself.

Sadness Level: 3 Tears 💧💧💧

7. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

A non-fiction book, you say?? Confront Death head-on with this memoir from a certified mortician. Funny, morbid, and sometimes, yes, sad.

Sadness Level: 3 Tears 💧💧💧

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