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Readalikes for Fans of The Fault in Our Stars

    Me, Earl and the Dying Girl

    Me, Earl and the Dying Girl - Jesse Andrews

    Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.
    Dear Life, You Suck

    Dear Life, You Suck - Scott Blagden

    Irreverent, foul-mouthed, seventeen-year-old Cricket Cherpin, living under the watchful eye of Mother Mary at a Catholic boys' home in Maine, has such bleak prospects he is considering suicide when Wynona Bidaban steps into his world.

    Deadline - Chris Crutcher

    Given the medical diagnosis of one year to live, high school senior Ben Wolf decides to fulfill his greatest fantasies, ponders his life's purpose and legacy, and converses through dreams with a spiritual guide known as "Hey-Soos."
    Just Listen

    Just Listen - Sarah Dessen

    Isolated from friends who believe the worst because she has not been truthful with them, sixteen-year-old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music help her to face and share what really happened at the end-of-the-year party that changed her life.
    Before I Die

    Before I Die - Jenny Downham

    A terminally ill teenaged girl makes and carries out a list of things to do before she dies.
    Just One Day

    Just One Day - Gayle Forman

    Sparks fly when American good girl Allyson encounters laid-back Dutch actor Willem, so she follows him on a whirlwind trip to Paris, upending her life in just one day and prompting a year of self-discovery and the search for true love.
    Forever Changes

    Forever Changes - Brendan Halpin

    Although encouraged to apply to colleges, Brianna Pelletier, a mathematically-gifted high school senior with cystic fibrosis, dwells on her mortality and the unfairness of life.
    The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy

    The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy - Kate Hattemer

    When a sleazy reality television show takes over Ethan's arts academy, he and his friends concoct an artsy plan to take it down.
    A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend

    A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend - Emily Horner

    As she tries to sort out her feelings of love, seventeen-year-old Cass, a spunky math genius with an introverted streak, finds a way to memorialize her dead best friend.
    Please Ignore Vera Dietz

    Please Ignore Vera Dietz - A.S. King

    When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could help clear his name.
    The Tragedy Paper

    The Tragedy Paper - Elizabeth LaBan

    While preparing for the most dreaded assignment at the prestigious Irving School, the Tragedy Paper, Duncan gets wrapped up in the tragic tale of Tim Macbeth, a former student who had a clandestine relationship with the wrong girl, and his own ill-fated romance with Daisy.
    Side Effects May Vary

    Side Effects May Vary - Julie Murphy

    Alice is ready to go out in a blaze of glory, but then she discovers she's in remission from cancer and she must deal with all of the mistakes she's made and the people she's hurt.
    Twenty Boy Summer

    Twenty Boy Summer - Sarah Ockler

    While on vacation in California, sixteen-year-old best friends Anna and Frankie conspire to find a boy for Anna's first kiss, but Anna harbors a painful secret that threatens their lighthearted plan and their friendship.
    Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

    Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Saenz

    Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.
    The Beginning of Everything

    The Beginning of Everything - Robyn Schneider

    Star athelete and prom king Ezra Faulkner's life is irreparably transformed by a tragic accident and the arrival of eccentric new girl Cassidy Thorpe.

    Winger - Andrew Smith

    Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.
    After Ever After

    After Ever After - Jordan Sonnenblick

    Although Jeff and Tad, encouraged by a new friend, Lindsey, make a deal to help one another overcome aftereffects of their cancer treatments in preparation for eighth-grade graduation, Jeff still craves advice from his older brother Stephen, who is studying drums in Africa.
    OCD, The Dude, and Me

    OCD, The Dude, and Me - Lauren Vaughn

    Danielle Levine stands out even at her alternative high school--in appearance and attitude--but when her scathing and sometimes raunchy English essays land her in a social skills class, she meets Daniel, another social misfit who may break her resolve to keep everyone at arm's length
    It’s Kind of a Funny Story

    It’s Kind of a Funny Story - Ned Vizzini

    A humorous account of a New York City teenager's battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.
    Where Things Come Back

    Where Things Come Back - John Corey Whaley

    Cullen's summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin's death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother's sudden disappearance.
    The Probability of Miracles

    The Probability of Miracles - Wendy Wunder

    Having spent several years in and out of hospitals for a life-threatening illness, pragmatic sixteen-year-old Cam is relocated by her miracle-seeking mother to a town in Maine known for its mystical healing qualities.
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