Surviving Valentine’s Day 101

Oh no. It’s here. Again. If  you can’t wait for the day to be over, why not immerse yourself in a good book? Here are our five reads for getting through it.

1. Human Acts – Han Kang


Push yourself to read something literary and fabulous. Human Acts is by the award-winning author Han Kang and is about a South Korean boy called Dong-ho is shockingly killed. Victims are interconnected and soon you’ll realise that humans aren’t alone in terrible actions or suffering. And life could be worse than just getting through Valentine’s Day.

2. The Upside Of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli


Molly is a lovesick mess. With a huge fear of rejection and crushes on the horizon, she’s at a crossroads in her life. Only her twin Cassie can help her figure it out.

3. Everything You Want Me To Be – Mindy Mejia


Sick of reading about pathetic young women at the mercy of the men around them? Everything You Want Me To Be is a dark, gripping story about a woman inching closer to her death. In the wake of this tragedy, the town begin to wonder if she was as she seemed. Innocence and identity cross paths and for once the woman has all the power.

4. The Fever – Megan Abbott


What’s more disgusting than sappy romance? Disease. Read The Fever by Megan Abbott to find out what happens when teenage girls start randomly having seizures for unknown reasons. Who’s next? Is there a cure?

5. Late Fragments: Everything I Want To Tell You – Kate Gross


There’s so much more to life than relationships, as Kate Gross wrote to her two boys while she suffered from terminal cancer. Remind yourself of what’s important and what you have with this inspiring non-fiction book.

Tell us which book(s) you’re reading this Valentine’s Day by tweeting @ImpressBook1!

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