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Perfect Reads for Sad Girl Autumn

Been listening to Adele’s new single on repeat? Mentally preparing yourself for T.Swift’s album drop? Say goodbye to Hot Girl Summer and embrace the vibes of Sad Girl Autumn with some of these titles and, in the immortal words of Ronald Bilius Weasley, “You’re gonna suffer, but you’re gonna be happy about it.”

From the author of National Book Award finalist Crossing comes an unlikely love story in Kosovo with unpredictable consequences that reverberate throughout a young man’s life–a dazzling tale full of fury, tenderness, longing, and lust.

In the wake of a southeastern Nigerian mother’s discovery of her son’s body on her doorstep, a family struggles to understand the enigmatic nature of a youth shaped by disorienting blackouts, diverse friendships, and a cousin’s worldly influence.

High school senior Frank Li takes a risk to go after a girl his parents would never approve of, but his plans will leave him wondering if he ever really understood love, himself, or his family at all.

Two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation find refuge in each other while transforming a quiet shed into a haven for their fellow slaves before an enslaved preacher declares their bond sinful.

After her mother’s suicide, grief-stricken Leigh Sanders travels to Taiwan to stay with grandparents she never met, determined to find her mother who she believes turned into a bird.

Linus Baker is sent to assess a magical orphanage, filled with dangerous children. They could bring about the end of everything – or be the family he’d always wanted. I cried the whole time reading this book, from about page 20 on. THE WHOLE TIME.

An Iranian youth who hides his sexual orientation from his family, an openly gay photographer, and an aspiring fashion designer with an HIV-positive uncle fall in love and find their voices as activists during the height of the AIDS crisis in 80’s New York City.

Colleen Hoover’s latest work (Verity) has been all over BookTok. Hop on the Hoover-Hype-Train with this tear-jerking, bold, and deeply personal novel on love that comes at the ultimate price.

Seventeen-year-old Sky, openly gay but under the radar, decides to make a splashy Promposal but his plans are leaked by an anonymous, homophobic hacker, moving his classmates to help him expose the perpetrator.

An ambitious young lawyer on the brink of having it all disregards a vivid dream about how different her life will be in five years, before meeting the man in her vision nearly five years later. You’ll feel compelled to know if the vision came true and surprised at how well Serle counters your expectations.