This is Us

6 Books to Read If You Can’t Get Enough of ‘This Is Us’

If you cry at just about every episode of This Is Us, it’s safe to say we should be best friends. This incredible, relatable, heart-breaking, riveting, (there are too many positive adjectives to list) story, truly grasps what it means to be a human being with a wide scope of intricate emotions. This show allows us to explore the complicated reality of familial relationships with such incredible emotional intelligence that it’s hard to top.

 

If you can’t tell already, I love this show. It is truly the only show that I’ve watched week to week from season one episode one since Netflix has been a thing . If you knew me, you’d know this is big news. And if you knew me, you’d know that I love to read books that match this level of emotional height. So, for you, (and me), I’ve compiled a list of six books to read to further develop your feelings the way This Is Us does from week to week. 

 

1. Always by Sarah Jio 

 

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Like This is Us, Always alternates between the past and present tense to the tell the story of two lovers, Kailey and Cade. The story unfolds to explore Kailey’s difficult decision in choosing what to sacrifice for true love. These two will remind you of the true love Rebecca and Jack have and the all-too-real difficulties that all couples face. 

 

2. Ending by Hilma Wolitzer 

 

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Wolitzer’s first novel explores the theme of familial loss. The family in this novel must come to terms with grieving for the father of the family, like Jack in This is Us

 

3. The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell 

 

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The Bird family separates after true tragedy strikes on Easter weekend. The family must come back together and explore the secrets that lay within the reasoning behind their destruction. 

 

4. Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

 

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This book follows two separate timelines the way This Is Us does. Except, here we see two possible lifetimes play out for one person, Hannah Martin, based on a decision she must make about going home with a friend or an old flame one night. 

 

5. Fortune’s Daughter by Alice Hoffman 

 

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There is no shortage of complications in the relationship between Kate and Rebecca, as with most mother-daughter-duos. In Fortune’s Daughter, readers can continue to explore the difficulties and rewards of motherhood. 

 

6. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

 

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I’m sure by now we know that family relationships are difficult to say the least. This family is about to find out that their daughter is dead, and with that comes tons of family secrets and understanding.

 

Get reading, you beautiful, sensitive people! 

 

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