Bereavement Books for Teen Girls

10 books about finding hope amidst grief

Teenagers feel invincible; they have their whole lives ahead of them and - though they may not admit it - they have their parents to "protect" them. What could possibly go wrong? But sometimes things do go wrong. They can lose a loved one, or find out that they themselves may die. Suddenly, they're eyes open and they realise they're not so invincible, that there are some things parents just can't fix, and their whole world crumbles. These YA novels lead their characters through fear and grief, and out to peace and hope.

Before I fall cover

1. Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver
Saving June cover

3. Saving June

Hannah Harrington

5. And by the Way...

Denise Deegan
Before I Die cover

7. Before I Die

Jenny Downham
Love, Aubrey cover

8. Love, Aubrey

Suzanne LaFleur
If I Stay cover

9. If I Stay

Gayle Forman
Undone cover

10. Undone

Cat Clarke

List created by

Jo Stapley

Jo Stapley has been running her blog Once Upon a Bookcase for four years, where she reviews YA and fantasy novels. She has held a number of themed blog events including Sex in Teen Lit Month, Body Image and Self-Perception Month, and Death and Bereavement Week. Jo will be holding LGBTQ YA Month in July 2013. You can follow Jo on Twitter.

Tags: death, grief