Books Like The Fault in Our Stars

Teens can't seem to get enough of novels that feature characters who suffer from physical illnesses and disease -- the rarer the better. Books involving sick sweethearts have multiplied since the runaway success of The Fault in Our Stars, which was adapted for a movie. These novels can be valuable for building empathy and letting teens explore a high-stakes world where the drama is literally life and death. In addition to our list below, you might also want to check out our lists of Books with Characters Who Have Physical Disabilities and Books That Feature Characters Dealing with Mental Illness.

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Everything, Everything

age 13+

Engaging journey of sick teen risking it all to truly live.

By: Nicola Yoon (2015)
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Extraordinary Means

age 13+

Charming, if not too original, sick-teens love story.

By: Robyn Schneider (2015)
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Rules for 50/50 Chances

age 13+

Risk of disease is fresh twist in romance/medical tale.

By: Kate McGovern (2015)
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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

age 14+

Tale of dying teen is full of embarrassing comic moments.

By: Jesse Andrews (2012)
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The Memory Book

age 14+

Engaging, bittersweet story of teen facing serious illness.

By: Lara Avery (2016)
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The Year of Luminous Love

age 14+

Steamy beach read with serious issues, including cancer.

By: Lurlene McDaniel (2013)
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