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4 Bunch-Tastic Reads to Fill the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Void

We truly live in the golden age of television, where more voices and stories are being told from various points of view. And few shows characterize the highlighting of these new stories like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It follows Rebecca Bunch, a hopeless romantic who goes from adorably obsessed to doing the hard work of self-care, mental health, and understanding the difference between wanting to be in love and actually loving someone. Rebecca is supported by a cast of diverse, talented, and nuanced characters who are all going through their own struggles, and they, too, captured our hearts and imaginations. And all this was done with the use of original and hilariously written music.

If you’re dying to get some books in your life that remind you of this recently finished masterpiece of television goodness, then you’ll want to pick up these reads to fill the void.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

by Gail Honeyman

When we first meet Rebecca Bunch in the first episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, she leads an isolated, stressful life. She believes the cure is following her childhood crush across the country to West Covina—only to find...that her life is still stressful and isolated. It’s only through opening her heart that she finally starts to feel whole. Eleanor Oliphant is much the same way, avoiding social situations and sticking to her routine in order to keep herself safe emotionally. However, she and a coworker named Raymond help an elderly man, Sammy, one night, tying them in a bond of friendship. The quirky Eleanor comes into her own, dealing with the deep emotional trauma that years in foster care has left, and finally realizes that she could be more than just fine. If you were in tears at the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend finale, then grab that tissue box again and get ready for another bout of sobs as another strong and courageous woman finally becomes the best (so far) version of herself.

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This Song Will Save Your Life

This Song Will Save Your Life

by Leila Sales

If you’re like me, you’re an even bigger fan of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s soundtrack than the show itself. If you’re looking for the kind of book that makes you feel like you’re living in a musical, then this is the read for you. Elise is a teenager who feels desperately out of place, comforted only by music, until one day she decides to commit suicide. If you’re waiting to hear that her survival of this attempt totally changes her life around...then you’ll have to keep waiting. Even as Elise finds an underground dance party where she can be herself and make friends, she still returns to the thought of self-loathing, shame, and sadness. An emotional journey from start to end with a playlist accompaniment, This Song Will Save Your Life is a gripping drama that reminds you that life is complicated, terrifying, and beautiful all at the same time.

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Maybe you’re just a girl in love and you can’t be held responsible for your actions. Maybe you think that Love’s Not a Game but it’s still damn entertaining to watch unfold. If so, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is the book for you. Iconic star Evelyn Hugo hires unknown and down-on-her-luck Monique to write her memoirs, detailing her life of ambition, passionate love affairs, and some intense heartbreak. As Monique listens to Evelyn’s story, she finds that despite how different the two women may seem to be, their lives are similar in many ways, helping the reader feel a kinship to them both. From how difficult it is to reach for your dream, to how love—while wonderful—is not all there is to life, to the solidarity of women, this book will give you those same feels of watching Rebecca navigate a complex, dramatic, but ultimately rewarding life.

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Get Your Life Together(ish)

Get Your Life Together(ish)

by Julia Dellitt

One of the reasons that fans gravitated to Rebecca’s story is that she starts the long, difficult journey of better understanding herself and coming to terms with her mental illness. Though it takes time, and multiple tries, she finally gets to a good place, and even starts opening up about her inner life. If you’re looking to start that kind of journey yourself, it can seem daunting, but you’re in good company. Julia Dellitt’s book is all about taking small steps and challenges to reach a larger goal, tracking your accomplishments, and setting up realistic timelines. The book is adaptable to any challenge you want to take on, whether you’re working on confronting The Darkness, trying to be a Good Person, or just feeling like The Moment is Me to move on to bigger and better things.

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A reporter by trade, Sara Roncero-Menendez is a lover of horror, sci-fi, and all things pop culture. From indies to classics to even the strangest genre pieces, all movies, TV shows, and books are fair game for a binge-fest. Follow her on Twitter @sararomenen or at her website, www.sara-roncero-menendez.com