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4 Heroines Who Say “Thank U, Next”

by | November 22

As we all know, Ariana Grande is taking the world by force lately with her new single “thank u, next.” The song encourages young women to find the positivity in past relationships by seeing our exes as lessons learned. In an age where feminism is encouraged, Ariana shows us through her powerhouse vocals and motivational lyrics that every hardship in life is something we can build on and get strength from. In my personal favorite part of the hit, Ariana shares how she’s moved on and is in a new relationship—with herself. She sings, “I met someone else/ We havin’ better discussions/ I know they say I move on too fast/ But this one gon’ last/ ’Cause her name is Ari/ And I’m so good with that.” Ariana gives young women hope when it comes to getting over a broken heart and empowering themselves in the end. Check out this list of great reads featuring heroines who similarly are of the “thank u, next” mind-set.

The Geography of Lost Things

The Geography of Lost Things

by Jessica Brody

Ali Collins takes a road trip three hundred miles in her deceased, estranged father’s 1968 Firebird convertible with her ex-boyfriend, Nico, in this charming YA novel by Jessica Brody. Ali has a lot to overcome in her life in terms of her repressed anger toward both Nico and her father. Like Ariana, Ali learns the importance of forgiveness and letting go of the past.

The Dinner List

The Dinner List

by Rebecca Serle

When Sabrina arrives at her 30th birthday party she finds her best friend, old college professor, deceased father, Audrey Hepburn, and ex-fiancé, Tobias, all at the dinner table. The Dinner List shares Sabrina’s history through the narration of the five people (alive or dead) that she would like to have dinner with. This clever work by Rebecca Serle depicts the tumultuous relationship between Tobias and Sabrina in the eyes of those on Sabrina’s dinner list. Sabrina is able to find comfort in the past, while finding herself again through hearing the retelling of her love story gone awry.

Kiss Me in New York

Kiss Me in New York

by Catherine Rider

In Kiss Me in New York, Charlotte is left stranded in a New York City airport after her boyfriend dumps her and her flight to England is canceled. Anthony is also left heartbroken and alone in the city after his girlfriend randomly breaks things off. In a serendipitous moment, the two are brought together to spend the night following the directions of a book they find, Get Over Your Ex in Ten Easy Steps. They decide to adventure into the city together in hopes of getting over their recent heartbreaks and embracing their newfound friendship. Charlotte all but says “thank u, next” to her ex by finding a new love story for herself with Anthony, while also reclaiming her independence.

The Royal Runaway

The Royal Runaway

by Lindsay Emory

Princess Thea is going through a bit of a rough path in The Royal Runaway when she finds out that her fiancé, Christian, decided not to show up for their wedding. Flash-forward to four months later where Thea is simply trying to put the past behind her when she meets a handsome, mysterious Scottish man at a pub one night. Instead of throwing herself a pity party, Thea decides to go on an adventure to get some answers regarding the man who left her and some family secrets that have started to surface.

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Jess is a Digital Marketing Content Coordinator at Simon & Schuster. Her guilty pleasure is reading Young Adult series like Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, Field Party, and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. When she’s not reading, you can find her at a Yankees or Giants game or rewatching Riverdale for the hundredth time.