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A book with a sad ending can ruin your whole day. When you’re invested in a group of characters and they don’t get their happily ever after, it can be hard to shake the misery that follows you like a cloud long after you’ve turned that final upsetting page. But then there are the books that go one step further: the books that are so bleak, so miserable, so completely tragic that you gain a new appreciation for your own life. You might reconnect with family you thought you’d never forgive; you might gain the motivation to chase your dreams; you might get involved with a social justice movement and help make the world a better place. You might even change your whole life around.
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