7.Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, Gabrielle Zevin
《谁偷走我的吻》 加布瑞埃拉·泽文

My hear was a little bit broken, but I still had to go to school. I buttoned my dress shirt over it and my winter coat, too. I hoped it didn’t show too much.

Why this breaks your heart: You eventually move on, or at least go through the motions of moving on. You wonder whether everyone else can see that you are slowly falling apart, and even more slowly mending yourself back together.


8.This Is How You Lose Her, Junot Díaz
《你是怎么失去她的》 朱诺·迪亚斯

It's just a matter of willpower. The day you decide it's over, it's over.

You never get over it.

Why this breaks your heart: You continue. You get up, you go to bed, you do all the little things in between until they don't seem like just little things in between. Heartbreak continues until it doesn't. (It never doesn't.)


9.A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
《布鲁克林有棵树》 贝蒂·史密斯

Oh, you'll be happy, again, never fear. But you won't forget. Every time you fall in love it will be because something in the man reminds you of him.

Why this breaks your heart: The people you love, the people you've spend time with and energy on, leave an imprint on you. The silver lining? It's often up to us whether that means we're worse off or changed for the better.


10.The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
《小王子》 安东尼·德·圣-埃克苏佩里

So the little prince tamed the fox. And when the hour of his departure drew near. "Ah," said the fox, "I shall cry."

"It is your own fault," said the little prince. I never wished you any sort of harm, but you wanted me to tame you...

"Yes, that is so," said the fox.

"But now you are going to cry!" said the little prince.

"Yes, that is so," said the fox.

Why this breaks your heart: That pain is awful, your heart feeling like a dead thing in your chest. But it doesn't mean love is never worth it.


11.Mr. Fox, Helen Oyeyemi
《狐狸先生》 海伦·奥耶耶美

Her heart was heavy because it was open, and so things filled it, and so things rushed out of it, but still the heart kept beating, tough and frighteningly powerful and meaning to shrug off the rest of her and continue on its own.

Why this breaks your heart: It will always be risky, keeping your heart open and soft and pliable. It makes you vulnerable. But it will also make it stronger over time. Break it and re-build it, again and again. That’s what it's for.


12.Heartburn, Nora Ephron
《心痛》 诺拉·伊佛朗

And then the dreams break into a million tiny pieces. The dream dies, which leaves you with a chioce: you can settle for reality, or you can go off, like a fool, and dream another dream.

Why this breaks your heart: Things end. They do. They die and they fade and they wither or they just went away when you weren't paying attention. The foolish thing to do is go after a new beginning. So go out and be a fool. It's so worth it.