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The 7 Worst Break-Ups in Literature

Look, no one likes to read books about people breaking up with each other with grace and maturity. We like to read books where people take a loving, stable relationship and burn it to the ground. That’s why most fictional break-ups are the literary equivalent of a train going off a cliff while it’s on fire and also there’s a tornado in the background coming closer—not because it’s realistic, necessarily, but because it’s more fun that way. Here are some of those break-ups.

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