Way back in 2005, a little medical drama premiered on ABC and a new audience obsession was born. We can’t believe Grey’s Anatomy has been with us for nearly 20 years, and a significant episode of the show’s 19th season is just days away. On February 23, Ellen Pompeo’s final stint as Dr. Meredith Grey will air. We can’t imagine Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital without Meredith. If you’re as emotional as we are about the next chapter in the Grey’s Anatomy saga, you’re not alone. To comfort us through this incredibly emotional moment in the show’s history, we’ve rounded up a number of books you can dive into to feed your Grey’s Anatomy obsession.
Much like the ABC series, these novels are full of medical dramas, romance, and so much more. You won’t be able to put these page-turners down once you pick them up. One of our favorites has to be Pull of the Stars. Set in 1950s Ireland, Nurse Julia tends to expectant mothers who are simultaneously battling a new strain of flu. With the help of mysterious outsider Dr. Kathleen Lynn and young volunteer Birdie Sweeney, these women hold steadfast to one another, mourning the lives they cannot save while welcoming new life into a chaotic world.
We’re already adding this book to our carts! But if you’re still not sold, don’t worry. There are plenty more books you can check out in our list. If you’re obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy, these are the novels for you.
‘How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey’s Anatomy’ by Lynette Rice
If your obsession with Grey’s Anatomy includes revisiting key plotlines, shocking departures, and behind-the-scenes drama, then Lynette Rice’s book How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey’s Anatomy is the one for you. Rice takes readers behind the camera and analyzes the series’ cultural significance in this book. Any longtime Grey’s fan should have this book on their shelf.
‘The Queen of Hearts’ by Kimmery Martin
If you’ve always loved the bond between Meredith Grey and Christina Yang, then this is the novel for you. The Queen of Hearts follows Zadie Anson and Emma Colley, two best friends who go all the way back to medical school. Now two successful doctors living in Charlotte, North Carolina, their lives (complete with spouses and children) seem better than ever, until someone from their past resurfaces, causing them to reevaluate all the decisions they made at the start of their careers and whether they even know each other at all.
‘The House of God’ by Samuel Shem
Samuel Shem’s The House of God follows Basch and his colleagues as they try to come to terms with all the chaos and fulfillment that comes with being a doctor. Not only does this page-turner highlight the life and death decisions these physicians have to make, it finds the levity and dark comedy such an intense profession can possess.
‘Perfectly Undone’ by Jamie Raintree
In Perfectly Undone by Jamie Raintree, Dylan Michels is a seemingly successful doctor, beloved daughter, and perfect partner. But when her boyfriend Cooper proposes, she can’t bring herself to say yes. Dylan has been living with the guilt of her young sister’s death — and the part she played in it — for years. Perfectly Undone is about looking back to the past in the hopes of moving life into a better future.
‘When Breath Becomes Air’ by Paul Kalanithi
A Pulitzer Prize Finalist and New York Times Bestseller, When Breath Becomes Air is written by the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi. Dr. Kalanithi worked for years to become a neurosurgeon. At 36, he was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, and everything shifted into perspective. Kalanithi’s book chronicles his years as a naive medical student, his time as a physician, and his final years as a patient. It’s a moving portrait of self-reflection and transformation you won’t soon forget.
‘Flight Season’ by Marie Marquardt
Yes, even teens watch Grey’s Anatomy and we have a novel perfect for them In Flight Season, TJ and Vivi are two college-age students who find themselves in the heart ward of a university hospital, spending their summer together babysitting a patient named Ángel Solís. But what TJ and Vivi, whose complicated history bubbles to the surface, don’t know is that this problem patient may have something to teach them about life and love.
‘The Pull of the Stars’ by Emma Donoghue
Emma Donoghue’s The Pull of the Stars features one of the most thrilling stories in this line-up. Julia is a nurse in 1950s Ireland, attending to pregnant women who are battling a mysterious new strain of Flu. She’s aided by two outsiders, volunteer Birdie Sweeney, and Dr. Kathleen Lynn — the latter of whom may be on the run from police. The women ban together as they mourn the mothers they cannot save, and welcome new life into a world full of chaos.
‘The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot’ by Marianne Cronin
Lenni Pettersson is a 17-year-old girl who refuses to believe that she is dying. The teenager spends her days on Terminal Ward at the Glasgow Princess Royal Hospital, but an excursion to an arts and crafts session leads her to a person who will change her young life. Lenni meets Margot, a sprightly, rebellious 83-year-old whose time on Earth is also coming to an end. With 100 years worth of life experience between them, Lenni and Margot devise a way to leave their mark on the world in The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin.
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