How about something that wrings you out emotionally? That is definitely the case with Me Before You and its sequel After You by Jojo Moyes. Both novels follow the experiences of Louisa Clark, an ordinary British young woman leading a pretty ordinary life until she loses her job and finds herself working as a companion to Will Traynor, former business shark and current quadriplegic with, frankly, little will to live. The six months Louisa spends with Will completely changes her life, and those changes follow her into the sequel After You. Without completely giving away both books, Louisa finds herself suddenly acting as a mother-figure to Will's daughter (a daughter Will was never informed he even had) and trying to figure out how to find ANY other job than that of barmaid at an airport Irish pub, complete with micro-Irish wench costume and hideous wig. There were parts of this book that I literally laughed out loud--the segment where her mother comes to visit her in London and is completely excited about having a ticket for the Underground for the day was eerily similar to my visits to Marissa in Chicago! Two completely satisfying books which left me emotionally drained but happy for Louisa and the next chapter in her life.
I did not know that the first novel had recently been made into a movie, so that is definitely high on my "must see" list!