Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Top 10 Tuesday REWIND: Books That'll Make You Cry

The Broke and the Bookish

I found a new thing and it's this cool meme via The Broke and the Bookish, which I thought would be really fun.  Every week, there is a new theme.  This week, we are talking about books that will make you cry.  Fun times!  Let us begin...

Am I the only person who actually enjoys the feeling of a good cry that accompanies a good book?

I think that what's great about tearjerker books are the important life lessons they teach--the boy does not always get the girl, people come and go--life isn't going to always be sunshine and rainbows.  We have to make the best of what we are given and what we have. 

Here is a list of the books that have left me sitting up at 2am with tears streaming down my face, and hideous puffy eyes the next morning.  But, I'm not complaining!  These tearjerkers are some of my favorites, and will never be forgotten. 


1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

This book took such an emotional toll on me that, I told myself I would read it again before the movie comes out, but I don't think I'm emotionally prepared for that.  It's an amazing love story of two kids who have cancer, Hazel & Augustus.  It left me in a bucket of tears, but only after a journey of love and laughter. It was just so insightful and I feel like I have learned so much from the novel. I developed a clearer understanding of the types of struggles cancer patients face, and how their struggles may effect their social relationships and their perceptions of the world around them. I learned that a great love isn't necessarily along the lines of Romeo & Juliet--it doesn't have to be recognized by the entire world. And,I learned that, in spite of that fact, you have to make the most of the time you are given on this Earth, even if something as fatal as cancer attempts to hinder you. The love story of Augustus and Hazel is one of the best I have read in a long time. 

2. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

          I read this for the first time back in high school for a summer reading assignment.  I had already been a fan of Jodi Picoult, but when I finished this book, it instantly became my favorite.  And, to this day, after I've read more than 5 of her books, it still is.  The ending is SO surprising (and nothing like the movie! That change made me angry.) and tear-jerking.  This is another book about cancer patients, but it is mostly about familial love.  I love all of the different voices from all of the members of the Fitzgerald family.  They are all very dynamic characters, and that is what I love most about a story.  

3. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

          If you've seen the movie but haven't read the book, READ THE BOOK.  I made the mistake of watching the movie first and I regret it.  The movie does stay pretty true to the book, however, the book is much more detailed, giving a greater depiction of Clare and Henry's relationship and Henry's time-traveling abilities.  I cried so much harder at the book than the movie.  It was so gripping and detailed. And, though I love Rachel McAdams' and Eric Bana's portrayals of Clare and Henry respectively, the characters seem much more lovable and three-dimensional on paper. Niffenegger originally brought these two characters and their love to life better than any actors could. With the author's brilliant writing, a reader gets a deeper look into Clare and Henry's love story, and you're left pining for a great love like theirs. One that even time cannot defy.

4. One Day by David Nicholls

          This was such a funny, enjoyable book, which was why I was surprised by the sad ending.  It was SUCH a shocker.  The story is about Em and Dex, two friends who met on the night of their college graduation.  The story follows them throughout the years, on one specific day.  Nicholls' story of 'Dex and Em, Em and Dex' is a creative look at two friends and how their love for one another shapes their lives. We see the characters for one day throughout the years. Their friendship is surprisingly real and charmingly funny. Never before this had I read a book that made me burst out laughing.  I highly recommend it.  I have yet to see the movie adaptation of this book, which stars Anne Hathaway, but I really want to.

5. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

          This is my favorite Nicholas Sparks book EVER.  And, I have read many of his books.  Of course, it being a Sparks novel, we will assume that it's just a love story.  But, it's not.  It's about family, and growing up, and falling in love for the first time, and loss, and so much more.  This book had me up all night, because I just had to finish, and I was crying so hard.  Go read this, please.  Also, I LOVE the movie, too.

6. Looking for Alaska by John Green

          This was the first John Green book I read.  I didn't know what to expect, but this book was ah-mazing.  It was touching and adventurous and sad and funny all at once.  I feel like it is easy to relate to for many adolescent readers out there. Sometimes we get stuck in a rut, and we find ourselves searching for our own 'Great Perhaps' just like Miles. And, like Alaska, we may struggle with the difficulties of life and not know how to share that with others, feeling lost and alone. Or, maybe, like me, you just find yourself constantly asking those great philosophical questions: What does the afterlife hold? What is the purpose of life? Of friendship, love, forgiveness?  I was not expecting the ending of this book, and therefore, it made me cry like a baby.

7. Atonement by Ian McEwan

          I read this my senior year of high school.  I really enjoyed it (I like the Keira Knightley movie as well).  The ending  made me sad and also ANGRY.  It's hard not to be angry with the narrator of this book.  So so so so hard. But, this is probably my favorite book of the historical fiction genre.  I haven't read any of Ian McEwan's other works, but I definitely plan to!


8. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

          I LOVE Khaled Hosseini.  I read A Thousand Splendid Suns before The Kite Runner, and although I liked Suns better, Runner made me cry.  Hosseini's books are deep--simple and point blank.  This book tells the story of two child hood friends whose relationship is ruined because of a tragic event that takes place in their lives.  The last lines of this book are what will really get you.

9. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

          This story of a life that was tragically taken too soon, is incredibly heartbreaking and sad.  I read this in high school.  But, I read it again recently, and I was able to understand it better, especially what happened to Susie, the narrator.  This book is about losing someone you love, and about learning to let them go.  It is so realistic in it's story of grief, and very touching in that way.  The last lines of this story will jerk some tears as well.

10. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

          In order for this to be a tearjerker for you, you are going to have to read the entire Divergent series.  I am adding this to the list because it is the most recent book I've read that made me cry.  The ending had me crying for hours.  The outcome of the Divergent series has been controversial, as was the ending of The Hunger Games trilogy.  Many people loved the ending, and others absolutely hated it.  I'm okay with the ending; I thought it fit the series well.  But, I wasn't expecting it, and it definitely affected me.  Allegiant is really long, and can be hard to get through, but it's worth reading, in my opinion.

What are some of your favorite tearjerkers?  Let me know in the comments!


  1. Great list totally agree with it especially with number 1,9 and 8. Have read Looking for Alaska yet tough.
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    1. Thanks so much! You should read Looking for Alaska soon. It's really good:) Will definitely check out your TTT!

    2. It's been on my TBR for a while now but it keeps getting pushed down I plan on reading it right after I finish the novel I am currently reading :)

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  2. Great pick! I really enjoyed doing this topic because it was so easy, I cry at almost everything (although I didn't cry at TFIOS or Allegiant - although with Allegiant that was because I was really bored by the end and didn't care how it ended). My Sister's Keeper and The Time Traveller's Wife made my list too, those ones shocked me and had me sobbing for hours. Nice list :) My TTT.

    1. Yeah, it was a pretty easy topic:) And, I can understand not crying at Allegiant (it did get kinda boring), I guess I was just really invested in the characters. But TFIOS?! Such a tearjerker. Maybe the movie will get some tears from you? Lol. But thanks for checking out my TTT. Headed over to yours right now!

  3. There is nothing like a tearjerker in a book. They are worse/better even than films when they get to you. But then crying is a fantastic release so... Thanks so much for putting this great list together.

    1. Thank YOU for reading! Greatly appreciated:)