I am a very emotional reader. I like to completely immerse myself into the worlds and minds of the characters. That being said, at the slightest bit of conflict, I find myself tearing up, and becoming upset for the characters. This list is not of those books.
This list is made up of books that made me cry so hard I had to put them down for awhile because I could not see the pages anymore. This list is made up of books that I stared at the final page for a good ten minutes because I was trying to put myself back together again.
- So B. It by Sarah Weeks- This is the story of a young girl named Heidi who has a mentally disabled mother. Heidi and her mother are taken care of by their next door neighbor, and none of them have any clue who or where Heidi’s father is. She goes on a trip across the country to find her father and attempt to unravel her family’s mysterious past.
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck- This is a classic about two men trying to find a job. George and, his mentally-disabled friend, Lennie have a dream to own land of their own. They end up finding work, but their dream is destroyed when Lennie falls victim to his own strength.
- Sold by Patricia McCormick- When Lakshmi’s family becomes too poor to live, her stepfather sells her into prostitution at the age of 13. Told in poems, this is the story of how Lakshmi overcame Mumtaz, the woman who runs the brothel, and the system.
- The Host by Stephenie Meyer- Set in a time where the Earth has been overrun with aliens, this science fiction novel is about Melanie whose body has been taken over by the “soul” Wanderer. Melanie refuses to give up, and demands for her body back, leading Wanderer to set off on a mission to find Jared, the man Melanie loved before her body was taken.
- Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes- This is not technically a book, but a short story rather. It is told through the journals of a mentally handicapped man who decides to partake in an experiment that could raise his IQ. Algernon, the mouse test-specimen received the same treatment as Charlie, and shows promising results. However, after Charlie has already received the operation, Algernon begins deteriorating, and Charlie begins to become concerned the same will happen to him.
- The Program by Suzanne Young- In a world where there is a teen suicide epidemic, Sloane is not allowed to show her true feelings in fear that she will be sent to The Program. The only person who sees the real side of her is James, her boyfriend and brother’s best friend. Sadly, her brother has already committed suicide, and because of this, she is the only child left in her family. Her parents will stop at nothing to keep her alive including sending her off The Program if the depression gets to severe.
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- Hazel Grace knows she is going to die from cancer. Because she knows this, and has become depressed, her mother insists that she goes to a support group filled with other teenagers who have cancer. This is where she meets Augustus Waters who completely turns her life upside down.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- This is a World War II historical fiction that is told from the perspective of death itself. It tells the story of Liesel, a young foster girl, who steals books. Along the way, a Jewish man is moved into her basement, and he brings a lot of trepidation along with his company.
Personally, I enjoy a good cry every once in awhile, so all of these books are within my top 20 favorites of all time. I thought you may enjoy them, too. Please comment below some books that have made you cry in the past! I’d love to look into them. Thanks for reading!