"I Walked Around My House A Blubbering Mess" — 17 Books So Heart-Wrenching, Readers Had To Put Them Down

    "Mentally I just got to the point where I had to put the book down."

    I recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community which books they thought were so scary, frustrating, or sad, that they literally had to put them down. I've already talked about which ones were so terrifying, people quit them early — now for the books people found so sad, they couldn't finish them.

    BTW, ⚠️huge spoiler alert⚠️ for these books! 

    1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

    Effie Trinket and Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games on the left; Rue hiding in the woods on the right

    2. The Loop by Ben Oliver.

    Book cover for "The Loop" by Ben Oliver, featuring a futuristic design with the title prominently displayed

    3. Five Nights at Freddy's: The Fourth Closet by Kira Breed-Wrisley and Scott Cawthon.

    Book cover with title "Five Nights at Freddy's: The Fourth Closet" by Scott Cawthon and Kira Breed-Wrisley

    4. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee.

    Book cover of "Disgrace" by J.M. Coetzee showing a dog walking away on a barren landscape

    5. Phantom by Susan Kay.

    Book cover of "Phantom" by Susan Kay featuring a white half-mask on a black background

    6. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.

    Book cover of "A Little Life" by Hanya Yanagihara, featuring a close-up of a man's distressed face cradled by hands

    7. I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid.

    Person with curly hair standing indoors, looking concerned, perhaps a scene from a book adaptation

    8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling.

    Harry Potter in distress, Sirius Black appearing distressed in background

    9. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

    Book cover for 'A Monster Calls' by Patrick Ness, featuring a dark figure with a house and moon in the background

    10. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.

    Two people sitting close on a bench, facing each other with a gentle touch, expressing affection

    11. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare.

    Book cover of "Lord of Shadows" by Cassandra Clare, featuring a figure falling beside a large, lit structure

    12. Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran.

    Cover of "Cleopatra's Daughter" by Michelle Moran, featuring title and author's name with an illustration of a woman in historical dress

    13. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence.

    Two characters from a film about to kiss, wearing early 20th-century attire

    14. Beartown by Fredrick Backman.

    Cover of "Beartown" by Fredrik Backman, featuring title over snowy town illustration with two figures

    15. Heartless by Marissa Meyer.

    Book cover titled "Heartless" by Marissa Meyer with stylized heart and vines design

    16. I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy.

    17. Misery by Stephen King.

    Woman smiling, holding papers, wearing a sweater over collared shirt indoors

    Thanks to the BuzzFeed Community for their amazing responses!

    Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.        

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