47 Unexpectedly Sad Books That People Said Made Them Cry Cathartically
Bring the tissues.
We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what book was so unexpectedly moving that it made them curl up and cathartically cry. Here are some of the most heart-wrenching recommendations.
26. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
"Bawled my eyes out and threw the book before I calmed down enough to finish it."
Description from Bookshop: "Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate--a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister--and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves."
30. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon
"The writing is so melancholy and mysterious, yet beautiful. You can feel the weight of the mystery and the young boy who sets out to figure it out after visiting the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. The layers of subplot settle into you like a warm hug, and the magic of the writing truly has me sitting in silence for 10 minutes after I get done, waiting to be transported back. A magical work of art."
Description from Bookshop: "Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer's son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author's other works, he makes a shocking discovery: Someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax's books in existence. Soon Daniel's seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona's darkest secrets — an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love."
33. Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper
"This book is the first of Sharon Draper BRILLIANT Hazelwood High trilogy, but you can absolutely read it on its own as long as you have tissues nearby. It's the most beautiful, tragic, and introspective story of about grief and guilt. Draper trusts readers to draw their own conclusions about Andy's actions, something she does beautifully in the last chapter especially."
Description from Bookshop: "Tigers don't cry--or do they? After the death of his longtime friend and fellow Hazelwood Tiger in a car accident, Andy, the driver, blames himself and cannot get past his guilt and pain. While his other friends have managed to work through their grief and move on, Andy allows death to become the focus of his life. In the months that follow the accident, the lives of Andy and his friends are traced through a series of letters, articles, homework assignments, and dialogues, and it becomes clear that tigers do indeed need to cry."