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    Updated on Jun 28, 2020. Posted on Jun 25, 2020

    45 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.

    1. Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

    2. My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman

    3. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

    4. Marley & Me by John Grogan

    5. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

    6. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

    7. Goodnight Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian

    8. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

    9. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

    10. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

    11. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

    12. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

    13. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

    14. All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

    15. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

    16. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

    17. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

    18. Just Kids by Patti Smith

    19. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

    20. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

    21. Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin

    22. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

    23. Frankly in Love by David Yoon

    24. Night by Elie Wiesel

    25. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

    26. Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby

    27. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

    28. First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung

    29. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon

    30. The Light of the World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander

    31. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    32. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

    33. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

    34. Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman

    35. The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

    36. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

    37. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

    38. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

    39. Homes: A Refugee Story by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung

    40. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

    41. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    42. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

    43. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

    44. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

    45. The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

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