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    33 Tearjerking Books To Read Next Time You Really Need A Cry

    Can someone pass the tissues?

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    We asked the bookworms of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the book that made them cry the most. Here are their tearjerking recommendations!

    1. Hold Still by Nina Lacour.

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    "I am a massive bookworm and plenty of novels have moved me to tears but none as much as Hold Still by Nina Lacour about how the main character deals with and attempts to move on after the sudden unexpected suicide of her best friend. It's got to the stage now where if I re-read it I can anticipate the sad parts and start crying early!"


    Price: £10.99

    2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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    "Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. This book is absolutely beautiful, and it had me bawling for the last 100 or so pages."


    "Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. This book tells a story like no other."


    Price: £6.47

    3. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.

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    "The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I have only been sadistic enough to read this book twice. The first time I read it, I cried on and off for about three days. It is one of the most lyrically beautiful and romantic books I have ever read and it completely broke me. I recommend it to everyone to read so they can both share my pain and experience this gorgeously written and heartbreaking book."


    Price: £6.47

    4. P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern.

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    "P.S. I Love You had me bawling throughout – it is a million times better than the film adaptation. The isolation and grief of the main character is written so beautifully that it's impossible not to get emotional."


    "As a teenager one of the first 'grown-up' books I read was P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern and my god. I'd be laughing like a drain one minute then the next I'd be sobbing. The movie is sad but the book is so much better and in a completely different setting. Give it a try!"


    Price: £7.99

    5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

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    "A Monster Calls. I was given it by a friend, she didn’t warn me. The idea was conceived of by an author who died before she was able to write it. So Patrick Ness wrote it, Jim Kay’s artwork is amazing and it’s just so so good and painful. The journey Conner goes on towards learning how to let his mother go is just immense. It’s another one I haven’t read again, but it’s waiting on the shelf till I’m brave enough. Now I’ve got my own tiny human to never let go of I’m not too sure I will ever be."


    "A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. The way the stories narrated by the tree come together at the end followed by the emotional connection between mother and son took me by surprise, and before I knew it I was crying onto the pages."


    Price: £7.19

    6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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    "The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. No matter how many times I read this one, it makes me tear up."


    Price: £5.98

    7. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

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    "All The Bright Places destroyed me. I kept waiting for the standard YA happy ending and was broken by the eventual conclusion. I recommend it to everyone, with a note to not read the final 50 or so pages in public lest they find themselves sobbing on a commuter train."


    "I recommend it but with strong warnings. I can remember reading the end. I was sat on my sofa, I stopped, put it down and then just cried and cried! I had to phone my wife for emotional support! She was baffled."


    Price: £5.75

    8. The Noughts And Crosses series by Malorie Blackman.

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    "Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman! The ending just came out of nowhere, I honestly didn’t think that it would end like that."


    "Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. It was romantic and it had tragedy and I could not stop crying at the end. It deals with difficult topics as well."


    "Every book in the Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman broke my heart."


    Price: £5.19

    9. Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott.

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    "Five Feet Apart just made me sob so much. It just made me so sad that they can’t even be near to each other. I mean seriously how hard can that be!"


    "Five Feet Apart actually destroyed me."


    "Five Feet Apart made me cry for hours."


    Price: £5.75

    10. Marley And Me by John Grogan.

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    "Marley and Me. I have cried at many books but that one made me full-on ugly sob remembering my childhood dogs."


    "Utterly devastating. I had to put the book down several times from about two thirds in as the heaving sobs got too much."


    Price: £9.99

    11. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

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    "I cried throughout the book, especially the final page. Angie Thomas captures the raw emotion felt by the characters which are translated to the reader beautifully."


    "The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas scarred me for life."


    Price: £5.19

    12. One Day by David Nicholls.

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    "I love a good weepy book! The one that stands out though is One Day by David Nicholls. I full-on sobbed on public transport when reading that one. The film does not do it justice."


    Price: £6.47

    13. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

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    "A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Absolutely heartbreaking but so beautifully written."


    "A few books have really got to me, in particular, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini."


    Price: £6.47

    14. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

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    "The whole book has a real matter of fact tone to it - the way the characters are brought up and taught to understand their purpose - but when Tommy and Kathy understand the political context of their existence and realise that they don't have much time together it's really crushing!"


    Price: £6.21

    15. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne.

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    "I sobbed like a baby."


    "First book I've ever cried (sobbed) at."


    "I was so shocked at the ending that I just sobbed. I’ve only read it once and can’t bring myself to put myself through it a second time."


    Price: £1.74

    16. Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern.

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    "It is an extremely funny, moving, well-written romantic novel about two people that just keep missing one another. It is written in an unconventional way, but it captures every emotion, every aspect of the characters' lives. It is definitely worth reading. The movie adaptation is amazing too, even if it's different."


    "I love the book and hated the film. I think it did an amazing job of showing the shift in her life as she tried to rebuild her life as an adult and the changes to her relationships around her. Really heartbreaking."


    Price: £4.99

    17. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss.

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    "It made me cry so much that my mother threatened to ban me from reading because it upset me too much (I was 22)."


    Price: £7.99

    18. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

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    "I have to close the book and have a good weep when Beth talks to Jo just before she dies. I’m welling up just thinking about it. It breaks my heart."


    Price: £11.26

    19. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

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    "The Time Traveler's Wife had me in floods of tears as I read it on the train. Not a book to be read in public!"


    "Good god, I remember ugly crying after reading The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. It's such a beautiful and tragic story."


    Price: £6.47

    20. Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman.

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    "Call Me By Your Name. It's raw. It's real. Just when you think there is hope for a happy ending, it breaks your heart again."


    "Call Me By Your Name. The last page made me sob like a baby at 1am."


    Price: £2.00

    21. Atonement by Ian McEwan.

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    "I absolutely sobbed my heart out at the end of Atonement. I felt bereft. Then I got angry at Ian McEwan and then I didn’t believe it and read it again. I think I went through all the stages of grief finishing that book."


    Price: £7.00

    22. Room by Emma Donoghue.

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    "Room is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It was the first book I cried at and I couldn’t stop thinking about it for weeks afterward. Its special touch is that it’s told from a child’s point of view. Cried my eyes out."


    Price: £6.47

    23. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult.

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    "My Sister's Keeper. The ending absolutely comes out of nowhere and punches you in the gut!"


    "My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. I’d been bracing myself for a death, but not that one."


    Price: £6.47

    24. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.

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    A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. A must-read, but will leave you sobbing for days, or if not sobbing then in the midst of an existential crisis."


    Price: £6.47

    25. Somewhere Inside of Happy by Anna McPartlin.

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    "Somewhere Inside of Happy had me crying for hours and I would cry whenever I thought about it for the next week."


    Price: £7.99

    26. The Green Mile by Stephen King.

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    "The Green Mile by Stephen King. Literally could not stop the loud blubbering and fat tears from streaming profusely afterward."


    Price: £6.49

    27. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

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    "My mother had started reading the book as a way of coping with the death of her father, my grandpa. She said it helped, so she let me read it too, I was 15 at the time. The book made me weep, the way death is portrayed and how the idea of something growing out of a tragedy filled whatever hole was left by my grandfather's death. The quote is: 'These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections - sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent - that happened after I was gone.' It’s beautifully written, and the lead character Susie Salmon (yes, like the fish) was extremely relatable to me, even in her death."


    Price: £5.91

    28. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.

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    "I read the book when I was 13 I think, and the second that Augustus said 'I lit up like a Christmas tree, Hazel Grace,' I was bawling my eyes out, like heaving with sobs and I didn't stop until I'd finished the book. "


    "The Fault In Our Stars broke my heart. I remember just bursting into tears reading it."


    Price: £5.75

    29. The Host by Stephenie Meyer.

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    "Many, many moments in The Host by Stephenie Meyer made me feel like someone had stabbed me in the heart. This book is a masterpiece overlooked."


    Price: £6.47

    30. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell.

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    "The ending of David Mitchell's The Bone Clocks. He spends chapters and chapters getting you involved in the life of the leading character, and then has her story end in the most bittersweet way. It took me half an hour getting through the final five pages because I was crying so hard. Amazing book."


    Price: £5.00

    31. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.

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    "A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. The story of four men from their law school dormitory to their deaths, and every moment complex and stunningly written and heartwrenching and beautiful, in the hope and the wonder and the pain when everything is dashed on the rocks. It must be a thousand pages long, but you don't miss a second and you wait with bated breath for every new sentence."


    "A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. I read it within a week and cried for a fortnight. Absolutely outstanding story, characters, and grief. I recommend this book to absolutely everyone, but I don't tell them anything about it, other than it's the most devastating incredible read they'll ever have the joy of."


    "A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. Literally sobbing on public transport."


    Price: £6.49

    32. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

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    "The Book Thief was amazing and made me cry so hard. I felt punched in the gut and couldn't stop crying. 12 years later and even thinking about it makes me cry."


    "It has to be The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It was the first book I ever read more than once. The first time I read it, I was 11 and I stayed up until midnight and just sobbed while holding the book. Even all these years later, I still shed a tear any time I think about the ending!"


    Price: £5.75

    33. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.

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    "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows made me sob like a baby. My book is covered in tears. I was reading it and watching my childhood crumble around me. I grew up reading these books and my childhood ended when I finished this book. Snape's death broke me."


    "Fred Weasley's death in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I remember I sat with the book and sobbed. I had to take a break and went downstairs, and I was still crying half an hour later. Luckily I was home alone and no one saw me sobbing uncontrollably over a fictional character but all I could think was George was alone."


    "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince made me sob."


    Price: £33.76 for the entire series.

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