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    Nov 6, 2019

    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.

    Penguin Random House / Via amazon.co.uk

    "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!"

    mermaidgem

    Price: £10.99

    2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

    Penguin / Via amazon.co.uk

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

    eeeeeeeemma

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

    callistab

    Price: £6.47

    3. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.

    Bloomsbury Paperpacks / Via amazon.co.uk

    "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."

    achillestiel

    Price: £6.47

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

    Harper Collins / Via amazon.co.uk

    "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."

    littlesmarthouses

    "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!"

    melissar4245c10bd`

    Price: £7.99

    5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

    Walker / Via amazon.co.uk

    "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."

    meganr46

    "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."

    adityaaswaminathan

    Price: £7.19

    6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

    William Collins / Via amazon.co.uk

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

    chasingliberty

    Price: £5.98

    7. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

    Penguin / Via amazon.co.uk

    "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."

    annettef401b194d5

    "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."

    meganr46

    Price: £5.75

    8. The Noughts And Crosses series by Malorie Blackman.

    Penguin / Via amazon.co.uk

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

    jas0808

    "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."

    mayaaax

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

    nectarinesister

    Price: £5.19

    9. Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott.

    Simon and Schuster / Via amazon.co.uk

    "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!"

    yellowyellow

    "Five Feet Apart actually destroyed me."

    blue_oreo18

    "Five Feet Apart made me cry for hours."

    wolfgirl2210

    Price: £5.75

    10. Marley And Me by John Grogan.

    Hodder & Stoughton / Via amazon.co.uk

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

    bouniejellyfish

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

    jennyf402e7374b

    Price: £9.99

    11. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

    Walker Books / Via amazon.co.uk

    "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."

    potteraroundthehouse

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

    nectarinesister

    Price: £5.19

    12. One Day by David Nicholls.

    Hodder Paperbacks / Via amazon.co.uk

    "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."

    lornajw

    Price: £6.47

    13. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

    Bloomsbury Publishing / Via amazon.co.uk

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

    lauraelizabethx

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

    ginah42d0e588d

    Price: £6.47

    14. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

    Faber and Faber / Via amazon.co.uk

    "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!"

    sarahclassick09

    Price: £6.21

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

    Definitions / Via amazon.co.uk

    "I sobbed like a baby."

    sarahlouisep2

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

    thelonedoodler

    "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."

    laurat4085a0179

    Price: £1.74

    16. Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern.

    Harper Collins / Via amazon.co.uk

    "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."

    bibilusaandreea

    "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."

    sarahclassick09

    Price: £4.99

    17. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss.

    Penguin / Via amazon.co.uk

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

    evelina955

    Price: £7.99

    18. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

    Penguin Classics / Via amazon.co.uk

    "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."

    louises427ab4845

    Price: £11.26

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

    Vintage / Via amazon.co.uk

    "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!"

    honestiago

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

    feralrabbit

    Price: £6.47

    20. Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman.

    Atlantic Books / Via amazon.co.uk

    "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."

    a4dfb0a374

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

    sarabeltran

    Price: £2.00

    21. Atonement by Ian McEwan.

    Vintage / Via amazon.co.uk

    "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."

    lisah42e99b30d

    Price: £7.00

    22. Room by Emma Donoghue.

    Picador / Via amazon.co.uk

    "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."

    rorytheroman

    Price: £6.47

    23. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult.

    Hodder Paperbacks / Via amazon.co.uk

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

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

    mulberrytea

    Price: £6.47

    24. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.

    Faber and Faber / Via amazon.co.uk

    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."

    froshiee

    Price: £6.47

    25. Somewhere Inside of Happy by Anna McPartlin.

    Black Swan / Via amazon.co.uk

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

    sofiaali8910

    Price: £7.99

    26. The Green Mile by Stephen King.

    Gollancz / Via amazon.co.uk

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

    leahykerr

    Price: £6.49

    27. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

    Picador / Via amazon.co.uk

    "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."

    thesmolgiant

    Price: £5.91

    28. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.

    Penguin / Via amazon.co.uk

    "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. "

    kingkeelstar

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

    mahek_akhtar

    Price: £5.75

    29. The Host by Stephenie Meyer.

    Sphere / Via amazon.co.uk

    "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."

    ruchav

    Price: £6.47

    30. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell.

    Sceptre / Via amazon.co.uk

    "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."

    michelles48422069e

    Price: £5.00

    31. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.

    Picador / Via amazon.co.uk

    "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."

    084

    "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."

    stephaniel49026992e

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

    a43dba41f4

    Price: £6.49

    32. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

    Knopf Books / Via amazon.co.uk

    "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."

    skipnees

    "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!"

    mimia4b8ecbd5b

    Price: £5.75

    33. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.

    Bloomsbury / Via amazon.co.uk

    "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."

    gilliana4c168903f

    "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."

    owlsgoboo

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

    nectarinesister

    Price: £33.76 for the entire series.

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