Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Nine Great Books That Have Made Me Cry

Top Ten Tuesday is run by the lovely The Broke and the Bookish. This week, we're supposed to cover our top ten tearjerkers. Unfortunately, I could only think of nine, so here they are for your enjoyment and inevitable suffering.

I was very confused by the first one hundred pages of Jellicoe Road, but it was really brilliant after that initial bump in the road. The intense nature of a lot of the subject matter - relationships, loss, and family - made me tear up on multiple occasions. I definitely recommend Marchetta's work, and I plan on reading more of her.

It's been several years since I read this novel, but I remember adoring the writing style and the way it made me re-examine the importance of life. One of my favourite scenes was when Mia's family talks about what songs they would want to play at their funerals.

I loved ANL when I first read it, and I felt so strongly about the novel that I burst into tears in several parts. The way it tackled the issues of fate and morality really fascinated me, and I had to stop after almost every chapter to process the frustration that I felt with Mattie. 

This book was a really tough read, and there is one major scene in the book that just totally overwhelmed me. It's undeniably the best book about eating disorders that I've ever read, though. 

Yes, Donnelly makes it twice on this list! While Revolution wasn't a major tearjerker, there is one scene with Andie and her father that really affected me with its realism. Revolution is one of the most emotionally resonant books that I've read over the past few years.

I think almost everyone has been affected by Katniss' scene with Rue. It's just too disturbing and infuriating not to produce an emotional reaction.

Stargirl is the first proper YA character whom I adored, and the loneliness she often feels in this novel really got to me in certain parts. The ending always makes me cry happy tears, however. 

I only read Code Name Verity last month, but it's one of the most emotional resonant novels that I've ever encountered. During the climax, I couldn't help but wail a little bit. 

Six times, I have read this book, and six times, I have sobbed while reading this book's climax. It will always affect me, and it's been more successful at making me emotional than any other book I've ever read.

That's my list! What's yours? Do you disagree with me on any of these?


  1. Nice list. The HG is a really emotional book, especially the moment with Rue. I just got Jellicoe Road for Christmas and can't wait to read that one. Great choices! My TTT :)

    1. Oh, you're sure to love Jellicoe Road. It's definitely worth reading, even if those first hundred pages are a little confusing.