Last week, I wrote a recommendation post about some of the happiest books I’ve read, but now it’s time to share the opposite: the most heartbreaking stories I’ve ever come across.
Apologies in advance, I guess?
As much as I think I hate reading these emotionally charged books, sometimes they’re just what I need. They’re the one’s that make me feel the most and sometimes we just need a good cry, right?
Here are some of those books that have made me feel deeply sad or even managed to bring me to tears:
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
I just read this book last month, but I’m still not over how moving it was. It’s become one of my favorite stories of all time, even though I definitely cried at the end. It’s painful, but worth it. Trust me.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
A classic tearjerker. I’m pretty sure I could get through this book without crying now, but the first time I read it, I was just not expecting that ending and it made me tear up. I mean maybe the twist was obvious, but I seriously never saw it coming.
They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera
Did the title blatantly warn me? Yes. Did I cry anyway? Of course.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I bought this book because it seemed like it would be a fun one to read while I was on vacation at the beach. Yeah, I was wrong. Let’s just say I was glad I had my sunglasses to hide my tears.
The Pact by Jodi Picoult
My mom recommended this book to me years ago. Honestly, I’m not sure if I’m mad that she told me to read such a heartbreaking story, or if I’m glad because this was genuinely a good book? This was the only Jodi Picoult book I’ve read, but it’s safe to say she’s excellent at what she does.
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
This is the third and final book of The Infernal Devices trilogy, and it’s one that makes me cry every time without fail. I know we’re supposed to be okay with the ending, and it really couldn’t have gone any other way, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t sob. Honestly, this entire series is emotionally draining, but it’s completely worth the read.
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Another Adam Silvera book, but what can I say? He’s the master of causing excessive pain and heartache. I can’t believe this is his debut novel, because it hit me like nothing else ever has. It’s just brilliant, to say the least.
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
This list wouldn’t be complete without at least one Colleen Hoover book. She always writes the most emotionally powerful stories, but Hopeless was especially heartbreaking. I’ll never forget this one. I cried for longer than I’d like to admit.
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
The last book of the Divergent trilogy, and honestly one of the most shocking series conclusions that I’ve ever read. I’ll never forgive Veronica Roth for that ending. Seriously, why did she do that? It’s been years and I’m still furious about it. This is definitely an excellent series, and I’d still recommend it even if it does have an exceptionally sad ending.
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Oh I love this one so much, but it broke my heart in to a million pieces. I felt so horrible for Charlie (and Algernon). This book was published in the 1950’s, but many of the themes and topics brought up in this story are still relevant today. I’m not normally a huge fan of classics, except this one is a definite favorite of mine.