The Compulsive Reader: Reading Rants: Tears Keep Falling

Friday, June 14, 2013

Reading Rants: Tears Keep Falling

This is going to sound weird and backward and perhaps even slightly messed up, but I LOVE books that make me cry. If I start tearing up while reading, there is a little voice in the back of my head saying, "Good! This is good! I am crying! What an excellent book!" 


For a long time, I thought that this was messed up and I probably should have something checked because really, who likes to cry? A lot of people, apparently...at least where stories are concerned. So, inspired by a Twitter conversation about sad books, here is a list of my favorite (i.e. most tear-inducing) sad but not all sad books:

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

I was crying by the first chapter. Actually, I was crying by the first page. The first paragraph, I felt the tears welling up. It's just that good. But all crying and tears aside, I love this book because of Marchetta's use of language (she understands the duality of meanings and she can manipulate words like no other), and the amazing plot. It may take twenty or so pages to get into, but once you do...magic. And tears.

The Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han

The books include: The Summer I Turned Pretty, It's Not Summer Without You, and We'll Always Have Summer. This trilogy is beautiful. Imagine all of the coming of age and growing up feelings, and then add in a perfect beach setting, family and relationship complexities, and then...a character you love dies. And it kills you in every book, but the story is so beautiful, you can't help but keep reading, and then re-reading. This is the power Jenny Han wields.

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson completely stole my heart with Amy & Roger's Epic Detour (and yeah, that one will make you cry baby tears, too), but Second Chance Summer...whoa. It's not that it deals with loss and grief and second chances, but also with finding your place and connecting (or reconnecting) with people in your life, and Matson writes it all so well.

How It Ends by Laura Wiess

I have never cried as hard as I did when I read the ending of this book. Not just tears, but huge, hacking sobs and then at one point, a huge gasp/cry/sob  of shock. Just, be warned.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

This book is an intense read about two friends caught up in World War II. It is extremely tough to read about the torture and misery of this book, but at the heart of it is this amazing friendship between two girls, and the lengths at which they will go for each other. And it broke my heart and gave me hope at the same time. I sobbed.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This book. I have never cried and laughed so much in one book. Equal parts funny, equal parts heartbreaking, and a great story on top of it all. 

What books have reduced you to tears?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice picks, I recently re-read Jellicoe and I totes cried. I felt the tears coming right away