I’m typically not a big crier when it comes to books. During movies, I can shed some serious tears. But books? Not so much. There aren’t many books that will make me shed a tear, but what books do make me cry, they truly make me cry. It’s an all or nothing situation when it comes to books.
Here are the 11 books so far that have made me cry (so far). Spoilers will be included. Read at your own risk.
1. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
I typically don’t cry during Nicholas Sparks’ books. I actually can’t stand his books because they’re all the same. But this one had me in tears for at least an hour after reading it. I was distraught after reading the ending. Why would Nicholas Sparks do that? Why would he have Savannah end up with a different man? I’ll never know. But this book had be so upset and bawling for John and what his fate was. He was incredibly selfless and did what was best for others, and his ending was completely unfair. The way John went to Savannah’s house at the end… God. It’s not fair. Nicholas Sparks, you wound me.
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I think we all know why this book made me cry. Whenever I reached Hazel’s eulogy, and then it says that Augustus died eight days later, I lost it. I just had to put the book down and cry. And cry and cry and cry. I couldn’t take it. I grew extremely attached to Augustus and his arrogant ways, yet extremely caring heart. And Hazel’s love for Augustus and her heartbreak over his death hit me hard. I felt like John Green wrote me as Hazel. I felt exactly like her, just no cancer. This book was and still is one of my favorites.
3. After Ever Happy by Anna Todd
I’m honestly not even sure why this book made me cry. The ups and the downs of Hardin’s and Tessa’s relationship made me incredibly frustrated, but I grew attached over the course of the four books. Hardin’s distraught over the end of his and Tessa’s relationship and his tears made me lose it. I couldn’t help it. For some reason, seeing or reading about a man crying makes me cry. Don’t ask me why. I’m not sure why myself. But Hardin’s reaction to Tessa and his love for her had me in tears.
4. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Same reasons for me crying over After Ever Happy. Adam’s distress over the end of his and Mia’s relationship made my emotions go haywire. How much he felt for her and his decline after their relationship ended made me feel like I’d been broken up with, too. Adam is such a sweetheart, and he just made me so sad and happy at the same time. I just cried. This book was just an emotional rollercoaster.
5. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
I wasn’t much of a fan of this book. It ended horribly, it didn’t need a dual perspective, and the awesomeness that had began at the beginning of the series was pretty much nonexistent. However, after Tris died and Four found out, I cried. I cried and cried and cried. I never thought of Four as an emotional person, but reading Four’s emotions and how he was attempting to cope after Tris is what actually made this book good. I didn’t like reading in Four’s perspective in this book, but his emotions made me emotional. Dammit, Four. Dammit.
6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Let me just state the reasons: Ending of the series, Dobby’s death, Hedwig’s death, Fred’s death, Moody’s death, Remus’ and Tonks’ deaths, the awful epilogue, the blood bath battle, Snape’s memories, Snape’s death, Hagrid carrying Harry and seeing him “die”, no redemption for Draco, and so much more. I was a mess, okay?
7. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Okay, don’t judge. I was 14. It was the Twilight Era. I’d gotten attached to Edward in Twilight. Really attached. I ate, lived, and breathed Twilight. I couldn’t handle it when Edward left Bella in New Moon. Then those blank pages with only months on them? Nope, no way. I was done. I felt like I’d died when I read those pages. I had to go back and read them again and again and again to make sure what I was reading wasn’t a mirage or fake. It wasn’t, and I cried.
8. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Hasn’t everyone cried over this book? When Will told Louisa that he wanted to die, then went through with it, and then left Louisa the letter and the money? I cried so hard. When I read this book, I was on vacation in Disney World and we had to be up early the next morning. I believe our family was getting up at 7. I started this book at around 10 the night before, telling myself I’d only read a couple of chapters. I stayed up till 3 in the morning reading, then I stayed up for another hour crying. Jojo Moyes killed me. Destroyed my heart. Ripped it out and stomped on it.
9. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
This was my favorite book in The Mortal Instruments Series. It was intense, and then when Jace died and Clary watched him lose his life, I cried. I was attached to Jace – he was such an arrogant guy, but completely lovable. And to see him die, even though he was brought back to life, upset me greatly. I knew he was going to come back, but I still couldn’t help it. I lost it.
10. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
This book wasn’t too emotional for me. I mean, I cried because the series was over and it quickly became my favorite series and Cassie became my favorite author. I really cried, however, when Simon lost his memories of everything – Clary, Isabelle, the Shadow World…almost everything that made the series what it is. It was painful for me to read about one of my favorite characters becoming someone completely different, and I felt so terrible for Clary and Isabelle. It hurt. It truly hurt. I’m ready to read Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy so I can get more of Simon. I love him.
11. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
The last 100 pages of this book…Wow. I cried so much that my head hurt for the entire next day. I cried for Will, Jem, and Tessa. I cried when Will told Tessa he was catastrophically in love with her. I cried when Jem was turned to a Silent Brother. I cried when Jem said his final goodbyes to Will and Tessa. I cried when Will and Tessa finally got together. I cried when Will died in his old age. I cried when Tessa had to live her life without Will, and I cried when Jem and Tessa finally met back up when Jem gained his mortality back. I cried when they finally reunited and became a couple. I was just a mess. I was a big, bawling mess.
Those are the books that I’ve cried over so far! Let me know what books you’ve cried over. Are there any that weren’t on my list? What books that you’ve cried over would you recommend that I read? Let me know in comments!
See you next time, and happy reading!