6 Emotional Books That'll Make You Cry

Oct. 24, 2018

I've come to realize, through my journey in the world of books, that there are books, and there are books. Yeah, I mean those books that make you all mushy and weepy. Those tear-jerker pages that you keep turning page after page as a tear (or two) trickles down your hot cheek, even though part of you wants to put it down. I've had a few of those, so I thought I'd share my top 6 tear-jerking books of all time :'(

1. Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes
I couldn't think of anything else for days. I watched the movie before reading the book, and it made me so incredibly sad. It's quite a beautiful story, so much so that when I see the author's name on a book, my heart skips, perhaps with excitement, or maybe with apprehension and fear of what I might find in her next read. Amazing literature at its very best.

Book Summary
Louisa Clark is an ordinary young woman living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.  A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?


2.
The Fault in Our Stars
, by John Green
This was another tear-jerker that had me thinking about life and why unfortunate things tend to happen to those undeserving of such.

Book Summary
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.


3. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
A romantic story that tugs at your heartstrings and makes you want to read (and watch) it over and over. 

Book Summary
Audrey Niffenegger’s innovative debut is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing. The Time Traveler’s Wife depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare’s marriage and their passionate love for each other as the story unfolds from both points of view. Clare and Henry attempt to live normal lives, pursuing familiar goals—steady jobs, good friends, children of their own. All of this is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control, making their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.


4. Chop Chop, L.N. Cronk
A Christian fiction that not just pulled at my heart but almost tugged it out of my rib cage. It involves a young girl, a young boy, a group of friends, a tragedy, and so much more. You simply have to read it to understand the full incredible story. By the way, this title is just the first in a series. I've now read all 10 titles in the series.

Book Summary
Ever since Laci was a little girl she's been growing out her pretty, brown hair and chopping it off to send to Locks of Love. When Greg moves into town and finds out what she's doing, he thinks it's a great idea...so he starts doing it too! It's just one of the things that reserved, young David must tolerate as their friendship grows throughout the years. As they near adulthood, they grow not only closer to each other, but closer to God as well. David finds himself content in every way, but when tragedy occurs David must struggle to find his way back to God. Contemporary Christian Fiction: Top Rated... Best Selling... Award Winning! Don't let the fact that it's the first in a series scare you off - Chop, Chop is a complete, stand-alone novel that will NOT leave you hanging. Sequels are available, however, for those who wish to follow the characters further. Often pegged as a "Young Adult" novel, demographics show that most readers of the Chop, Chop series are actually between the ages of 25 and 55 (and the sequels are definitely geared toward that age group). Whether you're young or old, Chop, Chop is a true coming-of-age story about friendship, loss and forgiveness that is sure to touch your heart.


5. Ocean's Apart, by Karen Kingsbury
A Christian fiction involving a little boy, his mother, a married couple, and a butterfly. (Just kidding. No butterfly.) A must-read.

Book Summary
A riveting story of secret sin and the healing power of forgiveness. Airline pilot Connor Evans and his wife, Michele, seem to be the perfect couple living what looks like a perfect life. Then a plane goes down in the Pacific Ocean. One of the casualties is Kiahna Siefert, a flight attendant Connor knew well. Too well. Kiahna’s will is very clear: before her seven-year-old son, Max, can be turned over to the state, he must spend the summer with the father he’s never met, the father who doesn’t know he exists: Connor Evans. Now will the presence of one lonely child and the truth he represents destroy Connor’s family? Or is it possible that healing and hope might come in the shape of a seven-year-old boy? 


6. We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart
This book definitely got my mind reeling. I can't say I cried, but the squeeze to my heart was no less intense. Read my full review of this book


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