One of my guilty pleasures is, I enjoy reading books that make me cry. I love the idea how a bunch of papers with words can make you feel something. Maybe that’s why I like tearjerker books, it makes me feel something, and that’s how a book should be. It should make you feel connected to the characters, empathize with them, be in their shoes as if you’re them, then you can feel how they feel. Everyone needs a good cry once in a while and as for me, books certainly does the job.
I made a list of some of the books that are worth the tears (no spoilers):
1. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
This has got to be my favorite book now. The characters, especially Finch reminds me of someone I know. The story is basically about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die. Every page in this book is an adventure as the characters travel their way across Indiana while learning about each other and eventually falling in love. The story is loosely based on the author’s life so it feels real, no sugar coating and tying any ribbons.
I was at a class when I read the sad part of the story. I know I should have waited so I can cry all I want on my bed but I just can’t put this book down. In that moment, I didn’t care about the people around me, I lowkey shed some tears but I guess I’m good at hiding it cuz no one noticed, at least not that I know of. This book has honestly changed me. I will definitely read it again.
2. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
I have never read a love story like this before. At first I thought I won’t like it because the couples are siblings. Wait, what?! I know what you’re thinking, that’s what I thought too. Once you read the book though, you’ll understand why. Lochan and Maya are siblings but they have always seen each other as friends. They have no dad and their mom is an alcoholic and is often not at home with them, so Maya and Lochan took the job as parents to their three younger siblings. They have no choice but to grow up fast. They are basically partners in life juggling school, stress, and parenting which brings them much closer together. So close that hey have fallen in love. They both know it’s wrong but at the same time, it’s right too. You should read this book. It broke me to pieces. I cried the whole day hugging this book on my chest.
3. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Every time I talk about this book, I remember crashing on the bathroom floor just crying until my eyes ran out of tears. This book has shattered my heart. This book is about friendship, love and family. Two of the liars are in love but can’t be together, families fighting for inheritance, and a lot of grieving. The twist at the end blew me away.
4. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
I have always been a Colleen Hoover fan. Her book Hopeless shattered me too but I talked about that book so many times already. Ugly Love is about how two people share the same mutual attraction but both doesn’t want love, so that leaves sex. They have rules like, no asking of the past and don’t expect a future. But rules get broken, their hearts more open as they find out about each other’s pasts. This book has made me laugh so hard but also made me bawl like a baby. Even the author cried for Miles. This will soon be a movie!
5. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Taylor’s family isn’t that close cuz they’re usually too busy but when they found out her dad is sick, they will spend one last summer on their old lake house. There, she found out that her old best friend is still her best friend and her crush got even cuter. Her family got closer together but the clock is ticking and her dad’s getting sicker. This book taught me that some people deserves a second chance and you should grab that opportunity.
6. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
It started out as an English assignment where Laurel has to write a letter to a dead person. She chose famous personalities like Kurt Cobain and Amelia Earheart. She soon finds herself writing them about her life, how she’s falling in love and her grief for her sister’s death. The way the author writes almost seem lyrical. I can really connect with her feelings through her words. This book has touched me so deeply.