Books are one of the greatest way to vicariously feel extremes of emotion – extreme happiness, extreme sadness, rage and joy and grief. Truly, there's something refreshing about a good, media-driven cry.
|this bear makes me want to cry.|
I'm less crazy about the deliberate tearjerkers – you know, the movie The Notebook kind. Sometimes those make me feel a little dirty afterward. Like The Art of Racing in the Rain. I knew I was being emotionally manipulated from page one, but as the end came around, I was still a sloppy, tearful mess. (On an airplane.)
But plenty of my favorite books drove me to tears, often unexpectedly. Like Lolita – the end just kills me. Watership Down makes me cry every time. Jellicoe Road evoked quiet tears. Feed totally gutted me, and re-guts me on every reread. (ow.)
And oh man, A Song of Ice and Fire – I've only read the first three, but if you have too, you know the exact scenes that wrecked me. The Road was a slow, lovely torture, and Atonement made me feel like I was hit by a bus.
Don't you LOVE that feeling?
Along with Jellicoe Road and Feed, plenty of other YA and MG books have made me cry, or even sob. A Monster Calls. Wonder. Where She Went. A Certain Slant of Light. The Fault in Our Stars. The end of The Scorpio Races definitely got me. The Knife of Never Letting Go. When You Reach Me. Wringer. The Book Thief. How I Live Now. Tender Morsels. Living Dead Girl.
Apparently lots of books make me want to cry.
Seriously, I sort of want to cry even thinking about these. Particularly the last two.
What books made you tear up, sob or ugly cry?
(No spoilers, please!)
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