By Jensen Argyle
Lately I have been wanting to read a book that would just make me bawl my eyes out. I am not really sure why. Most people don’t like to cry, especially in public, but I think that reading books that make you cry give you a really personal experience. You are making a real connection and really feeling something.
There is something to be said about black marks on a piece of a tree that can evoke such strong emotions in us. They can make us laugh, they can make us cry, and this roller coaster is simply exhilarating. Plus there is something so therapeutic about having a good cry.
So, without further ado, here are some books that will inspire such strong emotions in you that those emotions will leak out of your eyes in the form of teardrops (give people that line when they ask you why you are crying. They will back up slowly, leaving you room to keep reading.
The Fault in our Stars by John Green – Most of you probably already know about this book. You’ve probably definitely seen the movie. And if you haven’t read the book yet, you really should. In my opinion, it is John Green’s finest work. For those of you who aren’t aware, this book tells the love story of two kids who have cancer. This book is equal parts wise, hilarious, and heartbreaking. Plus, the cover of the paperback feels amazing in your hands.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – This is the perfect time to pick up this book, since the movie is coming out soon (and it looks sooo good!) This novel is contemporary fiction and it relates the story of a quirky young girl who gets a job as a caretaker for a quadriplegic, and the two form a sweeping a romance that leaves you ahhhing and crying throughout.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – This book is written from the point of view of death, which pretty much tells the reader right off the bat that this book is going to have some heart-wrenching moments. The book is set around WWII, where a young German girl learns a love for reading and steals books from the Nazis as they try to burn them. This is a book about family, friendship, and courage in the midst of horrific circumstances.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher – This is about a girl who commits suicide and leaves behind tapes that she recorded. She has these tapes sent out to all the people she lists as the reasons why she took her life. Reading about Hannah’s loneliness and depression will make you burst into tears, because really we’ve all been there. We’ve all been Hannah, and we all know what it’s like to feel completely alone. This book takes an interesting and poignant look at suicide and how it can be prevented.Those are just a few examples to check out.
Be sure to keep some tissues close by as you check out these beautiful titles. And as always, happy reading!