I'm a big fan of books that make you scream or cry or rip out pages. Any kind of emotion a book inspires makes me connected to the pages, and to me, that's worth more than an enjoyable book that leaves no impact.
So today, I'm devoting a post to books that made me cry.
We'll start off with Where the Red Fern Grows. If you've ever read this book and didn't cry, I fear you're the Tin Man. You have no heart. I had to reread the last chapter of Where the Red Fern Grows over and over again because my vision was too blurry to make out the words. Man, was that book sad. But it was great. When it comes to animals, I'm a complete blubbering fool. I cried from start to finish while I was watching Two Brothers, and that wasn't even that sad. I just have a soft spot. I can sit stone-faced while a character is killed off in a book or movie, but make it an animal and I'm off in a pool of tears. That probably makes me a horrible person, right? Oh well.
My Sister's Keeper. I cried harder at the end of this book than I did over the end of the movie. Even though the movie was obviously more visual, the words and plot of the book hit me harder. Drama, drama, drama.
The Outsiders. Stay Gold.
Before I Die by Jenny Donham. The ending was totally artistic and waaaaah-worthy.
Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson. Oh, boy. The worst kind of sadness is the kind that hits you as suddenly and unexpectedly as it does the character. This one hit.
The Knife of Never Letting Go. Ouch. This one was unexpected, too. It was a great book, and I'm very, very excited to read the sequel, The Ask and The Answer. But yikes. During this one specific part, I literally had to set the book down to walk away and cry in a corner. It was heart-wrenching. I'm wondering if anyone else had the same reaction to this part? I'm trying to refrain from spoilers, so it's hard to go into detail, but man did I cry.
So. What books made you Timberlake a river? Fess up.