10 Heart-Wrenching Novels That Will Make You Cry

It’s important to take a break from all the mind candy every once in a while, and read something that will make you feel.

There’s nothing quite like a good tearjerker to make you feel all the feels. A well-told story can take you on an emotional roller coaster, and sometimes that’s exactly what you need. If you’re looking for books that will make you cry, look no further! I’ve put together a list of 10 heart-wrenching novels that will leave you reaching for the tissues. So grab a box of Kleenex and get ready to sob your eyes out!

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


If you’re looking for a book that will make you cry, The Fault in Our Stars is a great choice. This novel follows the story of two teenagers who meet and fall in love at a cancer support group. It’s an incredibly moving and poignant read that will stay with you long after you’ve finished it.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


The Kite Runner is another novel that is sure to make you weep. It tells the story of Amir, a young boy from Afghanistan, and his journey to redemption. The novel explores themes of friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness, and it’s impossible not to be moved by it.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini


A Thousand Splendid Suns is another novel by Khaled Hosseini that is sure to tug at your heartstrings. The story follows the lives of two women in Afghanistan who are forced to become friends in order to survive. It’s an eye-opening and heartbreaking read that will leave you feeling deeply affected.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


The Book Thief is a historical fiction novel about a young girl living in Nazi Germany during World War II. The story is narrated by Death, and it’s both tragic and beautiful. This novel will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold


The Lovely Bones is a novel about a young girl who is murdered and her family’s struggle to cope with her death. The story is told from the perspective of the girl’s spirit, and it’s both heart-wrenching and hopeful.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett


The Help is set in the early 1960s in Jackson, Mississippi, and it tells the story of African-American maids who work for white families. The novel explores themes of racism, sexism, and social class, and it will leave you feeling angry, sad, and hopeful all at the same time.

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell


Gone with the Wind is a classic novel that tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara, a headstrong Southern belle, and her tumultuous life during and after the Civil War. The novel is epic in scope and filled with tragedy, romance, and hope.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


To Kill a Mockingbird is another classic novel that deals with difficult themes like racism and injustice. The story is told through the eyes of Scout, a young girl growing up in the Deep South during the 1930s. This novel will make you laugh, cry, and think long after you’ve finished reading it.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger


The Catcher in the Rye is the story of Holden Caulfield, a teenager who is kicked out of boarding school and becomes a wanderer in New York City. The novel is funny, sad, and thought-provoking, and it will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the story of Charlie, an introverted teenager who starts to come out of his shell when he befriends two seniors. The novel deals with difficult topics like love, loss, and sexual assault, but it’s also incredibly moving and hopeful.

These are just a few of the many novels that are sure to make you cry. So grab a box of tissues and settle in for an emotional read! You won’t regret it.

What are some of your favorite books that make you cry? Let me know in the comments! And be sure to check out my other lists of books to read if you’re looking for more recommendations.

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