Sometimes we just need a good cry to let out all the bottled feelings out. It can be cathartic. There are times when we need a good cry but nothing can start the waterworks. In that case, books can be real tearjerker. Here are 20 books that will make you cry.

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is coming-of-age debut novel by Stephen Chobsky that was published in 1999. The story is of Charlie and the dilemmas of high school. The book is written in the form of an intimate diary. Charlie’s letters in the diary to his ‘Dear Friend’ are unique, hilarious and devastating. We do not know where he lives or who is the ‘dear friend’ he is writing to, all we know is the world he shares.

Charlie is caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie through the letters tells the story of the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends, sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and how all one needs is the perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky is a powerful and heart-wrenching coming-of-age story. This book is one of those books that will make you cry.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale is a novel by author Kristin Hannah. It was published in 2015. The Nightingale follows the story of two sisters; Vianne and Isabelle during the World War II. Vianne lives in a quiet village of Carriveau in France. She believes that the Nazis would not invade France but soon they do invade France. While her husband is fighting for the Front it is up to her to keep her family alive.

Isabelle is a rebellious eighteen year old who falls in love with Gaëtan who believes French can fight the Nazis from within France but when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and risks her life to save others. The two sisters are separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstances. Each is on her own dangerous path towards survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied and war-torn France. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is a heartbreakingly beautiful novel.

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven published in 2015, is heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die. Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he always thinks of ways he might kill himself. However, each time, something good happens and no matter how small, it stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her town and her grief of her sister’s recent death.

So when they meet for the first time on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it is uncertain who saves whom. They are paired up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, and both realize that it’s only with each other, that Finch can be himself and Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is an enthralling and intense love story. This book is one of those books that will make you cry and teaches you to live life.

The Art Of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein

The Art Of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein published in 2008, is a story of Enzo, a dog with a philosopher human soul and his master Denny Smith, who is an up and coming race car driver. Enzo through his master Denny, has gained immense insight into human conditions, and he understands that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. On the eve of his death, Enzo looks back at his life, recounting all that he and his family have been through. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth is a beautiful story of love, loyalty, hope and family told from the perspective of Enzo.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini is a story set in Afghanistan. The book published in 2007 follows the events in Afghanistan from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding. It is a story of two generations of characters brought together by the devastating sweep of war, where the struggle to survive, raise a family, and find happiness are inescapable. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini is an extraordinary story spanning three decades of Afghan history with a deeply moving account of family and friendship.

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo is a classic novel, originally published in 1862. It is a tale of injustice, heroism and love. The story follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean who is an escaped convict determined to put his criminal past behind him. However, his attempts to become a respected member of the community are put under threat when, owing to a case of mistaken identity, another man is arrested in his place. Inspector Javert is a tenacious man who is investigating Valjean. Valjean must stay free because he has sworn to protect the baby daughter of Fantine who is driven to prostitution because of poverty.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is set in1939, in Nazi Germany. It is the story of Liesel Meminger who is a foster girl living outside of Munich. When she is by her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a book ‘The Gravedigger’s Handbook’, left behind by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, or wherever there are books to be found. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel’s world is unraveled. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is an extraordinary story that everyone should read.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman is a story of a grumpy yet loveable man named Ove who finds his solitary world turned upside down when a lively young family moves in next door. Ove is the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they are burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has stalwart principles, strict routines, and a quick temper. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell. Howevr, behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. When one morning a talkative young couple and their young daughters move in next door and they accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox,  this incident leads to a comical and heartwarming story of unexpected friendship.

Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz is novel about family and friendship. The story follows Aristotle, an angry teen with a brother in prison, and Dante, a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When they first met at the swimming pool, they had nothing in common. However, as the two loners start spending time together, they realize that they share a special friendship, a friendship that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. Through this friendship that Aristotle and Dante learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner is the New York Times bestselling, debut novel by Khaled Hosseini. It is a story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant. The Kite Runner is set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. The novel is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a heartbreaking story of family, love, and friendship. So this book is in the list of books that will make you cry. The Kite Runner is a one-of-a-kind classic.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne is a n extraordinary story of a nine year old boy named Bruno. One day when Bruno returns home from school, he finds that his belongings are being packed. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home in Berlin to a new house far away, and there is no one to play with and nothing to do. However there is a tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and with the strange people in striped pyjamas.

Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this grim new place, and he sets to exploring his new environment. Then he meets another boy with the same birthday as his but the life and circumstances of the boy who wears striped pyjamas is very different from Bruno. Their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne is a story of friendship, innocence and horrors of war.

Anne Frank: Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank

Anne Frank: Diary Of A Young Girl is a compelling personal account of the Holocaust by Anne Frank. In 1942, the Nazis were occupying Holland, thirteen-year-old Jewish girl, Anne Frank and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding in an attic. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, the Franks and another family lived confined in the “Secret Annexe” of an old office building.

Isolated from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank wrote of her impressions of her experiences during this period. Anne Frank: Diary Of A Young Girl is a thoughtful, moving, and sometimes shockingly humorous account that offers a captivating commentary on human courage and fragility. It is a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was devastatingly cut short.   

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Fault In Our Stars by John Greene\ is a beautiful heartbreaking story of love that is doomed from the beginning. Hazel, despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, has never been anything but terminal. However, when Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s life is completely changed. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Everything I Never Told You Before by Celeste Ng

Everything I Never Told You Before by Celeste Ng is a superb novel about Lydia and her Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, her parents and they are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balance that had been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed and soon they are spiraling into chaos. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng is a moving story of family, secrets, and longing. It is a page-turner about a sensitive family portrait about uncovering how mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

Marley And Me by John Grogan

Marley and Me by John Grogan begins with John and Jenny just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, and had no care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a puppy and their life would never be the same. Marley grows into a Labrador retriever. He crashes through screen doors, gouges through drywall, and steals women’s undergarments. However, just as Marley is joyful with no limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty are boundless, too. Marley remained a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit’s end. Marley and Me by Grogan is a story of unconditional love that comes in many forms.

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott is a story two teens who fall in love but have one minor complication that is they can’t get within five feet of each other without risking their lives. Stella Grant is a girl who likes to be in control even though her out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. Stella needs to control and keep herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and end up jeopardizing the possibility of a lung transplant. On the other hand, the only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital.

He does not care about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. He will turn eighteen soon and then he will be able to unplug all the machines and actually go see the world, not just the hospitals. Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list and either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay six feet apart but as they spend time together suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety but rather like punishment. Five Feet Apart is a heartbreaking love story with doomed romance. Story that will make you cry

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still Alice by Lisa Genova is a remarkable debut novel about a 50-year-old woman’s sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer’s disease.  Alice Howland is happily married with three grown children and has a house on the Cape. She is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. Soon confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her. Her diagnosis is early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Alice who is independent, struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, as her sense of self is fading away. Still Alice by Lisa Genova is heartbreaking, inspiring and terrifying. This book is also one of those books that will make you cry.

Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes is the story of a mentally disabled man named Charlie whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary laboratory mouse. In the form of diary entries, Charlie tells how a brain operation increases his IQ and changes his life. As the experimental procedure takes effect, Charlie receives an operation that turns him into a genius and introduces him to heartache. Charlie’s intelligence expands until it exceeds that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment is an important scientific breakthrough until Algernon begins to deteriorate suddenly and unexpectedly. Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes is a powerful and emotional novel.

Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman is the story of a powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy, Elio and a summer guest , Oliver at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Both are unprepared for the consequences of their attraction and during the restless summer weeks, relentless currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion. Recklessly, the two edge towards the one thing both fear but they may never truly find it again: total intimacy. It grows from the romance of six weeks to an experience that marks them for a lifetime. Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman is a heartrending and alluring story of human passion.

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson is a story of Taylor Edward and her family which closest-knit as everyone is a little too busy and over-scheduled but for the most part, they get along fine. One day Taylor’s father gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains. They are crammed into a place that is smaller and more rustic than they are used to.

In the crammed and rustic place they begin to get to know each other again and Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind have not actually gone anywhere. As the summer goes by the Edwards become more of a family and become more aware of the ticking clock. However, sometimes there is sufficient time to get a second chance with family, with friends, and with love. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson is a story of hope in the face of grief.

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