Books to Read When You Need a Good Cry

If you’re a mood reader, you know there are times when you crave the kind of book that propels you into a full-on, deeply cathartic ugly cry. Check out this list of books that left us in a puddle of tears. We’re not crying! You’re crying!

How to Make Friends with the Dark

How to Make Friends with the Dark

By Kathleen Glasgow

As if it isn’t enough that Tiger’s mom dies, Tiger ends up in foster care. Don’t worry—this powerful book about grief and loss has glimmers of hope, but you’ll have to go through a few handfuls of tissues to get there.

Bridge of Clay

Bridge of Clay

By Markus Zusak

Abandoned by their father after their mother dies, the five Dunbar brothers struggle to stick together, to forgive, and to move forward. If you love sad stories with complex family dynamics, you definitely don’t want to miss this one.

All the Bright Places Movie Tie-In Edition

All the Bright Places Movie Tie-In Edition

By Jennifer Niven

Perched on the ledge of a bell tower, Theodore and Violet meet at a time when each of them is struggling. Violet is mourning the death of her sister, while Theodore is obsessed with dying. Can their friendship give each of them something to live for?

The Things She's Seen

The Things She's Seen

By Ezekiel Kwaymullina

After Beth and her mother die in a car accident, Beth stays behind to help her grieving father solve a mystery in a small Australian town. Part thriller, part magical realism, this unique novel is both sad and memorable.

Hope and Other Punch Lines

Hope and Other Punch Lines

By Julie Buxbaum

When Abbi was a baby, she was the subject of an iconic photo taken on September 11, 2001. Noah has his own connection to the same tragedy. When the two meet as summer camp counselors, they decide to do more research on the photo and, in the process, revisit that tragic day.

Girl in Pieces

Girl in Pieces

By Kathleen Glasgow

After Charlie attempts suicide, she is institutionalized, but then discharged soon after because she can’t pay. She travels across the country, seeking love and support (sometimes in the wrong places). This book will break your heart and then put it back together again.

What is your go-to tearjerker? Tell us in the comments below!

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