The Saddest Book You Ever Read

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Really? I cry at the final books, but not that many of the others.

But the series itself is fantastic!
 

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It is very sad, but also, a bit vague as well. I think the ending in particular can be interpreted in many different ways.
 

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The entire book isn't sad but there's a particular part of In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden that has haunted me since I first read it.
 

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I really feel the sad bits in the books that are mostly happy. Haunted by a particular scene is a good way to describe it @Jocasta Braithe. Shadow of the Wind had some terribly sad moments, but it wasn’t constant in that book.
 

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I don't know that this book is the saddest, but it was the first book I was ever really emotionally invested in as a young adult and I sobbed. It's called Reunion by Sharon Sala. It was just supposed to be a cheesy romance novel, but nope. The end killed me.

The only other times that I've cried that hard reading a book since then was Harry Potter because I was invested and The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, there toward the beginning when it's talking about Kvothe's parents.
 

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I just finished reading HP to my son and almost broke on Fred, Lupin, and Tonks.
 

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Bridge to Terabithia.

Edit: also, it isn't a book, but Puff the Magic Dragon gets me every time. Especially now I have a kiddo who's starting to question the magic of the world around him.
 
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I still stand by the first book I mentioned here but I read a contender yesterday. Thrown Off the Ice by Taylor Fitzpatrick. Can't get it out of my head, get tears in my eyes just thinking about it
 
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Wesley the Owl by Stacey O'Brien. The author is a biologist and wildlife rescuer and this book is about her raising an injured barn owl she's named Wesley. It's not inherently sad for the entire book but its hard reading about her medical struggles and includes animal death. I bawl my eyes out every time I read this book
 
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I came here to say this. :indifferent:

But I suppose another would be A Separate Peace by John Knowles. So very sad. Beautiful, though. I like to base my own writing style on his.
 

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Magic's Pawn (whatever the last book in the trilogy was called) by Mercedes Lackey had me sobbing on and off for days. The buildup to the end is heart wrenching and the epilogue had me 100% ugly crying
 

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Just had a moment reading through this thread, taking notes on which books I might want to add to my "to read" list based on how much of a mess they'll make out of me and I had to ask "why do I do this to myself?" :laugh: Sobbing mess? Sign me up!

But I wouldn't have it any other way.
 

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I'm the same but I absolutely won't reread them. I know when to draw the line :laugh:
 
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