What to Read When: You Need a Good Cry

When you need a good cry, these are the books you should turn to. | NewberyandBeyond.com

Sometimes you just need a good cry. Here are my go-to books for when I need to get the tears flowing.

Code Name Verity. Female friendship during WWII makes for a fascinating story with strong voices. And it will definitely leave you in tears.

Hattie Big Sky. This Newbery book about a high-spirited teenage girl who leaves her home to become a homesteader is full of sweet characters and funny events, but it packs a serious emotional punch in the middle. (You can see my review of the much inferior sequel here, but really, you should just get this book.)

Walk Two Moons. My love for Sharon Creech is well documented, and this book is probably my favorite of hers. I thought that maybe this book wouldn’t get to me anymore (since I’m now an adult and I’ve read this book several times), but I was wrong.

Mockingjay. Total *spoiler alert* if you’re one of the seven people who haven’t read the Hunger Games trilogy, but the part where Katniss’s sister is killed gets me every time. It hits too close to home to think about losing my own little sister!

Blackout and All Clear. Not only are these fantastic books on my favorites of all time list, but they are surprisingly touching. When several time travelers get stuck in WWII-era England with no way of getting home, they must suffer the same heartaches, joys, and losses as the rest of England at her finest hour. It’s a lot of pages to work through, but I can practically guarantee that you’ll tear up at the end.

The Book Thief. You can really see the World War II theme going on here, right? Yes, it may be cliche, but The Book Thief is yet another book set during this time period that will make you emotional. This one’s a YA classic narrated by Death (and if that doesn’t capture your interest, I don’t know what will!).

Although I haven’t read these books, I have it on good authority that they will make you teary, if not straight up bawl: The Fault in Our Stars, Me Before You, The Time Traveler’s Wife, and Room.

What books do you turn to when you need a good cry?

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I am obsessed with all things books. I'm a music teacher by day and a freelance editor by night.

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