Thursday, May 30, 2013

Book Girl Don’t Cry… Except When They Do

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Inspired by Book Buzzers, Book Girls Don’t Cry is a weekly feature where we each discuss/vent/advise on the chosen weekly bookish topic. Don’t miss Jenni on Mondays, and Amy on Saturdays:
This week’s topic was suggested by Kathy from I Write, I Read, I Review.


There are always books that get our emotions involved and this week we decided to feature some books that truly gutted us into oblivion (or tears… however dramatic you want to be ;).


Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
       Hopeless is the most recent powerfully emotional book I read. It had me in tears for most of the book. This was also my first by Colleen Hoover and it will for sure not be my last. I was up until the wee hours to finish it and I was an emotional wreck the whole time, lasting long afterwards.

Siege by Rhiannon Frater
       I bet you didn’t expect a zombie book to be feature here eh? I’m not a crier at all when it comes to fiction. My eyes tear up and I feel uber emotional, but to actually cry is a rarity, yet Siege had me sobbing like a baby. It’s incredible how much you get to care for characters in this series. Though what actually had me crying the most in Siege wasn’t even the death of beloved characters, but the reactions of their friends and family members. These were some of the most powerful scenes I’ve yet to read!

Where She Went by Gayle Forman
       I could have put both books in this series as they’re both very emotional reads but I think this one was a bit more poignant than the first, which is surprising considering it’s mostly about the guy’s heartbreak. But for some reason his voice really showed the pain and regret he had gone through as well.

What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton
       Surprisingly I have not read very many books on the topic of rape, but this one really shows the consequences emotionally and physically that it can have on a person. I loved how, as emotional as this one was, it was really about hope in the end. So while there was a lot of emotion, it was, in the end, tears of admiration.

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
       I think I described how I felt about this one best in my review: “I came out of this feeling wrecked, yet completely satisfied.” I remember having my heart in my throat almost from page 1 to the very ending of this novel. It’s a very raw story that makes you feel all the feels for these characters!

Room by Emma Donoghue
       This novel seems to be a hit or miss for some, but I thought it was an incredibly moving story. It’s written in a 5 year old’s POV and it’s what makes it so emotional. You see how innocent and oblivious they are to cruelty around them. It’s also especially beautiful to see them perceive things in a way that adults never could. This remains one of my favorite reads ever.

What are some books that made you super emotional?

Also, don’t forget to leave suggestions for future topics you’d like to see! 🙂

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32 Responses to “Book Girl Don’t Cry… Except When They Do”

  1. Jenni @ Alluring Reads

    I really need to get around to reading Room. I remember you recommending that one to me forever ago and I still haven’t read it. I like that the narration is done all as a 5 year old and yet the story is still kept interesting. Also, What Happens Next, ugh. I still want to cry when I even think about that book!

  2. Jenea Whittington

    I loved Hopeless and If You Stay, and both had me in tears. My daughter has been trying to get to read Room for forever. I really do need to pick it up and The Sea of Tranquility. 🙂

  3. Amy

    Siege is on my list too!!! OMG!! I freaking sobbed, and sobbed. I need to read What Happens Next still. (Thanks again for getting it for me!! It’s in my pile of need to read ASAP books) I should be reading The Sea of Tranquility soon. I totally suck that I haven’t gotten to it yet since I got it for review like months ago lol!!

  4. Kristin A.

    Room was a DNF for me. I just couldn’t get into it. I did cry after reading Siege however, quite a bit actually. I haven’t read any of the others.

  5. Ems

    I couldn’t finish The Fault in our Stars because it made me ugly cry in public. Seriously. It was beautiful and brilliant and all the things, but it hit way too close to home and brought back so many fears and terrors. I have a brother who went through cancer (he’s okay now)…I thought I was ready to face it, but clearly, I wasn’t.

  6. Shooting Stars Mag

    I have Room and really need to read it- I also need to read Where She Went but LOVED If I Stay (can’t remember if I cried, but it was an emotional read).

    I’m an emotional person and cry easily, yet not so much with things I read. It’s weird. However, I’m pretty sure I cried during The Lovely Bones and My Sister’s Keeper when I read them in high school.


  7. Aman

    I don’t cry very easily, but hopeless and The Edge of Never really made me bawl like a baby. Too many EMOTIONS!

  8. De'Zsa Smith

    Oh God. Don’t get me started on Hopeless. My sister had to put on earbuds because I, too, cried most of the time. Add my crying to the fact that I’m an ugly crier? Absolute mess. I’m beyond satisfied with Hopeless and glad you enjoyed it yourself!

    Checking out the rest of these books now (except for the zombie one)!

  9. Carmen B.

    I definitely agree about If I Stay/Where She Went and The Sea of Tranquility! Hopeless is still sitting on my kindle and I hope to get to it in the forseeable future.
    Another one that made me cry is Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s The Language of Flowers (a contemporary that I guess would now be classified as New Adult). It deals with a lot of issues I tend to shy away from but here it worked for me.

  10. kit

    Where She Went was more emotional than I thought it was going to be (even though I was totally floored by If I Stay, so I should’ve expected it!). Into The Wild I found pretty emotional when I read it, and I remember have a bit of a cry when reading Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour too.

  11. Jennifer Bielman

    OMG, the Sea of Tranquility. Like a punch in the face but in a good way. lol. I still need to write my review but when I read this book I just about died. One of the best books I have ever read.

  12. Dragana Mitrovic

    Ok so again I somehow managed not to read any of these books. Damn. :/
    Hmmm emotional reads for me… One of the latest Life After Life by Kate Atkinson – it’s about a girl who gets a chance to relive her life again and again with memory of past mistakes. Shows you that you can never get it right. Warm and sad and funny and beautiful. A must read.

  13. Jennifer Messerschmidt

    OMG I’m a cry baby so somehow I’m always crying! Where She Went made me ball more than If I Stay actually. I haven’t read any of the other books you mentioned. Cried during Delirium, Before I Fall, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Every Day, Shade & Shift, Saving June, Stolen, The Host, Succubus Dreams, Harry Potter and Mockingjay. Probably more but that is all I can think of off the top of my head.

  14. Molli

    I read If I Stay in March and I’m STILL working up the nerve to read Where She Went. I just know I’m going to bawl, because I actually teared up during If I Stay. And gah, MUST read Hopeless soon!

  15. DeeDee Griffin

    I love a good emotional read. I don’t want to bawl while reading, but I do like to feel the emotions, even if it’s heartbreak. I loved Sea of Tranquility and Hopeless. The others mentioned are all on my TBR list. Some emotional reads that I really loved that haven’t been mentioned yet are Leaving Paradise and Don’t Let Me Go.

  16. Leigh @ Little Book Star

    I’ve read The Sea of Tranquility and omg so sad :'( I still need to read Where She Went! I read If I Stay 2 years ago and I think that was my first ya contemporary read ever. Can’t wait to see what happens to Mia (that’s the MC’s name right? Lol. if not, awkward!) and her relationship with her family and boyfriend.

    Little Book Star

  17. Leanne Yang

    Oh my goodness, Gayle Forman!! :LKSJDF Those books were the best, and same with “Just One Day”. Room was pretty good to me, I mean, at times it was a bit boring, but like you said, we could really see how innocent and oblivious the five-year-old (Noah???) was. Sorry, I forgot his name, darn it.

  18. Millie

    Yes! Hopeless was such an emotional book! I wasn’t expecting that kind of emotional torment! I didn’t cry, but I assure you I was pretty darn near it the entire span of the book. A book that’s made me extremely emotional and blubbery was Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. Whew, was I a complete wreck in that one. Great discussion!

  19. Angelica

    I have not read any of these books, but I really want to check out If I Stay and Where She Went! They’ve been on my list for awhile now!
    By the way I’m a new blog follower 🙂

  20. Alexa Y.

    I’m actually not much of a crier when it comes to books (except my romance novels!). I think the last YA that made me sob like a baby was Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson – it was beautifully written, and so poignant.