Top Ten Saddest Books

Surely we have read a novel or two in our life. If it wasn't a novel study in English it may have been a long train trip or so forth. I hope this inspires you to read them if you haven't already. What do you think is the saddest book?

The Top Ten

Night - Elie Wiesel Night - Elie Wiesel Product Image

I'm reading this book right now. I've read multiple memoirs of people who have survived the death camps and so far this one is beyond the most tragic of them all.

This book really brought the life in the concentration camps vividly to the reader. Quite emotional

The prologue literally describes how his dying father begs him to hold his hand

A lot of books are depressing but fictionial, but this one is real.

Old Yeller - Fred Gipson Old Yeller - Fred Gipson Product Image

It was heartbreaking when Travis had to shoot Old Yeller, his best partner and friend-- it all happened so fast.

Really good book

Yeah, thanks for spoiling it bitch

the saddest book ever

Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls Product Image

So touching and sad. It definitely the saddest and best book I have ever seen. The fact that the dogs died just made me cry and I will never forget what a great book it was
,Boden

A heartwarming story about love and an inseparable between dog and boy. Little Ann has the brains and Old Dan has the brawn. This is a true adventure for all ages to enjoy. Not only is there a boy impaled by an axe, but there are many other fun and happy events! Such as... Dangling entrails, skinning rodents, abusing cats, and so much more!

Extremely touching and sad. I will never forget how heartbreaking it was. This book will never be topped by any other books for me.😭

We were reading this at school. When we read the end, I cried. Other people cried too, but I cried the most

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green The Fault in Our Stars - John Green Product Image

Beautifully written, but it did not make me cry. Despite being a young teenage girl this was an amazing book to read but it did not pull on the heart strings as much as I would have hoped. The book was well paced, had brilliant language techniques and rounded off the conclusion quite nicely. At the end of the book I felt that it was sad but it was inevitable, they were both prepared for the wost and they both fell in love knowing that one of them was not going to continue for too long. Us as readers were well prepared and throughout the book there was no false hope that they were gonna live happily ever after. His death was accepted by himself and his loved ones-he already had been fitted for his death suite.

This book is absolutely amazing. It blew me away just on the first chapter. I wanted to keep reading it all the time. If you haven't read this novel by john green I suggest you go to the nearest book store and buy it, now! Its funny, poigant and heartbreaking. It shows us that life doesn't have to be perfect for love to be extrodianary and tells an epic tale of living and being in love. If you have read this book I also reccomend Looking For Alaska that will also bring a tear to your eye. This is by far the saddest book and a must read for all teens and even adults!

This was terribly written, and I didn't cry. I cry at many things, and most books do make me cry, but this one didn't. I found it boring, and I personally know someone who had cancer, who told me people with cancer are nothing like that, and she found it quite disrespectful.

Always makes me cry every time I think about it. I love the strong connection between Hazel and Gus and it's so sad that Gus dies at the end. His note is really heartbreaking and it tells us that he really did love Hazel.

Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson Product Image

It was so sad because Leslie was so young, and she had her whole life ahead of her. She was a good person and I could personally relate to Leslie and Jess's friendship. Such a close and intricate friendship is something to be valued and cherished, which makes it all the more tragic when it is torn apart by Leslie's death. Also, what tore me apart was that she could have survived if Jess had told her he wasn't going to Terabithia that day, or if he had asked miss Edmunds to take her with them to Washington. Small things can make a big difference. Not that I blame Jess, in fact, I feel so sorry for Jess because Leslie was the only friend he had whom he could see on a daily basis, and also because he knew that her death was partially his fault. I can‘t even imagine the guilt and the pain he experienced. I am 12 right now, just a year older than Jess, and if I lost such a close friend, I would be scarred for the rest of my life. I have never cried till date while reading a book or ...more

Oh my gosh I LOVED this book. It was so unexpected and it really kicked me in the feels.

This isn't sad. It's more bizarre than sad. They cuss and so what some kid dies?

This is very sad I almost cried at school when I finished it!

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - David Fickling The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - David Fickling Product Image

This book made me bawl my eyes out as I read it and made me quite depressed for days afterward, this deserves a higher spot on the list. It reflects real world problems and though it is fiction, it makes you realize how absolutely horrific the Holocaust actually was, from the point of view of one of it's victims. Anne Franks diary was also very sad, and from the point of view of a Holocaust victim, but it's more inspiring than depressing and while it is very tragic, it's more a story about hope and pushing through to the end. While this book, it's just downright SAD.

This book is so sad. I cried a cup full of tears. Another really sad book is Letters From Rifka. This may just be my opinion because when we were reading this book in my class. My teacher and I were the only one crying.

It was so strange and throughout the whole book I felt like something horrible was going to happen every five seconds! When he SPOILER died I was like welp, I knew what I was getting into reading a book like this

"It's alright. I think we're just waiting here until the rain stops."

The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank Product Image

10 when I read this, it was only a year ago so it's still in my mind- I had to read the afterword and the ending 20 times to believe that was really what happened. 15. God dang it, Hitler. She was 15.

The holocaust has always interested me because I have always wanted to learn more about it.I cried when I read this book because it really tugged at my heartstrings

This book, Night, and schindlers list are the saddest books ever

Heartbreaking... died at such a young age!

My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult Product Image

I read this book at the age of 12 after seeing the film in cinema and it was the first heartbreak I ever experienced. Jodi Picoult is a fantastic author and I have continued to read many of her books due to this one. She incorporates something into each of them that have nothing to do with the storyline but she makes it relevant. In My Sister's Keeper, it's astrology. The ending to this book is different from the film and, if you watch the film first, you will not expect this ending (probably the reason I cried for about 3 days after finishing this book). It's a book I can pick up and read at any time, I'll finish it within a day and it will still break my heart as if it was my first time reading it. I can't recommend this book enough.

I've never read the book, but after watching the movie I basically know what the book is about. When I grow up I will surely cure Cancer because of this book. The relationship between the two sisters is amazing. The elder sister has Cancer, and thinks that she's ugly. The younger one was only born so she could donate body parts to her older sister to help save her older sister Kate's life. Anna, the younger sister, wants to sue her parents for the rights to her own body. Her parents are mad at her for suing them. Anna wants her sister to live, but she doesn't want to donate her kidney. It's just such a sad movie, saddest I've ever seen. So, I'm guessing this is a sad book too.

I have only read half and it Has a very depressing storyline. I guess if like the sad ones, this one you would like.

The book is a real tear-jerker!

Allegiant - Veronica Roth Allegiant - Veronica Roth Product Image

I honestly didn't really like these books. I mean, I might have, but I read a lot of dystopias( They're my FAVORITE genera) and I have REALLY high standards when it comes to these kinds of books. To me, this series was pretty bland compared to things like Hunger Games and Children of Eden( which isn't my favorite but I find it interesting), and it's just so confusing and unnecessarily complicated that I couldn't really get into it. Flowers for Algernon though, that made me cry so hard, I think it should be above this one.

This series is absolutely amazing. Despite the tragic, tear-jerking ending, it is so happy and romantic in the best way. I wish there would have been another way, but I know my tears fall for the only possible way to end the wonderful Divergent series.

This made me cry so hard. I've never ever cried reading or watching anything before, but this book hit me so hard. Tobias's point of view was so heart wrenching to read. I hate Veronica Roth for killing off her own main character just to make more money. :'(

This book can destroy you. I red a lot of intense books but this ending was just very very emotional! I cried a lot and this story will stay with me forever. Thanks Veronica for this beautiful adventure, you change my life!

Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes Product Image

We have the movie version. Maybe I should watch it and see if I cry.
I asked my mom about it. She said (I think it was the movie, can't remember) that his IQ was low from the start (68), but when it went back down after it rose, she said his IQ was even worse than before. Poor Charly...

I did not expect to like this book but MAN does it hit ya!

It's horrible how his I.Q. rises, but then goes back down.

I read this in 8th grade and it destroyed me

The Contenders

Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck Product Image

I think I can safely say I've read more books than every 13 year old in year 9(10th grade) in my school and I often say I have read the saddest book ever but even though Of Mice and Men was the shortest book I've ever read since primary school it truly the saddest, overwhelming, heartbreaking and emotional book I will ever read and I honestly was so depressed by the ending and I cries so much.I can't give enough words to describe even an 8th of how I felt.I almost which I never read it but I am glad I did.

I just finished reading it for my english class and I feel so attached to the characters, especially Lennie. It took me quite a bit to get used to the language and slang but I would definitely recommend!

This book is probably one of the saddest books of all time. Right after getting to love the characters, the one you are most connected to gets killed by his only friend who you are also very connected to.

This book in my opinion is the saddest book because of the feeling of loneliness within the characters. If you google the theme of this book, it says it’s about the “grim existence of human lives”. Truly depressing.

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak The Book Thief - Markus Zusak Product Image

This is the saddest book I have ever read, and I have read The Fault in Our Stars. The deaths at the end and Liesel's reactions are some of the best described I have ever read. The book seemed less distant than the Fault in Our Stars, probably because I know people Liesel's age, and because I know about WWII. The Fault in Our Stars, on the other hand, while sad, seemed far away from me, most likely because I don't know any teenagers with cancer. I do know young men and women who are close friends, and it makes me think about what would happen if this was real among the people I know. That's what makes it sadder than The Fault in Our Stars.

Hands down one of the best but most upsetting books I've ever read! A great story with a very interesting narrator...death himself. The story had a fresh perspective and was rich in emotions.

The first (and only) book that's ever gotten me totally sobbing uncontrollably. But its sadness and the way the entire ending was written is just stunningly beautiful.

Favorite book of mine, quite a tearjerker.

Wonder - R. J. Palacio Wonder - R. J. Palacio Product Image

Ok if this book is #20 then the whole hunger games trilogy should be in this list. I did indeed find this sad but definitely not as sad as like tfios or Allegiant. You should read The Julian Chapter all in Julian's perspective. It was just as sad. I still love this book so much and did think it was a little sad but not #20 sad. I love wonder!

This was dip resisting, but I didn't cry. It's not really sad, but at the same time, it is

Bullied for the outside; he's wonderful on the inside

I cried in the movie it was very sad

Band of Brothers - Stephen E. Ambrose Band of Brothers - Stephen E. Ambrose Product Image

Shows what life was like for soldiers in ww2 very vividly, based on true events.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky Product Image

To some readers this wasn't sad. But if you comprehended it and knew the story its very upsetting because SPOILER/SPOILER/ Charlie discovers his flashbacks of Aunt Helen molesting him after Sam kisses him and feels his leg

You then realize the whole time why he misses her so much and has the trauma. His breakdowns and everything alone with the film. Will have you in tears and speechlessness

I could really relate to Charlie. I've always felt like someone that people fall back on when no one else is there. When Charlie was sad, I felt sad.

Apparently some people related to this book and found it rather sad. I dunno, but it wasn't that sad.

The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

This book made me so sad, but I somehow read the whole book three times...looking for a book which will make you bawl your eyes out, this is definitely it.

This books is something that will stay with me till the day I die!

Saddest book I've ever read

Made me cry in class

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling Product Image

Harry potter and everyone dies.
Go vote for the road. (It's depressing not sad, this book is sad though *cough* the prince's tale *cough*)

A tragic and heart-breaking, but amazing end to a 7 book series.

I cried so muchWhy j k rowling why did you kill so many people I love

Dobby the free elf

The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger Product Image
The Death Cure - James Dashner The Death Cure - James Dashner Product Image

If you're a Newt fan, do not read this. I did and it brought me so much pain. Been emotionally unstable for 3 days until I accepted what happened. Either way, one of the best books ever.

Kill me. If you've ever been my friend, kill me.

Don’t read this if you’re a fan of Newt!

R.I.P sweet Bloody shank

The Road - Cormac McCarthy The Road - Cormac McCarthy Product Image

I know this book is fiction but it deserves to be in the top 10 at least.

The Power of One - Bryce Courtenay The Power of One - Bryce Courtenay  Product Image

It actually left quite a memorable mark on me! Even though it took me a while to get through it, it was definitely worth it!

I must admit, I really felt sorry for Peekay.

The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton Product Image

The first bit alone says the main character's parents are dead. It gets worse from there.

This book shows that the character don't know the emotion of happiness.

This is my favorite book ever but it's so sad

Stay pony gold boy

A Child Called It - Dave Pelzer A Child Called It - Dave Pelzer Product Image

This book is sadder than any of these books! It is about a boy who is abused by his mother I cannot say anything else as it would announce spoilers but believe me just read it!

This book is easily one of the most depressing works I've ever read. True story or not, I still cried a pail of tears over David's hardships.

Oh my god this book was so sad and the 2 other books after it got me right in the heart

Not the saddest but still pretty sad

1984 - George Orwell 1984 - George Orwell Product Image

Why is this #31?!?! I can't believe it! This book is the most depressing book I have ever read! I started crying at the end, and it made me so scared of the future... Trust me, this is one of the best books ever written.

I agree,the ending was so...so devastating,the fate of humanity in the parties hand,the torture put forward to mark,I...l was really shocked at the end,this is one of the best books I have ever read

Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins Product Image

I have read this book fifteen times cover to cover and I cry EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Finnick and Prim and I might as well throw in Peeta because he'll never recover from what the capitol did to him and holy crap this series was awesome and tragic and I loved every second of the journey.

This is an excellent that brings me tears every time I flip through its well-written pages. Thank you Suzanne Collins for the great story.

Makes me cry every time
Well written and thought out.
An emotional rollercoaster
Honestly recommend reading

Finnick's death just rocks me every time. I don't know why but his death hit me so much harder than Prim's did.

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