Top Ten Saddest BooksSurely 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
This book really brought the life in the concentration camps vividly to the reader. Quite emotional
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.
The prologue literally describes how his dying father begs him to hold his hand
Epic. The ones who say divergent, dude, read some books. I’m not even a high school student yet, read some books, it benefits.V 2 Comments
It was heartbreaking when Travis had to shoot Old Yeller, his best partner and friend-- it all happened so fast.
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!
Made me cry more than any other book. I don't cry easy. besides this I have only cried on mockingjay and anne frank.
We were reading this at school. When we read the end, I cried. Other people cried too, but I cried the most
The red fern grows on the grave signaling that the dogs are blessed
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 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. - pjo
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.
Same. You guys spoiled it for meV 9 Comments
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
I must admit, when children die, it really gets me
Oh my gosh I LOVED this book. It was so unexpected and it really kicked me in the feels.
Really heart touching bookV 5 Comments
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. - SassyEquine
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's alright. I think we're just waiting here until the rain stops."
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 thisV 5 Comments
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
Made me cry knowing what she went through. thank goodness I read this first at 11 and at least didn't understand a 4th of it. probably would've cried more, but it was confusing.
This book, Night, and schindlers list are the saddest books ever
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.
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. - SassyEquine
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!
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. :'(V 2 Comments
I read this in 8th grade and it destroyed me
It's horrible how his I.Q. rises, but then goes back down.
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...
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.
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.
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.
I can't believe it's not higher than #20... This book made me wanna bawl my eyes out'
This should be way higher that 29th place!
This book I see absolutely amazing and heart breaking. I love the characters like Lennie and George.V 1 Comment
Shows what life was like for soldiers in ww2 very vividly, based on true events.
This was dip resisting, but I didn't cry. It's not really sad, but at the same time, it is
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 book actually made me cry
Poor Auggie..V 1 Comment
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.
I know this book is fiction but it deserves to be in the top 10 at least.
A tragic and heart-breaking, but amazing end to a 7 book series.
The prince's tale
759 pages of sadness. - PianoQueen
What? it wasnt sad voldemort finally died and every liged happily ever after - pouria_mtV 3 Comments
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.
Please Tommy Please
Kill me. If you've ever been my friend, kill me.
Don’t read this if you’re a fan of Newt!V 1 Comment
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
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 - Toucan
This is so sad when the team leaves her behind
It goes well with the mini series and if you have read the book, the films probably will bring a tear to your eyes too.
THEY ALMOST KILLED THE MAIN CHARACTER!
This one should be closer to the top ten in my opinion. Willy's dying grandfather reminds me of my grandfather who died, but I didn't even know he existed until after his death. I wish I could've met him, seen him, or heard his voice.
Very sad book about Little Willy, Grandfather, and their dog Searchlight. - littlestpetpet41813
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. - SassyEquine
Made me cry when buttercup and katniss are mourning prim.
Poor prim! Same here random person, same here
Another series where I started sobbing. - PianoQueenV 1 Comment
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
This book was immensely sad... Why is it not ranked higher?
I've never cried this much during a book
How is this only 43? in my opinion it was a lot better than tfios and I cried a lot harder in looking for Alaska
This is my favorite book ever but it's so sad
Stay pony gold boy
Here's a few reasons:
Nothing gold can stay
Johnny - AnonymousChick
This book will make you cry and cry and cry and cry until your eyes literally dry up, and your tear ducts shrink. seriously... why has nobody commented on this yet?!
Literally the saddest book that I have ever read. So many emotional parts!
I've only seen the movie, but it was so emotional that I couldn't stop thinking about it for days afterward. And while it is incredibly sad, it is also inspiring and hopeful at the same time. I have the book on hold, and I look forward to reading it. - SassyEquine
One of the saddest books to ever be written... Just an incredible story!
I read it for a novel study and a young kid dies.
Prim and Finnick die. Why did I have to put this up this should be number 1 already
This is the saddest book in the galaxy! It made me wanna cry so much I felt like throwing it in the fire!
I was actually teary as I read the ending. And I never had that with anything else I've read, any songs I've read or any films I've seen, no matter how sad. This book at the end really got to me. - PositronWildhawk
This book was super sad. It may not sound very sad and at first I found it more funny than depressing... but I learned to love the book.
I loved the main character Grace from the very start. She was going through the loss of her father. My parents are alive, so I wasn't really able to relate to her. But then I started to like her a lot. Especially the other main character, the dog Rex who started talking to her and helping her understand who killed her father. In the end, when Grace figures out who killed her dad it's right around the time when she has to give away Rex who she's been training as a service dog. I cried so much when she had to let him go... It was devastating. This book was beautiful and sad and it deserves higher up on the list.
This book is so not sad.
A sad book but not as sad as tfious
Very sad... You get so connected to Enzo and his family and then poof it's gone... But I treasure those hours
This is my favorite book, and it never fails to make me cry. - Rottenboy22
Extremely sad book... And very well written also!
One of the saddest books I've EVER read
It was so sad.
Think of everything the sister could've been. She was so smart. I cried.
It is about these people that live in space after a devastating nuclear war. 300 years later the government sends 100 juvenile delinquents to colonize Earth and see if it's safe. I can't spoil much more. This book series is very depressing.
I thought it was just a show
The end was really depressing and I cried a lot
I had a deep sadness after reading it
Wow... A list about depressing books and Wuthering Heights is ranked last -,- What is wrong with you people?
Basically depressing and shows the dark side of humanity without resorting to Sci-Fi plots
One of those books that stays with you. Undoubtedly a downer but the emotion that Hemingway pulls from the reader makes AFTA a true masterpiece.
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2. Old Yeller - Fred Gipson
3. The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
2. Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls
3. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green