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

1 Night - Elie Wiesel

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

Absolutely becomes even sadder when you learn it's a true story.

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2 Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls

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

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3 Old Yeller - Fred Gipson

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

4 The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

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.

This has been the only book till now which has actually been able to bring tears to my eyes and also made me grumble about-
-Augustus's death. I seriously couldn't stand it. SOB! SOB!

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5 Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

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.

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

Really heart touching book

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6 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - David Fickling

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."

I think this story is the saddest next to stone fox

I'm currently reading doesn't seem sad. Yet.

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7 The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank

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

8 My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult

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.

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9 Allegiant - Veronica Roth

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.

Read the whole Divergent series and it sure was pretty sad but it cannot be compared to a true depressing book...

Why Veronica Roth? Me and my friend hugged eachother at school and burst into tears because Tris! This whole adventure, how awesome she was... I want to cry right now.

10 Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes

I read this in 8th grade and it destroyed me

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

The Contenders

11 The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky

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.

12 The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

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.

13 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

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.

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14 Band of Brothers - Stephen E. Ambrose

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

15 Wonder - R. J. Palacio

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

Never judge a boy by his face

16 The Power of One - Bryce Courtenay

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!

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17 The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
18 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling

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_mt

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19 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

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

20 The Road - Cormac McCarthy

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

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Top Remixes

1. Night - Elie Wiesel
2. Old Yeller - Fred Gipson
3. The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
1. Old Yeller - Fred Gipson
2. Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls
3. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green



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