Top Ten Saddest Books

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21 The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett

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.

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23 The Death Cure - James Dashner

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.

R.I.P sweet Bloody shank

24 1984 - George Orwell

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 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

25 Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins

Made me cry when buttercup and katniss are mourning prim.

Poor prim! Same here random person, same here

Another series where I started sobbing. - PianoQueen

This book is already on the list.

26 A Child Called It - Dave Pelzer

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

27 Stone Fox

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

28 She's Come Undone - Wally Lamb
29 If I Stay - Gayle Forman
30 Freak the Mighty

I read it for a novel study and a young kid dies.

31 The Bad Beginning - Daniel Handler

This is the saddest book in the galaxy! It made me wanna cry so much I felt like throwing it in the fire!

32 Ostrich Boys - Keith Gray

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

33 What the Dog Said - Randi Reisfeld

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.

34 The Giver - Lois Lowry

This book is so not sad.

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35 The Art of Racing In the Rain - Garth Stein

Very sad... You get so connected to Enzo and his family and then poof it's gone... But I treasure those hours

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36 The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo

Extremely sad book... And very well written also!

37 The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman

One of the saddest books I've EVER read

38 Looking for Alaska - John Green

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

39 The 100 - Kass Morgan

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.

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40 We Were Liars - E. Lockhart

The end was really depressing and I cried a lot

I had a deep sadness after reading it

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