Top Ten Tuesday Rewind: Top Ten Books That Broke My Heart A Little

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke And The Bookish.  Every week, people from all over are invited to share their own Top 10 lists based on the bookish topic of the week.  You can find all Top 10 Tuesdays here.

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Top Ten Books That Broke My Heart A Little

Looking through the list of past TTT topics, this one jumped out at me.  I’ve never noticed this one before, but I really like this topic.  Some books are just so heartbreaking, and I just feel for the characters because they go through so much.  If I ever need a good cry, it’s highly likely I’ll read one of the books on this list.

  1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.  Augustus dying was so sad, and my heart broke for Hazel.  I’ve read it a couple times since my initial reading of it, and I’ve cried harder every single time, knowing what happens.  
  2. If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman.  You can’t have one without the other, and they’re so connected…my heart broke- first for Mia, and then for Adam.
  3. Beautiful by Amy Reed.  This one broke my heart because Cassie and her descent in drugs and sex at 13 was haunting.
  4. Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas.  The heartbreaking thing about this one is this: that Anke felt like something was wrong with her because she wasn’t abused.  You don’t think about the one person in the family who isn’t abused, which makes it all the more heartbreaking.
  5. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.  This is one of those books that I can’t get out of my head.  Lennie grieving over her sister was so real that it was heart-breaking, and I felt like I was right there with her.
  6. Hate List by Jennifer Brown.  I couldn’t stop crying for, like, 5 minutes after I read Hate List, and my heart broke for Valerie because of the way people treated her after the school shooting.
  7. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott.  This one was such an emotional book, and Alice’s story was heartbreaking because you saw what life was like for Alice, how she longed for the death that Ray talked about.
  8. Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan.  This one…poor Emma!  I mean, she ALMOST DIES because her aunt never wanted to take her in, and it’s heartbreaking that she counted the days until graduation so she could leave home.
  9. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson.  What interesting about me picking Wintergirls for this list, is that I decided to go with Wintergirls instead of Speak.  But I went with Wintergirls because of Lia’s journey to recovery from anorexia, and it’s haunting and heartbreaking, and I just wanted Lia to be okay, even though I knew it wouldn’t be easy for her.
  10. Still Alice by Lisa Genova.  Alice’s story was heartbreaking because she slowly succumbed to early-onset Alzheimer’s.  It’s sad, and what makes it even more heartbreaking is that it does happen to people.
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2 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday Rewind: Top Ten Books That Broke My Heart A Little

  1. The only one I’ve read off this list if The Fault in Our Stars, and I definitely cried while reading it! I usually find that if a book can actually bring out such strong emotions in me, it ends up as a favorite. I might have to check out some of these other books for that reason! Especially the Gayle Foreman books. I’ve seen them everywhere but haven’t gotten my hands on them yet. Great list!

    • I’ve decided that The Fault In Our Stars is a book I can’t read in public because of me crying every single time I read it. I love the Gayle Foreman books, and I’m glad I read them!

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