Monday, February 13, 2012

Ton Top Tuesdays: Books That Broke Your Heart

Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.
Now the original title of this was 'Books that broke your heart a little.' I decided to drop the little and post books that absolutely shattered me. I love me some saddness, can't help it. Don't get me wrong I like a happy ending, but I always found myself drawn to book that hurt you so badly you don't know how there could possibly be a happy ending. Alright bring on the tear jerkers!


1. Anything by Cassandra Clare but specifically Clockwork Prince.
Clare is a master at setting up these beautiful relationships you can't help but root for. Annnndddd then she tears everyhing apart. Oh but wait, here's a tiny bit of hope to cling to. Oh wait again, just kidding! For the Infernal Devices series, I can't see a happy ending. Someone is going to be hurt. And more than likely, someone is going to be dead. Cassandra Clare, you brilliant, heartless bitch.

(I love Cassandra Clare. I don't really think she's a bitch. No one take that seriously.)

2. Atonement by Ian McEwan
Saddest book ever. And movie. I can only handle watching the movie like once a year, even though it's one of my absolute favorite. It just hurts too much. There is no happy ending to be found here. Not for anyone.

3. Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
While most of these books break your heart in some way, but this one was the worse. Seeing Dimitri as a Strigoi was the worst. Worse than thinking he had dead. It broke my heart so bad.

4. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls 
I don't think I could read this book again. It is a wonderful book. But it is completely heartbreaking. A young boy and his dogs. It is a wonderfully sad but hopefully story. As someone who has had dogs her entire life, I know how hard losing a pet can be. I remember just sobbing when we read it in class in elementary school, and I haven't been able to bring myself to read it again. Too much for me.

5. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
This book starts out with a death. And while this one ends on a note of hope, watching the main character trying to deal with the death was so heartbreaking. Especially because she feels like she can't talk to anyone about it. She had a secret relationship with her best friends brother and  he died before they could tell him. It was just the worst. But what a wonderful story.

6. For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison
One of the worst deaths in a series ever. I am still mad at Harrison for killing Kisten. We are like five books later and it makes me sad all the time. I loved him so much. I will probably never forgive her.

7. Bridge to Terabithia bgy Katherine Paterson
What a beautifully sad story. Losing a friend at that age, I can't even imagine. But somehow the boy survives it. And doesn't lose his brilliant imagination. I just loved it. Even though it was hard to continue after her death. I'm glad I did though.

8. Gone by Lisa McMann 
This was the last book in the Wake series. And it. I mean, I can't even explain it. It was happy, or as happy as it could be. It was kind of a no win situation. Janie's life was going to be short and hard, but she was making the most of it. It just hurt.

9. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson 
Another book that starts with a death. I should seriously consider stop reading books that start that way. But I love them. And this is a wonderful story. It was sad and beautiful and fantastic. 

10. Graceling by Kristen Cashore 
Another bittersweet ending that nearly killed me. It wasn't anywhere near fair what happened to Po, but I guess it worked out in the end. Still the tears were flowing that's for sure.

I can't wait to see your guys picks! I love books that make me cry and cannot wait to discover new ones!

What's your Top Ten?


Michelle said...

Red Fern and Terabithia- they broke my heart a lot when I first read them, and they continue to. Twenty Boy Summer and Atonement were pretty wrenching. Even though Atonement is such an incredible film, I haven't been able to bring myself to watch it again. It just wrecked me- so devastating.

Darlene said...

A lot of blogs have listed Clockwork Prince and I definitely understand why. I had so many mixed feelings. I just wanted to shout out, “I LOVE THEM BOTH SO MUCH! WHY MUST SHE ONLY PICK ONE!"

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