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    Default Saddest Book You've Ever Read?

    The title explains it all. If you wish to elaborate on why it's the saddest, please put it in a spoiler.

    For me, it's The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan.

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    I don't remember reading a lot of books that made me cry, honestly. I'm pretty stoic when it comes to reading if only because if I like something, I don't like getting interrupted--blurry vision included. The only one I can think of right now is "Charly" by Jack Weyland. Members here most likely don't know who he is, but he's a Mormon author who's pretty well-known in the Mormon community. "Charly" is his most famous book which was also turned into a movie (which was okay, book was so much better if only because it felt timeless despite hinting it takes place in the '80s).

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    The book has a sequel, but it's okay. Not as emotionally-packed as "Charly" is, which still remained one of my favorite books.

    So yeah. I'm sure there's one other book that has probably made me weep (nope, didn't cry reading Where the Red Fern Grows), but I can't think of it.
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    Well, I always feel miserable after reading the sixth Harry Potter book. I don't think it's the saddest one I've ever read, though. That title could go to Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven. It's very sad, but also a little revitalizing. I might have said The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, but that one is ended in a deliberately unemotional style, and works in wider topics along the way than the main individual's life, so that I found I wasn't as emotionally invested.

    I'm sure I'm forgetting some very good candidates.

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    Make fun of me all you want but The Great Gatsby always gets me. Such an amazing book.

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    Well the ending of mice and men. It really was a good book but once you realize what's going to happen in the end it becomes really sad.

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    i thought the end of Nineteen Eighty-Four was really sad apparently the next book in my queue (On the Beach by Nevil Shute) is a tear jerker too so i'm looking forward to reading that on the train from LA to Seattle
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    Laugh if you will, but mine are Harry Potter 6 and 7, Mockingjay, and the Series of Unfortunate Events books. Pretty sad to me, lol. On a more serious note, The Child Called It was extremely depressing, and made my hatred for abusive parents grow to new extremes.
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    I don't really read sad books, but The Fault in Our Stars was pretty sad.
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    http://www.michaelrosen.co.uk/sadbook.jpg

    i wish there was some way i could cheer it up...




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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmareisalive View Post
    Well the ending of mice and men. It really was a good book but once you realize what's going to happen in the end it becomes really sad.
    You reminded me of one: Flowers for Algernon. That's a misery-maker, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjunior3 View Post
    On a more serious note, The Child Called It was extremely depressing, and made my hatred for abusive parents grow to new extremes.
    That was a very hard book to read. Dear God... I never wanted to read it again after I finished it, I gave the book right back to the library or friend or whoever/wherever once I finished the last page.

    And the Series of Unfortunate Events books were fun to read, but the story got worse (in terms of events, not story-telling). So I was happy to reach the end, but then it got depressing again. The Baudelaires never got a break...

    Oh yeah, about the sixth Harry Potter book, the shock wasn't too bad for me, if only because Mom sorta-kinda spoiled it by saying, "The person who died was who I thought it was." So I kinda wasn't looking forward to it, but even then, I stared at the page once I reached it. (Meanwhile, the movie kinda killed it... I felt nothing in the movie theater.) Same with the last book. I was actually a bit relieved it was finished, honestly. I haven't reread Harry Potter since.
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    A Thousand Splendid Suns was overly sad. I hate the author after reading it.
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    Well, they aren't English though, I read mostly Dutch books for my book report and they don't contain much feelings,... The words aren't really speaking to me e.e I don't like the Dutch language.

    But! I've cried over fanfictions, I usually never try out drama, but dayumm that story was so great that it totally got me hooked up.

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    Wonder by R.J. Palacio is really sad. It made me cry quite a bit throughout the book but the end is really happy.

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    Twilight Saga: New Moon

    Its sadder than the movie. I cried for like an hour when Edward left Bella. But HELL my friend beat me. She said she cried for 2-3 hours >_> nya~

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    I always feel sad after reading The Order of the Phoenix. It's certainly a climax in terms of raw emotion and devastation in the series, and it's still my favorite HP book.

    Other than that... The Kite Runner was a generally depressing and saddening read, as was Tom's Midnight Garden (although I was pretty young when I first read it, and any consequent sadness I feel when reading it in the present now can probably be owed to nostalgia rather than actual plot-induced sadness).
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    Quote Originally Posted by moot View Post
    i thought the end of Nineteen Eighty-Four was really sad
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    I almost shed some tears writing that.

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    I read this A LONG time ago, but I remember it being quite sad. How to Kill a Mockingbird. I don't like reading that much but, I read this book cover to cover and I loved it. (It's like 6th grade level book, i know xD).

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    It was the last book in the "last light" series for me.

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    For some reason I got "upset" when reading The Cardturner. It was the only time I've been affected by a book.
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    The Fault In Our Stars was pretty sad. My girlfriend let me borrow the book. I ended up reading it in 2 days cause it was so good and so sad!

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    The only time I cried while reading a book, was The Shawshank Redemption. Oh my gosh, I cried in my class for 10 minutes... 0//0

    I am almost done with Flowers For Algernon, and what I read from a comment, it is sad. God I am not prepared for it...

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    Cujo.

    The second to last paragraph. I cried.

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    Probably Bridge To Terabithia ... was not expecting the plot twist ...

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