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10 Sad Books Recommendations to Make You Ugly Cry

Books can evoke a wide range of emotions, including grief and heartbreak. Empathy for the characters or situations they're in can be cultivated through excellent writing and effective descriptions.

Nothing gets my waterworks going like heart-wrenching books with convicted characters or desperate situations. Below is a list of books written by some of the best authors in the world that would get you feeling all kinds of undesirable emotions. Books can evoke a wide range of emotions, including grief and heartbreak. Empathy for the characters.

10 Sad Books Recommendations to Make You Ugly Cry

1. Everything I Never Told You

Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee; a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue - in Marilyn's case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James's case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the centre of every party. But Lydia is under pressures that have nothing to do with growing up in 1970s small town Ohio. Her father is an American born of first-generation Chinese immigrants, and his ethnicity, and hers, make them conspicuous in any setting.

When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, James is consumed by guilt and sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to make someone accountable, no matter what the cost. Lydia's older brother, Nathan, is convinced that local bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it's the youngest in the family - Hannah - who observes far more than anyone realizes and who may be the only one who knows what really happened. Everything I Never Told You is a gripping page-turner, about secrets, love, longing, lies and race.

2. We Were Liars

The novel We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is a shocking and twisted tale about the seemingly perfect Sinclair family who hides their secrets, lies, and flaws behind their tall and handsome builds.

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The story takes place on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts, where the Sinclair family spends their summers. The New York Times Bestselling novel is narrated by 17-year-old olf Cadence Sinclair, who spends her summers on her grandfather's island, where her entire family gets together every year. Cadence has a very close-knit relationship with her two teenage cousins Johnny and Miriam as well as Gat, her uncle's step-son who joins them on the island every year.

The story centers around a mysterious tragedy that occurred two years prior when Cadence was 15. This summer was spent falling in love with Gat and spending time with her cousins. Toward the end of the summer, Cadence has an accident or breakdown of sorts. Due to the trauma and possible amnesia, Cadence can’t remember what happened.

With migraines and pills clouding her judgment, 17-year-old Cadence goes to the island again, determined to discover the truth of what happened two years ago. Perhaps my favorite aspect of this book is the sentence structures. The prose isn’t elegant, and the structure isn’t restrained. Instead, the structure is messy and fractured, mirroring Cadence’s mental state throughout the novel. The bo