I remember tackling“Gone with the wind” when I was 14, struggling to read through the tears which dripped onto the pages. Oh, I was such a romantic then!Yet I still love books that rip you apart and leave you gutted. So here are my top 5 tear-inducing reads:

#1 A monster calls by Patrick Ness – do you have to be a parent or have experienced the death of a loved one to really gush over this book? My pillow was soaked by the end, then I curled up under my bedcovers and sobbed some more.

#2  Last night I sang to the monster by Benjamin Alire Saenz – Zach awakes in rehab, unable to remember how he got there. He doesn’t want to remember, because deep down he knows that remembering will hurt more than trying to remain numb. Bit of a cheesy ending but so beautifully written….

#3  Sanctuary by Kate De Goldi (and Closed Stranger too)  When are you going to write some more teen novels, Kate? Read this years ago, cried so hard could barely read in places. Partly because some of the things that happened had also been part of my own  life experience.

#4 The Chaos walking triology by Patrick Ness – this man knows how to pull your heart strings. The knife of never letting go, The Ask and the Answer, and Monsters of Men – an emotional roller-coaster of a read for teens and adults too.

#5 My sister lives on the mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher  – Such a funny, warm real story about a family coping when their daughter has been killed in a terrorist bomb attack – laughed and sobbed!

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  1. Kathy White says:

    I loved Kate de Goldi’s award-winning book called The 10pm Question, which was published after the two you mention. Melina Marchetta is another author that tugs at my heart.

    • teenwairead says:

      Hey, great to hear from you! It seems that more people have read The 10 pm question than the two of Kate’s books that I mention. While I liked The 10pm question, it wasn’t such an emotional read for me. Believe it or not I haven’t yet read one of Melina Marchetta’s books – must remedy that!

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