5 Books That Made Me Ugly Cry

1 - A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Why you gotta punch me right in the heart machine, Patrick Ness? A story so lovely I read it in an evening. An evening that ended in tears. I will give away nothing, just read it.

Tear Level: A slow, sad trickle. 

Movie releases October 2016.

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting-- he's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It's ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd-- whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself-- Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined. -Description from Amazon-

2 - Me Before You

I thought I would be immune to this book. I was so wrong. You can't help but fall in love with it, even though you know it's going to break your heart.

Tear Level: Weeping eyes, snotty nose, silent sobs into your pillow. 

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. - Description from Amazon - 

3 - Little Women

You can't even say the name Beth around me without tears springing into my eyes. Beth. Oh, Beth. *wails*

Tear Level: Throw the book on the floor, tears streaming down your face, cause you're so pissed the world can be so unfair.

But seriously though, if you haven't read this yet what are you even doing with your life?

4 - Mosquitoland

Mim is my fictional alter-ego. She spouts just as much glorious nonsense as I do, which is really saying something. I laughed so much reading this! But after the laughs, David Arnold sneaks in a few heart punches. I read this in a day and found myself crying on the couch in a pile of pillows by the end of it. Plus it's one of my favorite covers of all known time. Just saying.

Tear Level: You can lie and tell people you were just chopping onions. 

I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange. After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland. So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane. -Description from Amazon-

5 - Shutter Island

I have never cried about a book like I cried after Shutter Island. I remember the day I finished this perfectly. I was laying on the bed, tangled in fluffy blankets, and when I read the last twenty pages? I lost it. LOST IT. There were tears the size of crocodiles, snot bubbles, the works - it was rough. You're probably wondering why I cried reading a thriller/mystery/suspense novel following an investigator as he determines the scene of the crime in a mental institution...  The answer? I don't know. It's not a normal reaction. It just really hit me. It was like that book reached into my heart and bitch slapped my left ventricle. It spoke to me. I don't know what to tell you other than I'm not alone. Thanks to the powers of bookstagram, I know of at least one other weirdo who also lost their shit reading this. Will you join us sobbing messes?

Tear Level: A river running down your face accompanied by an island of snot bubbles and quiet whimpering. 

The basis for the blockbuster motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Shutter Island by New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane is a gripping and atmospheric psychological thriller where nothing is quite what it seems. The New York Times callsShutter Island, “Startlingly original.” The Washington Post raves, “Brilliantly conceived and executed.” A masterwork of suspense and surprise from the author of Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone, ShutterIsland carries the reader into a nightmare world of madness, mind control, and CIA Cold War paranoia and is unlike anything you’ve ever read before. -Description from Amazon-