16 Books That Will Make You Cry, So You Better Prepare A Full Box Of Tissues

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Be it because of a bad day or an epic break up, we all have those moments when we just need to throw ourselves a face-scrunching, nose-running, shoulder-heaving bawl session. Sometimes (now don’t hate me here), I kind of want that really good cry without having to search the DVR for a Nicholas Sparks film starring Ryan Gosling’s face — OK, so this doesn’t happen all that often, but when it does a gal wants to be prepared, am I right? And what better way to get those waterworks going than to pick up a book guaranteed to make you cry?

I’ll admit, my own days of tearing up over books go all the way back to when American Girl Kirsten Larson lost her best friend Marta on the journey to America; and that time when Mary Anne’s house burnt down in Baby-sitters Club Book #131. Since then, I’ve become something of an expert at crying while reading — that is: shedding a few tears without dampening the book’s pages into a wet wrinkle I’ll regret later. Try to master that skill before diving in to any of the books here because, from beginning to end, these stories will tug at your heartstrings, and make you shed a tear or two. Or, you know, 200 (the ones about dogs always get me the most, but they’re just SO GOOD.)

Keep the tissue box within reach — you’re gonna need it. Here are 16 books that will definitely give you that good old fashioned cry you’re looking for.

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