Have you ever read a book that came at you like a punch to the gut — short and painful? I've rounded up a list of nine short, sad novels you should read the next time you're in need of a good cry, and I encourage you to pick at least one of them up A.S.A.P., especially if you've never read a "gut-punch" novel.
Happy endings are great, but I like sad books, movies, and other media better. Probably because the world is a pretty sad place a lot of the time, those books just seem more realistic to me than the ones with narratives that are all wrapped up in neat and tidy bows.
Even if sad books aren't your thing, I strongly believe that you should have them on your bookshelves and TBR, so you're ready when the situation calls for you to read one of them. If you don't already have a Goodreads shelf full of sad books at your disposal, you should definitely start one today. I've got the first nine entries laid out for you on the list below, and with each one clocking in at less than 300 pages, you'll be able to knock any of them out over the course of a one-day crying jag, easy.