Hi everyone! Today I want to talk about the books that broke my heart and made me cry my eyes out in 2019. I’m not someone who cries often while reading, so when it happens it means I truly cared for the characters and felt connected to their story and what was happening to them. 2019 proved that I mostly cry when a character loses someone they love, it’s something that impacts me deeply and makes me emotional so, before getting into this list, I want to mention that all of these books include either the death of a love one or a loved one with a terminal disease, so a trigger warning for that.
This list goes from the books that made me feel like someone was stabbing me in the heart to the ones that made me feel like my heart was being ripped out of my chest and squeezed until it burst. Without further ado, here they are:
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The Astonishing Color of After wins the award for the book that has made me cry the fastest in my entire life. I was 10% into this when I started crying, which I didn’t think it was possible. This is the only book I have ever read that had it’s more emotional and devastating part (at least for me) at the very beginning. This deals with depression and suicide and with a daughter’s grief after losing her mother and it was very hard to read.
Have You Seen Marie? was a beautiful and heartfelt book, I honestly can’t believe Sandra Cisneros managed to convey so many feelings in such a short and simple story. This was inspired by the death of Cisneros mother and the real and raw emotion is evident in the writing and it makes this book poignant and powerful.
Darius the Great is not Okay deals with very serious issues and it includes a lot of sad and emotional scenes, but the one that made me cry was the most heartbreaking airport scene I have ever read, I felt like someone was stabbing my heart repetively while I was reading it. The combination of complicated family dynamics, immigration and terminal disease made that scene feel so real and devastating.
The Simple Wild is a bittersweet book in a lot of ways, but the aspect of this story that moved me the most was the complicated father/daughter relationship, seeing it evolve was beautiful, seeing Calla go feeling anger and disappointment to forgiveness and love was touching and if you add the heartbreaking love story between Calla’s parents, then it’s easy to understand why this book broke my heart into a million pieces with the cancer storyline. The whole idea of running out of time just when you want more time the most destroyed me.
Don’t Date Rosa Santos was supposed to be a fun and fluffy contemporary and it was, but it was also so much more than what I was expecting. Complicated family dynamics are something I love and I enjoy seeing relationships between family members evolve and be more honest and open. But when those relationships get to a better place just for something to happen and cut time short is devastating for me every single time. The idea of running out of time to work on the relationships with the people you love the most is so heartbreaking.
Those were the books that made me cry in 2019, what books made you cry last year? If you have some recommendations of great books that made you cry, let me know!
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