Quarantine has brought back one of my favorite ways to pass time… reading! If you’re like me, a good book is an absolute necessity, especially in these times. I’ve done my fair share of reading -- probably a little too much reading. So today, I’m here to share some of my favorite books that, whether or not you want them to, will probably elicit some tears.
All the Bright Places
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven follows the story of two teenagers that are the complete opposites of each other. The story alternates between points of view, but ultimately weaves a beautiful tale of the bond that is formed between the two main characters, Violet and Finch. You will fall in love with both of these characters from the very beginning. Before you decide to start reading this book, make sure you are comfortable with the heavy topics discussed. It’s a truly lovely book (that may or may not have been a pun…) with a unique storyline.
The Hunger Games
If you haven’t had a chance to read this series yet, now is the time! This series by Suzanne Collins is a wild ride from start to finish. It tells the story of a fantasy world where each year 24 children are sent to an arena to fight to their deaths on live television. Although it may sound a little brutal at first, the book is actually written in a very teen-friendly format. The relationships formed in this novel are sometimes unexpected and beautiful, which makes this book just so much better.
Not After Everything
Not After Everything by Michelle Levy is about a teenage boy living in an abusive household. It deals with many important topics like suicide, substance abuse, and even love. It’s a beautifully written story that will definitely make you cry at some point. The character development in this story is like no other, and the main character, Tyler, often finds himself in the most unprecedented of situations. It really makes you realize the importance of finding people that will support you through life.
These are just a few of my favorite sad books, and I am still on a journey to find more! If you have already read All The Bright Places, I recommend also watching the movie! It is available on Netflix and has a really good rating of 6.5/10 on IMDB. If you have not yet read the book, then the movie might be a little confusing. Anyway, if you have ANY book recommendations, I would love to hear about them in the comments!