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8 Books to make you Cry

8 Books that will make you Cry

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Lou Clark is hired to help with Will Traynor’s care. He’s a wealthy action junkie who, after an accident, becomes a quadriplegic. He doesn’t want her helping him and is finding it almost impossible to cope with being reliant on others for everything. Slowly though they become friends and then fall in love. Despite the way the story was going, I still was taken aback by the ending and sobbed so much that I had to go to another room so as not to disturb my family. Heartbreakingly good.

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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. This was another book that I’d heard people praising, but the thought of reading about      didn’t appeal to me. One day I opened the first page, just to have a quick look to see the beginning and couldn’t stop reading until I’d finished. This book tells the story of a shocking murder. The book is narrated by the murdered teenager trying to implicate the neighbour who killed her from the ‘other side’ It was heart-breaking to see how her sister and parents grieved, all the while not being aware that she was trying to make contact to them and tell them what had happened to her. Shocking and compelling.

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Atonement by Ian McEwan

This book tells the story of Briony who as a young child tells a lie that causes repercussions to travel through decades. From her start as a spoilt young girl, she grows up to become a nurse in wartime London trying to atone for the dreadful mistake she made that scarred the life of her older sister, Cecelia and Celia’s lover, Robbie. Books about war often make me cry and this one was especially sad.

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The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas by John Boyne

This book was recommended to me by my daughter, who had to read it for school. I had seen excellent reviews for this book but didn’t feel compelled to read it and only did so because she had asked me to. Bruno, is the 9-year-old son of the Auschwitz commandant. Despite witnessing shocking treatment by his family of people brought into his home to work as servants, he seems vaguely oblivious to the seriousness of what is happening around him. He befriends a Jewish boy incarcerated at the camp and they begin conversing secretly through the wire fence. This is a fairly short book and I can remember reading the last couple chapter willing the story to end differently. Shocking, but brilliantly written.

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I only read this book about ten years ago when my son, who was reading it at school, suggested I should. This book about two children, Scout and Jem Finch, living in 1930s Alabama, where the long summer days pass slowly and everyone gossips about what happened to Boo Radley and the sadness surrounding Tom Robinson. Their father, Atticus Finch, is a lawyer. He’s doing his best to defend an African American who has been accused of raping a white woman. Despite the children’s father’s best intentions to defend this man as best he can, you can’t help feeling desperate for the accused and the prejudices he faces.

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The Beauty Chorus by Kate Lord Brown

Nicknamed by the fighter pilots, this story is set during WW2 this book covers a year in the lives of three women who join the ATA, delivering planes to the RAF at airfields across the UK. There’s glamorous and brave Evie, the daughter of a wealthy self-made man whose vicious wife loathes her; secretive Stella who has recently returned to England from Singapore and is grieving for what she’s lost and for her baby son who she’s left behind in Ireland, and Megan, coping with the loss of her brother and the farm her parents are wanting to give up. This is a beautifully crafted book with twist and turns that had me laughing and crying from one moment to the next.

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The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Set in 1964 in Southern Carolina, Lily Owens lives on a peach farm with her father. After family servant, Rosaleen upsets some of the locals, Lily runs away with her determined to find out more about her mysterious absent mother. They are taken in by three beekeeper sisters, May June and August Boatright and as they learn about beekeeping and making honey Lily slowly discovers why her mother left when she was younger. It’s a sad tale of difficult beginnings and growth with a hopeful look to the future.

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Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

I read this book about twenty years ago but have never forgotten the discovery of the depths of poverty that some people had to survive. This book is told from a young boy, Frank’s perspective about life with his siblings and his mother, Angela as she struggles to survive through abject poverty, loss and disappointment from 1930s Brooklyn tenements in New. A heart-breaking story of poverty, struggling to survive, loss and humour. I loved it.

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