It seems pretty weird recommending books that make you cry. Buuuut, I’ll be honest sometimes it’s exactly what you need and want. Now, my disclaimer for this post is that each of these books actually made me cry. Like, proper tears. So maybe don’t read these in public.
Just by reading the blurb you can form an idea of what the book’s going to be about. I mean there’s twins involved and foreshadowing of doom. There were a few things I really loved about this book though. Firstly it’s set in Australia, which makes the story feel that bit more relatable to me. Secondly, I love anything and everything to do with surf culture, beach culture and the ocean. That’s what originally made me pick up the book. However, what I think really makes this book stand out is Hardcastle’s portrayal of grief. It’s raw and it’s real.
Firstly, this was the first book that ever made me cry. The blurb on goodreads doesn’t give too much away so I’ll try the same. The books main character is named Mia and one day Mia’s family goes for a drive and there’s an accident. Essentially, the story is focused on Mia’s out of body experience where she is trying to choose whether to live or die. This book becomes even more heartbreaking when you realise Gayle Forman’s inspiration for this book comes from a family she once knew.
In All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven has done an excellent job of writing about mental illness. As I was reading the reviews of goodreads I noticed a lot of people thought the book was too similar to The Fault in our Stars. You know, two teens meet, fall in love, sadness ensues. However, I would argue they are two very different stories. While yes, they fall in love and sadness ensues, Niven has explained both characters different point of views. You can start to understand how it must feel to be overcome with mental illness, such as depression. Most importantly though, Niven has written about how the decisions we make will impact family and friends. Because, unfortunately, not every story has a happy ending.
This book is about two best friends from two different worlds. As the blurb mentions Meg commits suicide and Cody is left wondering why her best friend would do such a thing. This book documents how the people left behind, although they may not understand, are forced to make peace. The main message I got from this book was that it doesn’t matter how close you are to someone, you can never really know what they’re feeling inside.