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8 Books That Will Make You Cry


If you’re not crying at 4 AM, you’re doing it wrong. So grab some tissues and start scrolling because we’ve rounded up 8 books that made us remember why waterproof mascara was invented:


I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Cody’s on a journey to find out why her best friend Meg decided to end her life, but what she’ll discover is that you can never truly know what’s in someone’s heart.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Inspired by the greatest maritime tragedy in the history of the world, this is the story of four young people who come into each other’s lives at the end of WWII. SALT TO THE SEA comes out February 2nd but you can start reading it here!

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Twins Jude and Noah were once inseparable, but after a tragedy hits too close to home, they’re not speaking. This is a story about the people who live in our hearts that will make you want to hug the person next to you.

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Ever since Haley’s father came back from Iraq, the pair has been on the run from the demons that still haunt him. Finally, they’ve returned to his hometown, but is this truly the chance at a normal life Haley’s been missing?

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

When Mim Malone learns that her mom is sick, she sets off on a thousand mile journey to get back home. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this book is the road trip your heart’s been missing.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

When Mia loses her family in a car accident that barely spares her life, she must decide between fighting and letting go. It’s a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we make.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why unveils just how much we affect those around us each and every day, and will change the way you see people entirely.

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

It doesn’t matter how many re-reads it’s been since the first time you read the epic love story of cancer patients Hazel and Augustus. You will cry.

You’re not alone. Here are 10 types of crying that every reader is familiar with.


10 Love Stories Gone Wrong

We all love a good love story…but not all love stories necessarily have smooth courses (or happy endings). Come to think of it, a lot of love stories have a few bumps (or 200) along the way. Here are 10 love stories that don’t go quite as you’d expect!   The Love that Split the World by … Continued
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12 Books to Read If You’re Obsessed With Musical Theater

Do you sing Hamilton in the shower? Wicked in your car? Geeking out to Six the Musical on a regular basis? Here are the musical theater books for you.   The Alex and Eliza Trilogy by Melissa de la Cruz Hey Hamilton lovers, this one is for you. The Alex and Eliza Trilogy is the love story … Continued
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Excerpt Alert: Rebelwing

Happy #FridayReads! Did someone say robot dragons?! This week, we’re reading Rebelwing by Andrea Tang. Read the excerpt below! Chapter 1   The Drop   The whole mess was a long time coming, but the drama really began when the long, sleek snout of a plasma gun interrupted Pru’s breakfast.   “Good morning,” said Alex, black-eyed gaze intent over … Continued
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7 Alternate Histories to Answer Your Biggest “What If’s…”

Historical fiction is great, but sometimes you need your history with a twist. What if one thing had changed about your favorite historical time period? We’ve rounded up 7 reads that answer some of our favorite “what if’s”.   What if America had lost the Revolutionary War? The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Roberton (Cremer) After years … Continued
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Excerpt Alert: The Small Crimes of Tiffany Templeton

Excerpt alert! This week we’re reading The Small Crimes of Tiffany Templeton by Richard Fifield. The Serpent King meets Girl in Pieces in this moving and darkly funny story about a teenage girl coming of age and learning how to grieve in small-town Montana. Scroll down to start reading! The court-appointed advocate dropped me off at two o’clock in the morning. … Continued
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6 Books to Cuddle Up With

Winter is the best time to be a reader because no one tries to force you to go outside and be “active,” leaving you with plenty of time to cuddle up with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book. Below are a few of our favorites to get all snuggly with, and the … Continued
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4 O.G. YA Romances That Must Be Remembered

For many of us book nerds, YA romances were what helped us start to learn what love is. (The PINING. Oh, that unforgettable PINING. 💔) If you’re looking for some romances to cozy up with indoors right now, then we’re here to remind you of some of the ORIGINAL YA romances that some of us … Continued
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Excerpt Alert: A Phoenix First Must Burn

A Phoenix First Must Burn is a collection of sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic. Evoking Beyoncé’s Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler’s heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals. A … Continued
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10 Books That Will Destroy Your Heart (And Help You Heal)

As the incomparable Mara from Aaron Starmer’s explosive novel Spontaneous sagely said, “No one buying a book cares about metaphors and all that crap. All they want to do is cry.” We all have that book that we sobbed through, or books we return to when we’re in need of a good old fashioned feels … Continued
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Top Dragon Book Recommendations…by Author Andrea Tang!

Andrea Tang’s debut, Rebelwing, is hitting shelves THIS.MONTH. We are so psyched to join Prudence Wu on the back of a cybernetic dragon in an epic escape from a smuggling deal gone VERY wrong. If you are here for dragons, dystopia, or action-packed plot, make sure to add this one to the top of your February TBR! … Continued
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