Every once in a while, we all need a good cry. Pent-up emotions need to be released, and any reader will tell you that the best way to open up the floodgates is with the perfect book. From the silent sob to the ugly cry, readers are no stranger to crying because of a really beautiful read. Inspired by Nina LaCour’s upcoming We Are Okay (a total sobfest), read on for ten types of crying every reader has experienced – and a book recommendation for each one!
“That was so beautiful” tears
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour: There will be soft, gentle, life affirming tears because this read is lovely and lonely and sad, but hopeful.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys: You will ruin all of your makeup because no one can prepare you for Ruta Sepetys feels.
The Last Star by Rick Yancey: You will not cry silently, because this is the end and you just. can’t.
Still Life with Tornado by A. S. King: There will be delicate, gentle tears from this soft and sad reveal.
Crying because you remembered that one part
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: You’re going about your life and you remember that one part and you have to read the book again to relive the tears.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher: Sometimes you need to take a minute and just cry by yourself for a bit.
Crying with a friend
I Was Here by Gayle Forman: Other times you need to share the cry with your BFF.
Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer: For all the times that you need to laugh until you cry and then cry a little bit more.
The Merciless by Danielle Vega: Sometimes you need to be so scared that you cry a little.
A single tear
Half Lost by Sally Green: A single tear, because the conclusion to this magical trilogy is so satisfying, but so sad.
Ready to start crying? Start with We Are Okay by Nina LaCour!