So You Wanna Get Your Heart Smashed? Read These BOOKS!

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Hello everyone! ♥

Welcome back to another recommendation post! 😀 We’re well into the rainy season where I live and you know what would be the perfect thing to do during a rainy day? That’s right, curling up in bed with books! Actually, it’ll be the perfect thing to do in ANY weather. Anywayyy, during days like these, I always prefer to read contemporary books over any other genres, preferably books that are sad and will break my heart. Therefore today we’ll be talking about books that will smash our heart right out of its place… figuratively, of course 😛

I think it’s a common knowledge that we bookworms like reading books that make us cry. I guess books like that are more… memorable? Impactful? Either way, I really love that kind of books. Tear jerker is actually one of my favorite tropes, if you could call it a trope. They almost always put me in a hangover but that’s okay, since I regret nothing 😉

P.S. The title of the post is a reference to one of my favorite talent show So You Think You Can Dance. Anybody watch it too? 😛

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THE SERPENT KING BY JEFF ZENTNER

I’m actually gonna use every chance I get to recommend this book and I won’t stop until you all read it 😛 it’s got the most complex and in-depth characters you’ll ever encounter → an angsty musician, a fabulous fashion blogger, and a kind fantasy nerd. Click here to read my review.

Reasons why it’ll probably make you cry

  1. SO. MUCH. FEELS. </3
  2. So many tragic things happen to the best people. One of them is so tragic but it’s going to really move the plot forward
  3. The level of angst OMG!! I’m usually not into teenage angst but this one is so good!
  4. There’s a portrayal of depression
  5. I cried so much when I read this book my head literally hurt. Also I had to put it down a few times to collect myself, so you’ll probably to the same

MORE HAPPY THAN NOT BY ADAM SILVERA

This is my new favorite! More Happy Than Not deals with so many mature and tough issues like death, suicide, grief, sexual identity, violence, love, and friendship. BUT it was handled so flawlessly! ♥ The writing was a bit dense at the beginning but other than that, it was perfect. Click here to read my review.

Reasons why it’ll probably make you cry

  1. Our protagonist Aaron Soto has one of the shittiest life of ever. Among other things that happen there are his father’s death and his own suicide attempt
  2. Like I said above, so many important issues are being tackled here
  3. THE PLOT TWIST WILL BREAK YOUR HEART
  4. There’s a realistic portrayal of depression

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THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE BY JANDY NELSON

Fun fact : when I first read it I didn’t like it and DNF-ed because the purple prose, but then I read I’ll Give You The Sun, loved it, and decided to give this another chance and I LOVED IT ♥ I prefer I’ll Give You the Sun but to me TSIE has its own strength. Click here to read my review.

Reasons why it’ll probably make you cry

  1. It deals with family death and grief. It shows us that when you lose someone, you’ll grieve for that person over and over again.
  2. So much family love ♥
  3. Lover’s quarrel, which I KNOW sounds a bit ridiculous BUT Joe and Lenny’s fights did make me cry :’)

I’LL MEET YOU THERE BY HEATHER DEMETRIOS

Meet my current favorite contemporary! ♥ I kinda resented the fact that NO ONE made me read this sooner because it was SO GOOD? I don’t want you to feel the same so I’m telling you this : read this book! It’s got aaaallll the things I love from contemporary → amazing love story, complex family dynamic, & wonderful friendship! Click here to read my review.

Reasons why it’ll probably make you cry

  1. ALL THE FEELS!
  2. The way the story was told was so raw and emotional you could’ve felt what the characters felt
  3. A realistic portrayal of PTSD and war stories
  4. Another heartbreaking lover’s quarrel!

ME BEFORE YOU BY JOJO MOYES

I read this book before the movie came out just so I’d already know the story when I go to the movie, which is weird because I never end up watching the movie 😂 I never expected to love this book but I did. It was a huge surprise and I loved it. I love the story so much! What a punch in the feels! However, this book has been called out for being problematic and ableist, so you might want to take that into consideration if you’re planning to read this book 🙂 Click here to read my review.

Reasons why it’ll probably make you cry

  1. It was very emotional
  2. Reading how different Will’s life became after the accident and his frustration with it was so heartbreaking
  3. The love story is just… sad
  4. THE ENDING!! P.S. it was a realistic ending for me, but it could also send a wrong message about a disabled’s life.

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Those are five heartbreaking contemporary books I could think of at the moment! I’m always in search for more and I also have some possibly sad books I’m looking forward to read soon! Here they are ♥

 

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Alright everyone, those are my recommendations for sad & heartbreaking contemporary books. Perfect for when you just wanna curl up in bed and read! 😀 Have you read any of these books? What do you think about them? Anywayyy, you know the drill, I’m always looking for recommendations so tell your favorite sad books! ♥

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60 thoughts on “So You Wanna Get Your Heart Smashed? Read These BOOKS!

  1. I still need to read Me Before You and The Serpent King. 🙈 I’ve heard good things about It Ends With Us, but I still haven’t read it yet. History Is All You Left Me is brilliant though. ❤

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  2. Ahhh, I love sad books 🙌🏻 MORE HAPPY THAN NOT 😭😭😭 i’m still not okay bc of that book 😂 I really need to read The Serpent King! I’m also hoping to get to History Is All You Left Me soon!! Some of my fave sad books are The Book Thief, We Were Liars, A Monster Calls and an Australian contemporary called The First Third. They all made me cry so much.

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    • Sad books are THE BEST! 😛 Hahaha yessss that’s the reason why I’m excited to read HIAYLM because I need more of Silvera’s writing in my life ❤ ahh yes I heard The Book Thief & A Monster Calls are really heartbreaking! Both are obviously on my TBR hahaha thank you Lauren! 😀

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  3. I can’t believe I haven’t read any of these books and I love a good cry. But to be honest, it doesn’t take much to get me going. It probably wouldn’t even have to be a sad book! Really great list, I’ll have to add some of these to my TBR list, thanks!

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    • OMG same!! I cry sooo easily like I’m probably the sappiest person when it comes to emotional books?hahaha but rest assured, the books I put on the list are the ones that made me cry the most (plus a lot of other reviewers felt the same, so) and you should totally read them if you like young adult contemporary 😀

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  4. I’ve been in the mood for a good heartbreaking romance (idk if I should really use “good” there, but you get what I mean haha). I’ve already read More Happy Than Not & am currently listening to Me Before You but I want to read all the other ones as well! Great list.

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  5. I can 1000% guarantee you that History Is All You Left Me is FULL OF FEELS. It’s not entirely heartbreaking though, but omg. so. many. feelings. *shrieks* I’m going to read More Happy Than Not really really soon because I loved HIAYLM so much. ❤

    AND OMG YES THE SERPENT KING EXCUSE ME I'M JUST STILL CRYING.

    I also got so many feels attacks during All The Bright Places, TFIOS, Made You Up and Whisper To Me. *shrieks*

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    • SO I’VE HEARD!! I pre ordered but it still hasn’t arrived yet… the struggle of international shipping 😂😂 hahaha yessss you should read More Happy it’s amazing!! THE SERPENT KING IS ADSHASGFF SO MANY FEELS! I’m trying to make as many people as possible read it because it deserves more hype hahaha 😛 Ohh yes All the Bright Places broke my heart too! It’s incredible ❤

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  6. Umm I have only read The Sky is Everywhere? Like who am I?? (I haven’t even read I’ll give you the sun ahem) But I cried too much while reading the sky is everywhere! It was so very emotional! I loved it because of it other aspects so much that I ignored the insta-love. This says something. Great list! Thanks for providing a list of books to break my heart😂😂

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  7. I didn’t even realise it but I’m with you, a book which hits you in the feels like a punch in the phase is a trope I enjoy, if it’s considered a trope. I adored I’ll Meet You There, although that didn’t wring me out emotionally as much as Me Before You did, and don’t even start me with After You where I was just crying throughout. I’ve not read The Serpent King or More Happy Than Not yet but they are up there on my list.

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    • I know right!! Books like that are amazing and tend to stay with me for a long time hahaha ohh I bawled like a baby while reading I’ll Meet You There (I cry rather easily hahah) but omgggg Me Before You was so heartbreaking and made me cry so much!! The Serpent King DESTROYED me so I highly recommend it ❤

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  8. I love emotional contemporaries! The Serpent King, I’ll Meet You There, and More Happy Than Not are definitely some of my favorites. I really need to read The Sky is Everywhere, because I loved Jandy Nelson’s writing in I’ll Give You the Sun. Ooh, you’re going to love History Is All You Left Me (even though it’ll definitely tug at your heart strings). And I’m also eagerly anticipating Goodbye Days! Great post 🙂

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    • Yayyy me too! 😀 ohh I’m so glad those three are your favorites too, they’re amazing aren’t they?haha also yessss to The Sky is Everywhere! I love I’ll Give You the Sun a tiny bit more but both books are equally amazing ❤ I CAN'T WAIT!! I've been hearing so many good things about it hahaha my copy is still on its way, so… :') thank you and yay to Goodbye Days!

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    • Oohhh Goodbye Days is one of my most anticipated read this year and I can’t wait to read and review it 😀 I’ve heard good things about it!! Plus I love greek myth so TSOA is definitely on my radar haha thank you for the recommendations Ellie ❤

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  9. Sad contemporaries are always my favorite. They really do seem to be the most memorable reads. The Sky is Everywhere, I’ll Meet You There, and Me Before You! Those three are books that are guaranteed to make me cry no matter how many times I read them. I haven’t read Me Before You in a while but I did watch the movie again recently and SO MANY TEARS. More Happy Than Not and The Serpent King are on my TBR for this year as well as History Is All You Left Me. On your list of ones you want to read I’ve actually read It Ends With Us and sobbed so that one is definitely a great book if you’re looking for one that will smash your heart. I can’t wait to see what you end up thinking of it! Great recommendations, Puput!! 💕😊

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  10. Definitely agree with I’ll Meet You There. ALLLLL the feels in that one. I haven’t read any of the others, but have them all on my TBR. A few of my favourites are The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord, 16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler, The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick, Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone, If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch, Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, In Honor by Jessi Kirby, and Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall.

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    • I’ll Meet You There is SO GOOD! I’m kinda sad I didn’t read it sooner hahaha ohhh Twenty Boy Summer and The Start of Me and You are on my TBR! I haven’t read The Boy Most Likely To and honesty am not looking forward to it?hehe I love My Life Next Door but dislike What I Thought Was True so now I have a conflicted feeling for Huntley Fitzpatrick’s books hahaha but I’ll get around it at some point… considering I already own it hehehe thank you so much for the recs! ❤

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  12. I LOVE sad books so this id such a great post for me! I really enjoyed The Sky is Everywhere and I’ll Meet You There. Have you read I’ll Give You the Sun? I LOVED that book and it will rip your heart out too. I really really disliked Me Before You. That ended made me so mad. So so mad. And if I’m being honest, I hated The Serpent King. I feel like the only person that did! It was so full of southern US stereotypes. I couldn’t get past that. Anyway, sorry to be such a downer lol. Fun post!

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    • Sad books are the best, aren’t they!? Hahaha I’ve read I’ll Give You the Sun but it didn’t really make me sad, probably because I was too focused on its adorableness? I mean, Jude+Oscar=OTP!! Hahaha ahh really? I get it though, the ending will either break people’s heart OR offend them. Oh I’m so sad to hear that </3 hahaha but the author is a real Southern man, though, I'm guessing he spoke from experience?hehe yayyy thank you! ❤

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