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This list is about the most heartbreaking novels ever written; it answers the question, “What are the saddest books of all time?” If you’ve ever read one of these tear-jerkers, you know that these sad stories will tug on your heart strings in a way that no other novel can.  The best sad stories like this will warm even the coldest of hearts! We’ve all felt the pain of loss, the agony of heartbreak and the joy of falling in love: we all relate to sad stories. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter provides us with a sense of empathy for an underdog, a woman that is forced to wear her sins on her sleeve for the world to see. Natalie Babbit’s Tuck Everlasting pulls on that secret place deep down in each of us that longs for love to never end, but teaches us that what seems like a blessing to us now may be a curse in the future. Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha shows us how life can be in another part of the world, moving us from our self-centered perspectives about life into a compassion for those less fortunate. These stories mold us into who we are and show us where we came from. Most importantly, these novels teach us that we’re not as different as we may think.
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Bridge to Terabithia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Bridge to Terabithia Donna Diamond, Katherine Paterson

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Where the Red Fern Grows is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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Flowers for Algernon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes

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Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Old Yeller Fred Gipson

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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Charlotte's Web E. B. White

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Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Outsiders S. E. Hinton

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The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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A Child Called
A Child Called "It" Dave Pelzer

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Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

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The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Book Thief Markus Zusak

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My Sister's Keeper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
My Sister's Keeper Jodi Picoult

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Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

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Atonement is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Atonement Ian McEwan

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Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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The Giver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Giver Lois Lowry

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The Kite Runner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini

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A Walk to Remember is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
A Walk to Remember Nicholas Sparks

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Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Brave New World Aldous Huxley

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Marley & Me: Life and Love wit... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

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Black Beauty is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Black Beauty Anna Sewell

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Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

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The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

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Never Let Me Go is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro

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The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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The Perks of Being a Wallflowe... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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The Time Traveler's Wife is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger

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The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Notebook Nicholas Sparks

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A Thousand Splendid Suns is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini

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Island of the Blue Dolphins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

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The Help is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Help Kathryn Stockett

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The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux

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Tuck Everlasting is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Tuck Everlasting Natalie Babbitt

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Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Hamlet William Shakespeare

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If I Stay is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
If I Stay Gayle Forman

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The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Mockingjay is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Mockingjay Suzanne Collins

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The Velveteen Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Velveteen Rabbit Margery Williams

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Uncle Tom's Cabin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Looking for Alaska is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Looking for Alaska John Green

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Tess of the d'Urbervilles is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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Memoirs of a Geisha is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden

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Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Animal Farm George Orwell

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Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Lord of the Flies William Golding