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List Rules Vote up any good, very sad tearjerker books that make you cry.

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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351 93
Where the Red Fern Grows is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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280 81
Flowers for Algernon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
carlybobarly added Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes

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273 98
Bridge to Terabithia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Bridge to Terabithia Donna Diamond, Katherine Paterson

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298 77
Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Old Yeller Fred Gipson

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370 89
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

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310 89
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Charlotte's Web E. B. White

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208 56
The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
but chickens double d added The Outsiders S. E. Hinton

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337 96
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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127 30
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
stubb added Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

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224 59
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

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225 64
A Child Called
A Child Called "It" Dave Pelzer

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345 157
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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275 75
The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Book Thief Markus Zusak

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214 76
The Kite Runner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini

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198 70
My Sister's Keeper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
My Sister's Keeper Jodi Picoult

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269 125
Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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179 72
A Walk to Remember is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
A Walk to Remember Nicholas Sparks

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100 48
Atonement is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Garvin added Atonement Ian McEwan

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125 41
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
slaft added Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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181 81
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Giver Lois Lowry

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124 52
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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156 52
Black Beauty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Black Beauty Anna Sewell

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91 31
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
slaft added Great Expectations Charles Dickens

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150 52
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

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86 29
The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
punksnotdead added The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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134 63
The Help is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
CourtneyRoseSampson added The Help Kathryn Stockett

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172 70
Marley & Me: Life and Love wit... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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180 78
The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

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107 55
Island of the Blue Dolphins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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73 29
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
rachel hatton added Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

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102 53
A Thousand Splendid Suns is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
BethSmoothMoveRothwell added A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini

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108 60
Never Let Me Go is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro

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125 52
Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

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71 31
The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
slaft added The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux

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63 12
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Hamlet William Shakespeare

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121 52
The Time Traveler's Wife is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger

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68 16
The Velveteen Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Velveteen Rabbit Margery Williams

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125 77
Mockingjay is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
but chickens double d added Mockingjay Suzanne Collins

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169 91
The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Notebook Nicholas Sparks

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52 31
Uncle Tom's Cabin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
slaft added Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe

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72 38
For Whom the Bell Tolls is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway

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137 93
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
but chickens double d added The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

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144 76
The Perks of Being a Wallflowe... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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74 26
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

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68 24
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Lord of the Flies William Golding

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45 20
Tess of the d'Urbervilles is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
MarylyleMcCue added Tess of the d'Urbervilles Thomas Hardy

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67 24
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Animal Farm George Orwell

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106 76
If I Stay is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
If I Stay Gayle Forman

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98 50
Tuck Everlasting is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Tuck Everlasting Natalie Babbitt

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111 61
Memoirs of a Geisha is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden