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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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Flowers for Algernon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
carlybobarly added Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes

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240 76
Bridge to Terabithia is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Bridge to Terabithia Donna Diamond, Katherine Paterson

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290 72
Where the Red Fern Grows is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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262 61
Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Old Yeller Fred Gipson

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253 75
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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315 73
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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281 79
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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172 40
The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
but chickens double d added The Outsiders S. E. Hinton

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200 50
A Child Called
A Child Called "It" Dave Pelzer

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192 47
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

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312 138
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
stubb added Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

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252 59
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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182 56
My Sister's Keeper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
My Sister's Keeper Jodi Picoult

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84 28
Atonement is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Garvin added Atonement Ian McEwan

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98 29
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
slaft added Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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156 61
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Giver Lois Lowry

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185 60
The Kite Runner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini

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100 41
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Brave New World Aldous Huxley

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224 109
Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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164 57
A Walk to Remember is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
A Walk to Remember Nicholas Sparks

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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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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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100 43
Never Let Me Go is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro

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111 36
Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

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110 51
The Help is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
CourtneyRoseSampson added The Help Kathryn Stockett

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Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
slaft added Great Expectations Charles Dickens

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The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

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The Time Traveler's Wife is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger

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Island of the Blue Dolphins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Perks of Being a Wallflowe... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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86 39
A Thousand Splendid Suns is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
BethSmoothMoveRothwell added A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini

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

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158 73
The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Notebook Nicholas Sparks

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91 32
Tuck Everlasting is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Tuck Everlasting Natalie Babbitt

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52 17
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
rachel hatton added Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

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36 6
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Hamlet William Shakespeare

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96 51
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

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39 8
The Velveteen Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Velveteen Rabbit Margery Williams

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36 7
Tess of the d'Urbervilles is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
MarylyleMcCue added Tess of the d'Urbervilles Thomas Hardy

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Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Animal Farm George Orwell

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40 11
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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100 60
If I Stay is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
If I Stay Gayle Forman

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105 66
Mockingjay is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
but chickens double d added Mockingjay Suzanne Collins

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37 19
Uncle Tom's Cabin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
slaft added Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe

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97 45
Memoirs of a Geisha is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden

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32 9
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written