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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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462 121
Where the Red Fern Grows is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

2
356 117
Bridge to Terabithia is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Donna Diamond, Katherine Paterson

3
370 105
Flowers for Algernon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
carlybobarly added Daniel Keyes

4
368 94
Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Fred Gipson

5
407 116
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
E. B. White

6
476 108
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
John Steinbeck

7
299 77
The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
but chickens double d added S. E. Hinton

8
459 122
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

9
287 76
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Victor Hugo

10
195 55
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
stubb added George Orwell

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344 91
The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Markus Zusak

12
427 188
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

13
283 86
A Child Called
Dave Pelzer

14
348 154
Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

15
256 87
My Sister's Keeper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Jodi Picoult

16
243 101
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Lois Lowry

17
208 66
Black Beauty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Anna Sewell

18
258 95
The Kite Runner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Khaled Hosseini

19
214 85
Marley & Me: Life and Love wit... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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174 61
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
slaft added Emily Brontë

21
131 65
Atonement is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Garvin added Ian McEwan

22
130 49
The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
punksnotdead added Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

23
210 91
A Walk to Remember is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Nicholas Sparks

24
190 65
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens

25
155 71
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Aldous Huxley