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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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Where the Red Fern Grows is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
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362 119
Bridge to Terabithia is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Donna Diamond, Katherine Paterson
3
378 107
Flowers for Algernon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
carlybobarly added Daniel Keyes
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379 96
Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Fred Gipson
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418 119
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
E. B. White
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491 108
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
John Steinbeck
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306 80
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
466 125
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
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294 78
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Victor Hugo
10
358 92
The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Markus Zusak
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201 56
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
stubb added George Orwell
12
440 193
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
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289 87
A Child Called
Dave Pelzer
14
358 158
Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
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248 101
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Lois Lowry
16
261 88
My Sister's Keeper is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Jodi Picoult
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213 67
Black Beauty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Anna Sewell
18
263 96
The Kite Runner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Khaled Hosseini
19
220 86
Marley & Me: Life and Love wit... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
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182 63
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
slaft added Emily Brontë
21
134 66
Atonement is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Garvin added Ian McEwan
22
137 51
The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
punksnotdead added Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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217 93
A Walk to Remember is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Nicholas Sparks
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197 66
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens
25
161 71
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Aldous Huxley