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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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308 91
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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299 103
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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329 83
Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Old Yeller Fred Gipson

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348 97
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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405 97
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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244 62
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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374 104
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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152 41
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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250 66
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

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245 72
A Child Called
A Child Called "It" Dave Pelzer

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373 167
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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300 82
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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226 85
The Kite Runner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini

The Best Novels Ever Written

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211 78
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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298 133
Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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146 48
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
slaft added Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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110 56
Atonement is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Garvin added Atonement Ian McEwan

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189 80
A Walk to Remember is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
A Walk to Remember Nicholas Sparks

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199 90
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Giver Lois Lowry

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178 57
Black Beauty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Black Beauty Anna Sewell

The Best Canadian Beers

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154 70
The Help is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
CourtneyRoseSampson added The Help Kathryn Stockett

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137 60
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Brave New World Aldous Huxley

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102 36
The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
punksnotdead added The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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107 40
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
slaft added Great Expectations Charles Dickens

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164 57
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

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186 76
Marley & Me: Life and Love wit... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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198 84
The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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120 60
Island of the Blue Dolphins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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90 40
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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87 21
The Velveteen Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Velveteen Rabbit Margery Williams

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117 67
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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111 61
A Thousand Splendid Suns is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
BethSmoothMoveRothwell added A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini

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83 21
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Hamlet William Shakespeare

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140 85
Mockingjay is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
but chickens double d added Mockingjay Suzanne Collins

Last Words Written By Famous People In Their Suicide Notes

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63 35
Uncle Tom's Cabin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
slaft added Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe

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133 58
Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

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90 30
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Animal Farm George Orwell

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129 60
The Time Traveler's Wife is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger

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93 33
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

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79 43
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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75 39
The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
slaft added The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux

The Best Rolling Stone Covers

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150 105
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
but chickens double d added The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

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178 99
The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Notebook Nicholas Sparks

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53 24
Tess of the d'Urbervilles is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
MarylyleMcCue added Tess of the d'Urbervilles Thomas Hardy

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148 83
The Perks of Being a Wallflowe... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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114 82
If I Stay is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
If I Stay Gayle Forman

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131 70
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

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128 68
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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84 34
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written
Lord of the Flies William Golding