Books that make you cry
Published: Saturday, March 7, 2009 - 1:45pm
I never understood how people could cry from reading a book.
I used to think that it was impossible to cry because of books because there were no pictures; you had to make them up in your mind. Crying because of movies seemed more plausible because you would see the events happening before you, making them appear to be realistic.
At least that's what I thought until this year, when I read my first book that made me cry. I was shocked by the raw emotion that was coming from the author's beautiful words.
So, as a tribute to all of those sad books, I decided to name all the books I have read that made me cry.
1. "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini
"The Kite Runner" is about Amir, a rich Pashtun boy, and his friendship with Hassan, the son of his father's servant. The book tells the story of the twists and turns their relationship takes after Amir witnesses an incident involving Hassan that he is too fearful to stop.
This was the first book I read that made me cry. I had trouble putting this book down until the very last page, and I found myself crying during multiple parts of it.
2. "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini
Unlike "The Kite Runner," "A Thousand Splendid Suns" focuses on the lives of women and their mistreatment in Afghanistan. The book follows Mariam and Laila, two very different women whose lives change forever when they meet each other.
While "A Thousand Splendid Suns" was more emotional and harder to read than "The Kite Runner," it was, in my opinion, the better of the two. Hosseini's writing remains as beautiful as ever and the story becomes imprinted in your mind like a haunting dream that you can never forget.
3. "Sold" by Patricia McCormick
While "Sold" was not the best book that I have ever read, the story that it conveyed was devastating.
"Sold" is about Lakshmi, a 13-year-old girl who lives in the Nepal mountains with her family. To help her poor family, Lakshmi decides to go to India and work as a maid, but she is tricked by a glamorous stranger and sold into a brothel.
Perhaps the most heartbreaking thing about this book is that, while it is not based on a real person, it could possibly be a real story. There are many young girls out there whose life described in this book is a reality.
4. "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult
Anna, a 13-year-old, has a loving family with one problem. Her older sister, Kate, has leukemia. Anna was born to be Kate's bone-marrow match, and she has undergone multiple tests and surgeries to help Kate. But now, Anna wants to be in charge of her own medical decisions, so she makes a decision that tears her family apart.
A great book, "My Sister's Keeper" is extremely hard to put down. It also makes you feel extremely grateful for your own life and the blessings that you have.
I managed to keep it together until the very end of the book but the ending is just so shocking and devastating that it's almost impossible to keep your emotions in.
Overall, I know that sad books are hard to read, but I would definitely recommend every one of these books.