Question of the Week:
DO YOU LIKE BOOKS THAT MAKE YOU CRY?
WHAT BOOKS HAVE MADE YOU CRY?
|Do you like books that make you cry?|
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Lisa Gail Green: I cry at almost everything. That’s the truth. So it could be a totally fun, lighthearted book, and I’d still bawl. But yes, I do like reading books that have an emotional impact, but I have to be in the mood.
Martina Boone: I definitely like books that make me feel — emotion is a HUGE, HUGE draw for me. (In fact I cry and smile when I’m writing, and if I don’t, I figure I’m not doing my job.) My favorite books make me tense and make me laugh out loud. The best of those often make me cry. I cried at almost all my favorite books, but some of the two-boxes-of-Kleenex reads include: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, If I Lie by Corinne Jackson, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson, The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak, If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Jan Lewis: I am super sensitive, so I cry very easily. I have been known to cry as soon as I start reading a book, just because I was so excited to read it. The most recent books that made me cry were COMPULSION by Martina Boone and FORBIDDEN by Kimberley Griffiths Little, and they each made me cry for different reasons.
Clara Kensie: I love books that make me cry! When I signed with my agent, the lovely Laura Bradford, in 2012, she said one of the things she loved about my manuscript was a scene that reminded her of one of her favorite books: Linda Howard’s CRY NO MORE. I immediately bought CRY NO MORE (and yes! There is an amazing, powerful, heartbreaking scene in CRY NO MORE that’s so incredibly similar to a scene in my manuscript!). So of course, I loved that book. And despite the title, I cried, cried, cried. I read it the same day my husband and I were hosting a Superbowl party later that night, and I was late coming downstairs to greet our guests because I was upstairs being an emotional mess. It was fantastic. (By the way: my manuscript is now a book, and it is the first serial from Harlequin TEEN. The first book in the RUN TO YOU series released in February 2014 in three parts: First Sight, Second Glance, and Third Charm. The sequel releases in July 2014, also as a three-part serial: Fourth Shadow, Fifth Touch, and Sixth Sense)
IF I STAY by Gayle Forman is another book that made me cry. Oh my, that scene with the grandpa? If you’ve read the book, you know which scene I’m talking about.
I also cried over ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell. I was reading it while waiting for my daughter’s soccer game to start, and before I knew it, it was already half-time—I’d missed the entire first half of the game, and my cheeks were soaked with tears. Beautiful, beautiful. What a wonderful, moving book.
I originally wrote and answered this question a few weeks ago, but I had to come back to edit my answer because I’m currently reading another book that’s making me cry: PRETTY GIRL-13 by Liz Coley. Back in 2011 for NaNoWriMo I wrote a manuscript on a similar subject, and now I am revising it. I recently bought PRETTY GIRL-13 to read as research. I don’t know if this book will make anyone else’s list of books that make them cry, but the subject is one that hits me right in the heart. And wow. Wow, wow, wow. I cannot stop crying. I can only hope to make my manuscript as powerful as PRETTY GIRL-13.
YOUR TURN: Do you like books that make you cry? What books have made you cry?