The Fault in Our Stars
This acclaimed favorite of the John Green young adult novels follows Hazel Grace and Augustus, two teenagers who meet in a cancer support group. This sweet and philosophical novel will definitely have you crying your eyes out—in between laughs. Green is known for writing both realistic and funny characters. Our heroine and hero are in love and they take an adventurous trip to Amsterdam to meet with their favorite author. You know they’re both sick from the very beginning, and it’s beautiful and heartbreaking to watch them fall in love in the midst of dire circumstances. The hit film version will also get you going, so have a tissue box handy. And if you’re in the mood for more blubbering, these are the best tearjerker movies for when you need an emotional release.
My Sister’s Keeper
Jodi Picoult is a whiz at writing heartrending stories for her huge audience. My Sister’s Keeper is especially tearjerking as it concerns the relationship between two young sisters, one of whom is suffering from cancer. The younger was conceived and born in order to “save” her older sister as her medical match for transplants. The novel concerns the conflict that ensues when she decides to sue her parents for medical emancipation to prevent having to give one of her kidneys to her sister—and imperil her own life in the process. The novel has an unexpected ending that’s different from the film version. Through teardrops, you’ll ponder larger themes on family, medical ethics, loss, and the love between sisters.