The anti-valentine this year, The Broke and the Bookish asks which books broke our hearts a little. I had to give this one quite a lot of thought.
I am not a particularly romantic person. So, when I say it broke my heart, I mean it made me sad.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! DUE WARNING WILL BE GIVEN.
1. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
I think this may have been the first book to make me cry (I was 8 years old at the time). At that age, romance meant little to me, and it was about the wonderful friendship Jess and Leslie shared. The perpetual tomboy-bookworm, I had always wanted an imaginative and adventurous friend like Leslie. The loss struck me hard.
This author deserves a price for softening my hardened little heart. It breaks the heart on many different levels – the violence, the love between a mother and child, the loss of romantic love.
3. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
SUPER BIG SPOILER
Katniss ends up with Petar. What?! It is cute, sure. Destined even, if I believed in destiny. But it means that Katniss never truly escapes the Games. She still has no control over her life whatsoever. Then again, maybe she deserved that for voting for a final Hunger Games. I think that broke my heart even more.
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4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseine
Absolutely heart-breaking. Read it, but stock up on happy pills.
The loss of innocence experienced by the young girls haunted me.
6. A Child Called “It” by David Pelzer
One of the worst cases of child abuse in history. I read this at the age of 14 and felt broken for his part afterwards.
7. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The book, not the movie. The movie destroyed the epilogue.
8. Good Night Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian
Despite the severe losses encountered by young Willie, he continues to learn, mature, and believe in the good of humanity.
9. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
This book made me doubt intelligence and humanity and relationships as a whole. A very intelligent story though.
10. Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers