What are the saddest novels?

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    #1The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    Bruno returns home after a school day in the Berlin of 1942, when he discovers that his family should move to another house close to a tall fence where he can see strange people in the distance. Bruno discovers there a desolate place where he'll make a friendship, with devastating consequences. 


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    Diane Keller
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is a super sad movie that makes you think. Beautifully made."
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    #2Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.

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    Jeremy Hudson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "If you are a fan of history books and books that are filled with drama then this is a must read. I have read lots of different books on the Holocaust and this is easily one of my favorites. The book is so interesting and so captivating, I never once wanted to put it down. I think this book really explains the horrors of the time period and that is a must read to understand what went on this world not so long ago. "
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    #3The Color Purple

    The Color Purple
    Set deep in the American South, The Color Purple by Alice Walker is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. After living a very hard life, she starts to discover joy and the power of her own spirit.

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    Melissa Baker
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Great novel. Couldn't put it down. Really gives you perspective into poverty and segregation. I definitely recommend this for history nerds or anyone looking for a really good history book. The book is super easy to read and it's so good, you'll finish it quickly!"
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    #4The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.

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    Roberto Carrera
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The author's unusual playful style is in marked contrast with the supposed character of the narrator (Death) or the realities of the 1940's Germany. The way he brings out the hidden good nature of people like the Mayor and his wife or Rosa or some of the street boys is exemplary. His efforts to show that even during the holocaust, Germany did not have just a handful of people quietly rebelling against the perverted misdeeds but many is not something taken up so wonderfully probably ever in popular writing. "
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    #5Sarah's Key

    Sarah's Key

    Sarah's Key is a historical fiction novel by Tatiana de Rosnay which is about the life of 10-year-old Jewish girl named Sarah and then after 60 years, journalist Julia Jarmond unearths Sarah's story.


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    Nicholas Harrison
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Great story! Love it so much! The characters were amazing and it's such an inspirational book."
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    #6My Sister's Keeper

    My Sister's Keeper

    My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult centers on Anna, who was conceived for the sole purpose of providing bone marrow for her sister Kate, who is suffering from leukemia. Anna questions her life's purpose and starts to decide on her own.


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    Timothy Mitchell
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "My Sister's Keeper is a masterpiece. I felt feelings i have not felt in years while reading this book! "
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    #7Bridge to Terabithia

    Bridge to Terabithia

    Jess and Leslie started a unique friendship. The other day, they were competing against each other. The next day, they were inseparable. Together, they created the magical world of Terabithia where imagination is their only limit.


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    Samuel Miller
    Written on May 1, 2018
    ""Bridge to Terabithia" is a mystical novel. Normally, I tend to avoid this kind of novels for they seem overly repetitive, but, I believe the author managed to create something completely unique and new with this novel. I love the friendship depicted in the book for it is pure and imperfect. In this case, imperfection has bred a wonderful friendship that ultimately resulted in Terabithia. This novel will make you cry at times and it is one of the saddest books I've read so far, hence would not recommend it if you're going through something tough or depressed. "
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    #8The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars tells the love story of Hazel and August, cancer-afflicted patients who met in a support group and developed a deep relationship revolving their situation.


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    Wayne Hunt
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is a tragedy from the beginning but it reels you in and doesn't let go, the only complaint is that the character are basically children but the novel's topic is for adults."
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    #9Where the Red Fern Grows

    Where the Red Fern Grows

    Where the Red Fern Grows is a coming-of-age adventure novel by Wilson Rawls that tells the story of Billy and his two hounds, Old Dan and Little Ann. This is a story about dogs' loyalty and abiding love for their masters.


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    Donald Delgado
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book definitely tugged at my heartstrings throughout. It's a bit choppy in the middle parts and has a couple of plots that go nowhere, but has a very definable third act that turns on the waterworks to a degree. I've always thought about it as the original Marley and Me!"
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    Beaches is a standalone women's fiction novel written by Iris Rainer Dart which follows Cee Cee Bloom and Bertie White's friendship over the course of 30 years. 


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    Carmen Mercado
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Such a great, heartwarming tale. I first read this novel as a high school student and had an inkling to find it and read it once more, as an adult. It was definitely worth the second read. "
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    Crank is a young adult novel written in verse by Ellen Hopkins. Drawing from her own experiences with her daughter, Crank tells the story of Kristina, a girl with an addiction to crystal meth. 

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    Douglas Crawford
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "It does have a very high rating on the amazon site. Is it sad? That is certainly unclear from the same site. It does concern teen takes on drug abuse and parent problems. But it is hard to tell if it meets the level of sad like death and misfortune. Not a very clear or good solution"
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    #12My Feudal Lord

    My Feudal Lord

    Tehminna Durrani's My Feudal Lord is a novel that aims to expose the exceptionally difficult role of women in the Muslim society. The novel was published in 1995 by Corgi.


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    Nicholas Russell
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Parts of this novel were pretty depressing, but I wouldn't call the saddest novel or anything. It was a good read though."
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    #13The Probability of Miracles

    The Probability of Miracles

    The Probability of Miracles is a dramatic teen story and is the debut novel of Wendy Wunder. It is about the cancer-stricken Cam Cooper, who has set out to go to Promise, Maine, where she hopes to find miracles and enjoy before facing death.


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    Jerry Miller
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I'm not going to summarize it for you, because that would be spoiling it. I will say this novel takes you on a fun journey with very interesting characters. After being diagnosed with cancer Cam decides to live life to it's fullest. On her journey miracles happen."


Best What are the saddest novels
1The Boy in the Striped PajamasBooks 13 Paid
2Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 11 Paid
3The Color PurpleBooks 10 Paid
4The Book ThiefBooks 8 Paid
5Sarah's KeyBooks 6 Paid
6My Sister's KeeperBooks 4 Paid
7Bridge to TerabithiaBooks 3 Paid
8The Fault in Our StarsBooks 2 Paid
9Where the Red Fern GrowsBooks 1 Paid
10BeachesBooks 0 Paid

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