What are the best tear-jerker young adult books?

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    #1The Notebook

    The Notebook

    The Notebook is a romance novel written by Nicholas Sparks published in 1996 which is about the love story of mill worker Noah Calhoun and rich girl Allie. It was adapted into a film of the same name in 2004. 


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    Joseph Perry
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Laughter is very good and this book made me burst out with laughter.The story line was interesting as well.I love the way the writer brought out that love is timeless and ageless.Its a wonderful book."
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    #2The 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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    Cheryl Bryant
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is one of the best books that I have ever read. I have felt so many emotions while reading this book and I have cried many times. This book has awesome characters and a really great plot. I highly recommend this book to anyone who hasn't read it yet."
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    #3A Walk to Remember

    A Walk to Remember
    A Walk to Remember is a novel by the well-known romance writer, Nicholas Sparks. It tells the love story of Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan and was the basis of the famous movie of the same name, starring Shane West and Mandy Moore.

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    Philip Little
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "To be honest I had very low expectations for this book. I had seen the movie based on the book and hated it. Luckily the book was WAY better than the movie and boy did it hit my emotions hard. I sobbed during the part where Landon realizes that HE was the miracle the whole time. This book knows how to tug on the heart strings and is a book that will bring the tears."
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    #4Thirteen Reasons Why

    Thirteen Reasons Why
    Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher narrates how Clay Jensen learns about the reasons why his classmate, workmate, and crush, Hannah Baker took her own life. Hannah Baker left cassette tapes so Clay and everyone involved could listen and discover why.

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    Mark Ray
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "I'm always on the lookout for books aimed at young adults since my daughter is an avid reader. I typically read them first though just to make sure the content isn't too vulgar. I ended up picking out "Thirteen Reasons Why" by Clay Asher on a whim after seeing some good reviews. This is just an incredibly depressing tale and it'll definitely make you want to cry. It involves the very serious topic of suicide and ultimately I just thought that it was too sad for me to truly enjoy. It is well written but incredibly dark and you really have to be in the right mindset to get through this one."
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    #5If I Stay

    If I Stay
    If I Stay is a young adult fiction book by Gayle Forman that tells the story of Mia, who was the only survivor of a car accident that killed her family. Critically injured, Mia must decide whether to stay and live or follow her family.

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    Benjamin West
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is a very good solution as it provides the author and a very concise detailed description of the book. It allows the reviewer to understand that the book would be qualified as a "tear-jerker." The only thing it lacks is any mention of the reading level (young adult). "
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    #6Ways to Live Forever

    Ways to Live Forever

    Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nichols is a children's literature novel first published in 2008. This diary book follows the compelling story of Sam, an 11-year-old boy suffering from leukemia.


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    Philip Pearson
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "It tells the hauntingly believable tale of Sam, a young boy on the cusp of adolescence who has leukaemia. His whole world revolves around this fact - he's home-schooled, his best friend is also sick, and his entire family tiptoes around him. And yet, as life so often proves, it's not full of doom and gloom or death and sickness. In fact, Nicholls' book is genuinely laugh-out-loud funny. The different styles of text are witty and Sam is the kind of boy you'll wish was your best friend too. The actual lists for ways to live forever had me grinning at their brilliance. I will admit, however, that I also cried noisily at several parts. "
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    #7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh book in the Harry Potter Series. Harry and his friends is already on their last year at Hogwarts but the adventure still continues. The battle will begin and many lives will be lost. 

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    #8Where 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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    Jack Watkins
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I love books that are tear jerkers. I especially love books that include dogs as main characters. Here you get the best of both of those worlds. Wilson Rawls and his adventures with his dogs will have you sobbing by the final page."
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    #9Where She Went

    Where She Went
    Where She Went is a book by Gayle Forman, it is the second novel in the If I Stay series. Written from Adam's point of view, it depicts what happened to him after Mia left him. 


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    Madison Cook
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Where She Went by Gayle Foreman is the sequal to If I Stay. I absolutely loved the first book and was a little worried that a sequel would ruin the story, I was mistaken though. Where She Went is a heart rending and heart warming continuation of the story. It will make you smile and cry, just enjoy the ride."
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    #10Before I Die

    Before I Die

    Before I Die tells the story of a woman with just a few month to live. This sad novel, written by Jenny Downham, contains provoking dialogues and an amazing text that makes you think.


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    Melissa Barnett
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is a really sad book but I enjoyed it. I'll be adding it to my collection and looking for more by this author."
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    #11Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)

    Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)

    Mockingjay is the third installment in The Hunger Games Trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. It is the final chapter of Katniss Everdeen in her revolution against the capitol as she serves to be the rebels' Mockingjay.


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    Ralph Ferguson
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The final book in the Hunger Games series is particularly a good tear-jerker because it's a culmination of all the events wrapping up with some very pivotal plot points. My children love this book and we've watched the movies as well. I love the storyline."
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    Chains is a book by Laurie Halse Anderson that tells the story of Isabel Wages. They are slaves owned by a cruel couple who does not care about the freedom of slaves. They will fight for their rights and win their freedom.  

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    Vincent Walsh
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "My daughter had to read this for school so I decided to pick up a copy for myself. I am glad I did. The story is so emotional and really touched my soul. The characters had a lot of depth and the world was beautifully constructed even though it was about something as ugly as slavery. I couldn't put the book down. "
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    #13Come Juneteenth

    Come Juneteenth
    Come Juneteenth is a book by Ann Rinaldi that tells the story of Sis Goose. She is a slave that was loved dearly by the family she serves, but she will discover a secret that will ruin her relationship with the family.  

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    Christina Meng
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is an incredible story about family and betrayal. Though historical fiction, it is not boring or bland. Instead, I was captivated from start to finish - and surprise to learned about actual historical events that I was ignorant about (i.e. Juneteenth). I followed the character from a low to a high to a low, all feeling like it was part of the natural human experience."
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    #14An Unlikely Friendship

    An Unlikely Friendship
    An Unlikely Friendship is a book by Ann Rinaldi that tells the story of Abraham Lincoln's wife and her black seamstress. Their closeness is questionable because there seemed to be no connection between them.

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    Ananya Sarin
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is a sad story about the friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and her dressmaker, a former slave named Elizabeth Keckley. Although the book is targeted to kids in middle school, adult readers will also be deeply moved. It will appeal to readers of all ages who are interested in Civil War history."
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    #15Numbering All the Bones

    Numbering All the Bones

    Numbering All the Bones is a book by Ann Rinaldi that tells the story of Civil War. The siblings Eulinda and Zeke were separated because Zeke was sold as a slave. She will fight for her life alone. 


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    Julio Durán
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Even though this is for young adults, I really enjoyed this book. Initially I bought it for my daughter but I ended up reading it myself before giving it to her. "


Best What are the best tear-jerker young adult books
1The NotebookBooks 40 Paid
2The Fault in Our StarsBooks 37 Paid
3A Walk to RememberBooks 35 Paid
4Thirteen Reasons WhyBooks 32 Paid
5If I StayBooks 31 Paid
6Ways to Live ForeverBooks 28 Paid
7Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsBooks 26 Paid
8Where the Red Fern GrowsBooks 26 Paid
9Where She WentBooks 23 Paid
10Before I DieBooks 21 Paid

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