Best of the Saddest Young Adult Books

Best of the Saddest Young Adult Books

Dear readers, having recently experienced some drama in my personal life – the sad kind – I felt inspired to make a list of the best of the saddest young adult books that I have read.

Let’s get to it!

10 – The Perks of Being a Wallflower


Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide

This book’s atmosphere in general made me sad. It’s an extremely beautifully-written story focusing on Charlie’s emotional responses to diverse situations and his overall thoughts about the world around him.

9 – The Fault in Our Stars


Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide

Now, this is the type of book that will make you both laugh and cry your heart out, if you’re emotionally linked to the characters. There’s a fatal theme to the book that makes it painful to think about it without shedding a tear. YET, it will bring a smile on your face at multiple times.

8 – If I Stay


Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide

Oh my. This small, heartbreaking book. It’s a short story, but such a powerful one. It’s sad because it’s intensely intense; therefore your eyes are probably going to stay red for the whole reading time. The movie did not have the same effect on me, but the book is a masterpiece.

7 – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe


Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide

Alright, so this book is heartbreaking… but in the good way. The main character is oblivious about a lot of things, especially love. When he discovers it, his whole world lightens and it’s splendid. You need this book in your life.

6 – More Happy than Not


Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide

It’s hard for me to swallow when I think of this book. It starts out in such a light way that you have no idea it will eventually break your heart. But it will. I’m not going to say more, b/c that would be giving you the punch, but let me tell you that it won’t leave you emotionless!

5 – Hopeless


Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide

This was one of the first books I’ve read dealing with abuse. Many have followed afterwards because of my good experience with this one, but it’s a very hard book to read, and b/c of that, you might not even be able to finish it. It’s worth it though, if you think you won’t fall apart reading it. (PS. It’s technically ‘New Adult’ but it can be considered as YA as well. Bottom line: it’s debatable.)

4 – All the Rage


Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide

All the Rage made me mad and sad. It’s a book dealing with bullying and the author sugar-coats absolutely nothing. It’s raw and shocking and heart-shattering. The heroine, however, is a true hero. She deserves so much love from the reader. I absolutely loved this terrifying book.

3 – Talker


Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide

Oh my god. This was one of my first LGBT books that I’ve read and it put my world upside down. I didn’t know how to function after I finished it. I couldn’t do anything but stare at the wall and recount everything that happened. The plot is not the most original you’ve ever seen, but god it’s emotional.

2 – Little Peach


Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide

I feel like the more I go down this list, the more I sound like a broken record. Nonetheless, this book threatened to have my heart killed. No, really. It’s almost as short as a novella but hella powerful. The subject is very delicate – prostitution – so it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. It’s such a memorable story though, and thought-provoking, too.












1 – Puddle Jumping


This is a short story as well and it deals with autism. Somehow, books with autism always make me cry. I can’t help but sympathize with autistic people and give them all of my attention, even in books. This is one of the most beautiful young adult romance stories I’ve read between a girl and an autistic boy. It’s just…sigh. You need it in your life.

Thank you for reading. Feel free to share your own ‘best of the saddest young adult’ titles.


Book Depository | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Goodreads | Bloglovin’


16 thoughts on “Best of the Saddest Young Adult Books

  1. I hope you’re feeling better!!!!
    I know that these books are FULL OF TEARS!! I have had my fair bunch of waking up with puffy eyes because crying due to these books.


  2. I rarely cry but there’s a book called Three Meters Above Heaven that was originally written in Italian but I’m not sure if it was ever translated into English. That one made me cry so bad…
    There is a movie and it is soooooo good, if you’ll have a chance check it out. It’s a Spanish movie.

    Also, Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger makes me cry every time I read it.
    And I read it a lot of times in my life.


  3. I don’t generally do well with sad books, especially about young people (like The Fault in Our Stars..major ouchies) but some of these look really good, and I wouldn’t have expected a couple of these to be sad based on their covers!


  4. I totally get your inspiration with this list. I hope things get better for you! I can relate.

    I loveeee this list. Perks Perks Perks. It seems like that’s been an under-the-radar book in YA or maybe just among the few people I’ve asked about it.

    I agree with TFIOS, If I Stay, and More Happy Than Not. I didn’t think Aristotle & Dante was too sad, but I adored that book. I think Little Peach is a little hopeful, but it is still sad and dark. Very eye opening.

    I haven’t read the others on your list though. Though I own Hopeless and All The Rage and have been really interested in Puddle Jumping.

    Ooh, the saddest books for me? All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven and Fans of The Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa.


  5. I am so sorry about the drama going on. Sometimes when I am feeling down, I love books that make me cry. They just make me feel so much more. I haven’t read some of these books, but I may have to. One of the most devastating books I have ever read was The Book Thief.


  6. I have read numbers 10-8 so I guess I have to read the rest! 😀
    I would love to add All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven in this list. ❤

    How are you Lola! 🙂 I browsed through my old posts (like year-old posts) and saw that you are my first blogger book friend who I used to chitchat with. ❤ I missed you! 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s