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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.