Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Top 10 Books That Broke My Heart a Little

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and The Bookish. Check it out here!

This week's theme is books that broke my heart and, honestly, there are SO many books that break my heart, all for different reasons. Mostly because of some gut-wrenching romantic theme or the tough subject that it deals with. I could probably come up with a list of about 100 books that have broken my heart in one way or another so I'm just going to list ten of my favorites off the top of my head (which also means they're either staring at me on my shelf or I read them recently.)

In no particular order:

1. The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy by Jenny Han. I recently read this trilogy in less than 24 hours and it certainly packs a punch. Each one broke my heart a little more than the previous one did.

2. Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert. Oh, Ballads. You twist my heart and smash it to pieces every time I open you. Maybe that's why I love you so much.

3. Sea by Heidi R. Kling. Oh, the last 50 pages of this book smashed my heart to pieces. It's such a well-written book but it's pretty much guaranteed that your heart will ache by the time it's over.

4. Saving June by Hannah Harrington. Dead sister, hot guy with a secret, and a roadtrip. Enough said.

5. Burned by Ellen Hopkins. This is my favorite Hopkins book but I think it's impossible to read any of her books without having your heart broken just a little bit. So intense, so gut-wrenching, so perfect.

6. By The Time You Read This, I'll Be Read by Julie Anne Peters. This book is just...yikes. Intense. Sad. Wonderful. Made me want to cry.

7. Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala. Oh, Holly...you know how to break someone's heart! Both of her books broke my heart a little bit but since I've been fangirling over Don't Breathe a Word lately, I wanted to give Tell Me a Secret some love. It deals with such a tough subject matter and you want the characters to succeed SO badly and it just...heart. pieces.

8. The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder. This is definitely a book of hope but it's also a book about the day before some very life-changing things happen and even though we don't get to see those things happen, it kind of breaks me heart for the characters.

9. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. Oh, Owen. I love you. I love this book, the romance in it, and everything about it. Even though everything *spoiler* ends up okay, it still hurt my heart to watch it happen.

10. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. This book is so sad and overwhelming that if it doesn't hurt your heart a little, nothing will. Laurie Halse Anderson is a goddess.

Do you agree/disagree with my choices? What would you put on your list?


Liviania said...

I haven't read all of these, but I agree completely with the ones I hate.

Little Willow said...

Thank you for posting this! I've posted my own list at Bildungsroman:
- and I left a link at The Broke and the Bookish as well. :)

The Summer trilogy by Jenny Han is wonderful, as is Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. My favorite Dessen novel is The Truth About Forever.