11 YA Books That Will Make You Cry


11 YA Books That Will Make You Cry

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We just finished Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor, and we’re having some trouble keeping our eyes dry. Instead of holding back the tears, we’re embracing them the best way we know how—reading more books that make us cry.

So, grab your “Use in Case of Feels” tissues and get ready for some feels. We’re blubbering through a list of our favorite YA tearjerkers.

1. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Have you ever cried because something was just too beautiful? Set in Neverland and narrated by Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily is a gorgeous and heartbreaking retelling of Peter Pan before Wendy enters the scene.

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Presented without comment. Okay? *sob* Okay.


3. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

The last book in a trilogy is notoriously tough to get through. Allegiant is the toughest.


4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”

5. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Samantha Kingston relives the day of her death over and over again, until she finally discovers why she has been given this chance. Like Groundhog Day, but with less Bill Murray and more tears.


6. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

“KISS ME HARDY, KISS ME QUICK!” *weeps for infinity*

7. Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan

A powerful meditation on how normal it is to be screwed up, and how screwed up it is to be normal. Reflective cries all around.

8. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This book will challenge you to look at the world, at others, and at yourself differently. All through the moving story of one girl.

9. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Saying goodbye to the characters in Jellicoe Road is like saying goodbye to your best friend—impossible and surreal.
11 YA Books That Will Make You Cry

10. Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick

An unforgettable story of a young boy who defied the odds to survive the Cambodian genocide of 1975-1979 and the labor camps of the Khmer Rouge, Never Fall Down will leave you raw with emotion.
11 YA Books That Will Make You Cry

11. Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

This is entire story will have you on the verge of the sniffles, but those scenes in Vietnam with his grandfather are so heartbreakingly beautiful.


In the tradition of The Fault in Our Stars, critically acclaimed author Melissa Kantor masterfully captures the joy of friendship, the agony of loss, and the unique experience of being a teenager in this poignant new novel about a girl grappling with her best friend’s life-threatening illness.
A person’s whole life, she’s lucky to have one or two real friends. Friends who are like family . . . for Zoe that someone is Olivia. So when Olivia is diagnosed with leukemia Zoe is determined to put on a brave face and be positive for her best friend.
Even when she isn’t sure what to say.
Even when Olivia misses months of school.
Even when Zoe starts falling for Calvin, Olivia’s crush.
The one thing that keeps Zoe moving forward is knowing that Olivia will beat this, and everything will go back to the way it was before. It has to. Because the alternative is too terrifying for her to even imagine.

Maybe One Day


What other books would you add to this list?

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