Sometimes I want to read joyful books or uplifting ones or tales of true love and happy endings. But other times I just want to bawl my eyes out, soaking the pages with my tears and reveling in the way the story makes my heart ache. It sounds strange, but it’s true: there’s something undeniably cathartic about giving yourself over to a true tearjerker.
Which is why I can’t wait for the release of New Life, a new film releasing in theaters on October 28. Watch the trailer and you’ll see what I mean:
Not only does is James Marsters in it (Hellllooo, Spike!), it looks like one of those movies that’s bound to completely rip you apart emotionally; in the very best way possible. Ben (Jonathan Patrick Moore) meets Ava (Erin Bethea) when they’re children, and the two spend most of their lives completely in love and devoted to each other. But then a tragedy threatens to tear down everything they’ve built together. I have no idea how it will end, but I can already tell that I’m going to be bawling my way through this movie. I can’t wait.
If you’re like me and you love a good cry, then here are five books that are bound to rip your heart out, just like New Life promises to do:
Two by Two, Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing, October 4, 2016)
If anyone can guarantee the waterworks, it’s Nicholas Sparks. While his latest novel might not bring on the intense tears of, say, A Walk to Remember, there are still plenty of times you’ll be reaching for the tissues. Two by Two is about Russell Green, a man who has it all. But then everything falls apart, including his career and marriage. Now he’s trying to put his life back together as he struggles to raise his young daughter as a single dad. Between cute daughter/father moments, and a new love on the horizon, this book will deliver all the feels.
The Sun is Also a Star, Nicola Yoon (Delacorte Press, November 1, 2016)
After Yoon released Everything, Everything last year, I knew that I had found a new favorite author. Now I’m dying to get my hands on her latest young adult novel, especially since it looks like a real tearjerker. Natasha and Daniel meet one day in New York City, and it’s love at first sight. Only, Natasha’s family are illegal immigrants, and they’re about to be deported back to Jamaica. Daniel is dealing with his own problems as well: his South Korean parents are pushing him to become a doctor, but he has his own dreams for the future. The two troubled teens find solace in one another, even as forces outside their control threaten to tear them apart.
I Was Here, Gayle Forman (Viking Books for Young Readers, January 27, 2015)
I cried my way through Forman’s bestselling If I Stay, so I knew she’d deliver with I Was Here. Sure enough, this book is just as heart-wrenching. When Cody’s best friend Meg commits suicide (by drinking a bottle of cleaner alone in a motel room), the teen is left wondering what went wrong. Her search for why Meg would end her life sends Cody on an adventure that takes her out of the small town she’s always known. As she uncovers more answers about Meg’s life in college, Cody realizes that her best friend had more secrets than she thought. The search leads Cody to a suicide support group, to meeting Meg’s friends and roommates, and eventually to learning how to forgive Meg’s actions – as well as deal her own guilt. This book will make you cry, and then immediately want to hug your best friend.
Truevine, Beth Macy (Little, Brown and Company, October 18, 2016)
History meets tragedy in Macy’s nonfiction account of two African American brothers who get kidnapped in the Jim Crow South. The boys end up as part of the circus, traveling the globe and becoming world famous. On the one hand, fame brings money and access to a life that they may never have known. On the other, their race is exploited for their audiences, turning them into caricatures and perpetuating horrifying stereotypes. Plus, their mother back home refuses to accept that her sons are gone, and she spends 28 years trying to get them back. This isn’t an easy story, and you’re bound to shed a tear or two as you learn about the tragic and triumphant lives of the Muse brothers and their family.
Before I Go, Colleen Oakley (Gallery Books, January 6, 2015)
Get ready for the waterworks. Daisy is 27 years old when she finds out her breast cancer is back and that this time it’s terminal. She starts to confront her own mortality, but at the same time can’t imagine leaving her smart (but hapless) husband Jack alone without someone to take care of him. So she sets out to find him a wife. But, of course, things don’t go exactly to plan and Daisy has to decide what she truly wants out of her last few months on earth. This is a full on ugly-cry book, where you’re laughing, sobbing and then sobbing some more.