Not So Happily-Ever-After

Books that gave you a good cry with their tragic or untraditional ending. Here boy doesn't always get girl at least not easily and nothing lasts forever. Any genre is acceptable.
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671 books · 1,077 voters · list created January 30th, 2010 by Buggy (votes) .
Tags: emotional, ending, sad
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message 1: by Buggy (new)

Buggy Yay LEB, Thanks for adding books!


The Booklover Butterfly You're most welcome! It's just too bad that I haven't read more sad stuff that I could add. Remind me in 6 months to update my version of this list because I may have more tear inspiring reads.


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

If I may suggest....when my book "The Summer of Skinny Dipping" hits the shelves June 1, it's going to drive up the sales of Kleenex. Or at least, I hope it will. :) It's a romance with a tearjerker of an ending...


message 4: by Buggy (new)

Buggy Add it to the list Amanda and thanks for the recommendation


message 5: by Justsane (new)

Justsane you know, i hate to be a nitpicker, but this list is appearing under the memoirs heading, and virtually all of these books are novels.

there. i feel happier now.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The tags also include "fiction" as well, though.


message 7: by Buggy (last edited Aug 21, 2011 07:54PM) (new)

Buggy Nit pick away :) If you would like me remove the memoirs tag I will however I just thought that sometimes a life story doesn't have a happy ending either. Teri Erwin's memoir in particular comes to mind.

I will remove fiction


message 8: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Aug 21, 2011 08:44PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Wait, is this list for novels, or biographies and memoirs? Or both?


message 9: by Justsane (new)

Justsane i arrived at this list through the genre heading, memoirs, so of course my expectation was to find a list of memoirs, or biographical works, that had unhappy endings. perhaps i don't know how these lists get categorized...


message 10: by Buggy (last edited Jan 14, 2013 04:05PM) (new)

Buggy My intention was for this list to contain books (in any genre) that don't have a traditionaly happy ending. I'll work on making the heading clearer


message 11: by amara (new)

amara nice list


message 12: by Buggy (new)

Buggy Thanks Amara


message 13: by Laura (new)

Laura It says right in the description that any genre is accepted...


message 14: by Mary Nicole (new)

Mary Nicole I am not even surprised Nicholas Sparks's books top the chart.


message 15: by Nesrin (new)

Nesrin L. Beautiful!


message 16: by Tony (new)

Tony I find it a bit awkward that many of the books on this list are from part way through a series, which means you've either got to start at book #1 to get to the one on the list, or jump in with book no #3 in a series.
E.g "Tigers Voyage", book #3 of the "Tiger" saga, and "The End", which is the LAST of the "Lemony Snicket" books.I'll read "The End", but I sure won't be reading the previous 12 in the series.


message 17: by Lynette (new)

Lynette Eklund Gret list! I'm looking for interesting male protags. in this category. (Possibly a Great Gasby type as a protag.) Also, "simple" or eccentric male protags. Any suggestions?


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