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message 1: by Kimber (new)

Kimber (kimberwolf) | 841 comments Recently, when I was stocking up our Little Free Library, I made the acquaintance of a teen age girl who was being dropped off by her mom so she could browse (her mom pulled into the cemetery across the street and waited). The girl told me that she visits the LFL quite regularly. I asked her if she especially liked any certain types of books that I could look for to stock the library and she said, with feeling, "I like stories that make me CRY." She ended up taking The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants with her that day.

So I'm looking for title recommendations for YA tearjerkers that I can look for when I'm out book shopping to stock the Little Free Library. I assume John Green's The Fault in Our Stars would be #1 on that list. Any others you can recommend?


message 2: by LibraryCin (last edited Jun 27, 2016 09:01PM) (new)

LibraryCin | 8917 comments How about A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks?

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.


message 3: by ~*Kim*~ (new)

~*Kim*~ | 551 comments One of my favorite books as a teen was Six Months to Live by Lurlene McDaniel. I'm pretty sure it was a tear jerker.


message 4: by annapi (new)

annapi | 5129 comments Definite tear-jerkers:

Wonder by R.J. Palacio
A Time to Love, a Time to Mourn by Paige Dixon (aka Will You Cross My Golden River by [alias] Barbara Corcoran)
The Black Cauldron and The High King by Lloyd Alexander - but these are book 2 & 5 of a series. The whole series is wonderful, but these two are the ones that make me cry.

Not sure how much of a tear-jerker these would be considered, but they are excellent YA books:

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
Runaway by Wendelin Van Draanen
Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt (the whole series)
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
The Driving Lesson by Ben Rehder
Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata
Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

I'm sure I have more but I can't remember.


message 5: by AJ (new)

AJ Timberlake (ajtimberlake) | 830 comments I agree with Annapi that Wonder is a good one

Also some that I think might suit:
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Cinder by Marrissa Meyer
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Skinny by Donna Cooner
Silence by Natasha Preston
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
And if she hasn't read it yet then the Divergent trilogy


message 6: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Pope (jenjunum) | 902 comments If I Stay and Where She Went.


message 7: by Sara (new)

Sara (mootastic1) | 770 comments I am going to recommend some classics, all of which had me sobbing at least once.

Anne of Green Gables
Little Women
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


message 9: by Kimber (new)

Kimber (kimberwolf) | 841 comments These are great! I'm putting them all in a list to take with me when I go book shopping. Thanks everyone!


message 10: by Book Concierge (last edited Jul 03, 2016 08:37PM) (new)

Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 6273 comments Let me add....

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Code Name Verity
Rose Under Fire
Out of the Dust (not so much a tear jerker, but emotionally powerful)

I seem to remember that I cried my eyes out when I first read To Kill a Mockingbird at age 13.

And there are a few classics, bound to produce tears ...
Little Women is definitely a tear-jerker


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