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Peep (Pop! Pop!) So, what's your favorite book that's both happy and sad at the same time??

Mine is Drums, Girls, And Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

I loved that book and it's easily one of my favorites! What about you? Have you found a book that was sad but you had a hard time crying because you were laughing do hard?


Heidi (Yup. Still here.) It is not a YA book, but Marley & Me made me laugh and ball my eyes out.


Peep (Pop! Pop!) Oh, I haven't read the book but saw the movie. That made me cry so much! My Sisters Keeper is the only movie that made me bawl like a baby. Wait, I take that back. I saw Hotel Rwanda when I was 9 months pregnant with my first child. Big Mistake! THAT made me cry for days!


Heidi (Yup. Still here.) Peep wrote: "Oh, I haven't read the book but saw the movie. That made me cry so much! My Sisters Keeper is the only movie that made me bawl like a baby. Wait, I take that back. I saw Hotel Rwanda when I was 9 m..."

Hotel Rwanda was an excellent movie, but I will never watch it again as it was depressing.


Shannen *aka Mrs. Jericho Barrons* (shannybananny71) I read My Sister's Keeper and bawled so hard. Refused to see the movie in the theater because I knew I would be a blubbery mess.

Hotel Rwanda was very good but I'm with Heidi in that I will never watch it again.

Marley and Me is another story. Didn't read the book, just saw the movie. About halfway through the movie, I was so angry about all the stuff the dog did that I told my husband that I didn't care if the dog died. Well, the ending made me cry like a baby. Brought back too many memories for me.


Heidi (Yup. Still here.) Shannen wrote: "I read My Sister's Keeper and bawled so hard. Refused to see the movie in the theater because I knew I would be a blubbery mess.

Hotel Rwanda was very good but I'm with Heidi in that I will nev..."


Shannen if you were mad at the dog in the movie - his behavior is way worse in the book! How is it you know what is going to happen (SPOILER ALERT - the dog is going to die), yet you still end up bawling your eyes out? p.s. I also listened to that book on audio - even though it was read by the author (which sometimes sucks), it is another good audio book. I DON'T recommend listening to the last part while you are driving; I did, and was all over the road :)


Shannen *aka Mrs. Jericho Barrons* (shannybananny71) I loved the stories he wrote for the newspaper. Made the dog's bad behavior funny. But WATCHING the dog's bad behavior without any of the funny anecdotes was killing me. I have two dogs, one of which is our "clearance puppy" and I love them to death but Marley was giving me anxiety attacks. Haha!

As far as crying when you know the ending, I have seen New Moon six times and I cried every time Edward left her. Titanic is another one that I cry every time I watch it and I've seen it probably 100 times. Yep, I'm a crybaby!


Peep (Pop! Pop!) What a bunch of crybabies we are. I will never watch any of those movies again. Well, unless I'm in a really bad mood and feel the urge to cry. What stinks is I went to see My Sisters Keeper with my friend and two of my little sisters. I had to hold in my tears only to glance and them and see them struggling, too. If any of has known it would've been such a tear jerker we would not have gone, lol.

I haven't seen New Moon yet. I've seen Twilight enough times to know must of the lines, even though it was a horrible movie.

My hubby had to walk out on Marly and Me. He can't stand scenes that make him cringe like that,lol.


Peep (Pop! Pop!) Oh, and you guys have to read the book I mentioned! I just found out that the author is coming out with a sequel. Well, it came out this month and I can'twait to read it.


Heidi (Yup. Still here.) Peep wrote: "What a bunch of crybabies we are. I will never watch any of those movies again. Well, unless I'm in a really bad mood and feel the urge to cry. What stinks is I went to see My Sisters Keeper with m..."

I cry when I watch Steel Magnolias or Terms of Endearment - they get me every time. I'll have to watch My Sister's Keeper alone so I can get the full crying effect (I hate when my husband walks in a laughs at me). I agree about Twilight - bad movie, but like a car crash you have to watch it. p.s. I added your book into my pile :)


Heidi (Yup. Still here.) Heidi wrote: "Peep wrote: "What a bunch of crybabies we are. I will never watch any of those movies again. Well, unless I'm in a really bad mood and feel the urge to cry. What stinks is I went to see My Sisters ..."

p.s.s. Marley & Me the book is 100% better than the movie - the movie was too slow for me, but I did cry at the end.


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Peep (Pop! Pop!) Oh ok, but don't be mad at me if you don't like it ok? I think I put way too much hype into it so you'll be expecting to laugh every even page and cry on the odd ones. Don't. LOL. In fact, forget I recommended it and think of it as being a one star book that you have to defend. It should at least end up with one or two stars, hahaha. It's a small book so should be a fast read, that's one star right there.

As for crying, I cried at the end of Gran Torino. How's that?


Shannen *aka Mrs. Jericho Barrons* (shannybananny71) I added the book to my list. It better be good, Peep. ;)

Steel Magnolias, Terms of Endearment, Gran Torino...cried at all of them. The Time Travelers Wife was a total tearjerker. And I even saw that one at the theater. Thank heavens I was with my girlfriends who all bawled too.


Heidi (Yup. Still here.) Oh Peep! I am sure it is wonderful. Don't worry. If anything, and I don't like it, it will inspire a new bookshelf "books Peep recommended that sucked". Ha!


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Susan hahahaha you ladies crack me up!!


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Peep (Pop! Pop!) Hahaha! "books Peep recommended that sucked". I love it!


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Jo | 16 comments I agree with Heidi. The book Marley and Me was a lot better than the movie.

The movie that makes me cry every time is P.S. I Love You. I've seen it at least six times and I still get all weepy.


Shannen *aka Mrs. Jericho Barrons* (shannybananny71) I just read Drums, Girls, And Dangerous Pie (thanks, Peep!) and thought it was all of those things.


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Peep (Pop! Pop!) Thank you! My little sil (13) read it and loved it. I was pleasantly surprised because she kept wanting to talk to me about it.


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Peep (Pop! Pop!)
The movie that makes me cry every time is P.S. I Love You. I've seen it at least six times and I still get all weepy."


Hey I saw that one about a week or two ago and liked it. It was a serious movie but really good. Harry Connick Jr was so weird in that movie but I liked him in it.


Shannen *aka Mrs. Jericho Barrons* (shannybananny71) Joanna wrote: "The movie that makes me cry every time is P.S. I Love You. I've seen it at least six times and I still get all weepy."

Mmmmm. I love me some Gerard Butler! (I bawled at this one too.)


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Jaimie (jaimier) | 1275 comments P.S. I Love you (book) is way better than the movie - not that the movie isn't good but the book is just that good and yes it makes you cry. But it also makes you laugh which evens things out in my book. Kind of like Ya Ya Sisterhood, sad/funny. A YA series that made me laugh out loud was the Georgia Nicholson books. A non-YA book that will have you in giggle fits is Stupid and Contagious by Caprice Crane. Hilarious.


Heidi (Yup. Still here.) I did not read PS I Love You, but was not a huge fan of the movie. I think Hillary Swank was miscast, it would have been better with someone like Reese Witherspoon or Sandra Bullock. On the other hand Gerard Butler made the movie watchable (he was defiantly not miscast).


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Jaimie (jaimier) | 1275 comments Heidi wrote: "I did not read PS I Love You, but was not a huge fan of the movie. I think Hillary Swank was miscast, it would have been better with someone like Reese Witherspoon or Sandra Bullock. On the othe..."

Hillary Swank has grown on me but u should check out the book. Big difference is that Holly is also Irish and they live in Ireland. I don't like it when movies change big things like setting - I know that in the movie they do go to Ireland but still, not the same. Just keep tissues on hand.


Heidi (Yup. Still here.) Oh, don't get me wrong, I like Hillary Swank - she is is just not a romantic comedy type of actress to me. I loved her in Freedom Writers. I always hate watching moves after I read the book because all I do is compare things and complain about parts they left out or totally made up.


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Jaimie (jaimier) | 1275 comments Heidi wrote: "Oh, don't get me wrong, I like Hillary Swank - she is is just not a romantic comedy type of actress to me. I loved her in Freedom Writers. I always hate watching moves after I read the book beca..."

Yeah, I try to see them as two totally different things but it never quite works out that way. And I can give credit to the PS I Love you movie in that it was a well made movie. Lot's of movies from books don't turn out so good. I am interested if the Looking for Alaska movie ever gets made and if it will be any good.


Heidi (Yup. Still here.) Ohhhh - I plan to "read" (listen to) Looking for Alaska soon. Glad to know you liked it.


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Jaimie (jaimier) | 1275 comments Heidi wrote: "Ohhhh - I plan to "read" (listen to) Looking for Alaska soon. Glad to know you liked it."

It is one of my favorite YA books eva


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Peep (Pop! Pop!) I had it on my list I think. Is this the same guy who wrote Papertown?


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Jaimie (jaimier) | 1275 comments yup and An Abundance of Katherines. Both of which are great.


Heidi (Yup. Still here.) I was told the audiobook for Looking for Alaska as really good, so I am looking forward to it.


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Jaimie (jaimier) | 1275 comments I haven't ever listened to an audiobook but I always thought that if I get my lazy butt to the gym that would be a great way to not think about actually working out. My problem is that I am a really fast reader and I think it would bother me to have to slow down the pace.


Heidi (Yup. Still here.) Jamie - I listen audiobooks on my commute to work and while walking. I find the older I get the more I can tolerate both am radio and audiobooks ( I am turning into my father). Anyway, I think sometimes audiobooks can add to the story especially when the main characters speak other languages - like The Book Thief, Bridget Jones, or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The Help is (so far) my ultimate audiobook because the 3 actresses that read the parts are spot on. If you want to give it a try -a great audiobook to start with is any of the Harry Potter books - Jim Dale narrates all of them and he is wonderful. I own them all.


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Jaimie (jaimier) | 1275 comments I'll have to see what my library has and check it out. Thanks for the recommendations.


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Emma (emmauk007) The lovely bones By Alice Sebold is the only book that made me cry on almost every other page.

A walk to remember By Nicholas Sparks is also a tear jerker.


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Emma (emmauk007) Georgia Nicholson series By Louise Rennisson are funny books


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Emma (emmauk007) The lovely bones By Alice Sebold is the only book that made me cry on almost every other page.

A walk to remember By Nicholas Sparks is also a tear jerker.


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Sheila (sheilaj) Jamie I have actually done an experiment with audiobook versus print book. If I am listening to the audiobook and also have the book in hand I read a whole lot faster than the narrator reads, so you are right if you are a fast reader audiobooks may drag you down.


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Jaimie (jaimier) | 1275 comments Sheila wrote: "Jamie I have actually done an experiment with audiobook versus print book. If I am listening to the audiobook and also have the book in hand I read a whole lot faster than the narrator reads, so y..."

Yeah, I usually finish a book in a day or day and half - it helps that my job is really boring and it is acceptable for me to read when I have nothing else to do (which is always). so basically I get paid to read - granted it's not very much but I am okay with that.


Heidi (Yup. Still here.) Sheila - I admit I have also listened to an audiobook and was too impatient, so I also read the book along with it so I could get through the book faster -- all the Harry Potters come to mind, but Jim Dale is so great that I still listened to the parts I already read!


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Tanya Mac (YOYOCHKMEOUTHOTMAILCOM) | 45 comments Emma wrote: A walk to remember By Nicholas Sparks is also a tear jerker."

Nicholas Sparks always makes me cry I dont know why I keep reading his books but I do. I know it wont end up good but I do end up in the bathroom at work like a blubbering fool blotchy and redeyed. You'd think I would learn not to read his books while at work!

Bridge to Terabithia I love but it brings all my emotions out of me. I drug my two of my guy friends out to see it in the theater and sat inbetween them. I knew what was coming and was crying before anything happened. They were so embarrassed to be seen with me! At least they are no longer pining for my affection anymore!


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Emma (emmauk007) 19 minutes By Jodi Picoult was a book that was very thought provoking and at times left me feeling extremely sorry for the perpetrator of this horrendous crime.


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Dija Emma wrote: "19 minutes By Jodi Picoult was a book that was very thought provoking and at times left me feeling extremely sorry for the perpetrator of this horrendous crime."

Agreed. This is one of the best well-planned books I've ever read. The plot twist right before the ending was jaw-dropping.

Another book that I found extremely bittersweet was Thirteen Reasons Why. The ending was filled with hope, but the book overall was very depressing. Very inspiring as well. I often find myself daydreaming about it, even though it's been a year, more or less, since I read the book.

And Before I Fall's ending made my eyes fill with tears. That's like crying waterfalls for me, it was that sad and beautiful.


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Emily  (toofondofbooks_) Hold Still by Nina Lacour makes me very sad, but also gives me hope. who else has read it? do you agree?


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Lori (tyme2read) Emily I hae not read Hold Still yet but it is on my TBR list and has been for a while. My library doesn't have it so I am waiting until I can buy it. Unfortunately there are SO many on my buy list that it has been overlooked a few times,lol


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Amanda  (peanutty222) | 529 comments Shiver was probably the latest book I read that I actually cried tears. It was sooooo happy and sad!


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Rachel (librarymom12) | 5 comments Absolutely True Story of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie was alternatively hilarious and heartbreaking, as was Looking for Alaska by John Green. And both books were also superbly written.

I agree with Tanya about Nicholas Sparks. The movie versions of the Notebook (also the book) and Nights at Rodanthe made me cry like a baby.


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Heather | 166 comments If I Stay by Gayle Forman, I bawled throughout this one, especially the ending. It was very emotional and very good..


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Roshini | 243 comments Heather wrote: "If I Stay by Gayle Forman, I bawled throughout this one, especially the ending. It was very emotional and very good.."

I agree Heather, this was a real tear-jerker!


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