Friday, June 5, 2015

Books That Made Me Cry...

I don't usually cry while watching movies, or while reading books because I always, somehow, manage to find something to laugh about; I always find a sliver of humor while everyone else around me cries their eyes out. I don't know how I do it, maybe I'm heartless or just have a talent for it. One way or another, I hardly cry for shows, movies, or books.

A good example could be the first time I watched Titanic; (I watched it with my mom). We're watching the last 10-15 minutes of the movie; when Rose is clinging to the headboard while Jack is in the freezing cold water. I'm sitting there, close to tears, when Rose realizes that Jack has frozen to death, but then she says, "I'll never let you go, Jack," before prying his fingers from her hand and lets him sink to the bottom of the ocean....Tears were gone. The very ending kind of choked me up (when Rose and Jack meet again in death) but no tears were shed. My mother on the other hand, was bawling.

Yeah....I just hate to cry so I'm not totally heartless...I don't think. So, anyway, here are 4 books that made me cry.

                                                                      WARNING: SPOILERS!

1.  if i stay by Gayle Forman

I cried twice while reading this book. The first time, was when Teddy died. The second, when Mia's grandfather told her that it was okay for her to let go of life, if she wanted to. This is a book that will take your heart and twist it until you think it might shatter. The book is so realistic it's scary.
 Mia's family gets in a car crash and everyone dies, except her, leaving her to choose to live without her family, or follow them in death.
 When Teddy died, I immediately thought of my brother. What if my family got in a car crash and I was left to make a choice as difficult as Mia? Then, when Mia's in the hospital, Mia's grandfather comes to tell her that he understands if she doesn't want to live. He tells her it's okay to follow the rest of her family if it's truly what she wants in a heart-wrenching scene.
It was so horribly sweet.

2.  The City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare 

 I cried when Simon lost his memories, and a few paragraphs before when Clary started to realize what was happening--that Simon was actually giving up his memories of the Shadowhunter world, including his memories of Clary. As we all know, Simon and Clary became friends since kindergarten and have hardly left each others sides since.
 So when Simon offered up his memories, and his immortality, to Magnus's demon father to save them all and send them home, I was freaking out. I was crying and couldn't sit still. I would read a few sentences, get up and walk around while holding the book with tears running down my face, then read a little further before repeating the process until I finished the book.
 The ending broke my heart because I couldn't imagine my own best friends (I have 3) losing their memories of me. If they lost all recollection of our time together, everything would be lost. I would remember them and our time together, but they wouldn't remember me at all. It would just be too horrible...

3.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

 I could pick this book up right now, flip to the chapter that made me cry, read it again and feel sad all over again. I've read the chapter where Harry pours Snape's memories into the Pensieve so many times that I've lost count. I love the chapter where Harry walks through Snape's memories. It gives us a better understanding to what kind of man Snape was. It gives us an understanding to his life and how he's become the man he is, and how he thinks.
 What really gets me every time is when Snape finds Lily's body. He cries for his loss, the woman that he loved and loves, rocking back and forth with her in his arms.
 Every time I watch this part in the movie, I get goosebumps. 

4. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

 When Jem returns to the London Institute to say good-bye to Will and Tessa, it hurt. It really hurt.
 Jem is my favorite character, probably ever, so when he became a Silent Brother and his personality started to hurt. But not as much as when he came back to say good-bye to the two people he loves.
 We read from Tessa's perspective when Jem comes back to talk to her, feeling her emotions as Jem tells her why he chose to become a Silent Brother, and tells her that he's sorry that now he cannot marry her--that he must break their promise to each other. He also speaks of the loss of the life they could have had together, if he hadn't died so quickly.
 Then, we read from Will's perspective when Jem finds him in the training room. Before Jem leaves, he tells Will that he's always with him, fighting along side him, and that they would always have a connection.  
 "When you walk in the world, I will be the light at your side, the ground steady under your feet, the force that drives the sword in your hand. We are bound, beyond the oath. It merely gave words to something that existed already."

So that's it. Those are the books that made me cry. Click on the titles and it will take you to the reviews of those books <3

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