5 Novels Made for a Cathartic Ugly Cry

Prep yourself to (temporarily) wreck yourself with these heartbreakingly good books.

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Those of us at Silent Book Club know the value of a book-induced sob-fest. Heartache on our own terms? Totally doable. (Unexpected weepy commercials, not so much.)

If you’re in the mood for a couple (dozen) tears, you’ve come to the right place: Silent Book Club members chose the five most heartbreaking novels they’ve read, just for your melancholic enjoyment. These stories are guaranteed to take you on an emotional rollercoaster, but the beauty of fiction is that it’s not real life. There’s something wonderfully cathartic about a good ugly cry—so enjoy the ride, and pass the tissues.

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About Guinevere de la Mare

Guinevere de la Mare

Guinevere de la Mare is a writer based in San Francisco and the founder of Silent Book Club, an international network of book lovers who host introvert happy hours in more than 40 cities. Her first book, I’d Rather be Reading (Chronicle Books), is a love letter to books and readers.

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