Books that made me cry

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell 

Taking place over a school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park tells the tale of two misfit teenagers. Although they understand that first love rarely endures, they are courageous and yearning enough to give it a chance. 

Marley & Me by John Grogan 

Can a wild and mischievous dog lead humans to happiness? John and Jenny Grogan, young and in love, brought home Marley, a rambunctious Labrador who turned their lives upside down. Despite his chaotic antics and expulsion from obedience school, Marley's unwavering love and loyalty taught them about the true nature of unconditional love. 

Powerful by Lauren Roberts

Set during the events of the New York Times bestseller Powerless, this novella follows fan-favorite Adena as she navigates life on the streets of Loot and falls for a mysterious Elite. Adena and Paedyn, inseparable since childhood, have always protected each other, but Paedyn's selection for the deadly Purging Trials leaves Adena to fend for herself. After a failed theft, Adena is saved by Mak, a mysterious Elite with a shadowy past, and together they embark on a perilous journey that tests their loyalty, love, and survival. 

“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” This poignant novel centers on a Chinese American family in 1970s Ohio, where Lydia, the favored daughter of Marilyn and James Lee, is expected to achieve the dreams her parents couldn't. When her body is discovered in a lake, the family's fragile harmony shatters, leading them into turmoil. Everything I Never Told You is a deeply emotional tale of family, secrets, and longing, offering a gripping narrative and an intimate exploration of the struggles within familial relationships.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

A beautiful and distinguished family.

A private island.

A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.

A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.

A revolution. An accident. A secret.

Lies upon lies.

True love.

The truth. 

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. 

Despite the life-extending medical breakthrough she has experienced, Hazel has always faced a terminal diagnosis, her fate sealed from the start. However, when the charming Augustus Waters joins her Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story takes an unexpected and transformative turn.

Salama Kassab was a pharmacy student with a typical teenage life when the call for freedom erupted in Syria, living with her parents and brother. Now, she volunteers at a hospital in Homs, aiding the daily influx of wounded while secretly yearning to escape the country before her sister-in-law, Layla, gives birth. Her intense fear has manifested as an imagined companion, Khawf, who urges her to leave, but Salama grapples with her loyalty to Syria and her will to survive. Amidst the chaos of war, military assaults, and her moral dilemmas, she encounters a boy she was meant to meet, causing her to question her decision to leave. Ultimately, Salama must recognize the true nature of the conflict as a revolution and decide how to join the cry for Syria’s freedom. 

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