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Monday, 21 June 2021

Saddest book I've ever read

 I'm going to open this particular Long and Short Reviews topic by saying that I am not a person who cries over books. Hell, I'm not really a person who cries over films either. I am definitely not someone who seeks out weepy books or films (and have never read Nicholas Sparks for that reason).

So the book I eventually came up with for this topic?

The Virgin Suicides.

As you can probably gather from a title like that, it has a lot of teenage angst and, yes, suicides, but it is beautifully written and manages to avoid the tacky shock value that it could otherwise have had.

I didn't cry over it, but I did find it moving, and that's about as far as I go.

So what's the saddest book you've ever read?


  1. Ooh, good pick! I haven’t thought about that book in years.

  2. I'll have to check that one out. I've heard of it, but haven't read it yet. Will remedy that. Thanks!

  3. That title really says it all! And if it's about teen angst and suicide, I can imagine how it all went about.
    ~ Lex (

    1. It was also made into a fairly good film, although the book was better.

  4. I am absolutely with you on not reading sad books. That said: good pick!

  5. This one sounds like an interesting read.

  6. I'd prefer to read fun and uplifting books vs. sad! Thanks for stopping by :)