Feature & Follow Friday: Crying Books


Feature & Follow is a weekly blog hop hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee.

What was the last book that made you cry?

This was a really hard one for me, because I generally stay away from sad books. I don’t like to cry and I don’t like books that are designed to make you cry. They’re just not for me. I had to look through my Goodreads shelves and I finally came up with two.

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I read Hallowed in August 2013. I can’t remember if I cried or not, but I probably did. (Read my review of Hallowed.)

For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn’t prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

I know I cried when I read Deadline just about a year ago. It’s a very emotional book, and the type I usually avoid. In fact, the main reason I read it was because I couldn’t find any other YA books set in Idaho and I needed one for my 50 States Challenge. I wasn’t writing reviews when I read Deadline, but I gave it three stars on Goodreads.

Ben Wolf has big things planned for his senior year. Had big things planned. Now what he has is some very bad news and only one year left to make his mark on the world.

How can a pint-sized, smart-ass seventeen-year-old do anything significant in the nowheresville of Trout, Idaho?

First, Ben makes sure that no one else knows what is going on–not his superstar quarterback brother, Cody, not his parents, not his coach, no one. Next, he decides to become the best 127-pound football player Trout High has ever seen; to give his close-minded civics teacher a daily migraine; and to help the local drunk clean up his act.

And then there’s Dallas Suzuki. Amazingly perfect, fascinating Dallas Suzuki, who may or may not give Ben the time of day. Really, she’s first on the list.

Living with a secret isn’t easy, though, and Ben’s resolve begins to crumble . . . especially when he realizes that he isn’t the only person in Trout with secrets.



  1. I cried in Hallow. It was a tough book to get through. Love that series! old follower.
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  2. Yes! Hallowed was sad. Deadline sounds interesting! I may check it out (:

  3. I have not heard of Deadline, but I guess it sounded like it was a nice way to discover this book. Great choices
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  4. I havent read anything by Cynthia Hand yet but since I love books that make me cry, I really need to finally pick up a book by her! Great picks

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  5. I haven’t heard of either of those books before, sound interesting though!

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