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18th Jun 2024

This book has been voted the saddest of all time

Kat O'Connor

I am adding this book to my to-be-read pile immediately

There are so many incredible novels out there that have made me cry like a baby, but one book has been crowned the saddest book of all time.

Like Graham in The Holiday, I’m a big weeper, but there are some books that have left me sobbing like there’s no tomorrow.

However, I’ve not yet read A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and now I’m slightly nervous to.

Many fellow bookworms have been raving about the book for years, but it’s one I’ve never got around to reading.

As many Gen Zers embrace ‘sad girl summer’, they’ve been changing up their reading habits. They’ve been leaning toward more emotional novels with A Little Life coming out on top.

Searches for “sad girl summer” have spiked by 110% over the past month. Instead of lighthearted reads with happily ever afters, heart-wrenching stories are anticipated to grow in popularity as many seek solace from poignant reads.

Experts confirmed that A Little Life had a 90% chance of making readers cry.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven share the tenth place spot with a 76% chance of eliciting tears.

It comes as no surprise to see All the Bright Places feature in the top 10. The Jennifer Niven novel is one of my all time favourite novels, but so unbelievably heartbreaking at the same time.

It completely broke my heart when I read it but it’s one of those books that will stick with you long after you’ve finished reading it.

The young adult novel is one you need to pick up if you’re embracing sad girl summer, but be warned, it’s a harrowing read.

You can check out the top 10 saddest books below:

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala

I Fell in Love with Hope by Lancali

A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole

Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper

Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

Blood Sisters by Vanessa Lillie

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Night by Elie Wiesel

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

What is the saddest book you’ve ever read?