September 18, 2015

Personal Tearjerkers (+ Giveaway)

I'm thrilled to be participating in the First & Then Superlative Blog Tour (especially after I read and thoroughly enjoyed First & Then)! Each blogger on the tour got assigned a different superlative, and will be posting about it on their designated date. Here's mine...

When I was assigned the Biggest Tearjerker superlative, it struck me as quite ironic. I don't cry very often when I'm reading young adult novels (case in point: I did not cry reading Code Name Verity or The Fault in Our Stars). So, when I tell you that these YA books made me sob like a baby, it's a big deal (in my opinion). My emotional connection to these stories was really strong, and I'm sure many other readers will feel the same way.

Second Chance Summer | Morgan Matson's novel centers around Taylor Edwards, who discovers the magic of second chances - in friendship, in love, in family, in life - during one summer.

Torn Away | Jennifer Brown skillfully writes the story of Jersey Cameron, a girl who faces the aftermath left behind by the tornado that takes away her family and her home.

The Start of Me and You | Emery Lord tackles the trials and triumphs that Paige Hancock experiences as she attempts to embrace a fresh start in her life.

Inheritance | Christopher Paolini brings his epic fantasy series, the Inheritance Cycle, to a fitting, emotional close, wrapping up this portion of Eragon and Saphira's adventures beautifully.

Queen of Shadows | Sarah J. Maas adds another incredible book to her Throne of Glass series, this time focusing on Aelin Ashryver Galathynius and her journey for vengeance & victory.

Mortal Heart | Robin LaFevers finishes off the His Fair Assassin series by revealing Annith's tale, setting her personal journey against the backdrop of the political situation in Brittany.

As a special treat, I asked Emma Mills, author of First & Then, to tell me her top five films that made her cry. Without further ado, here's Emma to talk about them! Spoiler alert: I've seen all these films and would second her endorsement of them as tearjerkers!

A Little Princess | This is such a beautiful (and at times, heartbreaking!) film.
Toy Story 3 | I was openly sobbing by the end of this movie. I went and found my childhood toys after because I have always suspected that they actually have feelings.
Up | Up had me crying in the first ten minutes.
My Sister's Keeper | I know the film is very different from the book, but it still really got the tears flowing!
The Notebook | It's a classic!

Thanks for sharing, Emma! I definitely love the films you've chosen and in particular, the middle three are the ones I remember sobbing like there was no tomorrow for. So glad you visited the blog today!

The lovely folks at Macmillan are generously offering 1 finished copy of First & Then to my readers! This giveaway is US only, and you can enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

And don't forget to check out the rest of the tour stops, which you can find listed in the super cute yearbook-style graphic below!


  1. Oh dear. I cry often when reading books, and I'm planning on reading Mortal Heart soon! I don't remember if The Start of Me and You made me cry (probably), but Torn Away just yanked at my tears. They flowed on and off throughout the entire book! It made me so emotional. That's one of my favorite tearjerkers. :)

  2. The only books that made me cry are "The Fault In Our Stars" and Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. Thanks so much for the giveaway. First & Then sounds amazing, I've seen it around a lot on booktube :)

  3. The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand made me SOB. Great list!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  4. I'm not one to cry much while reading, but Second Chance Summer definitely had me breaking down! More recently I cried during Come Away with Me (did NOT see that twist coming!) and All the Bright Places.

  5. All The Bright Places!!

  6. I watched almost all those movies, and cried during them. I haven't read any of those books yet, so I'll definitely have to read them. I love a good emotional book.

    Nicole @ Boundless Bookaholic

  7. Definitely The Notebook, along with pretty much any romantic comedy. As for books, the latest one was We Were Liars. A few others are The Nightingale, most books by Jodi Picoult, etc.

    Nicole @ Boundless Bookaholic

  8. Well Fault in our Stars is a recent one. My Sister's Keeper is another.

  9. I've had Grave Mercy on my wishlist for a while but there's just so much to read!

  10. This blog tour is going to be so wonderful! I definitely agree that Up, Toy Story 3, and The Notebook are tearjerkers! They get me every time.

  11. I haven’t read any of these books, but they on my tbr-list.

  12. I completely sobbed at the end of Beaches the first time I saw it.

  13. TFiOS definitely made me cry. Also, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  14. The first movie that I can remember crying during as a little kid (still makes me tear up) was My Girl. As I got older movies (and books) like A Walk to Remember and Now is Good (AKA Before I Die) tore me up. Also, the movie Up & a few other Disney movies pull at my heartstrings bringing a tear or 2 or 200 to my eye.


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