Heart-wrenching, emotional and compelling, or overly
sentimental, navel-gazing and insipid? You make up
mind, but remember, keep those tissues ready!!

The fault in our stars
by John Green (2012)
A monster calls
by Patrick Ness (2011)
The book thief
by Markus Zusak (2005)

Jennie of White Peak Farm
by Berlie Doherty (2003)
Before I die
by Jenny Downham (2007)
If I stay
by Gayle Forman (2009)
First book in the If I stay series

Dear Vincent
by Mandy Hager (2013)

Red tears
by Joanna Kenrick (2007)
by Patricia McCormick (2006)
A child called "It"
by Dave Pelzer (1995)
First book in the A child called "It" series

Blue skies and gunfire
by K.M. Peyton (2006)

My sister's keeper
by Jodi Picoult (2004)

The lovely bones
by Alice Sebold (2002)

by Elie Wiesel (1958)
First book in the Night series

by Patricia Wood (2007)

A voice in the distance
by Tabitha Suzuma (2008)