When it comes to reading, I’m not a stranger to becoming emotionally involved in the books that I pick up. From laughing my head off to clutching the cover in fear, the emotions that I experience are as varied as the stories that I read. Despite all of these emotions that I go through while reading, it is rare to have a book cause me to fully break out into tears. Sure, there have many stories that have made my heart to fall to pieces, but I can actually count on one hand the number of books that have caused me to actually cry. In fact, the list is so short that I might as well list them below!
1. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery: That scene with Matthew at the end still makes me burst into tears every single time that I re-read it!
2. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck: This book is just plain depressing! Enough said!
3. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje: How could you not cry over a tragic love story like that?!?
4. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen: The fact that the main character was still so deeply in love with his wife even years after her death was just too much for me to keep the tears in check!
5. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins: As much as this book made me angry, the final scene with Finnick actually caused me to shed some tears. What can I say? He was my favourite character!
This past week, however, One Day by David Nicholls achieved the nearly impossible, and joined my list of tear jerking and cry inducing reads! Unfortunately, when many people hear a book described as a tear jerker, they may decide to avoid it altogether. After all, who wants to read a book with a depressing undertone? Far from it! In my opinion, stories that cause readers to break out fully into tears are the books that are the most powerful! It takes a truly deep connection and understanding of the characters to become so emotionally involved in their stories that you actually start to cry.
This was exactly what happened to me as soon as I started reading about the lives of Emma and Dexter in One Day. From page one I felt myself completely drawn into their lives, and cheered them on from the sidelines as they attempted to find happiness in a world that seemed against them. After falling in love with Emma and Dexter, trying to hold back my tears at the end of the novel was like trying to hold back a flood in a tsunami! Seriously. I dare you to go pick up a copy and try not to cry!
Despite my flood inducing tears at the end of the story, that isn’t to say that the entire book is depressing and sad. For as many serious moments that were included in the novel, there were just as many laugh out loud, and funny scenes that ultimately made Dexter and Emma so darn likeable! Even through all of their faults (and these characters have TONS of faults), you can’t help but want them to achieve their dreams.
Overall, I wish that I could find the right way to describe how utterly charming, memorable, and mesmerizing this book was, but I don’t think that I’ll ever be able to put it adequately into words. Even though One Day made me bawl my eyes out like a baby, it will forever hold a place of honour in my heart and has become one of my all time favourite reads. After all, it isn’t often that I find a book powerful enough to make me cry!