5 Books to Read if You Want to Get Feelsy and Emotional

Sometimes, letting your feels out can be good for you.
by The Candy Staff   |  Nov 10, 2021
Image: (LEFT TO RIGHT) The Gift of Everything/Andrews McMeel Publishing, The Fault in Our Stars/Dutton Books
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Sad, cryfest-inducing novels: They're not everyone's cup of tea. Some bookworms are more into stories where everyone goes home with their happy endings. Others are into narratives that take them to faraway worlds and let them assume personas they couldn't be in real life. But not everyone is into books with devastating plots that leave readers in a puddle of tears (As if our real-world problems aren't enough to make us cry!). 

But hear us out: Reading books that draw out the ~feels~ in you, make you tear up, or make you experience emotions you can't label could also do you some good. Sometimes, these types of stories help us process our own feelings when we're too busy to do so because of life and everything else in between. Delving into someone else's emotional story may help us understand our own feelings and identify just exactly what we're experiencing. You can say it's kind of like why we listen to sad music when we're sad. It can also introduce us to emotions we've never felt before or feelings we can only imagine through someone else's description of it. So if you're in the mood to get feelsy and emotional, grab any of these titles and let it all out.

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Warning: Some books might contain themes related to death and other potentially trigerring content. 

Books to read if you want to get feelsy and emotional:

Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall

Their relationship may be a secret because she isn't ready to come out yet, but Corinne Parker is completely in love with girlfriend Maggie Bailey, the cross-country team captain of a rival school. When Maggie dies in a car accident, Corrine has to deal with the grief of losing someone she loved on her own because no one ever knew that their relationship even existed.

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper follows the story of Anna Fitzgerald, a thirteen-year-old who embarks on a battle for medical emancipation from her parents after being asked to donate a kidney to her sister Kate, who has acute leukemia. The movie adaptation is a certified tear-jerker, but certain differences in the film's and the novel's plots make the book worth picking up.

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If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern

Hardened by a life where she grew up in a dysfunctional family and now has to take care of a haphazard sister's six-year-old son Luke, Elizabeth Egan leaves no room for chaos and mischief in her life. That is until she started seeing Luke's imaginary friend, a man named Ivan, for herself. If you're up for a story with a little magical touch and an emotional kick, give this novel a try.

The Gift of Everything by Lang Leav

Sometimes, short poems are enough to elicit the strongest emotions, and if you're a fan of Lang Leav, this anthology featuring her works from Love & Misadventure and Love Looks Pretty on You as well as 35 new poems might just be the bite-sized emotional whirlwind you need.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

At this point, anyone and everyone knows the story of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. The book may be laced with themes related to terminal illness, but Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace Lancaster's love and life stories will make you ride a rollercoaster of emotions and expressions—from laughter, to grief, and love.

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