To Kill a Mockingbird is possibly my most favorite book of all time. I talk about it a lot. (You can read my latest comments on it here, and you can also read a really old review of it here.) Now I suppose there's plenty of poetic moments where I could've cried, but it's that little scene where Jem comes out of the courtroom crying and protesting that it's not fair. That was when I couldn't fight back my tears.
Milkweed is another book that I've talked about before. I don't know exactly why this book is my favorite World War II story, but it is. I'm sure you probably think that I cried because someone died in a concentration camp, or something horrible happened to one of the characters. But really I cried at the end of the book, and I cried because the main character became a pathetic old man. An old man who still didn't understand what had happened, and an old man who stood on street corners and babbled helplessly about his lost friends to anyone who would listen. It was the saddest picture ever, and I cried my eyes out.
As for Black Beauty? Well I don't like to admit it, but I have hated the story of Black Beauty for years. It's my own fault, really. I think I tried to read it when I was six or seven. Seriously, what kid reads Black Beauty when they're seven? Anyway, it was too much for me, and ever since then, I have considered it an unspeakably horrific book. I should probably read it again, especially since I liked My Friend Flicka. But I don't know. I just can't get over that awful first impression when I cried all day over Black Beauty.
What about you? Do books make you cry? Or, more specifically, which books made/make you cry?
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