books that made me cry like I did during college finals


Finals week is over, which means I can finally decompress and enjoy life. This past semester has been seriously tough mentally and emotionally, so I couldn’t help but cry in relief that I’m done. As a sympathetic crier (I start tearing up when others cry), it doesn’t take much to make my eyes sweat. I thought I’d compile a list of books that made me tear up as a celebration of finishing this semester. (Don’t question my logic… my brain is fried and I don’t feel like thinking).

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

This is probably one of the most popular YA books that is known to make almost every reader cry. I was no exception. The themes of death, grief, and healing really hit home, and I bawled like a baby after finishing this story.

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

TW: depression

ACOSF covers a bit of mental health, and I really liked the way that SJM incorporated it into the story. A lot of the time, pop culture depicts depression as this person who is always crying and can’t get out of bed. While that can be one reaction to depression, not everyone experiencing it acts that way. For me, personally, I tend to lash out and get angry rather than sad. To see that reflected in Nesta made me feel heard, and I cried because it reminded me of the similar experiences I had. I also cried at the message that everyone, regardless of who they are and what they’ve done, deserves love and happiness, and it is never too late to ask for help. It’s something I wished someone had told/showed me a couple years ago when my depression was at an all-time high, and I’m glad there is now a popular book that spreads that message to a large audience.

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

At the climax and ending of this book, I thought I was going to combust. Either in tears or just straight up emotions. There is so much going on in this book, and so much that Daunis (the main character) goes through, that I needed to take a break to just sit and feel my emotions after I finished reading. If you want a Native Nancy Drew murder mystery story, this is the book for you. It is fast-paced, thrilling, INTENSE, and genuinely one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.

Heartstopper, Volume 1 by Alice Oseman

Like I said at the beginning, it doesn’t take much to get me to cry. Seeing anyone/anything crying, I will start tearing up. It’s to the point that I will start tearing up when I see drawings of people crying. Seriously. I wish I was joking, but I’m not. There is a scene towards the end of Heartstopper, Volume 1 where one of the character ends up crying and I couldn’t help but cry along with them.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

While most of this book is super fun, there are a few scenes that highlight the pressures of being a public figure and trying to meet the expectations of the people while also not losing yourself in the process. In those very real moments, where the characters are at their most vulnerable is when I started crying. I said before that seeing artwork with crying people can tear me up, but also reading about people crying can tear me up too.

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Felix is Black, queer, and transgender. The emotional journey he goes through as he tries to discover his identity, figure out relationships, and find himself was a roller-coaster, and there were many times I found myself tearing up and wanting to give the dude a hug. This book is seriously powerful, and worth a read!

Check, Please! Book 2: Sticks & Scones by Ngozi Ukazu

Check, Please! Book 2: Sticks & Scones by Ngozi Ukazu

On a happier note, I teared up after reading the second volume of Check, Please! because the ending was just so darn cute. We follow the college journey of Bitty, a boy who loves baking, hockey, and boys. Seeing him and his friends grow as characters has made me fall in love with them, and it was a little bittersweet to say goodbye when this series ended.

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

Kind of on the same boat as Check, Please!, I was sad to say goodbye to the characters in the Mistborn series. You watch them go to hell and back to save their world, and the ending killed me. I was reeling days after I finished the last book, and I still think about that ending to this day.

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I never really thought about it, but there are a lot of different reasons that books can make me cry. I hope this post doesn’t discourage anyone from picking these up (all of these books are amazing stories in their own way). For those of you in university, I hope your semester and finals are going/have gone well. For those who are not college students, hope your week was great!

Thank you for reading! ❤

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Stay awkward and amazing!

15 thoughts on “books that made me cry like I did during college finals

    • Jessica 05/23/2021 / 2:18 pm

      I couldn’t think of a better title LOL

      All of these books are amazing in their own way. I hope you enjoy them!

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    • Jessica 05/23/2021 / 2:19 pm

      I hope you found what you were looking for! ❤


  1. Sofii @ A Book. A Thought. 05/23/2021 / 7:57 am

    I think it would be weird if someone told me didn’t cry with A Monster Calls!! IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL, HEARTBREAKING & PURE 🥺🥺🥺🥺✨

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    • Jessica 05/23/2021 / 2:24 pm

      Yes! A Monster Calls was so well-written and beautiful. I was reading some reviews on Goodreads, and turns out there are a few people who didn’t cry after reading it. I was a little surprised, but I guess it didn’t hit the same way for them as it does with a lot of readers.

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  2. Lauren 05/24/2021 / 1:01 pm

    Congrats on finishing finals! A bunch of these books are Big Criers for me, too – especially Felix Ever After and Check, Please! Also, wow, reading RWRB right before the election was emotional.

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    • Jessica 05/24/2021 / 7:32 pm

      Thank you! I’m so glad the semester is finally over XD

      I agree that RWRB is super emotional! Even though I read it years after the election it brought back some no-so-great memories….

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  3. Salonie Malhotra 05/29/2021 / 9:33 am

    Great you made it to the end of semester. I don’t know how I did, especially when it’s a Masters course.

    Besides, thanks for this cry worthy book list, going to order a few books now.

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    • Jessica 05/29/2021 / 3:52 pm

      Congrats on finishing this semester! I can’t imagine working towards my Masters during a pandemic… Hopefully next semester will be better

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  4. María Paula 07/24/2021 / 12:31 pm

    This title alone made me drop everything to read this. xD It’s fantastic.

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