top ten tuesday – ten books that feature characters who made me cry

it’s tuesday and i am again participating in the “top ten tuesday”, which is a weekly challenge hosted by the broke and the bookish. this weeks topic is:

Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________: Examples: Ten books that feature black main characters, characters who hold interesting jobs, characters who have a mental illness, characters that are adopted, characters that play sports, etc, etc. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

i started to think about this topic and i really didn’t know what i should choose. but then i thought about my favorite characters, that i love so much, although they have their problems and struggle. each and every one of them is unique in their own way and i love them, although they seem tough or broken. but they have one thing in common, no matter what their story is, they all made me cry.


“ten books that feature characters who made me cry”


1.) ove from “a man called ove” by fredrik backman


if you’ve been on my blog for a while, you’ll know that i love ove with all my heart. this grumpy, old man made me cry so much. i can totally understand why he is living the life, he’s living. i can understand why he is the man he is. and i knew right from the beginning, that i will love this character. his story is so heartbreaking, that it’s no wonder, that he struggles so much with his life. he is grumpy, he doesn’t like people and he is hard to be around. but you love him no matter what, because his story will break your heart and make you love him even more.


2.) henry from “we are the ants” by shaun david hutchinson


i couldn’t make this list without putting henry on it. oh my dear henry. i totally and completely understood him. he made me cry so much. he has to deal with a lot and it’s totally understandable, how he acts. this book is so wonderful and henry’s character is written so beautifully. please read this book, because no matter how hard henry struggles, this book will make you smile in the end (after all the tears).


3.) rachel from “words in deep blue” by cath crowley


i just finished this book but i can’t stop thinking about it. it broke me but i loved it. and i loved rachel. she goes through a lot and i could totally relate to her right from the beginning. i felt what she felt. i cried when she cried. i loved when she loved. rachel’s life is complicated and full of grief, but she manages to live it no matter what. i was so proud of her and she definitely became one of my favorite characters.


4.) eliza from “eliza and her monsters” by francesca zappia


eliza struggles a lot throughout this book. she doesn’t have a perfect life and she has her issues, which don’t make it easy for her. but eliza is also strong and i love her development in this book. she grows up but she also stands up for what she thinks is right. she has to deal with a lot of pressure, but she is doing great in my opinion and although this book made my cry so much, i was happy how it turned out in the end.


5.) charlie from “the perks of being a wallflower” by stephen chbosky


charlie broke my heart. like multiple times when i read the book. but also watching the movie. i loved his character and i could totally relate to him, after everything was clear in the end. i loved his development and how he starts to enjoy his life, after meeting sam and patrick. charlie is strong and i am so happy, that i read his story.


6.) mateo from “they both die at the end” by adam silvera


oh mateo. my dear mateo. ❤ i love this characters so much. his story is heartbreaking but i am so happy about his development in this book. his anxiety and his fears broke my heart and i was so glad, that he put them behind and started to live. he broke free and he struggled, but he had a great time in the end and loved how he came out of himself.


7.) simon from “simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda” by becky albertalli


if you’ve read this book, you’ll know why simon needs to be on this list. this guy is sooooo adorable, that it’s not possible not to love him. he has a tough life and he has his struggles throughout this book, but i think he manages the best way possible. i was crying so much in the end, because i was so happy for simon and how everything turned out. this guy. ❤


8.) kaz brekker from “six of crows” by leigh bardugo


everybody knows, that kaz brekker had a tough past. his background story got me shook and it hit me really, really hard. i could totally understand, why he struggles so much and why he does things his way. but i still love him. with all my heart. i just want to hold him all the time and be by his side, because i love that character and what leigh bardugo did with him. his past made me sob so much and i even didn’t want to imagine it. oh my poor kaz! ❤


9.) starr from “the hate you give” by angie thomas


starr’s life is definitely far from easy. i absolutely can’t imagine what she has to go through in this book. i just know that i love her so much. she is so strong, it’s unbelievable. i was so proud of her at the end of this book. i cried so much and this book hit me right in the heart. it’a tragic and heartbreaking story.


10.) vic from “kids of appetite” by david arnold


i read this book at the beginning of this year and it crushed me. i cried so much, i don’t even know how i managed to finish that book. but vic’s story was so heartbreaking and his journey and struggle throughout this book hit me so hard. don’t get me wrong, i love this book and i will definitely be reading it soon again, but it really crushed me. vic is such a great character, his story will move you and break you. also, all those great quotes in this book. i just love it! ❤



what about you? did any of these characters made you cry too? do you agree or disagree with me? let me know in the comments, if you had the same connection with the characters as i did! 🙂

29 thoughts on “top ten tuesday – ten books that feature characters who made me cry

  1. Six of Crows and THUG are the only ones that I’ve read.. I HATE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS. Because then I’m like “Oh, I need to read that one. And that one. Adding that one as well.”

    ~ What do you mean, my TBR is out of control? It’s noooooot! *coughs*

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  2. Hey Hey honey bunny! I’m soooo with you on Eliza and Her Monsters – that book was intense to the max, I totally didn’t expect the flood of emotions I received after reading it! Ooo – I’m so adding A Man Called Ove to my TBR. ❤

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  3. Ahhh great choices! THUG is so heartbreaking… I’m currently reading History is All You Left Me and boy, do I feel a heartbreak coming. Will probably read They Both Die At The End, too.

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