What was the first book that broke your heart?
I was inspired to ask this question by a friend who wrote on her Facebook status that her son came downstairs sobbing one night, because Charlotte’s Web broke his heart. It’s a very special and sad thing to go through, especially when you’re young, with that ability to lose yourself much more thoroughly in a book. I’ve read lots of books by now that have heartbreaking aspects to them, but the ones I remember most are from when I was young.
The two that come to mind right away are:
- Rilla of Ingleside, by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Her books always had tragic moments, but this one made me cry outright and write reams in my diary when I was about eleven. The saddest thing I had ever read to date. I’d probably still cry if I read it again.
- My Girl, by Patricia Hermes. It’s the one that was made into a movie with Macaulay Culkin, but I loved the book much more than the movie. I felt very real sympathy for the heroine – her sorrow made me feel inwardly tragic for at least a couple weeks.
(For the record, I know my parents read Charlotte’s web to us, and it’s definitely sad and made an impression on me, but it helps to have your mom or dad right there to comfort you on the spot.)