Feature and Follow Friday: What was the last book that made you cry? (6)

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This week’s topic:

What was the last book that made you cry?

GrimTechnically the last book that made me shed a tear was Grim, the anthology edited by Christine Johnson (the story ‘Beast/Beast’ by Tess Graddon), but seeing as how I’m still reading it I’m actually going to tell you about another book, the one before that.

That book was ‘It Felt Like a Kiss’ by Sarra Manning. It’s a contemporary chick-lit-y romance kinda thing for adults, so it’s not the normal kind of thing that I read, except that I love Sarra Manning. She manages to write the most spectacularly real characters ever. Love her.

It Felt Like A KissSo anyway in this book we’ve got Ellie who’s this completely normal girl who is suddenly thrust into the spotlight after her jerkass of an ex-boyfriend sells the proof of her rockstar paternatage to a newspaper (why yes I did just make up a word, roll with it). But before this happened, Ellie broke up with the jerkass for being an irresponsible yobbo who only wanted to get drunk, high, and laid at a music festival. The jerkass accuses Ellie of being boring, highly strung, uptight, and in need of relaxing.

This hit me home really hard because I completely identified with Ellie being a hardworking, struggling young woman who was serious and mature and professional, all of which I am, too. I have been aware of my straight ways since a very young age, and I was never invited to a party as a teenager, and when my teen friends started smoking they never offered any to me. I’ve never been offered drugs or anything, either, because people know I’m just gonna say no. I was excluded because I was boring (well-behaved) and because I’m also shy people think I’m aloof or cold. I’m not, I’m just cursed with the inability to make small talk. I’m a shy introvert who prefers books and basically my whole peer group weren’t like that at all.

Anyway, Ellie was accused of being all these things and that’s one of my fears, that people think that of me, that I was like that, that that’s why I don’t make friends easily. Never mind the fact that I don’t want to be friends with people who think that of me! But anyway, it just hit way too close to home and I had to put the book down and ugly cry for about ten minutes while I worked through my own emotional trauma.

See my review for It Felt Like a Kiss here: complete with dream casting!

What was the last book that made you cry?


About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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13 thoughts on “Feature and Follow Friday: What was the last book that made you cry? (6)

    1. Nemo

      Some of the stories are just so amazing! Some of them are not so good. Overall is was definitely worth the read. I’m planning on getting a physical copy, too.

  1. Brona

    You are not boring!
    You are an intelligent young woman who has an active interest in reading and writing.
    Be proud!!
    and read Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain

  2. alicejaneatorly

    I *must* get my hands on Grim. Must. Also, did I just see on your GR widget that you are *just now* reading Twilight? 1) Why did you wait? 2) Why *now*?

    My FF.

    New Bloglovin’, FB, Twitter, GR, & tumblr follower. 🙂

    1. Nemo

      No no, I’m RE-reading Twilight. I’ve read it two or three times already. Sometimes I just need some escapist crap. I actually haven’t picked up back up for months.

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