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Top 5 books that make you cry

A week ago Write About Me was voted in the Top 5 books that make you cry by Indie Author Land. 

Here’s what they wrote: “Each week we pick a topic and chose our top 5 free or hugely discounted novels on the subject. Books that make us cry. The recent box office success of the movie incarnation of the bestselling novel, The Fault In Our Stars has got us thinking of some of the most emotional books we’ve read of recent, books that left us with a lump in our throats, and a speck in our eye. Here are our favourite five.”

Write About Me appears at the top of the list, along with four other fantastic books that I can’t wait to read:

I was so excited to see my book at the top of that list because it’s something a lot of my readers say to me. And even more exciting is the buzz it has created on twitter! So many authors, indie author pages, writers, readers and just random people who love books that make them cry have been tweeting and retweeting like I’ve never experienced. Thanks to everyone, and thanks so much to Indie Author Land, for their love of books!

So I thought it would be a good opportunity to post a review from one of my readers who definitely needed tissues while she read Write About Me:

An important story: tissues are a must
By Melissa-Jane Fogarty (GoodReads Review Feb 17, 2104)
Write About Me is a young adult story about a teenage runaway. But it isn’t just another YA story about love and boys and heartbreak and it certainly isn’t fantasy.

It is an important story.

Perhaps this seems so important to me because the life of the main character Annabelle and those around her are so close to reality that they could be real people.

From within the first few chapters, it is clear to the reader that Annabelle’s mental state is not quite right. She has conversations in her head with ‘Anna’ and ‘Bell’ who are both very controlling and are the ones who continually set Annabelle on the wrong path. I found myself so frustrated with Anna and Bell, and Annabelle for not being able to stand up to them, but in reality, people who suffer from mental health problems, are controlled (to differing degrees) by their disorder, unless they seek help.

There are so many important elements in this story: the loss of a child, the difficulty in finding good help from the authorities in locating missing teens, undiagnosed mental health problems, domestic abuse of children and drug and alcohol use amongst teens. I feel as though most people can relate to at least one of those issues.

In spite of all the sadness though, there were light-hearted, happy moments and those were what really created the much needed balance whilst reading such a devastating story. I could talk for hours about this book, but instead of giving too much more away you had best read it for yourself and discover all the highs and lows that I myself felt while reading this story.

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