[Top Ten Tuesday] Top Ten Ships That Broke My Heart (Just A Little)

top ten tuesday “Top Ten Tuesday” is a meme started by The Broke and the Bookish. Each Tuesday a new list is posted, highlighting a variety of topics.

Because this week’s topic is a Top Ten Tuesday Freebie, I thought I’d discuss:

Top Ten Ships That Broke My Heart (Just A Little)

Maybe something inside of me is simply masochistic, but I often find myself falling in love with ships that are somewhat doomed from the start. I see it more in television than I do in books, but I seem to have a natural proclivity for any sort of couple that is fated to experience enormous hardships, to suffer, to make my heart feel ALL THE FEELINGS until there is nothing left to do but cry into my pillow. Sometimes the two actually end up together; sometimes it’s impossible. Each time, I’m left reaching for the tissue boxes and wondering WHY these amazing, perfectly-suited people can’t find the happiness they deserve.

(I’ll try to avoid it, but because I’m talking about the fates of couples, SPOILERS are abound.)

sloppy firsts - megan mccafferty10. Jessica Darling/Marcus Flutie
(Sloppy Firsts, Megan McCafferty)

“You, yes, you, linger inside my heart,
The same you who stopped us before we could start.”

Jessica and Marcus are that couple you root for from the beginning. Sure, he’s a little difficult to understand and he has a terrible reputation, and their first real encounter happened to be him asking her to pee in a cup for him, but as Sloppy Firsts goes on, you can’t help but want them to be together. The two of them are sarcastic, hilarious, intelligent, and despite the fact that they’re different people, they’re able to connect on a level most people can’t — in high school. What’s special about the Jessica Darling series is that you’re able to see Marcus and Jessica grow. The nerdy poetry, the adorable and witty converstions, their endearing awkwardness is still present in all the subsequent books, but the two of them experience so many real-life relationship issues (long distance, cheating, doubt, miscommunication) that the journey to the end isn’t smooth. I’m not the biggest fan of Charmed Thirds or Fourth Comings because of the things Jessica and Marcus endure (and the last half of Fourth Comings always makes me cry for them), but even then, I had faith that somehow they’d be able to overcome it all.
(Spoiler alert: they did, and Perfect Fifths is beautiful.)

cinder - marissa meyer9. Linh Cinder/Prince Kai
(Cinder, Marissa Meyer)

“He was the fantasy of every girl in the country. He was so far out of realm, her world, that she should have stopped thinking about him the second the door had closed. Should stop thinking about him immediately. Should never think about him again, except maybe as a client — and her prince.
And yet, the memory of his fingers against her skin refused to fade.”

If you can’t tell from my review, I might have screamed a little bit after finishing Cinder. Cinder and Kai’s friendship (along with all the crazy Lunar queen/plague stuff) is what kept me turning the pages late into the night, trying to reach the end of the novel where, finally, the two of them could just be together. I’ll admit that I thought the road would be relatively easy for them. Yes, Cinder’s a cyborg and considered a less-than-second-class citizen, and yes, Kai is the Crown Prince, but their story is also a Cinderella retelling, so at one point, after the ball, the shoe was supposed to fit and the boy was supposed to get the girl. (Usually, you think the girl gets the boy in Cinderella tales, but here, Kai does the chasing, all awkward and adorable and boyish-like. It was too easy to ship them.) However, Marissa Meyer’s novel is filled with intricacies and details and… complications, and at the end of Book One, Cinder is detained and Kai is probably and unwillingly in the clutches of Levana trying to do what is right for the kingdom.

if i stay - gayle forman8. Mia Hall/Adam Wilde
(If I Stay, Gayle Forman)

“If you stay, I’ll do whatever you want. I’ll quit the band, go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I’ll do that, too.”

If I Stay is a huge boatload of emotion, from beginning to end. The book is about Mia, who is in a coma after surviving a car crash that killed the rest of her family, and her boyfriend Adam, who understands the significance of her loss but loves her immensely as well. Given the nature of the story, with Mia trying to deal with her own grief through her memories of her mom, dad, and brother, and Adam grieving for her family and for her, it’s easy to see why If I Stay stole my heart and then threw it in a blender. Though I loved the ending, I’m glad Gayle Forman wrote a sequel. Where She Went delved deeper into Mia and Adam’s feelings, allowing them to reconnect after anxiety-filled, traumatic grief, until finally, their hearts (and mine) started to mend.

delirium - lauren oliver7. Lena Holoway/Alex Sheathes
(Delirium, Lauren Oliver)

“Every time he brushes me with his fingers, time seems to tether for a second, like it is in danger of dissolving. The whole world is dissolving, I decide, except for us. Us.”

The only reason why Alex and Lena, who made my heart soar and then Lauren Oliver blew it to smithereens, aren’t ranked higher on this list is the chance that they still have with one more book left in the series. For a book banning love, Delirium does an amazing job describing the feelings I associate with first love (and in Alex and Lena’s case, real love), that slow-yet-fast, beautiful freefall into the unknown. I enjoyed all of this couple’s encounters — the way they met (Oh Alex, why does your mischeivous cow rampage make you seem so attractive?), their honest discussions, the fact that he helped her see everything that was wrong with their world and gave her the courage to fight for what she felt, for what felt right. Readers of this series will know exactly why this book requires tissue boxes and chocolates for every reading. The ending is brutal, and the final scene in its sequel Pandemonium doesn’t help either. But my fingers are crossed that through the struggle and tears, love will prevail and Lena and Alex will live happily ever after.
(For more on Alex/Lena, you can find my Delirium review here.)

the book of blood and shadow - robin wasserman6. Nora Kane/Chris Moore
(The Book of Blood and Shadow, Robin Wasserman)

“That’s where it happened, somewhere in between declensions and Lucretian soliloquies and cheesy ‘Ancient Romans Go to Market’ skits, Chris and I fell in like, and Chris and Adriane — with my Cyranoesque assistance — fell in love.”

If you can’t tell from the quote, Nora/Chris is a ship that never exists. I fell in love with him as fast as Nora did, from the adorable way he introduced himself to her to the adorable way they continued their acquaintance-ship (and then friendship). Until they became best friends, so close that they’re able to understand each other without having to explain every single thought. Though Chris isn’t in the book for long, his interactions with Nora and his history with Nora, and the fact that they bonded over Latin (at first), of all things (I love ancient Latin so much), made it easy to fall for them. Unfortunately, Chris is either serial dating or attached to Nora’s other friend, and deep connection or not, they’re never together in the way that I want them to be (except they are – they just don’t realize that it’s called ‘dating’). (Other… issues arise as well, but they’re too huge of a spoiler for me to give away, spoiler warning or not.)

the fault in our stars - john green5. Hazel Grace Lancaster/Augustus Waters
(The Fault in Our Stars, John Green)

“I’m in love with you,” he said quietly.
“Augustus,” I said.
“I am,” he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”

If you know anything about John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, then you’ll know that this book is a roller-coaster of heartbreaks. Hazel has terminal cancer, and as adorkable and quirky and intriguing as she finds Augustus Waters, she doesn’t want him to get attached because the stars are against them — she’s going to die and they’re already doomed. Watching Augustus and Hazel try to fight their feelings (both out of respect for each other), deal with an insensitive broken author (who wrote a book that touched their hearts), and manage a relationship on top of their medical conditions/disabilities is both beautiful and painful. It’s clear to see that The Fault in Our Stars can only end one way, but getting to that ending is still surprising. It makes no sense, but you’re going to be astonished that even after all those tears, you’re somehow teary once more.

sailor moon - naoko takeuchi4. Serenity/Endymion, Tsukino Usagi/Chiba Mamoru
(Sailor Moon, Naoko Takeuchi)

“Endymion… You are my first love… my only love. Even if we’re reborn in another life we’ll find eachother… and then…we’ll fall in love again.”

The only reason why Usagi and Mamoru aren’t number one on this list is because by the end of the series, they’re happy and alive in a way that the next three ships can’t be. Despite their placement here, they’re still the couple I ship the most. Why? Because they’re soulmates. In every sense of the word. Hell, they’re the soulmates that other soulmates write songs about and hope to emulate. How can you argue with two people who fell in love, despite the fact that their kingdoms were at war, and still tried to make the relationship work? Grappling with love and duty, Endymion and Serenity are the prince and princess of my heart, and the way their story ends – with him killed as he tried to save her and her plunging a sword into her heart once her lover, friends, and kingdom fell to ruins — destroys my heart in ways I can’t even name. When the story resumes, the two of them are reborn as Usagi and Mamoru, once again two souls searching for each other but this time with the strength to save the world side-by-side and persevere. Unfortunately, the evil that destroyed them in the past is still at large. Throw in some brain-washing arcs, more evil women with a penchant for the prince, trouble from the future, creepy men with creepy agendas, and… death, and you have Usagi/Mamoru in one heart-moving nutshell. This is a ship you’ll fall in love with once and never abandon.

harry potter - jk rowling3. Lily Evans/James Potter
(Harry Potter, JK Rowling)

“Lily, take Harry and go! It’s him! Go! Run! I’ll hold him off!” Hold him off, without a wand in his hand! [Voldemort] laughed before casting the curse. “Avada Kedavra!” The green light filled the cramped hallway, it lit the pram pushed against the wall, it made the banisters glow like lighting rods, and James Potter fell like a marionette whose strings were cut…

Lily and James are the ship I cry about all the time, not only because they’re absolutely perfect (for each other), but because of the way their lives ended. It seems a little strange to ship two people so strongly when they’re already together and they’re already dead when the series begins. But how can you not when you consider their history? James is that flirtatious, popular, goofy, intelligent, athletic, loyal boy who became so nervous when this seemingly perfect, pretty girl (whose best friend hates your guts) would walk by that he’d fumble with his words and say the wrong thing. Lily is that girl who didn’t seem to fit into either of her worlds — not fully a Muggle, not considered a wizard because of her Muggle-born status — and didn’t understand why that ridiculous, un-serious boy (who somehow happens to do just as well as her in their classes) insisting on pestering her, especially since he doesn’t seem to have a care in the world. I love to think about how these different people finally realized that they had each other all wrong (that they’d both matured over the years), that James wasn’t an ass and Lily was someone he could actually befriend. But then I remember that as charming as their story is, it ended with the two of them dead (betrayed by someone they trusted and thought was their friend!) — James because he took on a dark wizard without a wand (knowing he’d die) just to allow his wife and son to escape, Lily because she sacrificed her life for her son — and I can’t help but feel all the feelings again.
(For more on Lily/James, I rambled about them once on tumblr here.)

catching fire - suzanne collins2. Annie Cresta/Finnick Odair (Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins)

“Finnick!” Something between a shriek and a cry of joy. A lovely if somewhat bedraggled young woman-dark tangled, sea-green eyes-runs towards us. “Finnick!” And suddenly, it’s as if there’s no one in the world. They collide, enfold, lose their balance, and slam against a wall, where they stay. Clinging into one being. Indivisible. No one seeing them could doubt their love.

Finnick Odair’s story (about his Hunger Games experience and how he was forced into prostitution by President Snow) breaks my heart on its own, but throw in his relationship with Annie Cresta and I am a teary mess. I spent all of Catching Fire trying to figure out why Finnick was the way he was (flirtatious, defeatist, kind of hopeless). When I learned about the way he fell in love with a girl he had to mentor for the traumatizing 70th Hunger Games in District 4, I knew they’d be a pairing I’d adore. Sadly, happiness is hard to come by in The Hunger Games. It’s difficult to hear about Annie’s descent into insanity, and it’s difficult to watch the Capitol do anything to keep these two apart. (It’s also really difficult to read what happens to them after they find each other again in Mockingjay, but… I don’t really want to talk about it. *sniffles* )

a great and terrible beauty - libba bray1. Gemma Doyle/Kartik
(A Great and Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray)

“When I dream, I dream of him. For several nights now he’s come to me, waving from a distant shore as if he’s been waiting patiently for me to arrive. He doesn’t utter a word, but his smile says everything: I’ve missed you.”

There are few ships that break my heart as much as Kartik and Gemma, but admittedly, you won’t know why until you read the final book in the trilogy, The Sweet Far Thing. When I think of this ship, the song “At the Beginning” from the Anastasia animated film soundtrack immediately comes to mind. Kartik and Gemma started out as two people who randomly ran into each other on the day her mother died. Then she discovers her powers and they meet each other again. And again. And again. Kartik’s brotherhood, the Rakshana, has assigned him to keep an eye on her and prevent her from entering the Realms, afraid of what her powers could unleash there (at one point, they even order him to kill her). Somewhere along the way, he finds himself unable to get the strange red-headed girl out of his mind. So instead of her enemy, he becomes her unofficial guardian, still watching her but aiding her whenever possible.

Kartik/Gemma is my top heartbreaking ship because they don’t have a chance, even a little bit, of ever being with each other the way all the other couples did. Actually, they were never even together for brief moments like the other ships, always waiting for a future that never arrives because Kartik sacrifices his own life to save her. At the end, he only appears in Gemma’s dreams, waving to her as a tree, waiting for her in the afterlife.

Which ships break your heart (even a little)?


43 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lucy
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 03:53:28

    What a great (& heartbreaking) TTT topic! Alex and Lena are just about the most tortured couple ever, aren’t they? And Finnick and Annie, sniffle sniffle is right. So many of my favorite couples are represented here- and speaking of Cinder I can’t wait to find out what happens next in Scarlet.
    Your blog is gorgeous btw!


    • aimee
      Jul 11, 2012 @ 16:07:21

      Thanks! It was inspired by a lot of depressing love songs (which happen to be most of what I have in my iPod – have no idea why they appeal to me so much!). And I totally agree, Alex and Lena really do seem so tortured. I can’t even imagine falling in love in a world where that’s a crime, and everything in Delirium, especially towards the end, makes me sad for them. Same with Finnick/Annie (only they had just found happiness! how could that get snatched away from them so easily?!), and YES, I can’t wait for Scarlet either!

      Thank you so much! My sister actually designed the header and the background.

      Thanks for following and thanks stopping by!


  2. Paula
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 04:38:59

    OMG Sailor Moon – when this used to be on TV when I was little , this was mine and my sisters fav tv show. Love the books and Im actually re-reading Sloppy Firsts , read it like twice before but decided to read it again 🙂
    New Follower


    • aimee
      Jul 11, 2012 @ 17:03:32

      Sailor Moon used to be my favorite show when I was little too! Since then, though, I fell in love with tons of other anime, and then I went back and watched Sailor Moon in Japanese, unedited, and it was even more amazing. On my list, I’m referencing the graphic novels, which actually contain a more amazing (though also more heartbreaking) story, with a beautiful (happy) ending. I wholeheartedly recommend it!

      Yay Sloppy Firsts! I recently reread them too, and I still fall for Jessica and Marcus every time!

      Thanks for dropping by!


  3. beckireads
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 06:51:38

    This was a really great list. I haven’t read most of the books on your list (yet), but reading about the ships that broke your heart made me want to read the books!


    • aimee
      Jul 11, 2012 @ 17:05:20

      Thank you! You should definitely check them out (but make sure you’re prepared with tissue boxes and chocolate, because some of them are *really* beautifully sad). I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!


  4. barefoot_med_student
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 06:55:02

    Ah, great topic! Hazel and Gus are my favorites, but Finnick and Annie are quite heartwrenching too, come to think of it.


    • aimee
      Jul 11, 2012 @ 17:08:06

      Thanks! I actually had a hard time deciding when to place Augustus and Hazel because there is no doubt that The Fault in Our Stars is gorgeous and sad. Ultimately, I decided that Finnick and Annie were more tragic because after they fell in love, she became traumatized, and he was being used by President Snow, so they’re rarely together and then when they are, Suzanne Collins can’t let them be happy. His story still makes me so sad!


  5. megtao
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 09:13:16

    Oh goodness, Lily and James, Finnick and Annie, and Gus and Hazel all broke my heart more than a little bit.

    Wonderful list Aimee-onee-chan! <333


    • aimee
      Jul 11, 2012 @ 17:11:09

      Thanks Meg! <333 Haha, I only titled it "a little bit" because the list started out that way. Then I fell into SOBBING territory and it seemed too late to change it. ^^; My heart is STILL crying for all these characters! (Especially Gemma/Kartik. TELL ME YOU'VE READ AGATB!)


  6. Helen Kiaya (@HelenKiaya)
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 11:31:18

    My head hurts from nodding in agreement with this post.


  7. Christa Seeley (@ChristasBooks)
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 11:49:58

    Ahhhh Alex and Lena. I want to break into tears everytime I think of the ending of Delirium. *sobs into a bowl of ice cream*


  8. Booksmartie
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 13:43:07

    Very cool topic choice! I’m reading Pushing The Limits right now and Echo and Noah’s relationship is super troubled but also sooo romantic and heartbreaking!


    • aimee
      Jul 11, 2012 @ 17:29:30

      Thank you! I haven’t heard of Pushing The Limits (though I swear it sounds familiar!), but I’ll definitely have to check it out!

      Thanks for dropping by!


  9. Patricia BookExhibitionism
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 14:09:50

    All those ships, even the ones I haven’t read about yet, broke my heart just when I read your explanations. Damn it. *wipes manly tear away*

    Patricia // My Post


    • aimee
      Jul 11, 2012 @ 17:36:40

      Aww, thank you! ❤

      I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels so strongly when it comes to amazing characters with sad stories!

      Thank you for stopping by!


  10. Tabitha
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 15:40:33

    AMAZING LIST! I might just have to steal your idea for future top ten freebies. I skipped over the ones I hadn’t read yet, but the ones I did definitely did break my heart a little. Alex/Lena? SO SAD! I can’t wait to read Requiem.

    Top Ten: Favorite Declarations of Love in YA


    • aimee
      Jul 11, 2012 @ 17:38:56

      Thanks! And haha, go ahead! I had such a fun time doing it, and I’d love to see your top ten heartbreaking ships too!

      YES. I can’t wait until Requiem too. Delirium and Pandemonium just made me SO sad for Alex and Lena, and I want them to finally find a way to be together SOMEHOW. *fingers crossed*


  11. Sara (of the Page Sage)
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 19:31:46

    Oh, gosh, your TTT got me all kinds of choked up! haha

    Gemma and Kartik… I still can’t. I SOBBED during the entire ending of the book. Same for Augustus and Hazel, though I probably sobbed more during TFIOS than Sweet Far Thing.

    As for James and Lily, I loved when J.K. Rowling would give us glimpses into their school days. They’re perfect together, although I think I’m more heartbroken for Snape than them.

    And Chris and Nora! I rooted for them even though it was obvious within a few pages nothing would ever happen. Ah well, a girl can dream. (:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!


    • aimee
      Jul 11, 2012 @ 17:59:28

      Haha, thanks! (Sorry I made you sad though!)

      GEMMA/KARTIK. YES. This is exactly why I had to make them my top heartbreaking ship. That last book was beautiful, but the ending just tore my heart out. I actually met Libba Bray once at one of her The Sweet Far Thing book signings and told her how SAD it made me, so when she signed the book for me, she apologized for being so “evil” (her words, not mine, lol). It made me feel a LITTLE better about them, but not enough that I’m still thinking about how much more I wanted for them. (I did really enjoy those books though, even the ending, as painfully sad as it was.)

      Oh man, I sobbed through The Fault in Our Stars more than The Sweet Far Thing too. But I sob more ABOUT Gemma/Kartik now than I do Augustus/Hazel, sort of because TFIOS mostly shows Augustus and Hazel together, and while they’re not always happy and their lives are farrrr from perfect, I felt better about them than I did Gemma and Kartik. Neither have a future, but Augustus and Hazel spent more time together. Gemma and Kartik almost had that chance, but he died (or turned into a tree) and she was left alone.

      I love that JK Rowling gave us glimpses of Lily and James too! I’m more heartbroken for Snape, but more about the choices he made that lost him his best friend. What’s sad for me about Snape’s story is that part of him would have always felt guilty for leading Voldemort to Lily, and that it takes that moment, and Lily’s death, to shake him enough to realize that Voldemort was not the answer and everything he believed in as a halfblood Slytherin was wrong.

      I rooted for Chris and Nora too. Even after he was dead. *sigh*

      Thanks for stopping by too! 😀


  12. Joie @ Joie de Lire
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 23:11:09

    *sniffle* Oh my gosh, just reading your list is making me feel so many EMOTIONS! I completely agree with all of these! I really wish J.K. Rowling could write a prequel or something focusing on Lily and James when they were in school because I think their love story would be so great to read about.

    As for the Finnik/Annie and Gemma/Kartik ships…. they just broke my heart. Totally and completely. I really need Scarlet to come out sooner because I NEED to know what happens to Kai and Cinder!!

    Awesome topic, Here’s my TTT


    • aimee
      Jul 11, 2012 @ 18:03:30

      I’d love to read a Lily/James, marauders prequel too! (What I love most about Pottermore is the little notes and stories she has about characters. The one about how Lily brought James home for the first time and he picked a fight with Vernon made me laugh so hard.)

      I NEED to know what happens to Kai and Cinder too!

      Thanks for following and dropping by! (:


  13. Lee @ Rally The Readers
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 00:05:46

    I was really upset by the endings of Cinder and Delirium; a happily-ever-after is definitely in order for both of those couples. And Finnick and Annie have one of the saddest love stories ever.

    Thanks for stopping by!


    • aimee
      Jul 11, 2012 @ 18:06:28

      I totally agree – few stories tear my heart away the way Finnick and Annie’s do. I really hope a happy ending is in Lena/Alex and Cinder/Kai’s future! (I can’t wait for Requiem and Scarlet!)

      Thanks for dropping by as well! (:


  14. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Book Blog
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 01:11:04

    Really great list!! I wasn’t into Jessica and Marcus during Sloppy Firsts, but by Second Helpings I was a believer!! (Don’t get me started on Fourth Comings… uhhhh wanted to choke Jessica). A Walk to Remember- Jamie and Landon… that was a couple I knew was doomed but still was hoping 😦

    Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂
    My TTT- Books That Scared Me


    • aimee
      Jul 11, 2012 @ 18:09:23


      Oh, I totally agree. I thought Marcus had betrayed Jessica and was this scumbag by the end of Sloppy Firsts, though I hoped she had it all wrong. You. Yes. You. convinced me fully that they belonged together, and by Perfect Fifths, it’s hard not to want them together at all. AND YES, UGH, FOURTH COMINGS MADE ME SO ANGRY, and I wanted to smother Marcus in hugs.

      Aww, Jamie and Landon make me sad too.

      Thanks for dropping by as well! 😦


  15. Rachel
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 02:27:35

    Great choices! I see we agree on Marcus and Jessica 😉 and Gemma and Kartik, and Mia and Adam and…….lol basically we have very similar ‘ship loves. Although I STILL have yet to read CINDER. Must get on that!


    • aimee
      Jul 11, 2012 @ 18:11:15

      Haha, glad to know we both love those awesome but somewhat sad or tragic ships!

      YES, read Cinder! It’s such a fun story, and Cinder and Kai have such a real relationship. One of my favorite retellings ever!


  16. TG
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 11:42:01

    I thought Chris and Nora from The Book of Blood and Shadow would develop feelings for each other, too. Max seemed creepy to me right from the start and I couldn’t understand why Nora wouldn’t prefer sweet, funny Chris.

    Oh gosh, Finnick and Annie are just heartbreaking. She’s the character I feel most for at the end of Mockingjay.

    I knew you had to use *that* quote from The Fault in Our Stars. I still get chills whenever I read it. Augustus was the perfect teen boyfriend.

    Or at least he’s tied with Adam from If I Stay. That move with the cello music in the hospital is just as swoon-worthily romantic as any speech.

    The only choice I disagree with slightly is James/Lily. I can’t help it! Snape and the doe and “Always” means Snape/Lily is the HP ship that breaks my heart.

    P.S. I loved your comment on my blog. Thanks so much for stopping by.


    • aimee
      Jul 11, 2012 @ 18:20:08

      I think they DID develop feelings for each other (since even Adriane acknowledges that he would have eventually realized what he felt, and even she could see it), but Chris was clueless to realize it just yet, and Nora hadn’t realized that he felt the same way because of that. I mean, it’s so obvious from the way they hang out, and how protective Chris is of her, and how they get along on a level he wasn’t even able to reach with Adriane, even though he was supposedly in love with her. I thought Max was super creepy too! But I thought it was funny that she didn’t “fall” for him until Chris sort of gave them his blessing.

      Annie’s the character I feel the most for by the end of Mockingjay. I can’t even imagine all the things she went through, and then to find happiness and have it taken away again… and then a son on the way. It just makes me so sad for that entire family!

      Haha, isn’t it the perfect Augustus/Hazel quote? (I also love “I fell in love the way you fall asleep – slowly, then all at once” but it wasn’t a sad relationship quote, so I couldn’t use it.) He is definitely one of my favorite fictional boyfriends, and probably my favorite John Green character ever.

      I thought the same thing about the cello music in the hospital. SO ROMANTIC.

      Haha, the Snape/Lily friendship breaks my heart (though so does the friendship of the marauders). It’s kind of weird how Harry’s generation has stronger friendships than his parents’ generation. I never realized that before.

      Aww, thank you! Thanks for dropping by as well! ❤


  17. Heather@ The Flyleaf Review
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 12:27:11

    LOVE. THIS. LIST. Really. I’ve read all but two of the books featured (must read Sailor Moon ASAP) and I couldn’t agree more with your observations! I just love that quote from The Fault in Our Stars, why can’t I have a Gus in my life to speak such beautiful words to me, why??:)

    I’m a new follower by the way, so glad you dropped by my blog so I could discover yours:)


    • aimee
      Jul 11, 2012 @ 18:26:43

      Aww, thank you! Other than Sailor Moon (it’s an amazing graphic novel series, and Usagi and Mamoru are one of the most epic couples of all time – I seriously recommend that you read it!), which other book hadn’t you read?

      I love that quote from TFIOS too, and YES, Augustus stole my heart as well. The other quote I almost went with was, “I fell in love the way you fall asleep – slowly, then all at once”, but it didn’t have that ‘sad relationship implication’ like this one did (and I didn’t want to use a cancer or death quote because there was more to them than that).

      Thanks so much for following and for dropping by! (I love your blog too!) ❤


  18. Emily @ Forever Literary
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 14:11:12

    I haven’t read most of these, but I completely agree about Finnik & Annie. *Sob:(*
    I honesty have no idea how to feel about Mia & Adam. Especially in the sequel, everything is so complicated, but their relationship could definitely be tear-worthy.


    • aimee
      Jul 11, 2012 @ 18:28:58

      It took me a while to sort ouf my feelings for Where She Went too, but I like that they’re able to reconnect and kind of work out the things that couldn’t easily get fixed after the accident and after she almost died. I love realistically portrayed relationships, and I think Mia and Adam’s is definitely one of these. (I’m rooting for them!)


  19. Siiri
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 15:35:34

    I, too, haven\’t read the most of these, but I agree 100% with you on Annie and Finnick, as well as James and Lily. I haven\’t read \”Delirium\” yet, but I\’ve heard that it was heartbreaking. I\’d add Rose and Adrian (from Vampire Academy series), because even though I thought Rose was meant to be with Dimitri, I LOVED Adrian and it broke my heart to see him so sad. To see Rose sad because she was the cause of his misery. Also, I\’d add Olivia and Caleb from \”The Opportunist\” by Tarryn Fisher – you should read it if you haven\’t. It\’s such an emotional roller coaster that I couldn\’t even rate it. I thought I hated it and I thought I loved it. It was great!

    Little Pieces of Imagination


    • aimee
      Jul 11, 2012 @ 18:32:41

      Delirium is INCREDIBLY heartbreaking. It’s beautiful and adorable for most of it, but the ending is brutal. Fortunately, there are two other books, one that’s been released and the final one, which will be released next year. I definitely recommend it (but I also recommend you have the tissue boxes read – I was so teary reading that book!).

      I haven’t read Vampire Academy or The Opportunist, but I’ll add them to my to-read list. They both sound so heartbreaking and emotional, and I know how you feel about Adrian – some characters you just fall in love with and then it hurts to see them so sad!


  20. Sarah S (@)WondrousReading
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 15:49:12

    Awesome idea! I can’t wait to see what happens in Cinder #2.


    • aimee
      Jul 11, 2012 @ 18:34:41

      Thank you! (Me too! I am DYING to read Scarlet! I just want to know what happens next to Cinder and Kai! And I hear there are awesome new characters to be introduced!)


  21. LillyLilac
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 16:16:38

    I really love your idea for this list. I love Sailor Moon as well. The you had from If I Stay made me cry even though I never read that book and thios list has convinced me to put it on my to read list along with The Fault in Our Stars. The couples that broke my heart were Seishiro/Subaru from Tokyo Babylon and X, an extremely unhealthy and depressing couple, and Clone Syaoran/Clone Sakura from Tsubasa Rerservoir Chronicle although they kind of got a happy ending for at least a little bit. I also want to thank you for giving me such a heartfelt comment on my blog.


    • aimee
      Jul 11, 2012 @ 18:38:44

      Thanks! It was inspired by a lot of sad love songs. XD (Which is most of my iPod – I just love them so much!)

      Yay! So great to meet another Sailor Moon fan! (It was my first anime and manga, and I’m ridiculously excited for the anime remake next summer!)

      Oh man, you haven’t read If I Stay or The Fault in Our Stars? Definitely check them both out! They’re beautiful, heartbreaking books, and two of the best.

      I’m adding Tokyo Babylon to my list (I feel like I should know it, but I’m positive I don’t), and ahhh, I agree completely about Clone Syaoran and Clone Sakura from Tsubasa RC.

      No problem! I loved your post so much! And thank you very much for dropping by! (:


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