Top 10 Saddest Deaths in YA Novels



grab a box of Kleenex before reading any of these books welcome to Ms mojo and today we're counting down our picks for the top ten saddest deaths and young adult novels yeah what are you gonna do huh before we begin we publish new content every day so be sure to subscribe to our channel and ring the bell to get notified about our latest videos for this list we're looking at the most devastating deaths in children's and young adult books we're considering something to fit in this category if it's expressly written for young people or if it's commonly given as assigned reading in schools be ready for spoilers because we're not holding any details back on this one he's not sick is he probably just homesick I guess we all are number 10 Hannah 13 reasons why a snack settle in because I'm about to tell you the story of my life more specifically why my life ended the entire premise of the why a novel 13 reasons why is based on the fact that high school student Hannah Baker has taken her own life that fact is known from the beginning of the story but as the mystery behind her death unfolds the reader gains more insight into why she made the decision she did you think you can just throw me under the bus yeah everyone already thinks she's a slut so why not just pile on hennas death happens off screen in the novel but as we learn more about her motivation to kill herself the picture emerges of the tortured life she was leading and how difficult it was for her to get help number 9 Charlotte Charlotte's Web after all what's a life anyway we're born we live a little while we die for a story geared towards quite young readers this book had a pretty darn depressing ending EB White's 1952 children's novel which has actually sold more copies than any other children's paperback follows the story of an ill-fated pig named Wilbur and his new friend a spider named Charlotte that were your friends hmm I suppose it does after saving Wilbur from a trip to the slaughterhouse Charlotte meets her own demise at the end of the book the fact that she doesn't recover is shocking for such a light-hearted story and was probably an introduction to the concept of death for many children part of life eternal number 8 Tris Allegiant Veronica Roth's blockbuster why a trilogy divergent was hugely popular in the time when dystopian novels were the hottest thing on the market while the main characters in children's and young adult novels often survive to see evil vanquished sadly this is not true for our brave protagonist Tris the character self-sacrificial nature and her dedication to her cause make this death seem somewhat inevitable but readers were shocked and saddened by the revelation nonetheless especially after everything she'd been through it was truly a bold note to lead the series on number 7 Rachel me and Earl and the dying girl so if this was a touching romantic story this is probably where a new feeling would wash over me and our eyes would meet and suddenly we would be furiously making out with the fire of a thousand suns Jesse Andrews debut novel which was adapted into a film of the same name has death right there in the title but it doesn't make it any easier to swallow me and Earl and the dying girl follows two friends who are charged with keeping an old acquaintance Rachael company after she's diagnosed with leukemia okay you want to help you're gonna take this girl out to get some ice cream a me too because I love that shit you like ice cream yeah in an attempt to deal with a situation in whatever way they can Greg and Earl decide to make a film called Rachel the film it's not exactly what I wanted to say to you days after its first screened Rachel dies and even though readers knew it was going to happen it was devastating to see the reactions of those who loved her number 6 Beth little women is really really sick this piece of classic literature may not be considered a why a novel mostly because at the time of its publication no such category existed it is however a book that most people read during their formative years as well as an important coming-of-age story Little Women tells the story of the four march daughters and their trials and tribulations as they navigate the difficult period between childhood and adulthood Elizabeth Beth March is the most quiet and sensitive of the family and is marked with illness from a young age her eventual death is made all the sadder by the fact that her life went largely unfulfilled I was never like the rest of here making plans great things too number 5 piggy Lord of the Flies why didn't it work you very likely had to read this book in school and love it or hate it there are some truly emotional moments throughout the story Lord of the Flies is about a group of schoolboys who become stranded on an island after their plane crashes during an evacuation from England there are several memorable deaths in this novel which examines the true nature of humanity but none is more upsetting than that of piggy the lovably chubby glasses-wearing boy is killed when roger intentionally drops a boulder on him poor poor piggy number 4 rue the hunger games' the concept of The Hunger Games has death written intrinsically into it but that didn't make it any less devastating when this one took place during the games in the first book of the series Katniss takes young tribute rue under her wing in order to protect her her youth and innocence remind Katniss of her own sister Prim when Drew was killed by Marvell Katniss shows an uncharacteristic display of sentimentality and tenderness when she sings to her as she fades away the screen mirroring that death is that of Primm in the final novel of the series driving home the point that war sometimes takes the least deserving among us number three Augustus waters The Fault in Our Stars okay in a book about teens with cancer you know you're going to shed some tears don't read this one in public though unless full-on sobbing in front of strangers is something you were okay with author John Green subverts expectations in this novel by having ailing protagonist hazel survive while her seemingly healthier soulmate Augustus suddenly takes a turn for the worse we're not sure what sadist when Augustus insists on throwing a funeral for himself before his death and hazel reads his eulogy or when she finally gets the news that he's gone number two Leslie Burke Bridge to Terabithia that's the sound of prisoners rattling their chains what prisoners the prisoners of the Dark Master this middle grade classic and Newbery Award winner will make you wistful for childhood but remind you of how keen emotions can be at a young age the book follows newfound friends Jesse and Leslie who each struggle with their own troubles but collaborate to create an imaginary land called Terabithia we call this place Terabithia readers of this book were shocked when they read that while jessie is out of town one day leslie decides to visit Terabithia on her own and drowns in the creek no you're lying she's not even deadline yes Jessie's disbelief mirrors the readers because it seems impossible that someone so young and spirited could really be gone she brought you something special when she came here didn't you that's what you hold on to make sure you keep her alive before when Bale our top pick here are a few honorable mentions number one all of them Harry Potter series there is no way we could pick just one of these character deaths because all of them were devastating in their own ways from the shocking moment serious fell laughing behind the veil to seeing the bodies of Lupin and Tonks lying together in the Great Hall the second half of the Harry Potter series was a minefield of emotional character losses you may have been most affected by the sudden killing of Cedric Diggory or by the sense of loss represented by Hedwig's death in the seventh book snakes final moments Dobby self-sacrifice the shocking way Dumbledore met his end and of course the separation of Fred and George will stay with us always do you agree with our picks check out these other great clips from ms mojo and subscribe for new videos every day

44 thoughts on “Top 10 Saddest Deaths in YA Novels

  1. TBH all deaths are heavy on my heart in almost all the novels I have read last year, but thanks for this traumatic countdown

  2. I’m gonna admit, Rue made me cry more than any of the Harry Potter deaths, except maybe Dobby and Hedwig.

  3. Goliath from The Beetle Boy. WHAT? Oh, come on, the only reason why his death aren't on this list is because it aren't filmatized! His death was devastating!

  4. WHY HANNAH?
    WHY CHARLOTTE?
    WHY TRIS?
    WHY RACHEL?
    WHY BETH?
    WHY PIGGY?
    WHY RUE? (I was depressed for weeks).
    WHY GUS? (ALSO DEPRESSED FOR WEEKS).
    WHY LESLIE (Oh god. I sobbed reading the book. The film made it sadder).
    WHY WINNIE
    WHY ASLAN
    WHY OLD YELLER
    WHY ALL OF THEM FROM HARRY POTTER. DOBBY, SIRIUS, LUPIN, TONKS, CEDRIC, HEDWIG, FRED, SNAPE, DUMBLEDORE. WHYYYYY?

    BUT THAT HARRY POTTER REFERENCE AT THE END. ALWAYS! 😭😭😭

  5. Although obviously there are going to be spoilers and you warn viewers in the beginning of the video, before just saying the name of the character who dies, it would be better to name the book first and have it show in the video for a few seconds so people can skip that part if they haven't read that book. Thankfully these are all deaths I was familiar with, but unless someone does't care about spoilers, you might end up getting more people clicking off the video. I do notice you list the books in the description but not everyone reads descriptions and I had to click "show more" to actually see the titles.

  6. I only came here to see of the outsiders was in this, and if not see all the outsiders fan comments

    While yes, Johnny's death was sad, I think Dallas hit me harder because he just lost his shit when Johnny died. It was clear he cared very deeply for Johnny in a older brother sort of way, and when he died he just couldnt take it. I currently believe his death was a well planned suicide, but my mind could be changed.
    What really gets me is the part where you can see his frame just falling down whenever he tries to stand as his friends are running and yelling "dont shoot hes just a kid!"

    I think Johnny's death was more sad in the book than the movie, because he really had a terrible backstory, no will to live, then he just dies for some kids he doent know.

    Natures first green is gold,
    Her hardest hue to hold.
    Her early leaf, a flower,
    But only so an hour.
    Then leaf subsides to leaf.
    So Eden sank to grief,
    So dawn goes down today,
    Nothing Gold Can Stay

  7. Ummm you’re forgetting
    Someone very important
    From the 5th wave
    Who gave up herself
    For the good of others
    Aren’t you forgetting
    CASSIE! 😭😫

  8. Bridge to Terabithia, 13 Reasons Why, The Hunger Games and ALL the Harry Potter deaths hit me there everytime

  9. Broooo Tris dying was pretty damn iconic, all personal feelings aside. Can you imagine killing off your own main character? I can. It's fucking badass. The real ending of the book was pretty cheesy to me tho :/

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