Q: Tell us about the most emotional scene you’ve ever read in a book – and how did you react?
Wow, this is kind of tough one. Books often rip my heart out on a regular basis. I’m going to expect a lot of Harry Potter in the answers, but with HP I was prepared for death, although I wasn’t expecting the one that happened in Book 6, which I totally convinced myself was faked…
There are too many books and scenes to choose from! But here’s one I vividly remember: Warning Spoiler in the explanation: Die Softly by Christopher Pike.
It was the first time I’d read a book where the main character dies. It totally took me by surprise. The book was narrated from the mc’s point of view! Herb is so brilliant in the book, and I thought for sure the detective was going to get there in time… but that didn’t happen. It shocked me, and ripped my heart out. The whole confrontation with the killer was tense, but I kept thinking somehow Herb would escape. I realized then that main characters can die, that authors sometimes choose to kill off popular characters.
I’d also choose the first book in the Odd Thomas series, but I won’t spoil that one. Let’s just say there’s a scene at the end that made me cry so hard (you know, the great big hyperventilating kind of sobs) that I had to pull the car over because I was listening to the audio.
What about you, what books have tore your heart out and stomped on them?