Day 06: A book that makes me sad...

 

 

Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

 

I hated this book. It was assigned for school and so I had to read it. And I hated it because it was the first book I had read that was so sad. Until that point, all stories had a happy ending. The dog never dies in Disney movies. Lassie always saved the day. This book totally blew my mind, ruined my rose-tinted world, and made me realize that all stories don't have a happy ending. And as a child, the horrific death of family pets and family members was the most heartbreaking thing that my young brain could fathom. I didn't understand war or famine. But I totally understood the death of family. So it was truly upsetting and I think this was my first experience with reading through the tears. Just thinking about this story is getting me choked up. Fuck this book so hard.