MAKE-YOU-CRY MONDAY: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I have hazy memories of exactly when I read each of the Harry Potter books, but I remember Order of the Phoenix clearly: In sixth grade, I was finishing the last few chapters of OOTP in my room before my mom drove me to school. In chapter 37, following Sirius' death, Harry meets with Dumbledore to discuss the prophecy and ends up tearing apart Dumbledore's office. I started sobbing on the floor of my bedroom. My mom knew I was upset when I got in the car, but she made me go to school anyway.


MAKE-YOU-CRY MONDAY: Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

This book was not what I was expecting. I'm guilty of skimming a book jacket and coming home with a completely different book than the one I bought ("Regency England!? I thought this was a sci-fi novel!") So I thought this was a love story about two teens who could only communicate honestly via the… Continue reading MAKE-YOU-CRY MONDAY: Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern


MAKE-YOU-CRY MONDAY: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Sometimes characters have to make impossible decisions. This often manifests as them having to choose between their best friend or their love interest, or deciding which of their children gets to live, or rescuing either their family or millions of strangers. This happens to protagonist Todd Hewitt in The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first book in… Continue reading MAKE-YOU-CRY MONDAY: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Music, Theater


Many of my friends don't like "Into the Woods" because after Act 1, it stops being fun. The musical transitions from a lighthearted send-up of fairy tale tropes into a dark examination of heavy themes, such as death, betrayal, and infidelity. Oh, and throw in an absentee father because Stephen Sondheim had issues with his… Continue reading MAKE-YOU-CRY MONDAY: No More

Movies, Music


Today's montage is infamous for its ability to make everyone cry, save for one heartless friend of mine who said, "What's the big deal? It's not like she died young or something." "Up" is my favorite Pixar movie and the first time I saw it, it ruined my life. The only other movie to make me… Continue reading MAKE-YOU-CRY MONDAY: Married Life

Movies, Music

MAKE-YOU-CRY MONDAY: Vocal dissonance

A lot of times I cry not out of sadness, but confusion. I have trouble watching today's music video. It hurts my brain to hear that voice coming from that body. It makes no sense. This a phenomenon called vocal dissonance, where the voice one would expect a person--say, a beautiful film star-- to have… Continue reading MAKE-YOU-CRY MONDAY: Vocal dissonance

Entertainment, Movies, Theater

MAKE-YOU-CRY MONDAY: “I’ll Cover You (Reprise)” from Rent

So far, I've never attended a funeral. Christian funerals have a different focus than others. Even the word "funeral" is avoided; many Christians prefer "celebration of life." Because we believe the deceased person is better off in heaven and we will see them again, there's an emphasis on joy rather than sadness. I don't disagree… Continue reading MAKE-YOU-CRY MONDAY: “I’ll Cover You (Reprise)” from Rent