Book Crying Confessions

Hello all! Well in case you haven’t noticed, we’re coming up to an emotional time of year… February 14thooh err…. Now I’m one of those easy criers out there. Anything can get me going. In fact, this was me the other day watching The Last Kingdom…
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 (BTW if you are a GOT fan you *must* watch it- it’s insanely EPIC and just THE BEST! Get it on Netflix- #nonspon)

And I know I’m not alone- coincidentally, Nel made a WONDERFUL post the other day on this very subject- so worth checking out! Naturally, I wanted to share some books that’ve made me tear up… only trouble is there have been so many, I didn’t know where to start! Instead, I thought I’d do a list about some of my most memorable book blubbering moments. Here we go!

  1. Harry_Potter_and_the_Order_of_the_PhoenixHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix– YOU KNOW WHY! I also have to admit that when I finished this the first time, it was the first time I remember sobbing over a book. I flipped the book round and read it again, crying the whole time. J K ROWLING BROKE MY HEART.

 

 

  1. noughts and crossesNoughts and Crosses– this was another of the first books that ever made me sob. In fact it gets me every time- it’s that good.

 

 

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  1. 'Me_Before_You'Me Before You– I’ve mentioned before that this book made me cry at the wrong part… but that part did reduce me to a puddle of emotions

 

 

 

  1. serpent kingSerpent King– ahhhh it’s so painful to even think about- but I will say that I spent a good amount of time rocking back and forth with the book after I was done… cos I’m totally normal.

 

 

  1. king learKing Lear– this is the only Shakespeare play I’ve ever cried over. Something about it just cuts me to the quick. I was also lucky enough to find the McKellen version scene by scene on the RSC website years ago and that blew me away too. Wish I could have seen it live.

 

  1. persuasionPersuasion– speaking of “only ones”- this was the only Austen that’s ever made me cry too. That doesn’t mean the others aren’t amazing too- just in a different kind of way.

 

 

  1. little womenLittle Women– I actually knew what was going to happen (I was one of those 90s kids that grew up on Friends- it gave a massive spoiler) so I thought there was no way I would end up crying when I could see it coming a mile away, right? So so wrong.

 

 

  1. Trudi_Canavan_The_High_Lord_coverHigh Lord, Black Magician Trilogy– I didn’t actually like the first book, so the fact that I ended up sobbing my eyes out while reading the last one shows what a massive turnaround I had with this series (I also blame this book for why I now often continue series- cos this gave me hope that things get better…)

 

  1. we were liarsWe Were Liars– I sobbed over this- however I will always wonder if that’s because I was very emotionally vulnerable (someone died) at the time I was reading it. Who knows- doesn’t stop it being an awesome book.

 

 

  1. my sister's keeperMy Sister’s Keeper– I just wanted to include this one because WHY DID THEY CHANGE THE ENDING IN THE FILM. I cried in the book, not the film- because book betrayal makes me mad.

 

 

Oh my goodness that was so hard to narrow down to just ten- maybe I’ll do a follow up post one day. In the meantime, what books have made you cry? Let me know in the comments!

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129 thoughts on “Book Crying Confessions

  1. weirdzeal says:

    I’m also such a book crier 😅 pretty much any of the Harry Potters can bring a tear to my eye, and honestly if I really enjoy something there’s a good chance I’m going to get choked up. I think persuasion is definitely the most tear-jerker Austen book. What part about it made you cry?

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  2. MichaelK says:

    I can’t say I am a book crier but in the spirit of the 14th let me offer a bookish fact about myself (I hope you won’t mind my self-centred approach).
    I’ve actually met and got to know my wife over a discussion about books and a book fair was the first “date” we arranged.

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  3. Kat Impossible says:

    I know this sounds weird and heartless, but while I found Me Before You sad, I didn’t really cry. The Serpent King on the other hand, punch in the gut and sobbing! I also cried so much during Words in Deep Blue and A Monster Calls.

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  4. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    See I’m not really an emotional reader (in fact it’s kind of an inside joke between me and my friends that not a lot when it comes to books and films is able to make me cry) but there have been a few books where I’ve welled up. 🙂 None of the ones on your list (but I do still have The Serpent King on my TBR list so you never know) but Half Lost by Sally Green pretty much emotionally destroyed me, and it was the same with The Song of Achilles.
    Great post, and actually I’d love to see a follow up as well, especially if there are more books out there that you could have featured in this post! 😀 ❤

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  5. Nel says:

    Thanks for the shout out to my post and oh man books that make me cry geez! I actually cried at the end of The Three Musketeers (I’m sure you know which part) unexpectedly. Harry Potter deaths definitely. Wasn’t used to good people dying! Judith McNaught books never fail to make me so. All of them, haha. Rise and Rift books by Andrea Cremer oh and the ending of Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones, good lord. I could go on. Haha. Also YES YES to The Last Kingdom!!! So many moments… I can’t even

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  6. raistlin0903 says:

    Hmmm…I’m thinking hard here, very hard in fact…but I don’t think I have actually cried at a book yet (can name plenty of movies/ tv series that managed to do that to me though 😂😂) The saddest moment that I can think of in a book was a major character dying in the Dragonlance Chronicles. But I am of course not going to give away spoilers. That nearly for me there though…that’s for sure. 😊😊

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      hehehe fair enough!! My mum said the same thing when I asked her while I was planning this post (then I listed a few and she was like “oh yeah” 😂😂) Ah yes no spoilers!! But I gotta say tearjerking moments make me want to read it *even more*! 😊😊

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  7. Lola says:

    The last one I remember is The Clan of the Cave Bear – made me sob my eyes out. I read Persuasion very recently. I don’t think it made me cry, but I did alread know everything was going to be alright as I had seen the movie already 🙂 Wonderful book though!

    I am sure I have cried at many books, but I can’t remember, because my brain is rubbish (which is why I chose to blog!)

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  8. S.G. Bravo says:

    I’m not the most emotional person. But there are a few books that have made me cry. Me Before You is definitely on the list. All the Bright Places. The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The Nightingale. Persuasion is my favorite Jane Austen novel. Currently rereading it lol. Doesn’t make me cry though. The Serpent King is on my TBR. Now, I’m a little worried about it. What a great post!

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ah yes- All the Bright Places and Perks definitely got to me. And Nightingale’s on my tbr. Persuasion’s one of my favourites- awesome! hahah yes, honestly, it’s not that it’s sad, I was just really rooting for them to get together and really got to me. hehe not gonna say anything for fear of spoilers- but I hope you like it! Thank you!

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  9. Jessica Triepel says:

    Ok, I gotta say. I absolutely LOVE the Last Kingdom BOOK series! I mean, really, it’s an obsession! But I’ve only got the first season of the show, and I was disappointed with what appeared to be a low budget production. I’m hoping this was only because it was the first season, and maybe the next will be better. The casting wasn’t horrible, but having read the books long before the show, it wasn’t all quite how I imagined it. So, I’ve got to ask, does it get better in the second season?
    As for books that make me cry: among my favourites are two Terry Prattchett books from the Tiffany Aching mini series, the Wintersmith, not exactly a sad book, but touching, and the Shepherd’s Crown. Anyone who knows Discworld and has read this final installment of the Tiffany books will know why this is especially emotional. He was my favourite author, and the Tiffany books were my favourite of Discworld, and Esmeralda Weatherwax was my favourite Discworld witch. I could hardly get through a page without bawling.
    Another was Druids by Morgan Llewellyn. It tells the story of a historical figure, Vercingetorix, who rallied the Celtic tribes in a last stand against the Romans. Well, I tear up just reading his story in history books, but her novel really brought it to life.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ah I’ve just started the first book now!! (didn’t know it was a book till after I’d finished) Shame you were disappointed- honestly, the second season was like the first- I mean, I liked it, but if you didn’t like the first it’s probably unlikely you’d enjoy it, so I don’t want you to get your hopes up!
      Ooh cool choices- I’ve not got to the last one- still building upto it (and a little scared of ending it as well, I’ll admit!) Wow that sounds amazing!!

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      • Jessica Triepel says:

        I didn’t hate the season, I just wish it would have been more full blown, like game of thrones, you know? The books are so full of material to work with. Each on could be a series all on its own!
        I do hope you will read the Shepherds Crown. I felt like it was lacking a certain finishing touch, but it was still a beautiful, yet heartbreaking story. Maybe it wouldn’t have been so heartbreaking under better circumstances, but with the rawness of his passing, I was reading each word know it was the last Tiffany book ever to be written. No more NAC Mac Feegle. No seeing what kind of life Tiffany would have. And on and on. It’s not the ending that is sad, though, so hopefully that encourages you to go for it. 😉

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        • theorangutanlibrarian says:

          Ah fair enough! I’m about 40% into the book now, and man, it’s different! (in a good way- I kind of like that it’s not a mirror image, otherwise I might have spoiled it for myself with the show). And yeah, it’s not on the scale of Game of thrones, I kind of looked at more like a cross between GOT and poldark (the latter because I knew it was BBC)
          I am really looking forward to it (and definitely will get to it) especially since it’s made everyone I know that’s read it really emotional. That makes a lot of sense. And now I’m feeling really sad about it- but oddly that makes me want to pick it up more 😉

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  10. Winged Cynic says:

    I love tearjerkers, so I just added a bunch of these to my Goodreads TBR! I totally agree with Order of the Phoenix (that ending managed to make me cry even more than Half Blood Prince), King Lear is one of my absolute favorite Shakespeare plays, and I’m RIDICULOUSLY in love with Little Women. Awesome post!

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  11. deesradreadsandreviews says:

    I have cried at so so many books. I really cry at everything. The mothers promise, The lovely bones, Room, The Kindness of Strangers by Katrina Kittle nearly killed me. Oh and there are so many more. I also cried at My Sister’s Keeper, and I agree… Why on earth did they change the ending?! Probably cried at all the jewellery for comforts of red. I should probably try and make a list of what I haven’t cried at…
    Anyhow, awesome post! I hope you have a wonderful week! 🤗

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  12. deesradreadsandreviews says:

    I really need to proofread before I hit send… “Probably cried at all the jewellery for comforts of red”. Now I’m not entirely sure what I meant, but I think it was something like “probably cried at all Jodi Picoult books I have read”
    Sorry about that!

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  13. alilovesbooks says:

    Yep I’ll cry at pretty much anything too but I think it’s good for you to have a proper sob fest every so often. Jojo Moyes is usually pretty reliable if I’m looking for a book to cry over. Me Before You broke my heart but honestly I cried the whole way through the sequel.

    I have to admit though I’m wracking my brain trying to figure out what in Persuasion would make you cry? I love that book. Possibly my fave Austen although it’s a close run thing with Northanger.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ahh I totally agree! And yes I agree about Moyes! Ah I get that.

      hehehe honestly, it’s not that it’s sad- it’s that they were almost apart and all the build up to them finally being together really got to me for some reason (I mean, it’s Austen, it’s hardly sad, I’m just a sap)

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  14. Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

    I really need to start The Last Kingdom! I also heard great things about Vikings! Awesome post as always. Funnily, I haven’t read any of them or seen that play either hahah #shameonme 😛 I will however get through all the HP books at some point in my life though! It’s on my bucket list. 😀

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ahh yes it’s so good!! I thoroughly enjoyed it!! (I really wasn’t expecting to as well) hahaha no worries- lots to look forward to (especially King Lear 😉 it’s one of the best Shakespeare plays!) hehe I hope you do and I hope you enjoy them 😀

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  15. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer says:

    I’m so curious to know which wrong part you cried at in Me Before You?! I tear up a lot at moments in books… today I read a manga and teamed up at an emotional time… unfortunately I never remember which books these are! I would so love to write a post like this if only I remembered! ♥️

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      hehe well I don’t want to ruin it in case you haven’t read it- but not the part at the end, the part in the middle (I hope that makes sense). Ah I’m the same- and honestly I cry so often that this list could have gone on forever. I’d love to see you do a post like this if you do remember 🙂 ❤

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  16. Kathy @ Books & Munches says:

    I’ve been avoiding GoT because I really want to read the books first – even though we all know we might be waiting eons for the next book to release but hey – so I’m definitely going to check out The Last Kingdom! Maybe tonight? Even though I have a ton of reading to do and.. Sims is calling my name. Again. [I need to put an end to that addiction..]

    Definitely agree with the books you mention here – as far as I’ve read them, that is, haha. The last one that really made me cry like a baby? 180 Seconds by Jessica Park. It RUINED me. I was warned by multiple people but.. Yeah.. :’)

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ah fair enough- I didn’t even know it was a book when I started the show (I do that sort of thing all the time) but then read all the books after watching season 1 cos I wanted to get ahead… it didn’t exactly work for me cos he hasn’t written another book since 😉 . hehehe I’ll be honest though, I have very little hope left when it comes to getting the rest of the books- even if the next one comes out there’s still another one after that! But *one hundred percent* watch Last Kingdom- it was awesome!!

      Thank you!! Oh yes that book killed me too!!!

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  17. lonelyboy1977 says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only person who was reduced to tears by Trudi Canavan’s The High Lord. I was so devastated by the ending, I’ve never been able to bring myself to re-read the book even though I want to; it’s one of my all-time favourite fantasy novels.

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  18. Carrie says:

    The Daughter by Lucy Dawson needs to come with a box of tissues to start that book. The synopsis says “You lost your daughter. You will never forgive yourself.” and yet it was still a tear fest to make it through the first few chapters there.

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  19. Editing Advantage says:

    What’s your opinion of Me Before You? I haven’t read it bc I heard the handicapped guy wants to kill himself and eventually does. However, upon reflection, it’s kind of insulting (I’m handicapped but not automatically suicidal??) yet not actually unrealistic (plenty of ppl with my disease talk about their depression, and in my personal experience, men generally handle being handicapped worse than women).

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Oh that’s a great question. Personally, the way I took the book was more of a reflection of how someone was feeling, rather than getting into the actual debate, so I didn’t read it that way (because yes that’s incredibly insulting). Since reading it I’ve seen Moyes interviewed, describing how she was just trying to get inside the head of an actual case in the UK, where a former athlete did go to Dignitas. However, I know a lot of people who were angry at the portrayal and I can’t say I blame them for that- because I see how easily it can be taken negatively and I do worry that people would use something like this for a more sinister argument. As much as it is my opinion that this began as an exercise in empathy, it doesn’t stop people taking some pretty bad messages from it and that bothers me. I’m sorry if that was a bit rambly and I hope it was clear.

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  20. Lois says:

    The Last Kingdom ❤ Oh, how I love that show. I feel like I need to re-watch the series again to refresh my memory, but the second series was phenomenal. Onto the books, I remember reading Noughts and Crosses in school and I was so emotionally traumatised by the book I couldn't find it in me to pick up the next one in the series. I was that distraught.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ahh I know right!! I agree with you!! I loved it so much (I want to rewatch it right away and I only just finished it!) Oh me too! I did read the whole series though- although I wasn’t as crazy about books 2 and 3, they still made me cry, and 4 did make it worth continuing (and yes that made me cry too- Blackman certainly knows what buttons to push for me 😉 )

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  21. Marie says:

    The Serpent King made me cry SO MUCH, also I wasn’t expecting to cry with this book so I think it shocked me even more… same goes for We were liars, that twist just made me cry a LOT hahahaha.
    Fantastic post! And… if books make us feel things to the point that we cry, it means they’re good, right? 😛

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  22. forgedinink says:

    I normally don’t cry at books a few have made me tear up. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and The Little Paris Bookshop. However, the only book I have actually cried at (and it was ugly crying) was A Man Called Ove. I don’t know why, but it got me and it got me good.

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  23. Nicola @ Thoughts on Fantasy says:

    I definitely sobbed when reading Order of the Phoenix too 🙂 And you’ve reminded me I need to continue the Black Magician Trilogy – I also wasn’t a fan of the first book but I remember you said it gets better, and a friend recently moved house and gave me the whole series so now I have no excuse not to… especially if the third book is so good it elicits tears!!

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  24. Janereads says:

    I cried reading Me Before You as well but probably in the right bit. Persuasion also makes me teary but happy tears. I can’t handle books with kids being killed, bullied or getting some incurable illness. Wonder was the last movie that made me cry. I always seem to cry if someone else on screen is crying. And I love The Last Kingdom! Such a good series.

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  25. Lillian @ Inky Insanity says:

    Little Women always makes me cry! A friend of mine will be doing a play of it at the end of the month and she’s playing Beth. I’m doomed.
    The Harry Potter that makes me cry the most is definitely Deathly Hallows. Although Order of the Phoenix is the next culprit.
    The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan always starts the waterworks. I know there are others because I too cry at everything but I actually can’t think of any right now???

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      hahaha I totally get that- makes me time every time too!!
      Oh gosh yes, that one makes me cry too- just Order got to me first 😉
      I need to get onto that one still- I only started the series last year- but now you say that it makes me want to check it out so much more!

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  26. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    I hate emotional books that make me cry my eyes out 😂 I just argh no to feelings! Feelings are awful 😂😂😂 Plus, I’m such a crier too which makes every single sad scene potentially heartbreaking…
    Anyway, really cool picks! I only read HP and My Sister’s Keeper from the bunch and I didn’t even finish the latter because it was making me super depressed hahaha
    Regardless, amazing post! And please don’t be emotional on Valentine’s Day!!! Here, have some awesome chocolate and go stuff yourself ❤️❤️ (seriously, this stuff takes all the blues away!)

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      hehe I get that! I rather think it’s weirder that I enjoy it 😂😂 hahaha yes! I really relate!!
      haha I totally get that- it’s so dark!!
      Thank you so much!! hahaha aww thank you- you’re the sweetest!! ❤ ❤ (I do agree about chocolate 😉 )

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  27. The Girl in Boots says:

    Order of the Phoenix was the first time I cried while reading a Harry Potter book. I always skip that part because it’s too heartbreaking.
    I read Me Before You late at night. I remember crying SO MUCH at like 1 in the morning! It’s why I haven’t reread the book or seen the movie, I don’t think I can go through that again.

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  28. LizScanlon says:

    ah, maaaan… to be honest, the smallest thing can make me cry… I was watching a Jack Reacher movie and even that managed to get me all teary eyed at the end… but yeah, I cry along to everything… I do… I think the authors that have made me really ugly cry are Remarque and Jack London…

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  29. thewilsoncrown says:

    I hate when films change things from the books. Like endings or major plot points or even switching characters (Miss Peregrine’s, Maze Runner to name a couple)! It makes me so angry. Why ruin or change something that was crucial or perfect in the book? Ugh. The. Worst.

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  30. dragonsandzombies says:

    High Lord.. I didn’t cry, but I was freaking ANGRY 😀 Like, really upset/angry. that was so stupid, argh! And didn’t make sense!

    ..Let’s not talk about it anymore 😀

    I remember crying during ‘Fool’s Errand’ and ‘Assassin’s Fate’ by Robin Hobb. Also, the ending of ‘The City of Mirrors’ by Justin Cronin made me a little teary-eyed! Aaand Juliet Marillier is also very good at making me cry! I remember one event from her second Sevenwaters book, ‘Son of Shadows’, that was super sad 😦

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  31. Andrea says:

    Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix nooo 😭😭😭😭
    Funnily enough, I’m not a book crier! Nor am I a TV show crier, anime crier, movie crier etc. I just… can’t cry in such situations? I do get extremely emotional and experience All The Emotions™ but I’ve never cried because of a book/movie/etc before! Great post 💕

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  32. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom says:

    I cried for HP, Me Before You, Little Women, and My Sister’s Keeper too. I grew up watching the film adaptation of Little Women with my Grandmother every summer I would go stay at her house. I read LW for the first time last year and even though I knew what was coming I still bawled like a baby.

    Another book that really made me ugly cry was The Light Between Oceans…

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