Real Stories of Love and Grief Touched PEOPLE Readers This Week

01/25/2014 at 09:10 AM EST

Annelise Forbes (left) and Taylor Smith
Annelise Forbes (left) and Taylor Smith
Courtesy Taylor Smith/Facebook

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Amid all the celebrity antics this week, the quieter stories about real people really struck a chord with PEOPLE readers.

The tales ranged from the uplifting (Taylor Smith) to the frightening (Gerald and Alice Uden) to the simply stupefying (Annelise Forbes). But all of them got a strong reaction.

Below are the five stories that had the biggest emotional impact on PEOPLE.com readers this week, from happy, sad, laugh out loud, and angry – to wow. Let us know what you think of every story we write by clicking on the icons at the bottom.

Love Bittersweet yet heartwarming was the story of Taylor Smith, a 12-year-old girl from Johnson City, Tenn., whose parents discovered an incredible letter she had written to her 22-year-old self just months before she died last year.

Wow The award for the week's most precocious youngster went to Annelise Forbes, a 9-year-old from Ontario, Canada, whose rendition of the song "Let It Go" from Frozen was just amazing. Someone get her a recording contract!

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The Uden Family

Angry Readers were angered this week by our cover story about Gerald and Alice Uden, both recently arrested and charged with murdering their former spouses decades ago – shocking everyone they knew, including their youngest child, Erica Hayes, who spoke exclusively to PEOPLE.

Sad The week's saddest news was a story about paradise lost – the tragic murder-suicide in Hawaii involving Boaz "Bo" Johnson and his pregnant girlfriend, Brittany Royal.

LOL Finally, a celebrity story did break through to make this list, though it took a bit of characteristic tomfoolery from Blake Shelton, who sent Adam Levine, his nemesis on The Voice, a giant copy of Levine's PEOPLE Sexiest Man Alive cover.

Check back again next week for another must-read roundup. Until then, see what readers are reacting to every day by clicking here.

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