updated 05/17/2013 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/18/2013 AT 3:00 PM ET
Angelina Jolie’s remarkable story about undergoing a preventative double mastectomy triggered an outpouring of empathy this week, as well as opened the door to the important discussion of women’s health issues.
At the other end of the spectrum, good fun was had over the gift Dean McDermott gave Tori Spelling for their seventh wedding anniversary.
Here are the five stories that sparked the strongest reactions from readers over this past week – the news that made you happy, sad, laugh out loud, awestruck, even angry.
In the meantime, please keep clicking on the emoticons at the bottom of every story – one way to tell us exactly what you think.
“I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy,” Angelina Jolie wrote in The New York Times on Tuesday. “But it is one I am very happy that I made.” And readers loved her for revealing it – and appreciate her explaining why.
The bride wore black, or, to be specific, 90210 actress Shenae Grimes donned an elegant midnight-and-blush Vera Wang wedding gown when she tied the knot with model-musician Josh Beech last week. Readers quickly hit the Wow button over this different design direction.
Abercrombie & Fitch’s discriminatory clothing policies (such as not carrying sizes above a 10 or L), along with the reportedly prejudicial hiring policies for which the company has previously come under fire, did not sit well with readers – who by and large were not silent about this.
Survivors’ stories from the worst drunk driving crash in history, 25 years ago this week, provided a chilling reminder of when 27 passengers, mostly children, were killed in a school bus returning to Radcliff, Ky., from a church group outing. Clearly, they have not been forgotten.
Dean McDermott’s seventh anniversary ring for wife Tori Spelling was set in 18K gold with more than 150 small rose cut diamonds, for a total of about three carats. And the fun part? “It spins around!” L.A. jewelry designer Neil Lane told PEOPLE. This design had readers spinning.
Be sure to check back next week for another must-read roundup. Until then, see what readers are reacting to every day by clicking here.