11 Best Books About Unrequited Love Update 05/2022

Books About Unrequited Love

I thought it was unfair that someone could love me and not love me back. In my experience, there is nothing more heartbreaking than not getting what you want, and I don’t think there is anything more heartbreaking than not getting what you want.

If there’s one thing that can be said about not having your feelings answered, it’s that it makes for a very interesting story, and it’s not a new idea in literature. Unrequited love runs from Shakespeare to Victor Hugo, from J.K. Rowling to Louisa May Alcott, and it seems like there’s no end in sight. This is because it’s true. You can love someone who doesn’t love you back because unrequited love can last in a way that once-requited love can’t. This is what Will Grayson, one of the main characters in John Green and David Levithan’s young adult novel Will Grayson, says. It might be that this is the case, because isn’t there something comforting about nursing a love that will never be? Because we don’t have to deal with the person’s very worst, we can live in their fantasy without having to deal with them in the real world. Both ways, it hurts.

This is for those of us who are still hurting from the pain of not getting what we want. I’ve put together a list of 11 of my favorite books about unrequited love for you. There is a chance that reading these will help you deal with your unrequited love. Either way, they should be a great book to read.

The Death of King Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory, adapted by Peter Ackroyd

The Death of King Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory, adapted by Peter Ackroyd

In 1485, Thomas Malory wrote Le Morte d’Arthur, which means “The Death of Arthur.” This is probably the most well-known version of the story of King Arthur. In this long story, we learn about the life of King Arthur and his quest for the Holy Grail. Finally, he dies. The fabled mythical king was killed by something. Love. His bride, Guinevere, was fated to fall in love with Arthur’s right-hand man, the unbeatable Sir Lancelot. Their tragic love will lead to the downfall of Camelot. Besides the sad story of Arthur and Guinevere, there is also the story of Elaine of Astolat, who loves Lancelot but he doesn’t love her back. Even though this story is written in an old language, it shows that unrequited love has been around for a long time.

Persuasion by Jane Austen

A Jane Austen book can be hard to find that doesn’t have some unrequited love in it. Persuasion is the best one, though! She was once happily married to a naval officer named Frederick Wentworth. Then one of her friends gave her some bad advice, which caused her to break the engagement and live in heartbreak. Frederick comes back eight years later and finds the Elliot family broke. Anne has always loved Frederick, but can she get him to love her again?

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning book, it’s almost impossible to find one main character who doesn’t have some kind of unrequited love. During the Civil War, Scarlett O’Hara is selfish and stubborn. She is in love with Ashley Wilkes, but he doesn’t love her back. The story is set a few years after the Civil War. Ashley is in love with his cousin Melanie Hamilton, who also loves him. He is also unsure enough about Scarlett’s love that he can’t fully say no to her, though. As Scarlet waits for Ashley to change his mind, she marries a lot of men. Then there’s Rhett Butler, who has loved Scarlett since the first time he saw her, and Scarlett marries a lot of men as she waits for Ashley to change his mind.

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises is about Jake Barnes, a World War I veteran, and Lady Brett Ashley, the woman he is in love with. They travel through Europe in the 1920s with a group of expatriots. Jake is in love with Brett, but he knows he can’t have her. This is made even worse by the fact that Brett knows this, too, which makes everything even more heartbreaking. Hemingway’s simple but powerful style is used to show the pain of unrequited love in a beautiful way.

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

When you think that your love isn’t reciprocated, what happens to your body and mind? Then what happens when it’s too late? Remains of the Day is about a butler who has a strong sense of duty. Stevens is the butler in this story. At the beginning of the Second World War, Stevens receives a letter from a former coworker named Miss Kenton. Stevens thinks back to when they worked for Lord Darlington at the start of the war. The realization that he was in love with Miss Kenton and that she must have been in love with him came too late. It was heartbreaking.

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

In the beginning, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza were very in love with each other when they were young. Fermina left Florentino for a rich doctor. Florentino was heartbroken when Fermina broke up with him. He decided not to give up on winning her heart again, but he also decided that it didn’t mean that he had to be faithful to her. After having 622 affairs, Florentino finds out that Fermina’s husband has died. So 50 years, 9 months, and 4 days after the first time he told her he loved her, he goes to her side to say it again. As a book written by Garcia, Love in the Time of Cholera might be a little too raw for some people, but it gets right to the heart of love and everything else that comes with it. People who can’t get over their first love should read this book.

The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa

Since he can remember, he has always been in love with a “bad girl.” “Lily” came into his life in Lima in the 1950s and he fell in love with her right away. He loved her even more when she came back to Paris 10 years later as a revolutionary, and also as the wife of a wealthy Englishman, the mistress of a Japanese businessman, and so on. Over the years, his obsession with her grows almost as quickly as her indifference to him. This is what happened. Várgas Llosa, a Peruvian author, tells the story of Ricardo’s life through all of his relationships with this never-the-same-woman.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

When Tomas and Tereza were in love, The Unearable Lightness of Being was set in Prague in 1968. It tells the story of how they fell in love. Tomás, a brain surgeon, has never been good at love. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a taste for girls, though! In the beginning, he has a lot of “erotic friendships” with women. He soon finds himself torn between his natural inclination and the chance of finding love with Tereza. This book is about unrequited love in a unique way. If you’re starting to fall in love with your friend with benefits, this is the perfect book for you.

Enduring Love by Ian McEwan

Enduring Love by Ian McEwan

To save the life of the child and the man killed in a balloon accident, Joe Rose and Jed Parry work together. Joe didn’t know at the time that this act would form a strange bond between him and Jed that would put his marriage and sanity at risk. Exciting: Enduring Love looks at unrequited love from the point of view of the person being loved. It’s a good book to read if you’re in love but don’t think it’s real.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

I Capture the Castle is about the Mortmain family, who live in an old castle in Suffolk. The Mortmains are a strange and exotic family. Cassandra Mortmain, a 16-year-old girl, is the narrator of the book, which is set over the course of six months. She has first love, but it doesn’t work out. A lot of the characters in the story are going through unrequited love as the story goes on. This charming coming of age story is one old school YA book that perfectly captures the harsh realities of first love.

Secrets by Jude Deveraux

Cassie Madden was 12 when she fell in love with Jefferson Ames, a boy she met at one of her mom’s business meetings. Desperately in love with him, she held on to him through the years as a way to deal with her own mother’s lack of maternal instinct, even after getting engaged to a nice man. As a nanny for a recently widowed Jeff in Williamsburg, Virginia, she quickly uncovers a series of mysteries she must solve before she and Jeff can ever be together. If they can ever be together, she will have to solve them.

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