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Four unconventional love stories

The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan explores a couple's relationship in alphabetical order through a series of dictionary entries.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, this list is comprised of a number of romantic novels that either feature stories that are either unconventional in tone or told in unconventional ways. Whether you are a hopeless romantic or a cynic that enjoys the occasional sentimental story, you should be able to find something worth reading on this list.

Only Revolutions: A Novel by Mark Z. Danielewski

Mark Z. Danielewski’s novel follows Sam and Hailey, two eternal teenagers, as the go through history. While Only Revolutions might seem to be more of a historical fiction novel at times, it is also a fairly romantic story told in a rather poetic way. It should be noted that there a number of ways to read the book including, as the publisher recommends, reading the story by switching between the characters narration eight pages at a time.

Love, Again by Doris Lessing

The late Doris Lessing’s novel tells the story of Sarah, an aging woman that falls in love with three younger men while working on a production of a theatre production. Beautifully written and extraordinarily deep, Love, Again seems to explore the meaning of love as it becomes more and more evident that Sarah’s life parallels the life of the protagonist of the play she is working on.

Griffin and Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence by Nick Bantock

The first book in the Griffin and Sabine series, the story revolves around two artists that communicate via postcards and letters. The story begins when Griffin receives a mysterious letter from Sabine and the two begin corresponding back and forth. Over time, the letters become more and more romantic as the two characters reveal more about themselves. The book, which is comprised of removable letters and postcards, is only available in hardcopy.

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

The Lover’s Dictionary is a love story in the form of dictionary entries. The narrator takes the reader through his relationship with an unnamed woman in alphabetical order. The words at the top of the entry set the tone for the chapter and at times the reader experiences a bit of emotional whiplash. While the book is fairly realistic in regards to the ups and downs of relationships, it is probably the most romantic of all of the books on this list.

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