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Blending memoir, literary exposition, and revealing case studies, Unrequited is a powerful, surprising, and empathetic cultural and psychological exploration of one-sided romantic obsession.

The summer Lisa A. Phillips turned thirty, she fell in love with someone who didn’t return her feelings. She soon became obsessed. She followed him around, called him compulsively, and talked about him endlessly. One desperate morning, after she snuck into his apartment building, he picked up a baseball bat to protect himself and began to dial 911. Her unrequited love had changed her from a sane, conscientious college teacher and radio reporter into someone she barely recognized—someone who was taking her yearning much too far.

In Unrequited, Phillips explores the tremendous force of obsessive love in women’s lives. Interweaving her own story with frank interviews and in-depth research in science, psychology, cultural history, and literature, Phillips describes how romantic obsession takes root, grows, and strongly influences our thoughts and behaviors.

As she illuminates this mysterious psychological experience, placing it in a rich and nuanced context, Phillips offers compelling insights to help any woman who has experienced unrequited obsessive love and has been mystified and troubled by its grip.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An ingenious hybrid of memoir, case study, scientific inquiry and intellectual history…Required reading not only for every teenage girl in America but for every boy, man, and woman, whether partnered or not, because we could all use a dose of its well-researched wisdom.”

    Washington Post

  • “This book illuminates one of our most ingrained emotional experiences…A fluid storyteller…Phillips makes a convincing case for the universality of lovesickness.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Phillips chases down the history of unrequited love, from courtly love to online courtships in which the interested parties may never meet…Unrequited lovers will learn they are not alone, and they will also acquire useful tips on ways of letting go for good.”


  • “The author offers an empathetic, below-the-surface examination of what the ‘beloved’ means to the scorned woman…Compelling…Compassionate and, perhaps for some readers, encouraging.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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