Modern Love Stories for Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air! Open a box of Godiva, pour a glass of Malbec and get in the Valentine’s Day spirit with these five books about love. From modern retellings of our favorite romances to tales of finding the Big L, we have your reading desires covered.


Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close

Wryly humorous and altogether entertaining, this classic story of friendship and romance tackles the complicated but fun years of early adulthood and perfectly captures both the thrills and frustrations of life as a modern woman.


I’m Glad About You by Theresa Rebeck

A young woman leaves her Ohio hometown for New York City to make it as an actress. But she can’t escape the constant reminders of what life could have been like with her high school sweetheart in this deliciously fun, yet poignant, novel.


Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Razor-sharp actor/comedian Aziz Ansari’s book delves into the world of modern dating in all its glory—and gore—with a thoughtful and hilarious touch.


Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

This thoroughly entertaining, modernized version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is sure to keep your romantic yearnings satisfied with Sittenfeld’s keen approach to retelling a beloved classic.


Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

Both a coming-of-age tale and a love story, this book follows one woman’s journey through Manhattan’s glittering restaurant world as she awakens to the endless possibilities—both sweet and bitter—of being young in New York City.


Tell us! What are some of your favorite love stories?

    Liz Stein

    Liz Stein is an editor for Park Row Book where she edits commercial and literary fiction, psychological suspense and literary thrillers, and women’s fiction. She is always looking for beautifully written books with characters that are unforgettable. When not reading or editing, Liz prefers to spend her time outdoors hiking, cycling, and running, or indoors on the yoga mat or in the kitchen.

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    2 Responses to “Modern Love Stories for Valentine’s Day”

    1. I wouldn’t call Sweetbitter a love story. I guess maybe coming of age/finding yourself or sort of foodie book? There was a lot of hype about this book, and in my opinion, it just didn’t live up to the hype. I’m still angry I bought into it and read this.

    2. …but I really enjoyed Modern Romance. I thought it was a humorous, interesting, honest, and insightful look at what dating is all about, and the differences between dating today and a few decades ago. I read the book, but I’ve heard that the audio version is actually read by Aziz Ansari, and that would probably be even better!

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