We all love to see happy endings, where after whole a lot of chaos and arguments the two main characters stay together. Perhaps, this is the reason we talk about reel life and real life, what happens on the screen or the book is not very different but not very similar to reality as well. In this article, we are going to read about the 10 best books where lovers don’t end up together.

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

10 Best Books Where Lovers Don’t End Up Together - Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
10 Best Books Where Lovers Don’t End Up Together – Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

This is the only novel by Bronte, and one could not decipher if it is all love or hate, or something in between. It describes the connection between love and class very well. Heathcliff and Catherine always loved each other. Catherine got married to someone else because he was more civilized but she never hated Heathcliff. Heathcliff left her and came back after years to take revenge on her family. Tragically, Catherine died and Heathcliff was left all alone with the ghost of Catherine.

Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet are perhaps one of the most known love stories in the world. We all are aware of how a romantic and passionate love will develop between Romeo and Juliet and how it will come to an end with death just due to society and its differences.

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

10 Best Books Where Lovers Don’t End Up Together - The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
10 Best Books Where Lovers Don’t End Up Together – The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

This book is a classic example of the Jazz Age. The story is about the wealthy Jay Gatsby and his newfound love for the gorgeous Daisy. Gatsby used to throw lavish parties to see Daisy. But the end of Gatsby is not like his rich parties. Daisy abandons him at the end and Tom shoots him. Gatsby’s funeral was sparsely attended, unlike his parties.

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

This book by Tolstoy is referred to by some as the greatest novel in the world. And, Tolstoy certainly created some remarkable characters with his intense imaginative insight. Anna is a sophisticated woman who abandons her void life as the wife of Karenin and turns to Count Vronsky to complete her passionate nature with tragic repercussions.

Call Me By Your Name – Andre Aciman

10 Best Books Where Lovers Don’t End Up Together - Call Me By Your Name – Andre Aciman
10 Best Books Where Lovers Don’t End Up Together – Call Me By Your Name – Andre Aciman

Call Me By Your Name is the story of a sudden romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest who has arrived in his parent’s mansion. During this summer they find everything that was missing in their lives – an intense passion, desire, a kind of romance everyone longs for – but will it remain after the summer ends?

Atonement – Ian McEwan

Atonement – Ian McEwan
Atonement – Ian McEwan

Summer day, 1935 – 13-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses flirtation between Robbie, the son of a servant, and her older sister Cecelia. But Briony’s inexperience with adult movies and her unstable imagination bring the kind of crime that changed the lives of all characters. A crime, whose consequences Atonement follows through the chaos of World War II and into the close of the 20th century.

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

10 Best Books Where Lovers Don’t End Up Together - The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
10 Best Books Where Lovers Don’t End Up Together – The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

16-year-old beautiful Hazel has been diagnosed with lung cancer and she attends a cancer support group. She is reluctant to visit the group but she soon realizes it is a good idea as she meets a young boy named Augustus Waters. Augustus has had a rare kind of bone cancer but has lately had the all-clear. Both get into an emotional ride of love, romance, and sadness while looking for the author of their favorite book, Van Houten. During that trip to Amsterdam, Augustus disclose the news to Hazel that made their worlds fall apart.

Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind is a sweeping tale on the tragedy of the Civil War, which as the South knows as the end of the civilization, and love certainly turned to dust. Scarlett the prime character saw the man whom she loves getting married to another woman and she escapes to Atlanta. In Atlanta, she is compelled to tackle the horrors of the mounting tide of the Civil War. But this is just the beginning she has a lot more to confront.

The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough

10 Best Books Where Lovers Don’t End Up Together - The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough
10 Best Books Where Lovers Don’t End Up Together – The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough

The focused figures in this book are Meggie, the only Cleary daughter, and her true love handsome and ambitious priest Ralph de Bricassart. But they separate – Ralps course move him to the halls of the Vatican and Meggie is set to get married to the Drogheda. But distance only shapes their lives but does not dim their feelings.

The End of the Affair – Graham Greene

The End of the Affair – Graham Greene
The End of the Affair – Graham Greene

This is not a feel-good love story for any moment. Maurice Bendrix hates Sarah Miles, the kind of hatred that forces him to set down the retrospective account of his adulterous situation with her. Now, after a year of her death, Maurice is trying to exorcise the determination of his infatuation by retracing the process from obsessive affection to love-hate. In the beginning, he thinks he hates Sarah and her partner, Henry. Yet, as he delves more profoundly in his emotional outlook, his hatred shifts to God as he believes he broke his life.

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