The sweet and the sour: 4 books for Valentine’s Day

You can try to ignore the abundance of pink and red and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, but Valentine’s Day is still happening. Whether you’re coupled up, happily single or not-so happily single, this Hallmark holiday can make you even more aware of your relationship status. No matter what it is, there’s four new books that will have you feeling the love. And no, none are self help books because you’re perfect the way you are.

For the perpetually single: “Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date” by Katie Heaney

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Single? Katie Heaney feels you.
Credit: Grand Central Publishing

Twenty-five year old Katie Heaney has never had a boyfriend. Not only has she never had a boyfriend, she’s never been on a second date. There’s nothing “wrong” with her: she’s pretty, has a cool job, knows how to carry on a conversation in a bar…It just hasn’t happened for her. She didn’t have sex in college and she’s just all around unlucky in love. But her memoir is far from a woe-is-me story. You’ll laugh right along with her as she decodes Facebook messages, mulls over the continuous advice from her friends and survives the awkwardest of awkward moments.

For the OKCupid addict: “A Million First Dates” by Dan Slater

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Dan Slater gives the inside scoop on online dating in “A Million First Dates.”

Whether you’re on Tinder, eHarmony, FarmersOnly or one of the other myriad of dating sites, you’ll connect with this book. Writer Dan Slater takes readers behind-the-scenes of the online dating world, interviewing the curators of the site about making a profit and how their values play into their match-making. He also explores how modern dating has changed our thoughts about the meaning of love, fate and commitment. If anything, it’s great fodder for your next meet-up.

When you’ve lost faith in men: “The Last Girlfriend On Earth: And Other Love Stories” by Simon Rich

Last Girlfriend on Earth
This book isn’t just for women, guys will dig it too.
Credit: Provided

Think “good guys” are a myth? Or at least not hanging out at the same places you do? Simon Rich will make you think again. His collection of short stories about his experiences with teenage and grown-up love will have you feeling his pain and rejoicing in his small triumphs. It serves as a good reminder that guys get their hearts broken too, and in the end we all want the same thing: to be loved.

If you just got married: “Longest Date: Life As A Wife” by Cindy Chupack

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Ever debated with your partner on if you should get a dog? So has this author.

After her first marriage failed when her husband announced he was gay (that would do it), Cindy Chupack meets the second love of her life, who she married. The former “Sex & The City” writer chronicles her early years of wifedom spinning everyday arguments and happenings into comical, relatable tales. More sobering, she talks about her struggles with infertility, which really gives this book its heart.

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