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The summer Lisa A. Phillips turned 30, 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 been mystified and troubled by its grip.

©2015 Lisa A. Phillips (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Deeply researched and compellingly written." (Colette Dowling, author of The Cinderella Complex)

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Great book! So-so narrator....

I think this book is awesome. I actually purchased the hardcover, but then I got the audio book. It's easier to listen to it, now that I have young children. It has truly helped me get over my own unrequited love. It was also the distraction I needed to keep myself from contacting him.

The narrator is quite monotone and doesn't do characters/accents very well. Still worth the listen 😊

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Worthy of your time & attention despite somewhat annoying vocal narration.

Smart, well-written, accessible, and thoughtfully healing. The vocal narration (done by someone other than the author) is a bit disconcertingly newscaster-like, unfortunately.