Long-distance relationships are difficult to navigate. Being far from your person is never a cakewalk, and it’s even harder if your love language is physical touch. You must have a tremendous amount of trust and confidence.
Some say that “distance makes the heart grow fonder.” Others argue it’s a common scenario of “out of sight, out of mind.” It depends on you, your partner, and your bond’s strength.
Reading a fictional story about LDR might not ease your pain, but it will assure you that the struggle is worth it. Fictional stories can be cathartic, supportive, and relatable.
Let’s dive into the world of virtual love in the list below.
1. Landing by Emma Donoghue (2007)
A surprise meeting on a flight leads to the start of a beautiful love story. Sile and Jude are wildly different. While Sile has traveled the world as a veteran flight attendant, Jude has never left her hometown. When their worlds collide, we see an emotional journey of romance in a long-distance relationship.
A realistic and relatable novel, Landing perfectly hits your emotions. There’s love, care, angst, and longing. Pick up the book to see how Sile and Jude’s story ends!
2. You Say It First by Katie Cotugno (2020)
When Meg, working at a call center, rings Colby to convince him to vote, sparks fly. Meg is a privileged and progressive Philadelphia girl, rich and educated in a private school. Colby is a small-town Ohio boy working in a dead-end job, unsure of his future.
What follows is an addicting, albeit sometimes complicated, tale of true love. Long-distance calls across state lines form their friendship. As they grow closer, their platonic bond evolves into something more. It seems like a once-in-a-lifetime connection. Are their affections enough, or are they too different?
3. Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern (2004)
Love, Rosie is a story of how two people can’t seem to get their love right. It’s addicting and frustratingly wholesome. Alex and Rosie are best friends, but just as they realize their love for each other, Alex must leave Dublin with his family. Rosie follows him to the US, but hopes of a relationship are diminished when she is pulled back to Ireland.
The book is written primarily in letters, emails, and text messages as Alex and Rosie keep in touch. Is this communication enough to strengthen their bond?
Will they be together? Will their decades-spanning love have a happily ever after? Read Love, Rosie, to find out. The book was previously published with the title, Where Rainbows End. It’s also been adapted to the big screen!
4. Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer (2006)
Love Virtually is a delightful way to spend an afternoon. When Emmi, a happily married woman, sends an email to unsubscribe from a “rag” magazine, it falls into the inbox of Leo. This chance encounter begins a peculiar and untraditional romance.
This is another epistolary novel completely written in emails, with no setting or appearance descriptions. The characters fall in love with words alone. It’s sweet, sensual, and thought-provoking. No wonder fans are raving about it on Goodreads.
5. What We Left Behind by Robin Talley (2015)
What We Left Behind follows Toni and Gretchen, hopelessly in love teenagers and the forever-together couple. However, life takes a turn when Toni gets accepted at Harvard and Gretchen at NYU. But they’re optimistic about long distance and the future of their relationship.
Life has different plans. Being apart during this new phase of life creates more tension than they anticipated. With their newfound cities and independence, Toni and Gretchen doubt their once-solid future. Will they make it? Is love enough to keep them together?
As Toni is genderqueer, fans have appreciated the representation. If you’re looking for a YA novel with LGBTQ+ themes, this one might be right for you.
Long-distance relationships are difficult, but you can power through with love, trust, and confidence. If you’re in one yourself, we hope these books bring relatability and a sense of catharsis as they did for many other readers.