Melissa Croce is a Pacific Northwest native who left her beloved rainy region behind to work in publishing in New York, where she markets books to librarians. When she’s not working, she can be found sleeping, reading tarot cards, watching hockey games, and spending way too much time on the internet. You can find her on Twitter @MelissaCroce or at Melissa-Croce.com.
A good, romantic love story can be a lot of fun, that’s undeniable, but there can also be something deeply satisfying about a fiercely independent protagonist who lives life on their own terms, romantic partner or not.
In my book Single and Forced to Mingle, I advocate for why being single is just as, if not more so, awesome as being in a relationship. In one section, I imagine what it would be like if certain classic literary heroines were modern millennial women, and when it came to some of those women, they didn’t end up with their canon love interest. For the below seven titles, the protagonists or themes embody some aspect of singledom, and why it can be so great.