8 Awful Things That Happen When Your Crush Doesn't Like You Back

Whether your crush is someone in your friend group or a stranger who walks past you in the hallway after 5th period, knowing your adoration for them is unreciprocated is a major bust.

Outside of the obvious—not getting to hold hands with them at lunch and showcase your romance to all the envious onlookers—there are a handful of additional downsides to your crush not liking you back.

Keep reading to find out what they are.

1. You're Constantly Reminded of Their Lack of Romantic Interest in You

Whether you see them in class or around campus every day, or—even worse—you're actually friends with them, every time you look at them, you feel that painful sting of rejection. Ouch.

Riverdale Cheryl and Archie

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2. You Get Annoyed Every Time You See Them Talking to Another Girl (Regardless of the Context)

Whether they're flirting, offering a casual wave in the halls or discussing arrangements for a group project, the slightest glimpse of them talking to any female who isn'you irks you like no other. Like, why are they communicating with them when you're right here?


3. And You Can't Hold Back That Look on Your Face When It Happens

You try to fight it, but without even realizing it, your face looks like you just smelled sour milk every time your crush engages with a female. Plague the girl who has the attention of the person who turned you down!

sad girl pouts with arms crossed at school dance

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4. You Agonize Over What the Other Girl(s) Have That You Don't Have

You see a pretty girl when you look in mirror, your friends laugh at all your jokes, so what's the freaking problem? This painful rejection has you all caught up in your head. Are you not popular enough? Do you wear unflattering colors? Have your peers told your crush to stay away from you? The questions are endless and the answers will remain a mystery.


5. Everyone Knows About Your Crush

You had the guts to come clean about your feelings, and we applaud the effort because it takes a lot of confidence—but now that they know, you can also expect the school to know (okay, at least your grade). Whether or not your crush is a big gossip has no influence on the situation, because no matter what, they're bound to tell their friends. And once the cat is out of the bag to even just a few, well… the rest is history.


6. And They Love to Tease You About It (in Good Fun and Not in Good Fun)

Your friends will probably giggle every time your crush walks by, and some classmates may poke fun in a lighthearted manner, but you can also expect the occasional diss as well. Whether it's from the crush directly, their friend group or bratty girls who want to make you feel bad, teens can be mean and, unfortunately, get a kick out of exploiting other people's rejection.


7. Even Being Denied, You Still Can't Shake Your Feelings for Them

Feelings are unfortunately not faucets; you can't just turn them on or off at your leisure. So, even if your crush has made it clear they don't reciprocate your feelings, and even if they're downright rude to you, you somehow manage to look past it, distracted by their brown, wavy locks and piercing blue eyes. You would really give anything to not feel this way, but here you are…

riverdale cast in biology classroom at school

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8. You Continue Wasting Time Trying to Impress Them When It's a Lost Cause

They've made it clear they're not interested in you romantically, but you keep telling yourself that if you wear your hair like this, or spritz on this particular fragrance, you'll somehow win them over. You kind of know, deep down, that it won't work, but there's still that slight part of you that thinks there could maybe be a chance. Yet nothing changes…

Cheryl Blossom on The CW's Riverdale

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