• YA Contemporary Book Review

    Bad Romance

    Warnings: Gaslighting My Thoughts Bad Romance is a heartbreaking story about relationship abuse and self-loathing, and one of the most accurate portrayals that I’ve ever read. The book is exceptionally well-written, with developed characters that talked and acted like typical teenagers. It shows how trouble at home can drive a young woman into the arms an abuser, trapped in a relationship because of dependency. One of the things that worked really well for this novel is that it starts from the beginning when Grace met Gavin and how they fell in love. Too often with stories about abusive relationships the story takes place when things are already bad and nearing…

  • Self Help Book Review

    The 5 Love Languages

    My Thoughts The Five Love Languages is one of those books that is so pervasive, so simple in its practicality. It’s always one of the first recommendations from therapists about relationships and it’s easy to see why. I turned to this book myself during my own marital struggles after hearing about the book from a class years before. While it wasn’t a magical solution to my problems, it provided some insight that made me think about myself and my relationships, which is a start. Through his work as a marriage counselor, Chapman identified a basic outline of different love styles. Though each love style is clearly defined it is not…

  • Graphic Novel Review,  Webcomic Review

    Little Moments of Love

    My Review: For those unfamiliar with Catana Comics, it’s a web comic about the artist and her relationship with her boyfriend. It’s another series that regularly makes its rounds on social media, which I imagine is where most people have seen it. To say that this comic is sweet is an understatement. It is 100% relationship cheese that will be either #couplegoals or gag-inducing depending on the audience. It’s clear that Catana and John are very much in love and they’re extremely cute together. The comics, like the art, are simple. The title pretty much sums up the entire series in general as each strip is like a small snippet…