• 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…

  • Book Review

    The 5 Love Languages

    My Thoughts I had first heard about this book in a Communications class while I was attending university and it is apparently widely referenced. It made me curious and I had made a mental note to check it out someday. Years later when my first marriage was not going so well and I found myself feeling emotionally empty, so I put aside my pride and decided to seek help. While some of the advice given in the book sounds like common sense it isn’t so for everyone. It is a well-known fact that communication can be difficult in a relationship, especially when egos get involved. I appreciated this book for…

  • Graphic Novel Review,  Webcomic Review

    Little Moments of Love

    My Thoughts 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. “I zip-tied you to your chair, now you’ll have to take your pants off to escape! I’ll watch.” The comics, like the art, are simple. The…