Review: Candy Hearts

Title: Candy Hearts
Author: Tommy Siegel
Genre: Comics, Humor
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: February 2, 2021
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Tommy Siegel’s Candy Hearts comics offer a hysterical window into the many ways romantic couples are not at all on the same page. 

From the awkwardness of flirting during a pandemic to scrolling through disastrous dating profiles, Candy Hearts hilariously captures the secrets, lies, and misunderstandings behind every relationship. With dozens of never-before-seen comics and a special Candy Hearts sticker set, this book is the perfect Valentine’s Day (or Anti-Valentine’s Day) gift for your friends, lovers, or even yourself.

Review:

This is a hilarious collection of comics featuring anthropomorphic candy hearts. They feature different kinds of love, such as romantic love and parental love. Each page featured a different story and a different set of candy hearts. The comics were also quite contemporary because they talked about dating during the pandemic.

In many of the comics, the two characters had opposite feelings, such as the two that rode a tandem bike. One loved it and the other was embarrassed. In other comics, the characters secretly had the same feelings, such as the two that were being separated and pretended to be sad but were secretly glad that they could finally watch what they wanted on TV.

Some of the comics referenced famous romantic stories and fairytales. There were references to Titanic and Romeo and Juliet. I liked the comic of Beauty and the Beast, which mentioned Stockholm Syndrome. One of my favourite sets of comics were the ones based on online app dating profiles. It showed different examples of photos, including one at a wedding, one with a child, and one with a group of people so you can’t tell which one is the actual person in the profile. These were hilarious because they were so accurate.

I loved this comic collection! I highly recommend it as a Valentine’s gift!

Thank you Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

I Hope This Helps: Comics and Cures for 21st Century Panic by Tommy Siegel

Snug: A Collection of Comics About Dating Your Best Friend by Catana Chetwynd

Have you read Candy Hearts? What did you think of it?

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