Book review: Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

23 September 2017 / Leave a Comment


Heather Demetrios' YA novel Bad Romance waves a red flag about toxic relationships.


Buy this book for your daughter, your sister, your niece and for yourself. It's important.


Here's my 5 star review for Bad Romance on Goodreads:


If you've ever felt smothered in a relationship, like you can't be yourself, if you're torn between loving someone and hating them at the same time, then this book is for you. If you've never loved, then this is for you too, because it serves as a warning for how dangerous love can be, even if it feels safe in the beginning.


There is so much about this book that I admired - the clever second person narrative that allows us to know that Grace's romance with Gavin is going to go sour. Yet we can't help falling in love with Gavin too; for his love songs, his gifts, his good looks. We know he's evil, because we're told so on the first page, and yet, like Grace we are charmed by him. As the reader, we fall deeply for him and our hearts are crushed as he becomes more controlling and manipulative.


The added ingredients of a dysfunctional family, a mother with OCD and a miserly step father, give much depth to the story.


I'll leave you with this golden nugget from Bad Romance ... which summed up all relationships for me ... whether you're an adult or an 18 year old just finishing high school ...


'The only reason you should stay with someone is because you make each other happy. Any other reason is bullshit.'


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