I am hurt by this flirt.

Despite finding Candy Hearts by Tommy Siegel mildly funny, I don’t really have a lot to say about this particular book. It’s the kind of cartoon compilation that is amusing and relatable enough to read all the way through, but it’s also the kind of buy I’d read entirely in the bookstore and never once consider actually buying.

It’s Hearts…Doing Stuff

Frankly, I found Candy Hearts to be rather pointless. Nothing that was relatable was relatable to the point that it enticed me to want the book. Nothing was worthwhile or funny enough to think, hey, this is something I want on my shelf. It was…okay, but that’s about it. And I dunno, I just don’t care to reread “okay.”

You get the feeling that there’s supposed to be something moderately profound about it. And I won’t say that it seems as though Seigel is trying to hard or anything. I just don’t think that I, personally, care what messages he has to impart. They’re very general and don’t really mean much, in the end. I feel like anyone could have come up with this.

The Candy

Okay, so the artwork is cute. But the candy hearts literally have nothing to do with what is actually the main theme of whatever particular cartoon he’s drawing. They are legitimately just stand-ins for people. And the candy is representative of a love holiday that we all celebrate at least once in our lives, but what actually is the point? I’m honestly not sure.

And I think that disconnect was annoying.

So, despite having lovely and colorful artwork…I just don’t see much of a connection? It gives the artist the ability to show us the thoughts of the stand-in-for-people that the candy is, but what else? He literally could have chosen anything else and it would not have changed the book one bit. So, I guess I just see it as pointless.

Sugar Hearts

Yeah, even that doesn’t have a real connection to each comic.

I didn’t mind this book, but as I said before, it’s not really one I would consider buying.

I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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