SOPPY is Philippa Rice’s collection of comics and illustrations based on real-life moments with her boyfriend. From grocery shopping to silly arguments and snuggling in front of the television, SOPPY captures the universal experience of sharing a life together, and celebrates the beauty of finding romance all around us.
I don’t know how I guessed that I would like this book/graphic novel/comic. I had never heard of Philippa Rice before (sorry) and nobody that knows me would describe me as a romantic. I have quite a cold exterior.
You can’t truly call Soppy a graphic novel. It really is more a collection of comics, of small skits of a young couple’s life together. The red-black-white colour scheme works so well for me, and I love the way that Philippa and Luke are portrayed, from their messy studies to the way she cocoons herself in a blanket (I do that too) and even their clothing and socks!
Soppy made me smile. I would catch myself inspecting the comic strips and just unexpectedly breaking into a smile. Because it’s cute. And soppy. Not the treacle-type that makes you cringe. Just the kind that I guess you only understand when you understand it – if that makes any sense.
I spend most of my weekends with GeekBoy. Sometimes we sit all day and study quietly together, or he plays Starcraft while I read, or we listen to an audiobook together. We don’t talk much but I can’t explain how close we feel nonetheless. Or how can I explain the warmth it gives me when he gets me a care package when I’m sick or preparing for exams. Or that time in second year that I hadn’t studied in ages and he bought me a notebook and sat me down, telling me I wasn’t going to move till I studied a chapter.
It’s just soppy I guess, and it’s my favourite kind.
I suppose this isn’t for everybody. There are plenty examples of the webcomic online (Rice’s site is here), so I’d suggest having a look before reading it, but I adored it. This is the kind of romantic that I am – not the one that fawns over hunky fictional boys and grand romantic gestures.
Disclaimer: I received and eARC via NetGalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.