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Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios


Interests/Topics:  romance, obsession, music, drama, friendship

Curriculum Connections: English

Gender: F/M

Age: 16+

Blurb: Sometimes I dream that I’m married to a lunatic. At first, everything seems okay: there are flowers, gifts, endless whispers of adoration—you know, everything that great romances are about. But then things begin to go horribly wrong. The flowers never stop arriving; the confessions of love morph into desperate vows of devotion. Suddenly, my perfect marriage is a nightmare. He’s always there, looking through my window, following me in my car, phoning me at midnight. His love has turned into an obsession and I can no longer breathe. Inevitably, I wake up in a cold sweat.

First loves are always intense. Emotions run high, and hormones take on a life of their own. For Grace, in Bad Romance, life has never been sweeter. She’s finally dating Gavin, the charming, theatrical musician she’s had a crush on for ages. And he loves her. He buys her gifts, accepts her quirkiness, writes her songs. He defends her when her stepfather gets violent, and when her mother’s craziness spills over the top. He plays with her younger brother and likes her friends. All in all, he’s the perfect boyfriend. Until he isn’t.

Slowly, Gavin’s love for Grace becomes all-encompassing. What was once sweet has soured; what was good is now very, very bad. Grace knows that it’s time to end it all, but how do you say no to someone who has a hold of your soul?


Flavour: “But I can’t daydream too much about my next life because I have to deal with you in this life. Before I break up with you, I want to reflect. I want to go back through us piece by piece. I want to remember why I was so ooey-gooey crazy in love with you. I want to know why it’s taken me this long to figure out that you’re poison.” (2)

“Now I look at that girl who adores you, who thinks she’s safe with you, and I want to scream at her to jump out of that car and run like hell. Because you won’t be her happy place for long.” (76)

“That’s how the worst year of my life starts—in a Mustang with steamed up windows, with a beautiful boy who cries.” (101)


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