Considering Cathy Guisewite’s obsession with hearts and love, I thought a collection of Cathy comics would make an appropriate Valentine’s Day book review. Only Love Can Break a Heart, But a Shoe Sale Can Come Close is a collection of Cathy comics from the 1990s. Love, food, friends, work, and clothes all take center stage in Cathy’s humdrum but humorous life.
Cathy’s best friend Andrea from the earlier comics has moved on and only shows up briefly at the end of the book. In Andrea’s place is Cathy’s coworker and friend Charlene, with whom Cathy shares relationship and shopping woes and advice. Irving is still at the center of Cathy’s slow-moving love life, and Cathy jealously competes with golf and Irving’s ex-girlfriend Julia for Irving’s attention.
To the annoyance of all the single women where Cathy and Charlene work, Charlene flaunts her happy relationship with her boyfriend Simon. However, the envious coworkers enjoy their moments of triumph when Charlene’s happy expectations are occasionally disappointed. Author Cathy Guisewite reveals in her Cathy comics the funny side of a modern woman’s world of shopping, relationships, and work.
This collection of Cathy comics continues to display Guisewite’s witty humor. Additionally, the artwork in Only Love Can Break a Heart, while still in Guisewite’s quirky and childlike style, shows how Guisewite improved as an artist in the two decades since she first began her comics.
Note: If you want to read more about the Cathy comics, click here to view my other article on Cathy.