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True love isn’t always about the big romantic gestures.

Sometimes it’s about sympathizing with someone whose tea has gone cold or reading together and sharing a quilt. When two people move in together, it soon becomes apparent that the little things mean an awful lot. The throwaway moments in life become meaningful when you spend them in the company of someone you love.

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.

108 pages, Hardcover

First published December 2, 2014

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Philippa Rice

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Philippa Rice is an artist and New York Times bestselling author. She works in a number of different mediums including comics, illustration, animation, model making and crochet.

Philippa grew up in London and now lives in Nottingham with illustrator Luke Pearson.

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Profile Image for Ariel.
301 reviews64.2k followers
February 26, 2016

I found some of Rice's webcomics online and squealed because they filled me with warmth and then my boyfriend surprised me with the physical book for Valentines day! This is beautiful because it's about mundane, every day moments that show real love between two people. It's about a couple that has just moved in together and about little sparks that happen in their new life together. It made me want to hug everything. You should read it.
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461 reviews1,199 followers
July 30, 2018

This was a perfection.So simple,so peaceful,so beautiful.

You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog!


I read this is one breath.It is a story of two people falling in love and their journey together.It's somehow a story of the author with her husband,some moments she lived with him,and it's about small gestures that make your life complete.


The art is so freaking awesome.It's a combination or red,white and black and god is it beautiful.What I loved mostly,is the way the characters are made.There is not much going on on this book,but this never gets boring,and it felt me want to read more.


I highly recommend this book to anyone,it will make you happy.It made me.So pick it up:)

Profile Image for Kelly (and the Book Boar).
2,444 reviews7,533 followers
May 4, 2016
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

Soppy popped up on my feed yesterday when my friend Matthew shelved it as a want-to-read. It reminded me that I received this title as an ARC and since I’m nothing but fail all the time after I read it I never posted a review (this might be why my NetGalley never goes above 80%). This was soooooooooooooooo not the selection for me. It’s geared more toward that super lovey couple that makes everyone else gag – like my friends Erica and Gabe . . . .

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(Stolen without permission from Facebook because I’m gangsta.)

Anywho, if you’re like me and have been married for eleventy billion (a/k/a nearly 20) years, you might find the cutesie little panels demonstrating young love nothing but a faint memory in the recesses of your mind.

While author Phillipa and her boyfriend Luke enjoy every moment of life together – from sharing a lovey moment even while teeth brushing . . . .

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My house looks a little more like this when it comes to trying to get some quality bathroom time . . .

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At bedtime, Phillipa and Luke happily compromise on bed position . . .

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At my house we settle for a different sort of compromise . . .

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Phillipa and Luke never hesitate to say I’m sorry . . .

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After being married this long we kind of fight like once a year, but I make sure it’s a humdinger when we do . . .

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The one thing we know we don’t agree on is television (which is the main reason I created the “woman cave” a/k/a reading room). I can tell you T.V. together time would never look like this . . .

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Mainly because . . .

And as for this??????

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HELL TO THE NAH! I’m looking for the first chance I have to make this happen . . .

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Sam’s review of Soppy cracked me up. He is the most delightful sort of curmudgeon and I’m glad I found him on Goodreads : )

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley!
Profile Image for Sam Quixote.
4,482 reviews12.8k followers
October 6, 2014
As much as I disliked this comic, it did give me more laughs than I’ve had from any book for quite some time!

Philippa Rice and Luke Pearson are a couple of cartoonists in love. Rice shares moments from their everyday life in Soppy where they brush their teeth together, fall asleep on the couch together, argue over who should make the tea, answer the doorbell when the pizza delivery guy shows...

This isn’t really a story or collection of stories, it’s instead snippets of inane observations, and sometimes they’re not even that! One page is literally Philippa and Luke hanging their washing. Another page is the two holding hands in the rain. Another is of the two sitting on the sofa reading.

When Rice does attempt a narrative, they become ridiculous non-stories. In a four panel page, Luke takes some pickles out of a jar and eats them. He walks over to kiss Philippa and she says “Ergh! Pickles!”. That’s it. There’s an eight panel page where Philippa looks for a pair of matching socks only to see Luke’s wearing odd socks. That’s it. Philippa takes her blanket into Luke’s studio after asking him if she can read in there. He says yes and she settles onto the floor to read. That’s it. Zero insight or interest.

So why was I laughing? Have you seen that Family Guy sketch The Even Couple starring Jeff Daniels and Bill Pullman? Their life is very agreeable and Peter gets annoyed, yelling “There’s no conflict in this movie!” before firing a missile at the screen. That’s what I kept thinking of the whole time - there’s no conflict or anything in this book! It’s just scenes of two blissed out people.

The blurb says that this is about celebrating the small moments in relationships but who cares about that? Those everyday moments are what everyone experiences - why would you want to read a book about another couple who do the same boring stuff you do? Moreover, who wants to read about two happy people living a happy life together? Happiness makes for such dull reading! Though I suppose it does live up to its title.

The less anything happened the further into the book I read, the funnier it got. One page (I refuse to call it a story) has Luke waking up in the middle of the night thinking he can hear something. He and Philippa go downstairs and nothing’s there. They decide to have a midnight snack. The end. Another couple pages has their power go out in the house. They light candles and sit on the sofa. Then the power comes back on. The end. Brilliant! I couldn’t stop laughing at how stupid all of this was!

I can’t say I hated this if only for the way it kept making me laugh but this is definitely not a good comic book. In fact, it’s barely a comic. If you value cutesiness (the drawing style is kawaii-esque anime) and banality over literally everything else a comic can offer, Soppy is for you.
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436 reviews5,398 followers
May 8, 2018
Me ha parecido lo más cuqui y bonito de este mundo.
Es una pequeña novela gráfica con un montón de viñetas con situaciones diarias que pueden sucederle a una pareja. Se lee en 15 minutos y es ideal para desconectar de otras lecturas más densas y pesadas.
Además, ha sido muy real, el dibujo y los colores me han apasionado y lo recomiendo totalmente si os apetece pasar un rato increíble y echaros unas buenas sonrisas.
Profile Image for Anne.
162 reviews
October 26, 2014
Soppy is an unpretentious declaration of love. Philippa Rice managed to put her heart in this book, which is one of the cutest things I've ever seen.

I lost count of how many times I smiled, sighed happily and thanked God for having this kind of silly love in my life. And that's the best part. This comic is extremely simple, but it surprises you and makes you say, "That's me!" or "That's my significant other!"

I’ll cook if you wash up.”

“If you phone for the pizza, I’ll answer the door when it arrives.”

“Come and see Les Misérables with me and I’ll see Batman with you.”

This book goes straight to my favorites list!

*ARC provided by Andrews McMeel Publishing via NetGalley.*
Profile Image for disco.
562 reviews222 followers
April 22, 2018
This is exactly what I needed today. So stinkin, super cute.
Profile Image for Ilana.
604 reviews163 followers
August 20, 2019
What a wonderful little book! I like going into a book knowing as little about it as possible sometimes. I’d seen this book recommended somewhere and that it was a love story and assumed from the illustration style on the cover this was a children’s book. Not so! But I guess you could say the black and red illustrations of two childish looking adults are bound to appeal to our inner child in this touching and simple story about a couple falling in love, moving in together and sharing life’s intimate moments as a unit. There are pages illustrating in a grid how the two move about in their sleep. Pages where they are sharing a blanket or reading or showing how they go about their daily routines as individuals and coming together as a couple again. There is very little dialogue and the illustrations do most of the speaking. You know going in that with a title like “Soppy” you’re in for a sappy love story, and it does show all the “best of” happy coupledom we all long for in a very charming way that also seems recognizable and realistic. Hurray for happy couples!
Profile Image for Ri (colourmeread).
303 reviews52 followers
September 9, 2016
It's so simple, but so beautiful and endearing. I would pick Soppy over many romance books published to date. It isn't cheesy or cringe-worthy and the best part about it is it's real. An adorable graphic novel about a young couple and their experiences moving in together. From silly banter about who should make tea to reading and cooking together, Soppy captures love without needing to say it.
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1,596 reviews125 followers
September 1, 2016
This book caught me on exactly the right day. I was cranky and whiny, and generally in a bad mood.
And this book totally cheered me up!

It helps to know that, in this heterosexual couple, the dude is Luke Pearson of Hildafolk fame.

Rice chronicles the early stages of moving-in modern romantic love. How the simple things seem important, how two different people can approach the same activity, and sometimes it's a struggle to reconcile those approaches, and sometimes it's just adorable to notice it. This book, though quite short and largely wordless, made me laugh, and made me cry, and hit me in the feels.
When do you change yourself to adhere to another, and when do you insist on staying yourself? What activities do you enjoy doing together?

It doesn't hurt that I moved in with a partner for the first time in the last few months, so everything hit WAY close to home.

The title isn't a lie, so definitely beware if you may not be receptive to squishy loveydoveyness.
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938 reviews220 followers
February 22, 2017
Jsem to dostala na Valentýna spolu s odporným zeleným plyšovým srdcem, na kterém bylo napsáno: "Nesnáším Tě, vole." Fakt nevím, co mi tím ten kluk chtěl říct. :D :D

Nehodnotím na hvězdičky.
Profile Image for Noura.
396 reviews80 followers
October 20, 2014
This quite honestly is the single most adorable thing that I have read in the past 6 or so months.
I had no expectations going in. I mean, I had a vague notion of what Philippa Rice's work was like but not enough to form an opinion so maybe that contributed to me enjoying it immensely.
There really isn't a plot to the whole book, it's mostly snippets of everyday life between the author and her partner but there's just something about the whole simplicity and ease with which they deal with each other that fills you with warmth.

over all, it's a wonderful read and i would highly recommend to everyone who's looking for a light read.
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264 reviews3 followers
August 17, 2015
This makes me feel. Feelings. Dragging my wife to a bookstore (she dislikes it because I get lost in there and lose her), she ends up picking up this little comic book. And guess what? She ends up finding me in the massive bookstore just to tackle me and show me all the cute pictures that remind her of us! I can't lie by saying this didn't bring a huge smile on my face.

Deciding to check it out for myself, I was so happy throughout. This is one of those ordinary stories of a relationship. Nothing more, nothing less. The parallels to my relationship and most likely others' relationships, is genuinely awesome. That connection is what makes this comic book so special. If it doesn't make you smile at least once, then wow. Just wow.

There are too many panels that stick out to me that it would take a very long time to post a few samples here. So my recommendation... pick this up, make yourself a drink, put on some of your favorite tunes, and just relax in bed. You won't be sorry.
Profile Image for Adela Cacovean .
252 reviews535 followers
November 16, 2014
This was a cute story about love told in simple images that show those little moments in life that matter, whether it's reading a book together, going out or simply the things you say to each other.

So for the sake of following this book's pattern, I will keep my review short. I really loved this graphic novel, it made me remember all sorts of moments I've personally had with my boyfriend and how some joke we shared is sometimes more important than going out to see a movie for instance.

I think this helps you realise what is really important in a relationship - embracing your significant other as they are, with no desire to change them in any way, appreciating even those little fights or mean remarks that sometimes you can't help but say when you are tired or stressed out.

Maybe it's not the most complex book out there and maybe it's not the best drawing you've seen, but it's definitely worth checking out.
December 31, 2015
So, so sweet...so freaking sweeeeeeeeet ! I loved this story! Rice shows what does it mean to be in love? and what is actually love? It is a story of Rice herself with her husband. It shows the journey those in love set on together. She explains that love is not saying "I love you" everyday; instead, love resides in the simple, kind gestures. Love is to share a book, a movie, a T-shirt or not to retrieve the blanket when the other hogs it :) Love is more than the trivial advertisement of movies and romance. Love is bigger and more beautiful. Love is the goodnight/good morning text; Love is the excitement over the first bill of electricity you received together as a couple. Rice brilliantly draws these sweet moments. I read this book in one breath.

Red, blue and black....but you will never get bored even with those book ❤️
Profile Image for Thais Morimoto (tatakizi).
221 reviews44 followers
August 11, 2016
I've finished this in 20 minutes. I loved it!
Soppy is a comic based on real-life moments of the author and her boyfriend.
At the beginning, I thought the characters were too happy and having not problems. When I was in the middle of the story, then things started to happen. It's normal life. It has fights, problems and love. The word that describes this comic is: cute.
Also, I loved that the only colors used in this was black, white and red. It's different and it made it unique.
Unfortunately, Soppy has only 100 pages. I got sad when I finished. I need more!
Profile Image for Vojtěch.
865 reviews134 followers
February 14, 2017
Nebudu vám kecat - Slaďák je sice fakt sladkej, že se z toho kazí zuby, ale nic mě za poslední dobu v městské hromadné dopravě nedonutilo ze široka roztáhnout úsměv od ucha k uchu a tetelit se nad všemi radostmi, které dvojice prožívá. Navíc, když mnohé věci znáte z vlastní zkušenosti. Doporučuji všem.
Profile Image for Basma .
49 reviews13 followers
February 6, 2021
It's so beautiful to share your little details and thoughts with someone who loves you and will never get tired of loving you.❤️

Profile Image for Utha.
734 reviews307 followers
January 18, 2019
Lagi bosen di kantor. Tapi tadi sempet "book-swap". Dapetlah buku ini. Eles-eles manis manja tapi gua suka, ngingetin pas pacaran. Ea.

Profile Image for Malsam  - ملسم.
201 reviews60 followers
February 21, 2016
عن التفاصيل الصغيرة التي تملأ حياتنا ... عن اللحظات المختلفة التي تجمع في ما بيننا <3
كتيب ظريف ... ليس كتابا تقليديًا فهو عبارة عن صور مع بعض القصص القصيرة (كوميكس) تمثل لحظات مختلفة - تقليدية جدًا- من حياة شخصين متحابين
فكما تقول المؤلفة الحب الحقيقي لا يتجلى فقط في اللحظات الرومانسية، ولا في المناسبات أو الهدايا المادية باهظة الثمن .. انما هو بالتفاصيل الصغيرة التي نعيشها كل يوم مع من نحب.. كشرب الشاي معًا ، مناقشة كتاب، مشاهدة فلم، إعداد الطعام وجلي الصحون معًا...

إن الاستثمار في الحب يعني أن نعيش تلك اللحظات والتفاصيل الصغيرة معًا التي تجعل حياتنا أجمل ! لنتفكر في علاقتنا ونعيش تفاصيل حياتنا سويًا

Profile Image for Peg - reading heals.
89 reviews9 followers
January 17, 2016
I've been trying to find a way to review this that doesn't make it sound sappy and "soppy." Can't. It's perfectly titled. It's also lovely, sweet, funny and heartwarming, showcasing the moments that you sometimes don't even notice happening that all add up to a happy life together. The illustrations are simple and to the point, but they pack a lot of heart. Loved this.
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