Allison Cassatta, Dreamspinner Press

“Relationships 101” Is A Lesson In Life And Trust And Faith


“Sometimes we carry mistakes we haven’t even made yet.” ― Saahil Prem


This is the third installment of the Dear Diary series, I highly recommend reading Dear Diary and Dear Diary: Pride first to follow Chris and Josh’s story from the beginning.

This is definitely a coming of age story. Chris is now at college along with his boyfriend Josh. They’ve been together for a year now and are ready to start the next chapter in their life.

I am so happy the author chose to continue the story of Josh and Chris. From their first real date, to them getting to really know each other; from Chris’s last and traumatic year at High School, to Josh taking Chris to his first Pride parade, we’ve really seen these two grow as a couple and as human beings. Chris was always surrounded by his very loving and supporting family, they were always there to reassure and guide him. But now being on his own it seems his insecurities about himself are coming to the surface.

Enter Patrick, Chris’s roommate who was cheated on by his former boyfriend and likes to ask Chris all about Josh. Chris is getting a little creeped out by him and all his questions. He starts having doubts and fears about his relationship with Josh. Does Josh still love him, is he cheating on him? I could really understand Chris’s predicament. He doesn’t get to see Josh as often as he did before, they’re both so busy. He’s away from everything he’s ever known, in an environment that’s all new. I can see him being scared that it’s all going to change now that he no longer has that safety net called home to fall back on. I loved this element of the story because we’ve all been in Chris’s shoes. We’ve experienced the fears of being on your own for the first time and questioning everything around you. Those feelings are real, even though at time they get overly exaggerated in our heads.

Josh on the other hand, keeps reassuring Chris that nothing has changed, their love for each other is still the same. Josh is by far my favorite. He’s so patient and caring when it comes to Chris and has been solid throughout the entire series. You know he is so in love just by his actions alone, there’s no doubting how he feels. When an innocent gesture looks like something more, he’s rocked to the core.

I won’t go into detail, but the author handled the sticky situation very well and so realistically. Sometimes things have to happen to make a relationship stronger and grow. With Chris and Josh this was a little turning point in their life. They are definitely in it for the long haul, and it’s been a pleasure being there with them while they go through this crazy journey called life.

Overall, this was such a great read. Life lessons are hard to learn but it’s much better to learn them with someone you love by your side.








You can buy Relationships 101 (Dear Diary: Book Three) here:

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