3-Minute Book Review: Kaity Bolger on Sophfronia Scott

Three-Minute Book Review: Kaity Bolger on Sophfronia Scott’s Love’s Long Line (The Ohio State University Press, 2018)

What snack should you have while reading this book?

S’mores. Something warm and gushy to lighten your heart as you process Scott’s traumas and her family’s traumas along with her. Also keep a fresh marshmallow nearby to dry a tear or two.

What is this book’s theme song?

No Tears Left to Cry by Ariana Grande is this book’s theme song. While discussing Sandy Hook, childhood abuse, miscarriages and other traumas Scott remains positive. It’s just as Grande sings, “we on another mentality / ain’t got no tears left to cry / So I’m picking it up, picking it up / I’m loving, I’m living, I’m picking it up.

Is this book papyrus, typewriter, desktop computer, or iPad?

None of the above. Instead it’s a diary you’d find mixed in on your bookshelf, hiding in plain sight, that you crack open whenever you need guidance.


“Forgiveness doesn’t mean you don’t recognize the evil. On the contrary—forgiveness recognizes the evil and also the vital necessity that we must face evil full on.”

“Many people mistakenly think a labyrinth is the same as a maze, but a labyrinth is not a maze. In a maze you can come to dead ends that require you to go back and retrace your steps. In a labyrinth there are no blocked or wrong paths—there’s just one path in, and one path out, albeit one full of twists and turns.”

“I don’t believe in hitting the delete button in my address book when a real affection exists, even if it’s one-sided. I feel the challenge to love this way is a worthy one.”

Kaity Bolger is a recent graduate of Florida State University and currently splits her time between writing, reading, job-hunting, and playing with her fabulous dog, Cody.

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