Reviewed by Poppy J.

In The Ice Cream Theory, Steff Deschenes uses ice cream as a theory to rate and categorize the people in her life. Each chapter begins with a famous quote about ice cream, then highlights a different type of ice cream flavor as it relates to Deschenes’ experiences (chocolate chip = Christmas story).

The Ice Cream Theory is full of self-deprecating humor, stories about the author and her friends, and tales from the author’s past. The paragraphs are a bit choppy (some only a sentence long), but the grammar and ideas are whimsical and fresh. Deschenes’ stories about others show so much about her own personality and up beat views on life; the book is not about herself and about herself in all the right ways.

Through her writing, it is easy to glimpse that Deschenes is fascinating, unready to settle down, cares deeply about humanity, and is generally optimistic about life. If you had a party this weekend and this author came to your shindig, I’d guarantee that your bash would be a hit – this author is just that cool!

However, The Ice Cream Theory is also about love – love lost, love gained and complicated love which works for awhile then fades or gets squashed for no reason. The reader will reach the conclusion that the ice cream theories are a way to hide behind hurt feelings when relationships go south, and also a realistic look at being “good enough” when life takes a turn.

I’d recommend The Ice Cream Theory to anyone in love, or anyone who has had their heart broken. Anyone interested in a new perspective on making sense of their life will enjoy reading this book.

Rating: 5/5

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Steff Deschenes. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.