Makes me crave a Tofutti Cutie every time I journal!

Kelly Garbato

4 Stars

May 11, 2016

So here’s the deal: I kind of love this journal in spite of myself.

Like many of Potterstyle’s journals, BRAIN FREEZE is small: 4.1″ wide by 6.1″ tall, and a whopping 1.4″ thick. The teeny tiny pages + the thickness of the book makes it quite difficult to write in: my hand starts to fall off the bottom of the page a mere 1/3 of the way down, and it’s such a long drop that it’s a struggle to continue. My handwriting’s bad enough without the extra help, thanks!

It’s a mystery why they design the books this way. So they can easily fit in your pocket or a purse? But who wants to carry their journal into the world, where it can get lost or stolen? I’d much rather have a journal that’s comfortable to use, you know?

Even though I knew I’d end up loathing the dimensions, I just had to have this journal. Ice cream is literally my favorite, and this book looks so much like a Neapolitan ice cream sammie that I salivate a little every time I look at it. The outer edges of the pages are colored chocolate, white, and pink. While the pages themselves are white (obvs), the lines inside are dyed to match the theme. Weirdly, this means that the middle section is one huge blank space (white on white = all-white). I guess you could use it to highlight much-loved quotes or important thoughts? Either way, the lines are spaced 1/4″ apart (similar to college ruled), with a 2″ gap in the middle white area.

The brown cover is stamped with dots, similar to the cookies in an ice cream sandwich, to complete the look. Before ordering I worried that it might be made of leather – I’m a vegan – but now that I have it in my ends, I’m pretty sure it’s a high-end, fancy-pants cardboard. It has a luxurious, smooth feel. The journal’s title is also embossed on the cover in a yellow-gold, all-caps font. The whole thing feels quite rich, much like a sundae, or maybe some homemade cookie butter ice cream.

** Full disclosure: I received a free book for review through Blogging for Books. **