Sex + Love

Gross Things I’ve Done in the Name of Love

They were nasty, but they came from the heart. Story by Monika, collages by Emma D.


  • loopdeshor January 20th, 2014 7:10 PM

    Ew I’ve had friends who have done the gum thing & I just was always grossed out by it

  • dandelions January 20th, 2014 7:40 PM

    Amazing! *****

  • camila January 20th, 2014 7:42 PM

    this is perfect <3

  • elisaloj January 20th, 2014 7:51 PM

    Woaah, i totally loved this!!! so clever haha, became one of my fav rookie posts :)

  • LenoraLikes January 20th, 2014 8:34 PM

    I really loved this! The collages are gorgeous as well.

  • Zzz January 20th, 2014 8:36 PM

    I love these illustrations! I’m a squeamish germaphobe, but I have removed pimples from the back of my best friend, shared spitty ice creams, and drooled the flu virus all over a shared pillow. Intimacy is so disgusting and wonderful.

  • brontosaurus January 20th, 2014 9:04 PM

    I really love the collages

  • carolynmin January 20th, 2014 9:27 PM

    Oh god I adore everything about this. When my best friend and I were in the Dominican together, we compared our pooping habits every day to make sure we were regular. It takes a special kind of friendship, haha. Also these illustrations are WONDROUS.

  • RisainSanFrancisca January 20th, 2014 9:38 PM

    The collages were sooo good!! I cringed so hard at the pimple and gum one, and am super scared of the mono one- I’m the person that will eat and drink everybody else’s stuff without asking, which will definitely get back to me someday haha.

  • whateveryazmine January 20th, 2014 9:38 PM

    I love the collaging style x

  • e1znekcaM January 20th, 2014 10:18 PM

    super cute.

  • lexjuly January 20th, 2014 10:19 PM

    the puke one reminds me of the time when me and my friend joe cleaned up after my stomach flu-ed brother…he later cleaned up after me too, due me catching it from my brother…yick.

  • FatedToPretend January 20th, 2014 10:47 PM

    I seriously cannot pee with other people able to hear it. Once I went to a bathroom with my friend in the other stall and had to wait until she waited to flush to go…


  • arkenstones January 21st, 2014 12:31 AM

    My god, this is absolutely perfect! The collages are gorgeous and I can relate with the puking one (unfortunately). I hosted my first sleepover a few months ago and my friend ended up throwing up in the kitchen sink ick.

  • piisaa January 21st, 2014 3:07 AM

    Awesome stories and OH THE COLLAGES (so pretty)!

  • lotusmarina January 21st, 2014 3:32 AM

    I had so much fun reading this (I’d look at the illustration and guess what the ‘gross exhibit’ was). Haha, great job Rookie, yet again.

  • Zoe January 21st, 2014 4:43 AM


  • Nadifa January 21st, 2014 8:04 AM

    The collages are so beautiful. Wish I can make one someday..

  • ruby January 21st, 2014 9:58 AM

    This is great and so true. Love is not minding the gross stuff…and the pictures are lovely too :)

  • Erin. January 21st, 2014 10:50 AM

    So cute. Amazing how candy makes even gross things seem adorable.

    The thing about peeing in a stall next to your friend really resonates with me, especially. My friends and I used to sing together while we went to the bathroom in high school. The singing hides the sound of peeing, I guess, haha.

  • AnaRuiz January 21st, 2014 11:34 AM

    I’m worried about how I regularly do all of these and had never thought of them as gross until now.

  • Lillypod January 21st, 2014 11:40 AM

    so, so cute yet so, so gross

  • Ella W January 21st, 2014 12:40 PM

    I actually LOVE these collages!

  • becksbubble January 21st, 2014 12:45 PM

    the illustrations are so great! as rookie’s garnered more attention over the years, the content has become more and more top-notch :) does the creator of this post have an art blog?

  • pizzaface January 21st, 2014 1:47 PM

    hahaha, they could have been a lot worse, don’t worry.
    also, i love the collages!

  • Flossy Mae January 21st, 2014 1:51 PM

    I love this!

    PS – you know that awkward peeing thing, when you’re in the toilet with just a couple of other people and no one wants to piss because it’s so quiet but you REALLY NEED TOO but you know that if you do it’ll sound like a waterfall?

    Well, take a whole load of toilet paper and chuck it in the toilet and it makes it totally silent, I swear! Multiple times has this saved me :)

  • lilagrace January 21st, 2014 3:39 PM

    The puke thing made me laugh so hard!
    When we were about 14/15 a friend and I went to an annual fair and we apparently had too much to drink (didn’t take much – at that age!).
    All I remember from the one year is passing out on the bed in my underwear. But I have been told that puking was involved as well.
    The next year it was me who assisted with the puking… my friend threw up in the bathroom sink. I have no idea why but the rubber plug was in there – and I had to reach in to remove it… precious memories…

  • nancyboy January 21st, 2014 3:51 PM


    I used to pop my ex’s pimples all the time XD


  • flocha January 21st, 2014 4:10 PM

    Haha these collages and stories are brilliant it makes me cringe and laugh when I think of the gross things I’ve done with my friends

  • Fern January 21st, 2014 4:44 PM

    the collages are soooooooo top notch ily rookie

  • Hayley January 21st, 2014 5:10 PM

    I love this! The collages are beautiful.

  • anaisabel13 January 21st, 2014 7:21 PM

    THIS IS SO RELEVANT. And the collages are so well done and awesome and in keeping with the stories I can’t even deal. Also, that’s totally me – getting mono from a plastic water bottle.

  • Laia January 21st, 2014 10:02 PM

    i love everything about this.

  • Ili January 22nd, 2014 12:15 AM

    These are all such great testaments of true love! Haha. At my senior prom, this awful boy got gum stuck in my friend Stephanie’s hair. I was in the bathroom when she came running in not knowing what to do. We had direct eye contact for a moment, and without hesitation i told her “I’m going to bite your hair off.” She was in awe. You best believe that i gnawed her hair off and then we danced the night away with no cares in the world.

  • Pearl January 22nd, 2014 8:02 AM

    I’ve done so many gross things in the name of love. One of them was the gum thing. like omg I’ve got their DNA in my mouth kind of moment.

  • N.Arie January 22nd, 2014 6:49 PM

    Getting caught up on all the Rookie post I’ve missed. Really in love with these collages, Emma. The idea of using candy is genius!


  • Yayo January 23rd, 2014 7:26 PM

    Kelly sounds gross and also hilarious.

  • onlykhenzo February 9th, 2014 12:05 PM

    I love this article so much – IT IS SO RELATABLE! My friends and I have this terrible habit of going into handicappped bathrooms together and watching each other pee and talking while it’s going on.
    And sometime last year, this girl I really wanted to be friends with took the lillipop out of my mouth and put in hers and then she gave it back to me. It was warm and extra gooey but we’ve been besties ever since.

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