Malone’s conclusions are directly drawn from student interviews, resulting in a very accurate description of relationship culture within evangelical campuses. Her conclusions are backed by quotations from students expressing their observations of college dating. She references familiar campus lingo such as “MRS degree,” “freshman frenzy,” and “ring by spring” used by students in describing relationships. Her conclusions are conversational and make the student subjects three-dimensional to the reader, as if personally sitting in on the group discussions.
This study addresses the important, personal matters of relationships. Malone asked students what expectations they felt the need to conform to within relationships when under the watchful eyes of peers and campus faculty. She was sure to gain the perspectives of both men and women and learn the effects they felt from these expectations. The study also shows what happens beyond these expectations: what are students really thinking and doing?
This study boldly approaches a topic that many find too sensitive to discuss. Malone embraces real questions and gets to the heart of a culture that has yet to be heard from