Book Review

Is there really a fault in our stars? A book review.

“But it is the nature of stars to cross, and never was Shakespeare more wrong than when

he has Cassius note, ‘The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves.” 
― John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars

For a reader, we classify books though our own preference: some book we liked because of the plot, others because of how it was written, some we loved because the author is our favorite, most because the characters made us fall for it. But there are other books that the very first time you saw it, you liked it already. It feels like you are connected somehow. I can’t explain the feeling but it was there. And that exact thing is what I felt when I first saw John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars at one of the most famous bookstores in my country.

If there was a love at first sight, this might be it except I fell in love with a book and an author I haven’t read any novels before.

And just like people-kind-of-love, the book did not disappointed me. It even made me fell in love with it with every page.

(I swear,  I sound so creepy right now. But for those who can understand me as a reader, please feel free to comment! Otherwise, I can conclude I’m really creepy! Haha.) Anyway, let’s get to the review

First things first: the Characters and plot. The plot of the story is really simple if you think about it. It’s about Hazel, a cancer survivor who is witty and have interesting mindset. Also, she have this crappy lungs that do not do its purpose–to be a pair of lungs! She is in a world of cancer wherein she is distant and so on. She met Agustus Waters, the cancer survivor who have prosthetic leg because of amputation and Hazel’s life was never the same. The rest, you have to read it. No more spoilers because I’m such a good girl like that. lol.

The definition of the character is strong–they know what they like, what they don’t. They have diverse beliefs and thinking. Hazel believes that people just die while Agustus believe that there is an afterlife and there should be a “legacy” people should leave behind. All the characters seems concrete and know what they want. Also, another interesting character is Peter Van Houten plus how the parents were great in being parents.

The setting of the story seems modern since there are emails, cellphone and such.

Though there is one thing I don’t like about the book–it made me cry!! It’s a combination of tragedy, comedy and love story all in one thing. After finishing it, I never felt so sad in my entire “readers life” like how I was affected by this story.

I am not a cancer patient but I know a few in my family who had and is having one. It breaks my heart knowing how difficult their situation is, how they try to fight but at the end still being defeated. How the sickness rob them happiness and life’s fullness.

5/5 Stars.

Book Review

Why we broke up: a book review

As all the time, my book review starts with how I end up reading the book; Nope, it never simply “i-liked-it-and-I-will-buy-and-read” way. It’s always by curiosity. And i do hope that won’t kill me like what it did to the cat. Har har. Anyway, kidding aside… Here’s my back story.

We all know Facebook, right? Of course we do! It was a lazy day at work and I was doing a crime by opening it up.

I scrolled…



And scrolled…

Until I saw a red book cover with a cup drawn posted by a friend; the caption said she enjoyed reading it and would definitely recommend the book. As I was eying the cover, it took me back at that particular day at a bookstore. I was waiting for a friend while leaping from a book to another. I saw this red thing with a very interesting synopsis of a break up. I will definitely buy this, I told myself… but I never did.

After a year or so, I was staring at it at the computer and I end up reading the book.

The plot of the story is simple: it was a break-up letter along with the things the main character, Min, collected in their short relationship that she is giving Ed back. Min and Ed are high school students with a two different persona: Min, the artsy, different girl who loves old motion pictures and Ed, the school jock. I found the plot simple. A simple story of a girl’s first real heartbreak with some weird and fun things they do in between.

However, the book begins to get me lost at the old films Min always quote or to compare her life with. I can’t, in any way, relate to it. Plus, I kept telling myself, “What’s with the old movie thing?!” That part, although really authentic, is one that makes it all confusing.

There is only a little of information Min has given away from her own life. There might be some shocking but she didn’t mention everything but it was considerable since it is a break-up letter type of a novel.

As the story progress, I kept asking myself why they broke up. It wasn’t clear at the first few pages and I find them so in love with each other. Actually, it do really reflect how a relationship start, how you lost friends in the process, how you accept the person and how everything changes.

Setting of the novel is not that clear as well though there are points to consider like they are using land line phone that reflects the lack of cellphone. Other than that, I have no idea.

Lastly, how the story was written is great. I always have this perception to commend the author because a novel is more than hard work and perseverance, it also takes sleepless nights and whatnots of an author I experience myself (Hahaha, please give me a chance!!). I just sometimes get lost in all the descriptions of the setting or feeling but maybe it’s just me.

To wrap this up, the novel is 4 out 5 stars.

Book Review

This is how you lose her: a book review

Don’t fret; this review is quick, quicker than you think. Lol.

There are two truths that I want to tell you first: one, I had an interest in the book because of a tumblr post I saw a few days back. I loved how it was written with a picture of a book, lettered pressed: This is how you lose her plus the lexis at the bottom part. I search the net for the title and considered this from Junot Diaz. Make long story short, I read it. And to my dismay at the very last page, the quote wasn’t there. None. Second truth, I wasn’t entirely happy about the book. I stopped from time to time and have no interest in finishing it. I actually psyche myself with these beautiful reviews online. Anyway, here are the rest of my thoughts about the book in numbers:

  1. The setting and the how the story was written were exceptional. Here, I can give Junot Diaz the credit. It’s different kind of work wherein you shift from one time frame to another, one story line to another but still have that flow and “rhythm” of the novel itself.
  2. This is the first book I have read that African-Americans/Dominican as the lead character. It interests me on how they transferred to the USA. Actually, the last chapter is my favorite part. The one that describes Yunior’s father, how they adjust in the cold climate of the states and the white people.
  3. Those two are the good parts I have seen now the story itself: I feel like the story just revolved around Yunior, a Dominican guy, and his passion for girls. He had been with different girls at a different time. He also narrated his brother’s and about his parents and that was just about it. I feel like there is no depth, no climax of the story, nothing. If it is music, it is monotonous. It just goes, no raising no falling, no vibrato. Also at the narration shifts from the first person to the second person to the third person. It feels weird and confusing. Although like I said at number one, it surprisingly still has the flow to it.

All things considered, the book didn’t move me nor did anything exceptional. I am a reader who loves some mystery and some action in a novel. Some twist and turn here and there and a concrete story on how it will go or end up. This just lost me when I finished it. I even told myself, “That’s it?”

Anyhow, this is only based on my own opinion.

2 out of 5 stars

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Book Review

A Safe Haven: A (short) book review

Hello! It has been a while since I did some book review and honestly, there’s so much I have read in between the last one (Calling Romeo) and this! Sorry! I have a habit of reading one book one after the other and when I finally wanted to do a review, I kind of get confused. Hahaha! Yes, I’m such troll. I kid, I kid. Anyway, I’m starting to read “This is How You Lose her” now so I must just get into this review before I lose what I think about it.

They say we can’t judge a book by the cover but this certain book bores me when I saw the cover so I didn’t read it for a long time until I decided to. The first few chapters, I must say, bored me (Sorry!). It’s just plain with long narrations. However, it’s just at the beginning. As the story progress it caught my attention more. The lead character, Katie, was described unusually and so I realized there is something wrong with her or whatever happened to her. On the other hand, Alex, the lead man, feels so warm and gentle from how the author describes him.

At some point there are many things in the book that are predictable: Katie’s past, how Alex fell in love with her and Kevin reaching her. However, there are tons of things I didn’t saw coming especially at the end. When I finally read the last chapter, I felt Goosebumps. No joke.

Once again, Nicholas Sparks nailed it with this book. His writing made me feel nervous (when Kevin is about to spot her), it made me fall in love with a gray-haired man and made me cry, feel Erin’s pain.

All in all, I like the book so much. 5 out of 5. Definitely something worth reading.

For the synopsis of the book and other reviews, check out this link at goodreads:

Book Review · Personal

Calling Romeo

“I hope you find your Romeo.” He was looking at her in that no-hard-feelings kind of a way.She didn’t answer… And standing alone in the silent darkness, whispered to her(self):“I already have.”

“And she’d realized she couldn’t lose him. Whatever problems they had to fix, she couldn’t give him up. She couldn’t give up on them.”

“… I want you to think on. Love’s precious. It doesn’t always happen twice, you know.”

Calling Romeo, Alexandra Potter.

There’s a long list of books that I need to work on writing a review about but I skipped through them just to write this one down. A book review? Not really; that would be an overstatement for this post. This is a mere statement of my thoughts (and okay… feelings!) Plus a LOT of spoilers from the book… Sorry!

Anyway, Alexandra Potter has touched something inside me this time—I don’t know how it came around since I have a completely, undeniably different situation from Juliet (the main character by the way). But here’s my try to summarize the story before I tell you how this book changed a part of me:

Juliet and Will are together for 2 years and are living in a flat together. The story started as Will has stood up Juliet on Valentine’s Day because he forgotten they would be going out. On the same night, Juliet was in self-pity and a lot of resentment to their rotting relationship. As she was going home, being soaked with the rain, a sport scar came rushing and washed her new sheepskin coat with dirt. She was so agitated that she managed to look at the driver—anticipating that he’ll stop and go back for her. Never happened. Right then she realized, if she is Juliet where is her Romeo?

The story continues as Will stood her up again for the ball of her company party where she met the sport car driver who ruined her sheepskin coat—Sykes. Her rival in a car project she has been dealing with in their advertising company. But instead of acting like enemies, they acted the other way around. Sykes knew she has a boyfriend but he still pursued her in going out with him with some romantic details of a new Gucci coat and a date in the Eye of London. One of the turning points happened when Juliet considered going to Verona with him—her lover, and in short, cheating.

To make the long story short, in the trip in Verona, Juliet realized that although Sykes have the flame, the romance and the passion that she missed with Will, it was with Will she is in love with. Back to London, Will have a change of attitude and he was willing to win Juliet back—and proposed to her! It was nice and happy but at the end, Will accidentally know the Verona trip of Juliet and Sykes that ended up to a broken relationship. This however changed in the epilogue—having some hope in getting back together.

First off—yes, it was very cliché story where maybe it happened a few times in different books. But one thing I liked is how it portrayed two lovers being together for years and be comfortable enough to show their “real” and “bad” side. I think this is something that happens to everyone—the loss of spark, the awareness, the feeling of being taken for granted. Because the “getting-to-know” is already done, what else is there?

So people look for someone else to give the attention, the romance and everything that was long gone with the relationship but like Juliet, she never found it in Sykes not matter how many things he can provide.

To tell you, this book touched me because at some point, Juliet lives inside each one of us—tired, looking for those past things that Is full of passion. But it pointed out that we don’t need to look for someone else to fill the gap—we just need to look under our noses. Our Romeos sometimes is like Will: a person not in a sports car, have no abs but a flappy tummy, doesn’t have a good hairstyle, unorganized, workaholic, do not give you Gucci sheepskin coat nor doesn’t care what you are wearing. We just need to realize they might not be the perfect one but they are enough.

To end this very long post, here are some quotes I loved about the book:

“He caught it, laughing, before slowly his smile faded. Hugging the cushion to his chest, he looked at her. “I’ve missed you.” For once he wasn’t joking around. He meant it. Juliet knew that the moment she glanced up and caught his expression. And he knew that she knew. They stared at each other and it was as if the fog had finally lifted. As if for the first time in months, they could finally see each other again. Juliet took a deep breath as the realization hit. “I’ve missed you too.”

“He grinned to himself. No, he didn’t feel all right. And it felt fantastic. Deep in thought he stared at the silhouette. “I’m in love with you, Jules.” Above the noise of the shower, his words caused Juliet’s heart to miss a beat.”

“Watching them, Will knew unequivocally that’s what he wanted. He wanted to spend his life with Juliet, to argue with her, laugh with her, cry with her, to hold the hands of their children and send them whooping and laughing into the air. To look at her from across the other side of a room, or a party, or in the fruit and veg aisle of a supermarket, and know that this warm, funny, sexy, gorgeous woman he couldn’t take his eyes off, was the woman he was going to grow old with.”

“I thought love was about caring about someone day in and day out, about being there when it’s rucking amazing, and still wanting to be there when it feels like crap, I thought it was about forever.”

“It wasn’t just the big romantic gestures that made a relationship; it was all the little things.”

“… You’ve only got one life, lad, and it goes faster than you can imagine. If you love someone, whatever’s happened, you can always work it out…”

Book Review

Book Review: The Hunger Games

Book Review: The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

Okay, I just (kind of) finished the whole Hunger Games trilogy yesterday. I will later say why I choose the word, “Kind of” instead of just omitting the two nonsense words. Anyway, I’ve been dying to review the book ever since I started reading. But I realize how can I review it? Shall I review the entire trilogy at once? I considered that but my post will be long and boring so, I decided to chop it. Subsequently, first thing’s first: The disclaimer.

This review is not based on some rocket science or a media critique; Just an opinion of a girl who lives in the Philippines and happens to read the book. Nothing is implied; only opinions and perceptions. I don’t even intend to give away some spoilers. I’m going to rate the book from the category of “Stars”: 5 highest and 1 lowest (How I enjoyed the book entirely). And for the record, I suck at book reviews! So, let’s do it!

The book’s setting is North America after the war. It was destroyed and now called Panem, which has officially 12 districts (because the 13th was wiped out because of their rebellion) and a Capitol. The Capitol mainly has everything—of wealth, technologies and all while the other districts are left to die in hunger. To remind people of the rebellion of district 13 (also to inject fear), they are having an annual hunger games, a reality TV show. This will require each district to have 2 “tributes” (representatives): one female, one male. They are chosen through the drawing of lots. And these representatives will go to the capitol’s arena to fight for their lives. Only one wins and the winner got to have a one year supply of food and live in the “Victor’s Village”.

The story revolves and was narrated by a sixteen-year-old, Katniss Everdeen. She is from district 12 and when her sister’s name was called for the games, she volunteered. Along with her team is Peeta Mellak, the son of the baker. They eventually went to the games with their strategy of a “star-crossed lovers” from district 12, which gave them an edge. The thing is, in the arena, one way to survive is from the sponsors. They will come when you need them in parachutes. Katniss and Peeta’s Mentor, Haymitch, thought that selling them as lovers will make them have more sponsors.

Generally, the book’s theme was diverse: First, it was political because of the war and the manipulation of the Capitol, their power over the district and how they manage to send these people into an area, finding joy in their death. Teenage angst was also shown as only 12 to 18 years old can be in the games. It also shows love and most of all survival.

Suzanne Collins’ writing style on the other hand, I can say is exceptional. When she describes something, it feels real. It includes the five senses. Even the writing of the battles and the killings are also detailed. As if you’re in the scene of the book. Her transitions are also smooth, you won’t even notice it. Katniss’ character was solid which says the author knows who exactly her characters are.

People always remark the book is violent but I liked it. How the author even thought of everything—the games, the interview before the games, the tactic to win, the mockingjay pin, everything. The story isn’t predictable. One day Katniss is inlove with Peeta, the next she isn’t. And it’s not superficial: She got some bruises; she is almost killed in the arena. It has many twist and turns and most of the time stressful to read because you’re so engage on what they’re been through.

As a person who always connotes a book to our reality, Please permit me. I think that we are all in a hunger games. We are all trying to survive and trying to look for food to fill our stomachs. I should know. Some even go beyond the point of killing.

The arena is the world and we’re all trying to be alive like Katniss and Peeta.

Stars: ★★★★★ 5/5

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