It's hard to write a review for now as I had just finished the last page of the book and I am still at a wonderful-kind-of-shock state. It has been quIt's hard to write a review for now as I had just finished the last page of the book and I am still at a wonderful-kind-of-shock state. It has been quite some time since I last read a simple yet very powerful story. It's a terribly heartwarming story that we need to have more often. If only human relationships were just like that of Ivan and Stella and Ruby and Bob, what a wonderful life it would be! ...more
It's a 100-peso book I got from a book sale. And I would say the experience of reading it is worth just that -- 100 pesos and nothing more. It was anIt's a 100-peso book I got from a book sale. And I would say the experience of reading it is worth just that -- 100 pesos and nothing more. It was an okay read (thus, the 2 stars), funny and entertaining at times. It is a little bit too shallow and no deep insights. But my deep respect goes to Hilary Winston for the courage to write such life story. ...more
One star. Not for the quality of writing but for the implications of the content.
Quality of writing was just right. Maybe two stars for that. It wasOne star. Not for the quality of writing but for the implications of the content.
Quality of writing was just right. Maybe two stars for that. It was fast paced and easy to read. It was very much written in YA language. It's impressive how the author actually brought out the tone of teenagers. (I later on learned that it is because she herself is a teenager - at the time she wrote this. )
The content was disturbing though. Yes, it's a typical love dilemma any DUFF would never imagine to be in and that theme is not what makes it disturbing. It's the casualness of sex in high school "lifestyle" that bothers me. I am no prude at all and I have been working with high school students but I was quite shocked with how this author portrayed how natural it is for 17 year old girls to be on birth control pills (as natural as vitamins are for kids). It's so part of their lifestyle that the mother even makes sure that she hasn't stopped her pills -- now that she has a new boyfriend.
And what bothers me is that this "pills" episode is just one slight story on the side (it did not even consume a whole page). But that's precisely what makes this message so subtle. Well of course, the author chose to leave the more explicit messaging for episodes like teenagers making out on their first date, girls losing their virginity at age 14, and high school hallways turned into lovers lanes. It just portrays teenagers to be so loose and promiscuous. I wonder what teenagers of today have to say about this. I actually want to hear affirmations or negations to this kind of portrayal.
Reading this really made me think and doubt where I was all this time! Did I just miss out on how fast time had passed and that teenagers these days are really concerned about taking their pills religiously because "hooking up" is just one of the regular gimmicks they have?!
I do wish this is just a thwarted portrayal of teenagers. If it were real, I do wish this kind of culture does not infiltrate and creep into ours!
As to the depth of the writing, I actually saw the author's effort to make deep insights (like how John Green would) but it just did not come out so naturally for Kody Keplinger. It's a rather shallow teenage story caught up in a typical boy drama....more