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Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  21 reviews
"Angel de la Luna is a beautifully told, and at times, heartbreaking coming of age and coming to America story. Evelina Galang is a masterful storyteller and through her brilliant voice and craft, Angel and her family become ours too."—Edwidge Danticat

Angel has just lost her father, and her mother's grief means she might as well be gone too. She's got a sister and a grandm
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Coffee House Press (first published November 1st 2013)
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Lexi
Aug 15, 2016 marked it as to-read
A book centered around Filipinos? As a Filipino myself, sign me up ;)
Rachel
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
“You need your English to be world citizens,” she says, “but do not forget how to speak Filipino. And do not forget the dialects you have grown up speaking. We can’t let foreign imperialists brainwash us. Ours is a beautiful, literate language.”
Wow, this book. Reading it is /such/a ride. I love that it’s so rich in Filipino culture. I love that it draws attention to Filipino history, from the struggles of the Filipina “Comfort Women” of WWII to the second Philippine People Power Revolution in
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Ryan
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Whoa. Exactly what I needed to read at this point in my life.

Evelina tells stories that need to be heard. Stories of the unimaginable horrors Filipina "comfort women" endured during WWII. Stories of the passion behind the second Philippine People Power Revolution—about anger at injustice. Stories about the devastation and grief from losing a family member too soon. Evelina weaves all of this together into a teenager's coming-to-America story.

Throughout, you can feel Angel's yearning to have a cl
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Mariel  Cruz
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-btb
This is an absolutely beautiful and amazing book. I loved every page and every part of the story. This was a great book to read, especially right now, with the current state of the politics. It was so empowering to read about a young girl growing up during a time of protest in the Philippines. The passages about her and her family protesting against the government were so beautifully written. I could feel what the characters are feeling. I could feel the power of their words and their resistance ...more
Will
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: finished-in-2017
Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery is a wandering and beautiful coming of age tale. The story opens with Angel de la Luna's father passing away. She comes to terms with this tremendous loss differently than her family members especially her mother which sets up one of the main conflicts of the book--Angel and her mother grappling toward understanding. Galang writes beautifully about a young woman being involved in women led activism in the Philippines and the strong connection between ...more
Katie Tillwick
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Kinda good, kinda depressing. I became annoyed with not understanding the Tagalog dialect, but gradually picked it up.
Anita Lock
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The year is 2000. Fourteen-year-old Angel de la Luna loves her family. She tells the story of how she looks forward to the day when they have enough money to leave Manila and go to America in search of a better life. Unfortunately, Papang, Angel's father, has been missing for two weeks. In their search for him, Angel and her family discover that he is dead. The happiness Angel once had is replaced by anger towards God. Because of depression, Inay, her mother, feels powerless to be the source of ...more
Rich in Color
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review copy: purchased

Within just a few pages I suspected that this was a book that would challenge me and make me work – make me think. Prior to reading this book I had very little knowledge about the history of the Philippines and the novel covers a lot of historical territory. The bigger issue initially though was language. The majority of the text is in English, but Galang’s characters code switch between English and Tagalog and there are no italics to be found. Yes, the meaning was often cl
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Melissa
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
M. Evelina Galang’s deft prose came to me like the smell of storm. Her prose is fluid, lush, like swaying banyan trees and the unmoving sea, but it was the voices Galang crafted that stayed with me. The women of this book were full of life and singsong: there was anger, bitterness, and love which made the narrative alive in the midst of trauma. ANGEL DE LA LUNA & THE 5TH GLORIOUS MYSTERY is the story of a young dalaga, a woman on the brink of an awakening, tethered between her country’s dema ...more
Justher
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm giving this a full five stars because I believe we need more stories like this, with dialogue flitting in and out of Tagalog beautifully.

Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery is a novel told in the first-person about a young Filipina named Angel and how she struggles with losing a father, being a part of a revolution, and supporting her family as they pursue the American dream. Angel's main conflict is internal and with her mother. There are times when Angel, as the main character, i
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Mary
Apr 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Galang had better works than this, but that being said, Angel's journey is a very compelling one. I like how this book is marketed as YA lit, because far too often we don't hear the voices of the youth that aren't white. On top of that, Angel doesn't focus her life on having a boyfriend, despite a love interest. I just felt it a bit jumbled at times, and in the beginning, I was more interested in her political activism than her personal life. Only in the second half, when Angel is in Chicago, do ...more
Ruth
May 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Sometimes the plot seems to get lost in the gorgeous language. Sometimes the language seems a little TOO gorgeous. Still, this is a lovely YA book. I liked reading a story about a girl who comes from an activist family & finds ways to continue the tradition of resistance.
Meredith Camel
Nov 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Wonderful story with fascinating insight into Filipino and Filipino-American culture. Richly textured with languages, poetic rhythms and vivid imagery.
Bridget
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I absolutely ravaged this book. Lovely writing and a story that broght me back to my own teenage years.
Katy
Jul 14, 2016 marked it as to-read
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Jane
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
YA, Good multicultural novel. Immigrants, Realistic Fiction, Filipino Americans, human rights, Tagalog, Galang, Philippines
Anahi
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great universal coming-to-America story. It's very relatable for adolescent immigrants.
Meg
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very well written but I just didn't feel that into it, not sure why.
Crystal
I reviewed this over at Rich in Color http://richincolor.com/2014/06/review... I want to give it 4.5 stars, but that's not a choice.
Caitlyn
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This book grew on me as Angel's anger evolves within her and manifests itself in external ways. I also loved that a lot of the dialogue is in Tagalog without really being explained.
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