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My best friends got me an ARC of this and I love them more than I have words to express! (Thank you so much, Madalyn, Chelsea, & Jane!)
“It is a shame what is happening in this country. And it is a shame that the Church has been so quiet. That all of us have been so quiet. That the world has been so quiet.”
This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2019, and even though I didn’t love it the way that I truly thought I would, I still am going to boost it forever and always because ther ...more
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I side-eyed this book a little when it got placed into my hands because on the back, it's compared to THE HATE U GIVE. Given the popularity of THE HATE U GIVE, I can see why publishers and publicists are going to be eager to draw such comparisons, but it feels like a mistake to compare every book about serious issues being faced by people of color to THE HATE U GIVE. THUG was a powerful book; let's not trivialize it with false comparisons.
actual substance of the story: 5/5
romance and/or significant friendships: 3.5/5
the writing: 4/4
22.5/25 | 4.5 STARS
This was a beautiful story. It was fr*ckin’....gorgeous. I don’t have time for a full review but here’s some lists.
✦ why you need to read this book right now (or asap since I’ve got an ARC of this 🤪):
➤ There aren’t too many books written by or about Filipinos/Filipinas. This is the first book I’ve read with a Filipino main character.
➤ I feel h ...more
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review! Any quotes used in this review are based on an uncorrected text!
"There are good things I can hold on to and there are other things I have the power to change. My family, myself, this world- all of us are flawed. But flawed doesn't mean hopeless. It doesn't mean forsaken. It doesn't mean lost. We are not doomed to suffer things as they are, silent and alone. We do not have to leave questions and letters and lives una...more
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This wouldn’t be the first YA book I’d be reading by a Filipino author with Filipino leads, but it WILL be the first one largely set in the Philippines.
And look at the sun’s rays from the Philippine flag behind the MC’s head in the cover....
Everything about this is a huge fucking deal to me. I’m gonna sob.
"As poignant, as it is eye-opening, readers would no doubt have lots to look forward to in Randy Ribay's Patron Saints of Nothing. It features a diverse story about losing the ones you love, grieving over such a loss, and how to move on and get past all that, all while trying to educate it's readers as to how it really is to be a Filipino today. I might not be able to comment on how accurat ...more
I was a little hesitant going into this because it follows the story of someone a Fil-Am teen, living in America, travelling to the Philippines to find out the truth about his cousin's death. Stories about people, even those from the diaspora, dealing with politics of a country in the East doesn't always fare well. But I was so pleasantly surprised by how well all of that was handled by Ribay. It's like he knew every single tro ...more
"Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the University of Michigan in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story.I SAW THIS ON BOOK TWITTER AND GAHD AM I STOKED FOR THIS TO COME OUT. THIS IS A NEED THAT I HAFTO SATISFY. SUCH A TIMELY AND ...more
oh look i'm doing that thing again where i get outrageously excited for an upcoming release and set myself up for inevitable disappointment when the book doesn't live up to my astronomical expectations
seriously though i'm so excited for this book it's UNREAL. half-filipino protag? condemnation of duterte? exploration of faith? YES PLEASE
(also people are saying this is a graphic novel but also talking about paragraphs and prose so i am confusion)
I’m not sure where to start because there’s so much to this story. After discovering his cousin, Jun was murdered and fuelled by a mysterious Instagram message, Jay Reguero heads to the Philippines to find out the real story. There, Jay must reconnect with a life he barely remembers and family who refuse to acknowledge what has happened.
Told through a mix of narrations, ...more
Pretty good story; characters were good; lots of strong themes; nothing too tropey, but not quite critical enough for me to give it five stars.
Issue #1-Suspended reality: My only issue was that it was difficult for me to believe that parents would send their 17 year old son to a country that was accused of murdering his cousin. He's clearly upset about it and they believe him when he said he wasn't going to get involved-Yeah right! My cow-worker said Asians send their teens to the motherland ...more
And it’s just so beautifully written. My ARC has more dogeared pages than not. I love how each chapter ends with its beginning.
“It’s a sad thing when you map the borders of a friendship and find it’s a narrower country than expected.”
“I imagine souls trapped overhead, bo ...more
Patron Saints of Nothing is a quiet novel but it packs an emotional punch.
The story follows Jay Reguero, a Filipino-American teenager whose world is turned upside down when he learns that his cousin Jun, with whom he used to exchange letters across continents, has been killed as part of Filipino's President Duterte's war on drugs. No one in his family wants to talk about what happened to Jun, so Jay returns to the Philippines to find out the truth about ...more
The story starts off with Jay. He's your average American teenager living in the Midwest, playing video games with his buddies on ...more
It’s not flawless (as with the unnecessary quasi-love story, that doesn’t fit in with the tone at all, or Jun’s true demise that kind of undermines his character), but I would be lying if I were to state this book didn’t move me. I guess the huge family theme invested me at each turn, how some ...more
From the opening sentences alone, I knew Randy Ribay’s Patron Saints of Nothing was a special book. The novel introduces us to the main character Jay through a vivid memory of his first holiday in his country of birth, the Philippines, conveying a sense of nostalgia and a reflective look at what meanings can be grasped from death and life. And so Randy Ribay begins his reflective, passionate and emotional explorati ...more
The description/prose in this book is beautiful. Ribay's word-usage is superb, and he describes locations/setting in a way that makes it genuinely interesting to read about. The culture is shown in technicolor-- there's a lot information readers receive, but it never feels like an info-dump. Since Jason, the protagonist, also doesn't know as much about the culture as he would like, it feels like we're learning with him. Since this is only a sneak ...more