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The Kobayashi Maru of Love

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Javier’s post-breakup essays, universal in scope and galactic in magnitude, trace the chronological arc from the lover’s disconnection notice, the final severance, and the getting by- which, depending on one’s predilections, can be the road to ruin or the ultimate fast track to freedom. By turns elegiac riff and breezy romp, these essays are the work of an original mind at ...more
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Published 2010 by The Youth and Beauty Brigade
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Aldrin
Oct 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Originally posted here.

You’re better off not having a writer for a lover. At least that’s what advocates of the “Thou Shalt Not Date a Writer” semi-fictitious quasi-movement think. They maintain that because a writer, by definition, writes, a writer with whom you’ve entered an intimate relationship is bound at some point to write about you. Further, they believe that writers possess an inherent tendency for fictionalization. Even those who claim to be ‘memoirists’ or ‘nonfictionists’ tend to fab
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Eliza Victoria
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh to be the writer’s (former) other. I suppose the ex (“Cha”) mentioned in this collection of essays understood what she was getting into when she first started dating author Carljoe: she would be written about, turned into a muse and exalted during moments of glory, and destroyed after that final act of departure.

But fear not, “Cha” and friends of “Cha” – she isn’t murdered here. She is alluded to, cried over, pined for (sometimes), but this book, ultimately, isn’t about her. It’s about Carljo
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Joy (Otherworldly Romance)
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It has to be said: I did not pick this up because the author was my Creative Writing teacher when I was a junior in college and he gave me a high grade in that class. I will admit, though, that I couldn't read the essays without picturing him and comparing how I know him with how he is in this book. Not that they're complete opposites, it's just that I've never witnessed the vulnerability that was so present in the narrative. You know how we always think that teachers are bor
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Corinne
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a birthday gift. I am terribly unfamiliar with modern titles, more so local ones, so I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed reading this. I constantly find myself in an entanglement of complicated relationships, so to have read essays written by someone who had gone through the same sort of emotional hellhole-- it was serendipity at its finest. To keep things straight to the point, this book was an unexpectedly good read with some damn honest insight into wait ...more
Chenley Cabaluna
One of the best collection of essays I've read. Seriously I re-read random essays when I wanted to unwind or if ever I wanted a feel good time. Ang ganda ganda niya po! Huhu!

Alam mo yung the things and thoughts you always think about or wonder about are right there in the pages, well written for you. Nakakaiyak. Nakakatawa. Nakakabaliw. Seriously don't read this alone, in the public, ang hirap hindi tumawa at maiyak, hehe.

And this might sound cheesy but, this book gave me some new insights about
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Justine
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love reading books I can relate to.

From the anxiety felt when it comes to meeting people, the fervent love we have for our interests and hobbies, and dealing with the lessons that come after a breakup, The Kobayashi Maru of Love is not just for geeks, but also for everyone who wants to have a good laugh at the experiences that are all too familiar.
Don Jaucian
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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A geek writing about love is always awesome.
Arianne
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Ah, good ol' geek love.
Kynn
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Javier's KMoL has sent me to his starship of post-break up. I am used to reading post break up books by female authors but this one has put me in his geek writer shoes.
Tin
Aug 18, 2013 rated it liked it
I got tickled pink when I first came across the title of this book. I am no Trekkie (Trekker?) but I am an voracious consumer of pop culture and all things geek. So I know that, more or less, this is a book that takes a hackneyed theme like love and treat it with the same passion as geeks do their own fandoms.

Okay so here's the breakdown:

Part I consists of two stories when the author is still with his girlfriend.

Both stories are light hearted and humorous, largely in part because a geek guy thr
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Crisel Blenda Fernandez
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I have never been in a relationship and I am in no way a geek, so for a moment, I thought I wouldn’t be able to relate to this book. However, this book is more than what I have expected for.

I have to admit that the only reason I bought the book is because of its cover and its interesting title. I have mentioned, I am no geek, so I don’t know what Kobayashi Maru is about, but the word “love” in the title gives me an idea that at some point this book would be relatable even for a single person li
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Jj
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"If only this isn't too geek, I would've have enjoyed it more." -My first thoughts as I was starting the book, just because I couldn't relate to some references on the book. I bought it because of the cover. (because, here we go again, explaining that I judge books by its cover). And also the title was appealing (reading the last part of the book, indeed, the author succeed in getting the attention of non-geek readers). Honestly I thought it was like a Super Mario based story wherein a main char ...more
Mapet
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
KMoL is a wonderful gem of a book.

It was such a surprise to find out that what I thought were lighthearted essays were really insightful, relatable, sad feels-filled works by Carljoe Javier.

You can't help but feel for the man who lost, who tried to move on and the one who was ready to dip back in the sea of dating. And a little bit annoyed at the ex. Okay, more than a little annoyed.

The bonus essays were a wonderful addition. Though they seem a bit more disjointed from the whole, ultimately, the
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Ai Nicole
Amazing, funny and I really had fun reading it! I'm happy to know that the ending didn't end with the usual where the guy finds a new girlfriend. The ending is really touching in Carljoe's realization. :)
Diane
I laughed and I cried.
Jed Misador
Feb 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Ex's diaries. :D LOL
Ren Marcelo
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
it just tells us to really get a life, especially on the partnof allocating our attributes, just like in an RPG, we must have strengths on thing that we lack in our real lives..
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