Posts Tagged: YA fiction

At the core of power: choice vs circumstance

Like many chosen ones, Elisa grapples with being special—she doesn’t think she is and she is not even sure that she wants to be. But this book differentiates itself in the deliberateness of Carson’s language and of her narrative. When it is obvious that a writer has taken the time to consider the significance of even the smallest details, a reader can’t help but feel valued and respected. And in this book, it is undeniable that the small thrilling details all add up to an enjoyable and organic whole.

At the core of power: choice vs circumstance

Like many chosen ones, Elisa grapples with being special—she doesn’t think she is and she is not even sure that she wants to be. But this book differentiates itself in the deliberateness of Carson’s language and of her narrative. When it is obvious that a writer has taken the time to consider the significance of even the smallest details, a reader can’t help but feel valued and respected. And in this book, it is undeniable that the small thrilling details all add up to an enjoyable and organic whole.

Nothing queer about being gay

I think it’s about time for us Filipino adults to stop the pretense and give our kids the credit they deserve: they are reading and they are ready, maybe even more than us. It wouldn’t hurt to have something like this story, told from the point-of-view of 16-year old Steven who is struggling with the idea that just because he seems to be attracted to male people and likes square-dancing, people might consider him gay. And he is absolutely, positively not gay.

Nothing queer about being gay

I think it’s about time for us Filipino adults to stop the pretense and give our kids the credit they deserve: they are reading and they are ready, maybe even more than us. It wouldn’t hurt to have something like this story, told from the point-of-view of 16-year old Steven who is struggling with the idea that just because he seems to be attracted to male people and likes square-dancing, people might consider him gay. And he is absolutely, positively not gay.

Prose on cons: a heist of high praises

What more would one ask for in a heist story? All I demand is a believable method of stealing and escape—and given that our thieves here are teens, that’s already a challenge—and this book delivered the goods.

Prose on cons: a heist of high praises

What more would one ask for in a heist story? All I demand is a believable method of stealing and escape—and given that our thieves here are teens, that’s already a challenge—and this book delivered the goods.

Of wild woods and even wilder logic

It would seem that, generally, the way to move children towards an adventure is for parents to be dead, estranged, or hyperdysfunctional. I would, therefore, consider Colin Meloy brave for choosing to give parents to his two lead characters, Prue and Curtis. Too bad it didn’t work.

Of wild woods and even wilder logic

It would seem that, generally, the way to move children towards an adventure is for parents to be dead, estranged, or hyperdysfunctional. I would, therefore, consider Colin Meloy brave for choosing to give parents to his two lead characters, Prue and Curtis. Too bad it didn’t work.

Inciting revolution through literature

Filipino readers remain largely under-served in terms of mere access, let alone language or cultural representation. As a nation that seems to keep falling in the trap of forgetfulness, my country needs books similar to this—books that will help us remember. There is power in Octavian’s story, power that draws much from Anderson’s eloquent storytelling and diligent research. There is power in Octavian’s story, because his story is also ours.

Inciting revolution through literature

Filipino readers remain largely under-served in terms of mere access, let alone language or cultural representation. As a nation that seems to keep falling in the trap of forgetfulness, my country needs books similar to this—books that will help us remember. There is power in Octavian’s story, power that draws much from Anderson’s eloquent storytelling and diligent research. There is power in Octavian’s story, because his story is also ours.

Not Romeo and Juliet, where Shakespeare makes fun of love

Nelson Mandela said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” I feel so strongly about Eleanor & Park that I have to plan this review around 3 hard-to-translate-into-English Pinoy terms.

Not Romeo and Juliet, where Shakespeare makes fun of love

Nelson Mandela said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” I feel so strongly about Eleanor & Park that I have to plan this review around 3 hard-to-translate-into-English Pinoy terms.

Save the bird. Save the world.

Jacob begins his story by telling us that he will always think of the events in his life split between Before and After. I think of this book in quite the same way.

Save the bird. Save the world.

Jacob begins his story by telling us that he will always think of the events in his life split between Before and After. I think of this book in quite the same way.

Min Green, I can’t stop thinking about you.

Making use of the outcast and popular kid archetypes, Why We Broke Up finds a solid foundation in the opposites-attract template and reminds us that clichés only became stale because when they work, THEY WORK.

Min Green, I can’t stop thinking about you.

Making use of the outcast and popular kid archetypes, Why We Broke Up finds a solid foundation in the opposites-attract template and reminds us that clichés only became stale because when they work, THEY WORK.

Pos-i-tute-ly half divine!

Mystery is a necessary ingredient of a good murder story. Well, if it pays off. In this book, there’s a very solid divide between the awesome mystery and the awful mystery.

Pos-i-tute-ly half divine!

Mystery is a necessary ingredient of a good murder story. Well, if it pays off. In this book, there’s a very solid divide between the awesome mystery and the awful mystery.