Chick Lit with a Filipino Flavor

Chick Lit with a Filipino Flavor

Reading Filipino authors for the October 2013 readathon. Wheee! ^_^

Day 8 – Drama Queen

Game for yet another chick lit from a Filipino author? Here’s another one from Abi Aquino.

Even for a struggling actress like 26-year old Kach, love doesn’t come easy. Especially if your timing is off and you miss your cue and forget to deliver the right lines at the right time…

Beautiful, talented and starving, theater actress Kach, who has a real penchant for drama, lives off the refrigerators and affection of her dearest childhood friends: Nats, a chef who has taken it upon herself to play mother to Kach, and Jorge, an overachieving research genius who balances off Kach when she starts overreacting and who gladly supplies much-needed warm hugs when her world – or her tiny Makati apartment – dramatically turns cold.

Now Kach has finally landed a legitimate role costarring an intense, sexy and brooding young stage actor named Sanchez. Their onstage chemistry quickly reaches boiling point and overflows into real-life, and suddenly Kach finds herself in a super-kilig affair, complete with snatches of smooches behind closed stage curtains.

But their romance takes a dramatic turn when Kach discovers that Sanchez isn’t tailor-made for the role of her real-life leading man…and that someone else is ready and willing to audition!

Drama Queen by Abi Aquino

This is chick lit in the real sense.

Girl gets to have a short steamy affair before realizing that she’s been kissing the Frog all this time and that Prince Charming is just within arm’s reach. With that kind of clue, you’d have guessed by now who Kach will end up with. But as I still find this story really kilig (I don’t know why when Kach is not that likeable as a female lead), I’ll let you in on a little clue (yet hoping I’m not divulging too much): some people have a way of sneaking up on you. One time, you act normally around them, not entertaining any thoughts of dating them or anything. The next, you see them in a different light and just can’t stop berating yourself for not realizing that sooner. Basta! Just read this book and enjoy! 😉

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TRIVIA: For our non-Filipino readers, basta roughly equates to “that’s it“. Some expression you use when you mean “that’s it” / can’t explain further / just take my word for it. Or so I’d like to translate (I’m no expert. Hehe) 😀

Day 7 – No Strings Attached

According to the popular Bible story, God may have rested on the seventh day, but here at Pachuvachuva, we don’t.

Now onto today’s offering for the Love in 28 Days countdown. 🙂

No Strings Attached - Mina Esguerra

Carla is a whiz at her job: she’s efficient, reliable, and a total genius when it comes to putting something together at the last minute. The snag is she’s single and turning the big three-oh in a few months. Her girl best friend (yes, she’s married just like the other girls in Carla’s barkada) keeps trying to set her up with stable banker-types, while her guy best friend (single – the other single one) encourages her to play the field – no strings attached. Then, through no set up or extraordinary circumstance, Carla meets Dante. Hot, smug, sexy Dante. Definitely not a banker-type and seemingly too good to be true. So there’s got to be a catch. There is. He’s five years younger. Is the universe telling Carla to finally let loose and enjoy a fling with a younger man? Or is there a lot more to this awkward situation than she bargained for?

I like Carla and how strong her voice is although there weren’t too many situations presented to witness just how uber capable she is in terms of work. Well, since the author did mention that fact, it would have been wiser to illustrate just how good she is. Just my two cents. 🙂

It saddens me that no matter how much we women have advanced in terms of our career and personal growth, people still give us that look when they see that no rings adorn our fingers. Why is the idea of not being in a relationship still viewed as something horrendous when in fact, it is the perfect time for one to really learn about herself and discover the world around him? While I am not opposed to having relationships (yes, I am currently in one and happy at that, well, when I’m not PMS-ing or just plain irritable, hehe), since I believe that relationships give a different color to our world, but at the same time, I am just quite happy in my own company thankyouverymuch.

But my friends and relatives might not have thought so.

Backtrack 5 years ago, and you would have seen me squirming in my seat in front of a blind date that a friend or officemate set up. I know that they meant well but sometimes it’s exasperating having to endure yet another date that you know will not end well or a date that you had to go to lest you offend your friends. Too bad though they didn’t think that their meddling offended me. Hehe

Anyways, as for this book, I like it very much. Ms. Esguerra did a good job writing about a less than talked about topic that plagues some women (cradle snatching, anyone? ;)) However, I’m just confused about how Carla had to explicitly underscore her very platonic relationship with single guy friend, Tonio. Somehow, I was just given a hint that the author wanted that as some sort of red herring lest the reader figures out how the book will end before the 200 pages or so are up. But other than that, I enjoyed the experience thoroughly. Learned some lessons, too.

And oh, somehow, while reading, I was imagining Paul Jake Castillo being Dante. I really don’t know why I thought of him as such. Must be his signature PBB “responsible/cool/rich” guy ‘tude that did it. ^_^

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You can find a lengthier review of this novel here. 🙂

Day 6 – Almost Married

Today, we go Filipino with this chick lit from veteran writer, Tara FT Sering.

Almost Married by Tara FT Sering

After a traumatic engagement to a man who eventually cheated on her, 28-year old Karen is, once again, committed – this time to a seemingly perfect guy named Bert Reyno. And their year-old relationship rocks: she finds him funny and sweet, he thinks she’s amusing and sexy, the conversation is satisfying and the sex is great…so why not get married? But the ghosts of relationships past keep coming back to haunt her and suddenly, Bert seems too good to be true. Determined to spare herself from future heartbreak, Karen goes on a soul-searching trip, only to find herself buried in even more doubts: Is she ready to grow old and wrinkly with Bert? What about all the other hot guys? And is Bert like every other cheating male? Will she ever learn to completely love and trust someone again – without thinking the whole thing is just a Wow, Mali! scam?

The blurb is just about right. It’s just Karen who has a problem here. Bert is not too good to be true (no man is…they’re either just good or not) but it’s her who is just not ready to let go of the past nor excited to work on her future. Only Tara FT Sering’s narration and crisp dialogues saved this. I just can’t find myself rooting for Karen. She’s too flaky, too paranoid and just annoying in between. “What does Bert see in her?” was frequently one of the many questions that I’ve been trying to answer while re-reading this book for the nth time. I kinda like the book (again, the credit goes to Sering and not to her main protagonist) but I’m not so sold out. However, I’d rather have you guys read this yourselves. 🙂
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