Review || What to Say Next


Title: What to Say Next
Author: Julie Buxbaum
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Paperback
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Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

Kit: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

David: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her.

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Shealea reacts to: Baka Bukas (2016) – a film review


Title: Baka Bukas
Director: Samantha Lee
Writer: Samantha Lee
Cast: Jasmine Curtis-Smith (Alex), Louise de los Reyes (Jess)
Genre: Drama, Romance, LGBTQIA
Year of release: 2016

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Baka Bukas (Maybe Tomorrow) is a 2016 Cinema One Originals film* that tells about, in the words of its queer female director Samantha Lee, “what happens when you fall in love with your best friend”. Its main character is a 23-year-old lesbian named Alex, who is based in Manila and is every bit of a millennial as any individual can be. In the film, Alex is in love with her best friend Jess whom she initially did not reveal her sexuality to (while everyone else has been aware for quite some time). Due to a trick of circumstances, Jess uncovers Alex’s secret and from there, their relationship begins to evolve.

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Review || The Love Interest


Title: The Love Interest
Author: Cale Dietrich
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA
Copy: Digital
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There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

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Review || Windfall


Title: Windfall
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Paperback
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Let luck find you.

Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.

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Review || All That Glitters


Title: All That Glitters
Author: Ines Bautista-Yao
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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When they have nothing better to do, college students Billie Santiago and Carlos Angeles enjoy imagining what their lives will be like five years into the future. It’s never serious—just a whole lot of teasing and poking fun at each other. Until blindingly handsome, PR professional Iñigo Antonio saunters into the university bookstore where Billie works. All of a sudden, she finds herself face to face with the physical manifestation of the very dream she tells Carlos about.

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Review || Better At Weddings Than You


Title: Better At Weddings Than You
Author: Mina V. Esguerra
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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Daphne Cardenas is the best wedding planner around, and everyone knows it. That’s why her friend Greg hired her as an emergency replacement one month before his wedding—because he fears his fiancée Helen is falling for the guy they first hired for the job.

Aaron Trinidad is new to the wedding industry but years of conference planning and loads of charm make him good at it. Really good at it. Planning the wedding of his friend Helen should be easy, and it is. To be unceremoniously fired isn’t good for his new career, but the chance to learn from the best might be the silver lining.

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Shealea reacts to: I’m Drunk I Love You (2017) – a film review


Title: I’m Drunk I Love You
Director: Jamie Habac Jr.
Writer: Giancarlo Abrahan, Jamie Habac Jr.
Cast: Maja Salvador (Carson), Paulo Avelino (Dio), Dominic Roco (Jason Ty)
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Year of release: 2017

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Having studied together in the University of the Philippines Diliman for seven years (segue: HUHUHU JUST TYPING THIS MAKES ME SO FRAGILE), best friends Carson and Dio decide to go on a road trip to a music festival in La Union just days before their graduation. Carson, having been secretly in love with Dio since their freshman year in college, is wary about the spontaneous venture but drags along Jason Ty who, in turn, challenges her to finally confess her feelings. However, I’m Drunk I Love You (IDILY) is not quite a love story, but is instead an off-beat romantic comedy that explores unrequited affection and celebrates the fleetingness and fragility of youth.

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