AUTHOR: INES BAUTISTA-YAO
FORMAT / PUBLISHER: EBOOK / CHAMBER SHELL PUB.
When she was nine-years-old, Katie knew she wanted Chris to give her her first kiss. It wasn’t because she was in love with him (no way, he was her best friend! Besides, she was in love with his fourteen-year-old big brother), it was because she could make him do anything she wanted.
Besides, it didn’t really mean anything. It was only a kiss after all.
But then things started to change. They grew up. They parted ways and went to different high schools. And other girls and boys—well, just one particular boy—came into the picture, throwing their lives upside down.
Told from the alternating points of view of Katie and Chris, this love story between two best friends will tug at your heartstrings and leave you thinking how the simplest things can mean so much.
“It was so hard when you were the only one who liked something and no one else did.”
“The problem with you is that you treat them all like you’re in love with them, so they believe it and then –“
*FIRST OF ALL, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MS. INES FOR THE REVIEW COPY* THANK YOU!!!
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR BESTFRIEND-ROMANCE THEMED BOOK, YOU SHOULD PICK THIS BOOK! IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I PICKED A CONTEMPORARY NOVEL WRITTEN BY A FILIPINA AUTHOR AND I DIDN’T REGRET READING IT!!!
I WISH I WOULD HAVE READ THIS SOONER. EVERY PAGE IS FILLED WITH EXCITEMENT AND “KILIG”! AWEEEE!!! WHAT IF YOUR BEST FRIEND HAS A CRUSH ON YOU AND YOU TOO HAVE A CRUSH ON HIM BUT NO ONE WOULD MAKE A MOVE? WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
I WOULDN’T BLAME CHRIS FOR NOT TELLING KATIE THAT HE LIKES HER. HE WOULDN’T LIKE TO RISK THEIR FRIENDSHIP BUT SOME SECRETS WILL BE REVEALED. UNFORTUNATELY, KATIE SAW ALL THE DRAWINGS OF CHRIS AND SHE FOUND OUT THAT CHRIS HAS A SECRET ADMIRATION ON HER. THEY ALL THOUGHT THAT IT’S TOO LATE BECAUSE THEY’RE DATING SOMEONE ELSE.
LOVE IS INEVITABLE AND ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS TO TELL THE TRUTH.
KATIE CONFESSED TO ANDREW THAT SHE REALLY LOVES CHRIS AND ANDREW SET HER FREE.
I’VE LEARNED THAT ACCEPTANCE IS WHAT WE NEED AND WE REALLY NEED TO TELL SOMEONE THE TRUTH EVEN THOUGH IT WILL HURT. IT’S BETTER THAN LYING FOREVER. THERE WILL COME A DAY WHEN PEOPLE ARE GOING TO UNDERSTAND THE THINGS THAT YOU’VE DONE. JUST GIVE THEM THE TIME. FIGHT FOR SOMEONE YOU LOVE.
HANDS DOWN TO MS. INES! YOU DID A GREAT JOB! BUT I REALLY NEED A SEQUEL OF THIS! AHHHH!!!
AUTHOR: LAUREN OLIVER
FORMAT / PUBLISHER: PAPERBACK / HARPER
With this stunning debut novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver emerged as one of today’s foremost authors of young adult fiction. Like Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why and Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, Before I Fall raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person’s life can affect so many others.
For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.
However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.
“A good friend keeps your secrets for you. A best friends helps you keep your own secrets.” Page 107
“Here’s another thing to remember: Hope keeps you alive. Even when you’re dead, it’s the only thing that keeps you alive.” Page 137
“But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is you never really know.” Page 268
“That’s the problem with sacrifice. It’s pain, literally.” Page 307-308
I WAS SURPRISED BY THE FACT THAT THIS BOOK ONLY HAS 7 CHAPTERS. YUP! 7 ONLY (ASIDE FROM THE FACT THAT IT HAS A PROLOGUE & EPILOGUE). I WAS LIKE, “HOW DID THE AUTHOR COMPRESS ALL THE EVENTS IN JUST 7 CHAPTERS?”.
I (SUPER SUPER) LOVE THE CONCEPT OF THIS BOOK!
IF YOU WERE TO LIVE YOUR LAST DAY TODAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? UNFORTUNATELY, LIFE IS LIKE A GAME. YOU WON’T EVEN KNOW WHEN THE GAME’S OVER. NOBODY KNOWS WHEN HE/SHE WILL DIE THAT’S WHY IT’S VERY DIFFICULT TO ANSWER THE QUESTION. EVEN ME, I DON’T HAVE ANY IDEA. I DON’T KNOW WHEN WILL BE THE LAST TIME I’M GOING TO SEE MY FAMILY, TO HANGOUT WITH MY FRIENDS, TO SAY “I LOVE YOU” TO MY LOVED ONES AND OTHER STUFF.
THIS BOOK TAUGHT ME THE ESSENCE OF CHERISHING EVERY MOMENT WITH THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE (AND YOU HATE). THAT’S WHY THERE’S A SAYING, “LIVE YOUR LIFE TO THE FULLEST.” AND WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL, WE RECITED A POEM ENTITLED “I WILL LIVE THIS DAY AS IF IT IS MY LAST.” BY OG MANDINO. (THIS IS SUCH A GREAT POEM, YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR THIS!)
IF YOU WERE GIVEN THE CHANCE TO KNOW WHEN WILL BE YOUR LAST DAY ON EARTH, WOULD YOU WANT TO KNOW YOURS? IF YOU’LL ASK ME, I DON’T KNOW HOW TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION BUT MOST PROBABLY, “NO!”. SAMANTHA KINGSTON’S DECISIONS WERE VERY TOUGH. – AND I WON’T TALK ABOUT IT BECAUSE I MIGHT “OVER SPOIL” YOU -. ONE OF THE BEST THINGS THAT MADE THIS BOOK CLOSE TO MY HEART IS SAM & HER FRIENDS. HER FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE CONSISTS OF 4 GIRLS (JUST LIKE ME & MY FRIENDS!) ♥ i would rate this 4 out of 5 because i – sort of – guessed the ending and some events were slow but i really liked the book!
Caleb desperately needs a new fake girlfriend. Either he attends a series of parties with a pretty girl on his arm to schmooze for his father’s law firm, or he gets shipped off to Yale to start a future he’s not ready for and isn’t sure he wants. And sadly the last unattached girl in his social circle has just made the grievous mistake of falling in love with him. Fortunately, Didi, the waitress at the Country Club — who just lost her job due to Caleb’s too-public breakup — is open to new experiences (and art supplies are expensive!). It’s the perfect setup for them both. Caleb has only one rule for the arrangement: Didi mustn’t fall in love with him.
What inspires you to write more books?
Everything and anything. A line from a song. A scene in a movie. Even a moment in time. Whatever. In fact, I’m actually writing a novel based on Style by Taylor Swift.
What are your favorite novels?
For romance, my favorite is Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas. Actually, anything by her I would buy in a heartbeat. For YA, I love The Hunger Games. I believe the series is a brilliant piece of writing. I also love anything by Rainbow Rowell and Holly Black.
What’s your hobby aside from writing and reading?
I love baking, especially when stressed. When you start seeing pictures of cupcakes on my FB or Instagram, I’m stress-backing. *laughs*
What are the name of your cutie cats?
My princess is Sweetie while my mother’s cat, the diva, is called MingMing. Love them both to bits, but I’m obviously biased towards Sweetie.
How would you describe your new book, No Love Allowed?
A guy hires a fake girlfriend to avoid having someone fall in love with him only to fall in love with his fake girlfriend set among beautiful parties, a hilarious makeover, and a secret that will affect the way he sees himself forever. In short: Swoonworthy.
When will be the expected publication?
April 19, 2016.
Are you working on another project?