She’s Dating the Gangster by SG Wannabe

                             

     “Love is happiness…Love is smiling when you hear that person’s voice… Love is the butterflies in your tummy no matter how many times you see that person… Love is when you look at them and smile for no reason… Love is seeing an imperfect person perfectly…Love is painful.. Love is hard… Love is sacrifice.. love is sadness..”

      THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST HEARTBREAKING STORIES I READ SO FAR..I can’t seem to utter anything coherent right now. It stings right through your heart with no intention of mending. I’m too SHOCKED.. STUNNED..FLABBERGASTED, my mind is so far away i wanted to tell myself that it’s just a novel. That i shouldn’t be too overwhelmed, too affected, that this kind of story is not really happening in the real world. Isn’t it?… 
I didn’t expect that reading this would make me feel this way. I was having some hesitation because I thought the story was corny and cheesy. And I hated that it has to use 3 different languages when I’m perfectly fine with one. I wanted at least for it to use only Filipino so why bother making the readers confuse? I thought the story is dragging, simple, and the characters are shallow. My pessimism got the better of me I almost withdrawn from reading this… But I take them back. Because this story surely hits home. It’s one of those that will make you realize how great love is. I felt what the characters feel, my heart ached with them, I truly felt their infinite love for each other. I wanted to take away all the pain Athena’s feeling, I wanted to tell Kenji to stop being such a sweet and great guy, and the last thing I wanted is to see a guy hurting and crying for the girl he loves. But at the same time I felt their helplessness to accept their fate. This novel is so great that it will make you happy, laugh, giddy, sad, and cry. It’s like the Romeo and Juliet love story but it also reminds me of the novel A Walk to Remember. It made me appreciate that love exists in this world, that it could change people in so many ways and make them take risks and choices they never imagined they could…


huhuhuhuhu.. WARNING this is not for the faint hearted! Severe Heart ache included..

Nakaka-inlove.. Nakakaiyak(super)… Nakaka-emo… 

Link to She’s Dating the Gangster

 

For One More Day by Mitch Albom

In life, committing mitakes is inevitable . Each day unfolds an unexpected turn that’s enough to make you yearn for the old days and undo all the damages. Then, realization strikes you that you can never have the upperhand in this. But what if something peculiar happens and fate itself gives you a day to null all your follies? Would you be willing to accept you sinful deeds?

For One More Day, a book by the bestselling author Mitch Albom revolves around this story. It is about treating your parents the way they should be treated and realizing that no matter how bad you mess up in life, there is this hope at the end of the road, waiting to be recognized. This heart-warming novel provides flashbacks from the protagonists. Charles “Chick” Benetto’s life has been falling apart since his childhood. his struggle to cope up with the divorce of his parents together with his frustrations in baseball deeply affects his outlook. He grew up longing to see even the slightest attention from his father who abandoned them. Disregarding his mother’s unselfsh and unconditional love, he lavished toomuch time trying to get the love of an absent father. but all of these changed when years later, his mother died. All the guilt and regret came flooding in. This brings him to a point when he attempts to take his own life. After that, the strangest thing happens. He gets the chance to be with his mother for a day which he has so yearned. That miraculous encounter gives him the wisdom to forgive himself. He finally realizes that in spite of his absences, his mother’s undisputable love will never cease. The good thing about this book is its capability to touch the reader’s hearts despite its simplicity. So you’ll end up asking yourself “Did I fail to appreciate the ones i love? I liked how some of the chapters are titled ” Times I Did Not Stand Up For My Mother” and “Times My Mother Stood Up For Me”, he stressed the events when he treated his mother unjustly and his mother’s heartfelt sacrfices for him. It also has some insightful lines that’ll surely influence the readers. Just like this one, ” I believe my mother saved my life, I also believe that parents, if they love you, will hold you up safely, above swirling water, and sometimes that means you’ll never know what they endure, and you may treat them unkindly, in a way you otherwise wouldn’t.” 


I recommend this book to everyone. It will certainly make you stop and reflect for a while. Just think about the hours you can devote being with you mother- it’s a lifetime. We might not get the chance to go back like Chick had. So it’s important to show your presence to your loved ones and make them feel special. 

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If you were to reminisce your past, would you be frustrated or satisfied? If you had a near-death experience and be given the chance to choose, would you leave the world or endure whatever comes?

The answer may be crystal clear to us but not for mia. She was grief-stricken after losing her family in a car accident. She went into a coma and is looking at her life once again, she’s in what we call the “in between”,so she has to make the most crucial decision in her life. “If i stay” is a poignant novel that would definitely tear the readers apart. I, for one, was moved by the problems and situations presented in the book because it’s something that everyone wants to know but no one wants to experience. At first, i was a bit hesitant to read the novel, it made me think to myself “why would i want to read this, it’ll only make me depress over something i’m not supposed to?” I guess i was being cynical after reading thirteen reasons why by jay asher because it didn’t give an impression to me. I thought they would generate the same feeling, but if i stay turned out pretty good. It’s amazing how a simple plot could be meaningful just by the way the author develops the story. The flashbacks helped a great deal in building up the emotion it gives the readers. It’s like reading one of mitch albom’s novel, for one more day.

Yes it was depressing , sad and it didn’t offer some shocking twists , but there’s more to it. It will make you think twice about you life. Have you done things you truly want? Have you said what you wanted to say to people? I’m glad it ended how i wanted it to end. I love how Adam, her boyfriend, made it happen. I love how kim, her bestfriend, assured her that she still has a family, that she’s not alone.

It will surely resonate to anyone. I did not cry a river just like what i read from the other reviewers. But i would still recommend it to anyone who’s been missing out a lot on ths topic. I admit i’m glad to have read this because i’m kind of tired of the Cheesy vampire/fallen angels novels i’ve been reading quite a lot lately.