Tag Archives: coming of age

The Year We Became Invincible

  I met Mae Coyiuto sometime last year to discuss a project, and we’ve been corresponding on that for some months now when she asked if I would be interested in reviewing  her upcoming YA novella. I knew she has been … Continue reading

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What I Saw and How I Lied

I’ve always wanted to read Judy Blundell’s What I Saw and How I Lied, not just because it won the (US) National Book Award for Young People’s Literature in 2008, but also because I was familiar with the author’s work. … Continue reading

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No food, no water, no signal, and no… eyeliner?!?

(first published in Manila Bulletin, Students and Campuses section) The stage is set for the Forty-first Annual Miss Teen Dream Pageant. Fifty Teen Dreamers board the plane to Paradise Cove to film some fun-in-the-sun pieces and rehearse their performance numbers … Continue reading

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Banana Heart Summer

For those who love to love and eat For those who long to love and eat I fell in love with the book Banana Heart Summer by Merlinda Bobis as soon as I read the title of the first chapter … Continue reading

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Hearing Voices

I like good, strong voices in fiction. I like characters that ring true, make a distinct impression, and keep me engaged in the story. In the past week, I read The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides and The Lacemaker and the … Continue reading

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