I am looking forward to be Perk’d.

I read this book early this year and it has rekindled my love for young adult stories.  I know I seem to old for it, but I don’t really give a flying F.

Marga repeatedly told me that it was depressing, but for some reason, I found it comforting.  Maybe because it’s a good indication that I’m just among the many troubled minds out there, and just like them, I too seek clarity.

Here’s the official trailer of The Perks of Being a Wallflower:

And this being an Emma Watson post-Potter flick is just a plus.

Tell me you’re excited too! :)


The Mermaid

Very seldom do you see a beautiful piece of poetry on a normal day.  I am happy to be reminded of one of the first things I sincerely fell in love with.

I haven’t been posting as much as I should have been, and please excuse me.  It’s been a rough couple of weeks at work and I’m just taking my time to write my thoughts.  I wouldn’t really want to bore you with my rants. :)

Will be back soon! <3

J. K. Rowling’s new book!

I woke up today to some glorious news:  J. K. Rowling finally announced the title and release date of her new book!

The Casual Vacancy is Rowling’s first adult book.  It’s also her first work outside of the Harry Potter universe.  According to Times Live, the book will be “blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising.”

My pants are on fire!  Boogie dance!

Here are some more general details about the book:

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils … Pagford is not what it at first seems.  And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.  Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

I am excited very much with this news.  I am such a book freak!  Or rather Harry Potter freak.  Whatevs.  I know you’re excited too.

The book is set to be released worldwide on September 27.  I wonder if the Philippines gets to have an earlier date, just like the movies…

REVIEW: The Fault in Our Stars

Genre: Young Adult
Author: John Green
Release Date: January 2012

I first read a work by John Green when I chanced upon this quote from his book Looking for Alaska:

I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.

From that point, I was hooked and immediately ran to my favorite bookstore to grab a copy. I finished the entire thing in four hours, a record for me. Then I heard that another book is about to be released, The Fault In Our Stars. I had to get it right away and I was not anywhere near the vicinity of thinking about being disappointed.

The Fault in Our Stars highlights the life of two teenagers with cancer, Augustus and Hazel. For an already tragic-sounding storyline, you’d think that this book would talk about the glory of death. On the contrary, it doesn’t. John Green takes you to a rollercoaster (“that only goes up”) of living life to the fullest and finding your infinities in the moment.

It was such a grave mistake to read this book at a time when work felt too daunting for me, as I ended up semi-bawling in my cubicle, trying to contain the tears brought about by the magnificent and simplistic writing by John Green.

Maybe it’s unusual for some to have a twenty-something read a young adult book, but you see the author does not write for ordinary young adults. John Green infuses philosophy, critical thinking and almost a sense of self-affirmation and self-realization that most adults lose sight of every once in a while. John Green treats his readers as smart and insightful thinkers; he moves you through Hazel then to Augustus, flowing through Isaac and even Dave, the brother-in-law.

The book is nothing short of magnificent. It delivers as much as it has promised, if not more. You need not be a young adult to appreciate this book. It is a great buy and an even more rewarding read. I strongly suggest that you go grab a copy (or leave a comment if you intend to borrow mine), and be enamored by the characters and the Lonely, Vaguely Pedophilic Swing Set Seeks the Butts of Children.

I am a bawling mess.

I logged in last night on Facebook and saw this clip from a cousin:

I am such a mess.  I just couldn’t stop crying the entire time I was watching the clip.  (Actually, I’m still crying as I am reposting it now.)  I wonder everyday since the end was announced if there will ever be another book like this.  Another book this magnificent and amazing and enchanting.  I wonder if there’ll be another character in the future that my kids will turn to when they’re lonely or lacking in imagination.  A character from the pages given by the wisdom and imaginings of one inspired person that will tell my kids to dream big, to believe in the impossible, to find the magic in them.

These are the books that will last generations.  I cannot wait to read them again before I watch the last 135 minutes of this wonderful journey.

I am so happy and grateful and blessed to be part of the generation that started reading again.  Thank you, J K Rowling, for the books that brought us back to our bookstores and libraries, and reunited us with youthful fantasies that we thought we lost.