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I can't wait to read more by this author. I also enjoyed learning about the culture on Boracay Island.
I really liked Gio as the protagonist, I have a definite weakness for responsible guys who take care of their families, and let me just add here that it was nice to read a romance where the protagonist was the guy rather than the girl. This one had to be written that way, though, because the girl, Min Hee, tells Gio all kinds of whoppers about why she's on the island -- she's on the run from her family, she has amnesia, she had a brain tumor and is enjoying her last days in this world -- so of course the story can't be told from her point of view or it'd give everything away.
I think the basic truth about who Min Hee really is pretty clear to the reader, though Gio misses the clues. But the exact reason Min Hee came to Boracay is harder to guess -- I didn't -- and Gio's reaction to finding out is both understandable and, um, perhaps not well considered. Of course things work out in the end, though!
The writing is good, with some really nice passages. Here's my favorite:
"The watercolor she was doing captured the beach as if seen through a dream, all soft sea-foam and powder, the colors disappearing into the white edges of the paper. The sea itself danced with different shades -- white near the shore moving to pale green, then growing bolder into the deep blue of the horizon. Boracay was usually seen in the loud and bright colors of summer. But under Min Hee's brush, it looked like a filtered paradise, something old and fragile and familiar."
Beautiful, eh? Art is an important thread right through the story.
This novella also left me with a deep desire for calamansi muffins. Which I can actually make, because I have a calamansi plant in a pot on my deck, so breakfast tomorrow will be tasty, even if I don't have a white beach and palm trees!
1. Being a fan of chick-lit authors like Marian Keyes, I enjoyed a shorter, lighter story that I could read while I was travelling.
2. Lola (Filipino grandmother) and supporting characters we can relate to ourselves, or people and friends we know, gave it that extra touch of humor. They also give the book depth and insight into the local culture. And as with any rom-com, these supporting details can make or break the entire thing and I think they definitely added likeability and warmth to the book.
3. The very useful glossary at the end of the book explains local terms and references for non-Filipinos and/or non-Aklanons.
What I didn't like:
1. I'm not used to reading and finishing books this quickly! The double-edged sword of a nice light reading is that it's light :) I'd like some more background and character development.
Overall, a good first novella for Chris Mariano. It reads as a fresh perspective from the established Western authors, with the same sparkle and heart.
It's not often that you get to read chick lit from the male half of the relationship! Cover (Story) Girl brings not just that, but also a new way of seeing much-beloved (and over-exposed?) Boracay island. Could use a teensy bit more realism (securing a visa to Korea is not *that* easy LOL) but overall a fabulous effort -- would bring on holiday to read on a beach!