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- Print Length: 186 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1536855065
- Publication Date: July 31, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01J3NHI0O
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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ARC provided by the author but also bought a copy from Amazon. I just have to because its so good!!
So, anyway. I love KTF because it didn't only tackled how to move on from a long-term relationship that the MC had. It tackled how to move-on from that previous relationship with faith. I love how this book included the strong bond between Filipino families and friendships even if there are times when you don't get along because of some misunderstandings. Also who wouldn't love Nico and his patience in waiting for Faith to really be okay and move-on? I really ship you, two and I hope you never lose faith in each other and the people around you.
A new adult book about career growth, passion, heart break, family, friendship, past love, and new beginnings. Faith is a development worker who despite coming from a well-of family has so much passion for her work which provides her more problems to solve than a salary. She just got out in a long term relationship and found herself falling for this new guy at work. Faith was overwhelmed with the fast paced events that is happening to her that she didn't realized she's slowly losing herself and maybe the people around her too.
First of all, I love how the Filipino traditions were so alive in this book. How Faith's parents and siblings are always just a call away, they always meet on Sundays which is such a good portrayal of the ideal Filipino family. Then there's Faith's friends who are not only supportive but also very real to her, I'm actually really scared that I would end up like Meah (I'm hoping she gets her own novel), her other best friend because there's a huge possibility that I would *haha* Next is the main character's passion to help others, I'm actually very impressed on that side of her because it was written in a way that's obvious but not annoying. I also enjoyed Nico's character so much, he actually reminded me of someone, I just wish that Nico got more dialogues there but it was still good. In addition to that, I love how Faith dealt with her heart break and how it was written in a way that's so full of ups and downs because I believe that's just how we deal with it. Sometimes we feel so strong and other times we don't notice the blow's hard and you just break down.
This book is a short and entertaining read that would teach you a lot. Just open it and start reading! All in all, I love this book more than I expected to. I definitely recommend this book.
I’ll admit I was a little dubious about reading Ana Tejano’s Keep the Faith. I was delighted to learn that it would feature the same barkada (group of friends) as her debut novel, Fall Like Rain, because I’ve been waiting years to see more of one of the characters. But knowing that there would be a Christian factor to the romance made me pause because, to be honest, that is just so not my thing. Still, I had friends assure me that the religious aspect was more a matter of circumstance than an active factor in the romance. So I dove in.
The first thing I need to say is that, I have a feeling that the religious elements of this novel felt a little oppressive to me, but I also have a feeling that had I grown up in a traditional Filipino Catholic household, I suspect a lot of it would have seemed “normal.” I had to ask some friends of mine if some of the traditions mentioned in the story were legit. Like the whole family really going to mass on Sunday was actually a thing, and whether your parents would check up on you to see if you went to service on your own if you didn’t get to go with the family—yes, I was told, many families make a big deal out of Sunday masses. It took me a while to adjust to the way God and faith (even outside of puns on the main character’s name) were mentioned so frequently and so casually.
I did eventually roll with it, and I will say that there were two characters I was just sold on in this novel. The first was supporting character and BFF Meah, who’s been my girl since Fall Like Rain, and whose first appearance in the book had me crowing “Yes!” and singing “Meah, meah, ma-meah, banana fana fa-feah” and making me instantly glad my husband had his earphones at the time. Seriously, anytime I see this author at an event, I have to ask her when a Meah book will make it into my waiting hands. No-nonsense, cut-the-crap-and-face-up-to-your-emotional-BS Meah is my favorite of the main character’s gal pals, which was the same thing I said about Fall Like Rain. I am not at all surprised that I am saying the same thing about Keep the Faith.
What did surprise me was how much I liked the love interest, Nico, who had me at “history major.” And while I wished he’d shown off more of his history geekdom in the story, he was just generally a good guy. If it was almost to the point of a male Mary Sue, I still didn’t hold it against him because he was this gorgeous, well-toned bastion of good sense and emotional stability against which Faith crashed her waves of screwed-upness time and time again. And he still held true until the end.
Although, in hindsight, I have to wonder if the absolute swoonworthiness and book-boyfriendable quality of Nico’s character didn’t serve to highlight the flaws in Faith’s. I had a hard time relating to her and at times actively disliked her. Her multiple protestations that she was “fine” had me convinced early on that she would suffer a massive breakdown, and by midway I wasn’t just expecting it, I was anticipating it. I think I would’ve liked to have her breakdown a little bit more. I hated her a little over her treatment of Nico, and I was viciously satisfied when her cocoon of denial fell apart and she bled all over the pages—figuratively, not literally.
I have to admit that I got a lot of satisfaction from schadenfreude, and that was one element I really enjoyed in this book. It was like eating a yummy, gooey, chocolatey cake of smug satisfaction and not having anyone judge me because nobody knew about it until, well, now.
Once I was done with this read, I asked myself, what would I have wanted to change if I could? I think the first was that I had some issues with some of the grammar and syntax, particularly in terms of verb tenses and some of the phrasing. However, this wasn’t so significant I couldn’t sit back and enjoy the story or the characters. The second thing I might’ve changed was to add a little more Nico to the story. I felt like the story was more of Faith’s journey toward healing rather than a love story between Faith and Nico. Which would’ve been fine, frankly. But it was categorized a romance, so I was expecting more romance.
I think I would have loved this novel a lot if I’d been Catholic. Or even vaguely Christian? Instead of a religious unitarian and functional atheist. I didn’t have a bible to look up the passage frequently referred to in this book, but never quoted, except for a loose translation in Ilonggo, which I don’t speak. As it was, I liked it a fair bit. There were moments when I swooned over Nico and just wanted to hug Meah. There were even moments when I wanted to pat Faith on the shoulder. And Keep the Faith definitely delivered on feels.
But I still can’t wait for Meah’s book.
I guess the only thing I didn't like were the number of details (i.e. People and places) that I feel didn't add much value. I think they didn't help smoothen out the flow of the story as compared to, say, Fall Like Rain. But that's just me. Other than that — definitely giving this two thumbs up.