- File Size: 658 KB
- Print Length: 172 pages
- Publication Date: February 6, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MYB5E2C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,228 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Keeping the Distance (I Heart Iloilo Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Melissa is the daughter of their Catholic school’s principal and is expected to live up to his high expectations, but of course she’s not perfect (who is) and she’s dying to break out of her shell whether she knows it or not. I related to Melissa on so many levels and maybe it’s a Filipino thing, but my father was very much like hers, so I was instantly rooting for her to come into her own. Enter Lance, the school’s popular bad boy with a reputation of dating every girl only to break up with them a few months later. I was a little unsure of Lance when we first meet him because he is the typical rich, daddy ignores me, bad boy but I think his development throughout the story made it easy for me to fall for the guy.
And I did fall for him because swooooooon! If you are in the mood for a light romance then this book is for you, and it’s perfect for fans of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before because Melissa reminded me a lot of Lara Jean to be honest. The story focuses on their slow-burn (a little hate-love), fun relationship and I enjoyed every bit of it! Melissa and Lance complimented each other, and I just enjoyed both of them as individual characters also. Melissa is quiet, shy, but she’s also fun and quirky. Lance is confident and charming. I’m sure by now you can see how some of their characteristics are a little cliche, but I’m telling you that it works for this book.
It was a quick read and I loved how it all ended. There was just the right amount of drama to keep the story going. Overall, I loved this story! I loved that it was set in the Philippines with our characters Filipino. I didn’t know that this is the first book in a series, but I’m hoping the next one is a companion novel and we give Cam a little romance?? Because she was the best friend we all deserve.
Highly recommend to anyone looking for a story with Filipino characters, romance, or who loves contemporaries!
The entire book was captivating with the banter and the entire love/hate plot, which Clarisse had shown such deftness from her first book. Having the book set firmly in Iloilo gave another kind of flavor into the book, without alienating anyone who hasn’t been to the city yet. I think my decision was right to read it while I was in Iloilo, and it thrilled me when I recognized the places that she mentioned. But even if I read this without going there, I wouldn’t have minded and this would have made me want to go.
I love how the world felt so real, how the pressures Melissa felt was relatable, and how the two leads kept on crashing against each other until they finally clicked. The conflict would make you sympathize with the two characters a lot, and would make you want to root for them especially when Lance started being a darling. The surrounding characters provided the right balance and friction to the plot. My favorite is Jace, Lance’s best friend. Gotta love a guy who’s a bit of a germophobe. 😉
It was fun reading Keeping the Distance, and finishing it gave me warm fuzzies while I was in a tricycle while we were touring Guimaras. 😉 This made me miss reading contemporary YA, and I’m so glad to know that there are more books coming soon in this series. More please, definitely.
If you’ve been looking for YA books by Filipino authors set in the Philippines (and not in Manila), don’t miss this!
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i'll be honest, In the beginning I didn’t like Lance all that much.Read more
No, no, I’m kidding. but I did love this book so much.Read more