Full House [2015]

Author: Won Soo-Yeon, Seo Yu-Mi
Translator: Martin S.W. Yang
Publisher: Summit (through Shinwon Agency Co.)
Copyright: 2015



Aspiring writer Che Eunsu has been living in Full House, the home that her late parents built and designed – that is, until she was unceremoniously forced out to make way for its new owner: popular actor Lee Jinhu.Jinhu is hounded by a major scandal, one that unwittingly involves Eunsu, and needs to lie low for a while to let the rumors die down. But life refuses to be quiet for the pampered celebrity, as Eunsu is determined to do everything it takes to get Full House back – even if it means she has to live in the only home she’s ever known and work for Jinhu as his housemaid.

Things get complicated as the two clash and bicker… and get to know each other a little better.

I say…

Don’t get your hopes up, because the book is diferent from the TV series we all loved in  2004. I don’t know about the manhwq though, I’m not usre if I’ll ever get my hands on that precious thing. But it just might be closer to the TV version.

There are a lot of differences in the book and TV series and it’s unavoidable to search for them. You can spot them as early as the first page. Evident ones are as follows:

1.Character names (Che Eunsu & Lee Jinhu vs Han Ji Eun & Lee Yeong Jae)
2. Family Backgrounds (Lee Yeong Jae is an only child, while Lee Jinhu has an older half brother)
3. Support group (Han Ji Eun has a married couple for besties while Che Eunsu has quite a number of girlfriends; Lee Jinhu has a trusted PA and manager while Lee Yeong Jae only has a stylist who was his love interest from the beginning)
4. Antagonist (Eunsu has Serin and Kyuha, Han Ji Eun only has the stylist who’s Lee Yeong Jae’s childhood friend)
5. In the book, they’re not married. They’re not even engaged.

But let me tell you, it isn’t so bad. This stand alone can give the same feels we all had for the series. This one has so many first love feels… and you can’t help but love Che Eunsu all the way to the end.

She’s Dating The Gangster [2013]

She's Dating the Gangster [Summit edition]Author: Bianca B. Bernardino
Year: 2013
Publisher: Summit Books

About (Summit Books):

He’s mean, he’s rude, he gets on her nerves and he’s the love of her life.

It all starts when 17-year-old Athena Dizon unwittingly plays a trick on resident heartthrob and bad boy, Kenji de los Reyes. All of a sudden, she finds herself pretending-unwillingly at that-to be his girlfriend to make his ex jealous.

Now, not only does she have to deal with dirty looks from girls in school who want Kenji for themselves, but her supposed boyfriend is getting on her nerves. He’s hotheaded, never seems to agree with her on anything-and everything about him screams “gangster.” Has Athena gotten herself into more trouble than she can handle? Or has she actually found herself a boy she can call hers-“gangster” be damned?

I Say…

I love the way the story gradually unfolds… and how the drama started blending in with the cheerful flow of events. I’ll be giving SDTG a thumbs up sign because it’s very well written and so emotionally charged. I didn’t want to put it down even when it started turning into a Fly High and A Millionaire’s First Love (which got mentioned in the book btw) kind of thing. The book was off with a good start and I don’t see why I shouldn’t go on reading. True enough, I’m not surprised it really swept the Pinoy K Generation by storm.

SDTG was given a 16+ rating by the way, but it’s not associated it with the “S” word. No obscenities infused, maybe just a bit of precaution for the younger readers, whose parents wouldn’t want to make their kids think it’s ok to cut classes or party during weekdays just because they feel like it. I appreciate the effort of the publisher for promoting that.

Soon, I’ll read the unabridged version of SDTG. I’ll come up with a lot of comparisons I know… but for the moment I want to keep this spoiler proof for you guys!

Review: One Crazy Summer [2011]

One Crazy SummerAuthor: Ines Bautista Yao

Publisher: Summit Books


A Recipe for Disaster?

1 college junior, fired from summer internship
1 secret crush, the cute and flirty type
1 crush’s best bud, with a secret of his own

1. In large bowl, mix together college junior and secret crush.
2. Gradually add in crush’s best bud.
3. Stir until best bud’s secret is revealed.
4. Let mixture rest in a sleepy provincial town.
5. Bake under the blazing summer sun until golden brown (be careful, batter might burn).

Tania’s summer is more than she can handle! Her cooking career comes to a screeching halt before it can even take off. Then, best friends Rob and Mateo enter the picture. Can she figure out her feelings for them, AND get the internship credits she needs to make it to senior year?

I Say…

Plain much. Kilig ok. I was expecting a little more conflict from the story because reading the back flap, Tania’s confused because of two guys. But if you’d ask me it was quite predictable who she will be choosing before the book is done. It was more of Tania’s self conflict, not just her boy craziness. We all get to the point of wanting something so bad yet you do not even have enough courage [even if we do have the means] to obtain it.

It was good read though, complexities eat my heart out anyway. The lighter it is, the better. There were a lot of delicacies and restaurants mentioned throughout the book. The words used to described them makes you want to see Negros Occidental, the friendly people and their good food most especially.

I’m not a huge fan of summer romances. But food? Hmmm… I won’t think twice.