Because This Is My First Quarantine

I happily give Because This Is My First Life 3.75/5 stars. For me, the overall message is that we shouldn’t trivialize marriage, regardless of society’s progressive ideologies. If you enter this ideally permanent union on a whim, you can’t expect to have a happy life together.

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Should I Kiss This Book Goodbye?

Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon My rating: 2 of 5 stars Thank you, Simon & Schuster, for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. She couldn’t make this boy fall in love with her. She couldn’t break his heart. Because if she did, it was her, not…

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This Manga Has Nothing to Do with Cannibalism

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas is one of my least favorite manga this year. However, regardless of my frustration with the protagonists, I liked the overall message of the story: You can enjoy life even if you have a terminal illness.

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Always Such a Flirt

I bought this book only because it was written by a real-life couple. The idea of creating a novel with a loved one appealed to the romantic in me, and I wanted to see how two intimate people could integrate their unique voices into a single point of view.

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Extraordinarily Disappointed in You

I gave Extraordinary You 2.5 stars because it was exceptionally disappointing. If you want to watch it as a fan of SF9 (or April), I hope that it won’t affect your enjoyment of their music.

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A Woman’s Blooming Confidence

When the Camellia Blooms deserves 4/5 stars because of its enlightening representation of single motherhood. Raising a child is already a difficult journey, more so when you do it alone in a town full of judgemental people.

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Kadenang Ginto: My Complicated Relationship with Philippine Telenovelas

Regardless of the lessons that we can glean from Kadenang Ginto and other telenovelas, I think that we should level up, raise our standards, and keep up with the giants in the entertainment industry.

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Don’t Let Stereotypes Control Your Fate

Our Wayward Fate is like Frankly in Love minus the fake-dating trope. It explores one’s dilemma of being too Asian to be American (and vice versa).

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Do Arranged Relationships Stick Like Mehendi?

I gave A Match Made in Mehendi 3.5 stars because of its fresh take on traditional matchmaking. I don’t necessarily encourage arranged marriages, but I acknowledge their usefulness to people who are too shy and reserved to look for a romantic partner.

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I Almost Fell in Love with This Novel

Frankly in Love deserves 3.75 stars because of its educational content. You should read it if you want to read an #OwnVoices (authentic) book that explores the good and bad aspects of Korean culture.

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