Book Review: Para sa Hopeless Romantic by Marcelo Santos III

Title: Para sa Hopeless Romantic 
Author: Marcelo Santos III
Publisher: Lifebooks
Source: Borrowed from KD
Format: Paperback, 148 pages

Lahat ng tao ay may kanya-kanyang love story. Mga kwentong tayo mismo ang nagmimistulang manunulat.

Mga sariling lovelife na nais nating magkaroon ng happy ending.

Ang unang nobelang ito ni Marcelo Santos III ay tungkol sa limang taong nakikipagsapalaran sa mundo ng pag-ibig -- isang umaasang babalikan, isang naghahangad na mahalin, isang natatakot umibig muli, isang nagsusumikap na makalimot at isang nag-aasam ng maligayang pag-iibigan.

Ang nobelang para sa mga taong iniwan at ipinagpalit, para sa mga taong naging panakip butas, para sa mga nangangarap na mahalin, para sa umaasang babalikan, para sa naghahangad ng happy ending at para sa mga Hopeless Romantic.


Don't judge. I'm a Marcelo Santos virgin.

I think the storyline is quite okay. I just kind of hate it sometimes, because you can feel that the author is kind of trying to be funny, whilst attempting to state something profound. Channeling Bob Ong, eh? Hmmm. Meh. At some point, I think the author is actually aiming for a Ricky Lee. I just don't know. Maybe, it's just me.

I won't say I didn't like it, over all, I think, Marcelo captures the heart of his audience and his stories are really targeted to his readers and this novel is his answer to the 'strike while the iron is hot' cliche. My very close friend Boado would like this, love this book even. I just know it. Unfortunately and sadly, I don't belong to the teenage circle clamoring for this kind of storytelling anymore, let's just say, I already grew up and matured. (Caveat, this doesn't mean, I'm calling Marcelo's fans young and immature.) For an instance, I don't use very cute and colloquial student terms like: nakacivilian andmagvandal anymore.

P.S.

Here are some lines that sort of ticked me off:

"Hindi ako nanonood ng telenovela, yung nanay ko at mga kapatid ko yun. No choice lang ako."

-- Really now, Marcelo, really now, why'd you have to quip such thing? I have nothing against people not watching telenovelas, albeit, I think it's kind of strange and poseurish not to watch even one, I actually am acquainted with someone who doesn't really pay much attention to these things, it's just that... hmm, how can I put this? Okay, let's be honest, this line is kind of pretentious, there, I said it.

"Hindi mo deserve ang tulad ko."

-- Okay lang ang Taglish, I actually like Taglish. But, the truth is... ang FAIL lang nito.


"Nakamoved on"

"Napublished"

"Mas better"


-- I'm not a grammar nazi (I'm no expert, hey), but I think this is grammatically incorrect. Grammarians, where art thou?


At ang daming typos. Grr. Joke lang, di ako galit. :D

Rating: ★★★☆☆

5 comments:

  1. nakamove on
    napublish
    better
    binabasa ko ngayon ang Para kay B, at gustung gusto ko ang segway nya interms of social issues. di ako mahilig sa love story - prose man o poem. mahigpit na ipinagbabawal yan sa school publication namin. pero iba ang hatak ng para kay B.
    may nakita aqng page na mula sa Para sa hopeless romantic. napaka ricky lee na may halong bob ong. though gusto ko sana basahin pero parang napaka pocket book ng dating. auko basahin at ayoko makita sa byaheng panulat.

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  2. Biena (The Library Mistress)September 29, 2014 at 7:16 AM

    Salamat sa pagdalaw! :) Bakit bawal sa school pub ang love story? Patok pa naman yun!

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  3. actually noon pwede pero simula nang pumasok aq doon e sinimulan naming ipagbawal ang love sa mga output kasi napakageneric ng dating lalo na kung marami na silang magkakasunod. hindi na mganda sa paningin

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  4. Biena (The Library Mistress)October 7, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Just a thought. Hindi ba pwede kahit isa lang magsama kayo? Kasi, madaming may gusto nun. Always remember, you are writing for your audience, not just for yourselves, isa pa, nagbabayad din naman sila for the paper. It's there not just to inform them but to entertain them as well.

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  5. Bianca Isabelle GilayOctober 18, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    As a Literature student, I am greatly saddened by those kinds of books - the kind that is not worth reading. What a shame to Philippine Literature.

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