Thursday, February 28, 2019

Book Review: Flipping The Script


Miri dela Merced’s film director grandfather and Pabs Paglinauan’s studio head grandmother had a huge falling out that ended Lolo Ikong’s career. At seventeen, Miri finds herself in the same summer film internship program as the down-to-earth film studio heir Pabs, whom she’s decided to automatically write off, just because of his lineage. As Miri gets a crash course in her expectations vs the reality of what it's like to work on a real movie, her true feelings for Pabs become harder and harder to ignore. In between attending outdoor screenings of classic Pinoy movies and battling monster production assistants together, can flipping the script on a decades-old grudge be only a few sequences away? 


Flipping the Script is a Young Adult Romance/ #RomanceClass book that was released last February 15, 2019. 

I have to admit, I was not sure if I would like this book when I first started reading because the lead was a Senior High School student. Since I am no longer a student, I was not exactly feeling like I could relate to their story. We never had Senior High in my time so it was a concept that was new to me when I was reading the book.

What surprised me is that I enjoyed Flipping the Script -- not necessarily because of the love story itself but more because of the story of friendship and camaraderie that the group of interns had throughout the story. It's one of those stories where the main story meshed so well with the story of a group, which is refreshing to read since most romances concentrate on just the main character and her love interest alone. Friends are usually relegated to the background but in this case, the friends have enough interactions to make the reader relate to them as well. I found myself imagining this as a movie -- it had all the elements of a romantic, Star Cinema-esque film.

It was definitely more simple when we weren’t friends. It was easier hating Pabs, but I must admit that falling for him is a lot more interesting.

The romance between Miri and Pabs was a hate-to-love and Romeo and Juliet kind of story: families with grudges against each other, hate for each other that develops into love, all while being involved in the world of Philippine cinema. I think my age made me a little less kilig over the romantic parts. They were nice for me in the "oh look at these kids...I remember being young and in love" sense than in the OMG-What kind.

I would have loved it more if the book was a little longer because there was so much about the other characters that I would have enjoyed diving into, particularly Miri's mom, who just seemed so interesting from the get-go.

The book is a light and quick read that you would enjoy reading on a weekend. Apart from the main characters Mira and Pabs, it has a good mix of annoying, interesting, and funny characters that you want to get to know better...which is why I really wish that the book was a little bit longer.

To sum up, I enjoyed reading the book and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a light and quick romantic read. I'm very happy that more Filipino writers are producing quality work and I encourage everyone to support them so that we can discover and enjoy more books like this one!

About the Author: 

Danice Mae P. Sison realized she wanted to be Harriet the Spy when she was very young. Since then, she has been digging out from real-life experiences, pop culture obsessions, and her growing TBR pile of young adult and romance books for inspiration. She works in pay television as a channel manager and has previously contributed as an author on the anthology Start Here. Flipping the Script is her first book. 

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Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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