Title of the book: One Lovely Summer Day
Author: Amae Dechavez
Category: Young Adult Fiction, Novelette, ebook
What is it about?
Ethan, a handsome boy-next-door, meets Maylie a girl he can never compare to the local girls at his small and beautiful town of Pila, Laguna. They became friends easily and this lead to Ethan finally realizing that Maylie is the girl he is in love with. He tries his best to confess his love for her before his time runs out.
A good light read for a lazy reading day
This book is a novelette. It’s not a “short” story but it is not a long 20 chapters book.
It is my first attempt to read a Filipino/Tagalog book for leisure and not for a school book report and to tell you all the truth I had fun reading this book.
It is not the type of story that had a lot of situations, events and problems happening around the characters. Which is the reason why I couldn’t put my tablet down while I was reading it. The setting of this story made me want to go there and experience what it is like to live or stay in such quiet and rural Filipino town.
It reminded me of the time where nearest mall was 2 hours away and that everybody knows everyone around the town. It took me back to where the only way to meet people is thru roaming around and greeting everyone that passes by. There was no high speed internet, smart phones and applications where the love of your life is just a swipe to the right away.
The two main characters, Ethan and Maylie, are relatable even to the teenagers now. Just like how the author wrote him, Ethan, is a very likable young man. He is and ,I think, was the ideal man a normal girl would love to hang around and have a relationship with. Dechavez did a great job with creating Maylie as she (the book character) is someone you can empathize with. Together these two characters are a match made in heaven.
What I didn’t like.
I had moments where I got lost in the story. Maybe it is because of my own lack of understanding in my own written native language or maybe it is because the book was well written and some words left me wondering what it meant.
All in all
This book/ story/ novelette is a masterpiece. For someone who is not a fan of Filipino or Tagalog books I am happy I had the chance to discover this author and her books. It took me down memory lane where, in my opinion, love and being in love is such a magical feeling to be experienced. It is worth the time and the effort to read as much as the effort it took for the author to create such lovable story.
If you want to read this book it is available on digital format at buqo app.
This is the first book in the series entitled “One day”.
I am currently reading the second book and I cannot wait to share what I think of the next story in the series. 😀
I would like to thank Ms. Amae Dechavez for the opportunity she has given me to read and review her work/s.