Kasalanan ko ba Kung Bakit Namatay si Lirika?

Those who know me well are sure to agree that I love books as much as I love food and music and arts. Books are my sanctuary, they are my happy place. Books are my comfort zone. I love books about anything interesting, my favorite author is Nicholas Sparks. However, those who also know me would agree that I am no fan of Tagalog books (because one, it’s hard for me to understand Tagalog phrases written in deep Tagalog) and I laugh at people who read Wattpad because what the hell, right?

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But that was not until last night, not until I decided to buy Charmaine Lasar’s book entitled “Quantum Meruit” published by PSICOM (yes, the publisher of Wattpad stories and mind you, Maine is a Wattpad writer.) The first few pages of the book already were enough to make me eat my words, hindi pala lahat ng Wattpad writer, basura. Why? That is because napakahusay ni Maine sa ginawa nyang story. Like I’ve said, hindi ako fan ng Tagalog books but when I started reading the book at 12 midnight, hindi ko na ito ibinaba hanggang 3AM para lang matapos.

Quantum Meruit was one word, addicting. Yun bang sa bawat pag buklat mo ng mga pages nya, lagi kang may conclusion na gusto mo mapatunayan kaya magcocontinue ka magbasa, may questions na gusto mo masagot kaya hahanapin mo sa mga pages na sumusunod. Maine, alam kong magkaibigan tayo pero hindi to biased. Ang husay husay mo, you deserve your Palanca Award! Kung gusto nyo malaman ibig sabihin ng title, Google nyo! Pero mas masaya kung babasahin nyo yung libro at malalaman ang koneksyon nito sa story.

Simula sa mga selfish desires ni Shaira hanggang sa mga mas selfish na desires ni Charmaine, napakagaling nagpapakatahi ng istorya. The book is even something I’d be happy to share with my friends! I swear, yung kilabot sa unang page hanggang sa dulo, hindi naaalis. Sino nga ba ang may kasalanan ng pagkamatay ni Lirika?

I rarely do this but guys, believe me, this is the 100 PHP you will not regret spending (150 PHP sa labas ng Manila International Book Fair, habol pa kayo. Hanggang bukas pa sya!).

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To the author, to Maine, to the girl I will remember for always smiling when I see her, patuloy mong isampal sa mga taong kagaya ko na hindi lahat ng Wattpad writers ay basta-basta lang, na hindi lahat ng Tagalog books ay walang ibubuga. Patuloy kang sumulat ng maraming istoryang mananakot, magpapakilabot, magpapatawa, magpapakilig, magpapaiyak at magpapasaya. Continue using your words as a weapon to fight the demons that is in each individual who reads your work. You are a talented writer, Maine. I know, wala ako sa position to praise or critic you dahil yung narating mo, hindi ko pa nararating (at malamang naman ay hindi ko mararating dahil puro pagbebenta ang sinusulat ko, advertising, kwento natin sa deadlines kong nakamamatay). Pero again, congratulations justmainey! At nagiintay ako sa susunod mong libro.

PS. Maine is my school mate, she is a BSA student, batchmate ni Patrick kaya kilala ko sya. Pero tong post na to ay hindi parang *insert name of biased news website here* na pumupuri lamang sa mga taong kakilala nila. Totoo lahat to, Toto O. Malapit na!

 

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