I’ll admit, I had my initial doubts about this, but the synopsis and the whole aesthetic completely won me over. I was able to finish Flipping the Script in one go! That’s definitely not a common feat for a book I’m reading, but there’s just something about Danice’s writing that was so addicting.
I’m honored to be a part of this blog tour, and below you’ll find a review of this novella. This is written by Danice Mae P. Sison — a Filipina #romanceclass writer. This is my first time reading a book that’s set in Manila, and seeing so many references to my daily life were so refreshing!
Miri is a student who wants to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps and become a director for the film industry. She manages to nab an internship at the famous Santelmo Pictures, where he used to work, and she’s overjoyed! After all, it’s one step closer to her dream. Miri meets her co-interns: Eboy, Aldrin, Ava, and Pabs, and she gets along with them swimmingly. They have a hilarious Facebook group chat filled with complaints about their supervisor, plans to attend outdoor movie screenings and so many adorable moments as a #squad. It’s not long before Miri realizes that Pabs’ Lolo is the one who had previous drama with hers, but it’s getting pretty hard to ignore what she’s feeling for him when he’s been nothing but sweet towards her.
Flipping the Script is an insanely kilig (literal translation would be akin to the feeling of having butterflies in your stomach!) novel. It’s cheesy in the best and purest way possible, and it’s so easy to fall in love with Miri and Pabs’ love story. It’s a quick love at first sight, friends to lovers romance that serves as a quick and light-hearted read. My favorite part would probably have to be how Pabs, despite his rich and privileged background, was not a jerk. I guarantee that if this novel was set in America, another author would’ve made him out to be some angsty and broody guy, but I appreciate his humility and his kindness. He’s incredibly likable too! I personally think having this set in their college years would make it a lot more authentic, although I love the wholesome post-high-school vibe this had. But what really made this book stand out for me was Miri’s passion for film. It really shone through the book, and I found it so endearing!
I can’t talk about this novella without talking about how it gives so much due credit to Philippine cinema—which is often overlooked and ignored. I’m guilty of not watching as many local films as I should, but Flipping the Script made me want to fly back home for a little bit to watch more of them! I also love how Danice used Filipino and American slang and humor throughout, and it really shows how fluid both languages can be. This novella isn’t limited to Filipino readers only. Even if you don’t speak Tagalog, it’s not hard to read at all.
This is the first #romanceclass book I’ve read, and I don’t plan to stop. I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up or a fun friends to lovers romance.
Title: Flipping the Script (Flicker #2)
Author: Danice Mae P. Sison
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Free e-book for Blog Tour purposes
Publication Date: February 15, 2019
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