Book Review: Fresh Off the Boat by Melissa De La Cruz

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Fresh Off the Boat by Melissa De La Cruz
(Started: July 18, 2010; Finished: July 19, 2010)

Dear Peaches, 
America is perfect! I love it here. I wish you could come visit—we could go shopping on Market Street and you could meet all my new friends. And my new boyfriend. He looks exactly like Tobey Maguire (from Spider-Man, not Seabiscuit). We’ll be the hottest couple at the Soirée! 
I miss you!! xxxooo, 
Okay, so Vicenza isn’t being totally honest with Peaches, her best friend back in Manila. But what fun is it being the new girl at snooty Grosvernor High? Or rooting through the Salvation Army for unholey cashmere sweaters? Or having culture-shocked, embarrassingly clueless parents? Maybe being Claude Caligari’s ignored geometry partner is sort of fun, but Vicenza would rather be his girlfriend ... or at least his date to the annual fancy-schmancy Soirée d’Hiver. Instead, she’s stuck going with scrawny family friend Freddie in an outlet-purchased, coupon-reduced dress that is nothing short of disaster! 
But Vicenza won’t be friendless, fashionless, or “fresh off the boat” for long—it’s only a matter of time before she sees what’s right before her eyes, and her luck begins to change.
Review: 3 stars
Source: Purchased at National Bookstore Bestsellers
Shelf: Goodreads, Shelfari
I liked how the author put a Filipino twist in this book. I can somehow relate to it. It was an "okay" read. Nothing more. It sort of left me hanging. It did not really satisfy my reading expectation. But like I said, it was okay.

Still, it makes me PROUD to be a FILIPINO!

Sound snippet:
Fresh Off the Boat by Nelly Furtado
Fresh Off the Boat by Nelly Furtado on Grooveshark
I'm fresh off the boat
fresh off the boat
fresh off the boat
fresh off the boat

Stranger in a Strange Land by U2
Stranger in a Strange Land by U2 on Grooveshark
And I wish you were here
And I wish you were here
Stranger, a stranger in a strange land
He looked at me like I was the one who should run 

Tayo'y Mga Pinoy by Francis Magalona

Tayo'y Mga Pinoy by Francis Magalona on Grooveshark
Tayo’y mga Pinoy, tayo’y hindi Kano
Wag kang mahihiya kung ang ilong mo ay pango

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