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Cover (Story) Girl She has amnesia She s on the run from her father s creditors She s enjoying her last days on earthEver since Jang Min Hee walked into Gio s small museum, she s given him one excuse after another about why she s vacationing at scenic Boracay Island Rarely has Gio s neat and organized world been shaken like this Soon he finds himself scrambling over rocks, hiding in dressing rooms, and dragging her out of bars But how can Gio tell what s true from what isn t Their worlds are getting unraveled one story at a time Also posted in It s A Wonderful Bookworld.Can I just simply say that I really love this book First off, the cover is already a delight to look at It perfectly captures all the wonderful things that make up the story andthan that, just by looking at it makes me think of ice cream haha I love the colors used because I am partial to blue P and the font used makes me think of gummy bears which I also love.And then there are the characters Gio reminds me a bit of my bookish c Also posted in It s A Wonderful Bookworld.Can I just simply say that I really love this book First off, the cover is already a delight to look at It perfectly captures all the wonderful things that make up the story andthan that, just by looking at it makes me think of ice cream haha I love the colors used because I am partial to blue P and the font used makes me think of gummy bears which I also love.And then there are the characters Gio reminds me a bit of my bookish crush Lincoln although of a milder degree I like it that this novella has decided to use the unpopular route by narrating through Gio s a male POV instead of thefashionable female one, and still got away with it.I am no big fan of Korean pop culture maybe aside from the few Korean melodramas that I used to watch a few years back but aside from that my knowledge of K pop is close to nil And so although I am prepared to be disinterested with Min Hee at the beginning, I found myself growing to like her as the story progressed Brownie points to the author for making me like a character whom I don t have much in common with Gio and Min Hee s story is actually not uncommon Theirs is a tale of opposites attract Gio is a neat freak who likes to always be on the safe side, while Min Hee isoutgoing and adventurous While the mystery about Min Hee s character did not really mystify me, I find myself enjoying her tales and antics her cover stories and how she was able to worm her way into Gio s heart The banter between Gio and Min Hee are fun to read as well because they sound normal not overdone or too scripted There are the kilig moments, of course, but in just the right amounts.But what really made me love this book is because it made me feel at home The setting is the infamous Boracay Island, a mere five hour bus ride from where I live Although Boracay is practicably near, I can count on my ten fingers the times I ve been to Boracay I have this notion that Boracay will always be there so there is really no hurry for me to be there But for the few times that I did go and visit, I must say that it is indeed a paradise.BUT I am glad that Cover Story Girl portrays Boracay asthan just powdery sand and scenic beach It is able to weave into the story the otherunpopular side of Boracay and snippets of Aklan culture and tradition including the dialect and don t I just love that It is not often that I get to read a Filipino contemporary romance which is not set in the big city of Metro Manila and for once, I get to read about familiar places and phrases Somehow, all these local culture has made me all theinvolved in the story.My only complaint is that the story ended to soon Still, I love the epilogue and I find it a very creative way to cap Gio and Min Hee s story.Complaint aside, Cover Story Girl is a delightful read It affirms my belief in happy ever afters and in choosing to love despite the odds.Now, where do I get to try those calamansi muffins Cute little contemporary romance I really enjoyed being transported to Boracay it s been so long since I ve been actually , and the story itself wasn t necessarily anything too new but it was still adorable. The first time I went to the island of Boracay in the Philippines ended in some sort of disaster, and I haven t really recorded over that memory yet To the uninformed, my month old phone took a dip in the saltwater on our last day at the beach, so the last few hours on the island was kind of stressful Not to mention that moment where I thought I was going to drown at Ariel s Point while I was snorkeling, and that it was rainy half the time It was a good vacation in some ways Hello, Boracay The first time I went to the island of Boracay in the Philippines ended in some sort of disaster, and I haven t really recorded over that memory yet To the uninformed, my month old phone took a dip in the saltwater on our last day at the beach, so the last few hours on the island was kind of stressful Not to mention that moment where I thought I was going to drown at Ariel s Point while I was snorkeling, and that it was rainy half the time It was a good vacation in some ways Hello, Boracay PubCrawl , but you know, not exactly the most relaxing one.I haven t had the chance to go there again, but I got a taste of the island when I read Chris Mariano s Cover Story Girl Chris is a fellow book blogger and a classmate in romanceclass, so it was no question that I will buy her book the moment it was released Cover Story Girl is about Gio, who works in a museum in the island of Boracay, keeping it neat and organized and ready for visitors In the middle of preparing for an exhibit, Jang Min Hee walks into his life, and starts messing with it literally and figuratively Thing is, Gio wasn t sure what s keeping her in the island and why she s sticking with him She tells him all these stories and he goes along with her, sometimes even saving her from some trouble Gio is mystifiedbut how will he know which among Min Hee s stories are the truth Okay here s the thing I was just a teensy bit hesitant about this because of the Korean angle I m not a fan of K pop, or K drama or anything Korean, really, except maybe for the food And maybe Daniel Henney Every time some friends squee over Korean stuff, I just look blank, like how I look blank over anime I was kind of worried that I wouldn t get or like the story, because of the Korean thingsbut I m glad to say that it didn t I liked Min Hee a lot I liked what I learned about her from Gio s eyes, and how she seemed so flighty at first and then haddepth later on She provided a fun contrast against Gio, who likes his routines and his organized life Okay, maybe he can be a little boring, but it worked well for the story, and I liked how he lost this as he spenttime with Min Hee Gio reminds me a little of Macy from Sarah Dessen s The Truth About Forever , all organized and perfect until people came and threw her out of the loop Gio is the kind of good guy I like reading in fiction, and it was fun being in his mind in this story I liked reading his POV, and I think Chris did really well with it.The story can feel a little slow and quiet, but I think that adds to the charm You won t really get too many exciting things at the start, except for Gio and Min Hee s banter The quiet flow of the story fits into its setting, which was my favorite part I really liked that this was set in Boracay I ve only been there once, but reading this made me miss it I liked how Chris focused on the quiet part of it and not much on the partying that happens there I was never really a party girl, so I appreciate how there wasof the lesser known side of Boracay and Aklan in the story than the usual And of course, the calamansi muffins Oh my Lord, this book will have you craving for Real Coffee s calamansi muffins, if you ve had them before If you haven t, then you might want to bake some on your own, instead I really should do that Because calamansi muffins are yummy.I really liked Cover Story Girl , if it s not too obvious yet By default this can be considered as a summer romance read because of the beach elementsbut if it s rainy and cold where you are now which is also how it is on my side of the world now , Cover Story Girl is also a really good rainy day companion Come to think of it, it s a perfect companion anytime you want some swoon D And again, don t forget your calamansi muffins Also posted at I Like it Dog Eared Originally posted here.Boracay is one of my most favorite places on earth It s not just because of the beautiful beach, the lovely white sand and the breathtaking sunsets it is also a place that holds so many memories for me and my family I have been there several times already the last three was with my husband and daughter and after each visit, I always end up feeling excited and looking forward to the day when we can go back So when Chris Mariano, a writer who I only came to personal Originally posted here.Boracay is one of my most favorite places on earth It s not just because of the beautiful beach, the lovely white sand and the breathtaking sunsets it is also a place that holds so many memories for me and my family I have been there several times already the last three was with my husband and daughter and after each visit, I always end up feeling excited and looking forward to the day when we can go back So when Chris Mariano, a writer who I only came to personally meet last December but have known online since 2010 , fellow Sweet Dreams reader collector and an alumna of Mina V Esguerra sromanceclass last year, came out with this novella set in sunny Boracay, I just knew I had to read it In fact, I began to read it on my family s most recent vacation in the island last December, and was quickly drawn into the love story of local boy Mr Museum Gio and Korean actress Min Hee In a nutshell, I totally, completely adore this book I love how it was written I am a sucker for simple, clean prose The exchanges between Gio and Min Hee,particularly the romantic ones, completely did me in I will never forgetOne for coconut One for vanillaand if you want to know the scene and the context in which these were said, you have to read the book The story was told in the third person POV of Gio, and you don t get to read a lot of contemporary romance novels narrated from the guy s point of view The characters were fun and entertaining Gio wasn t the typical hot, gorgeous hunk of a guy but he was charming and cute the kind of guy you d be proud to bring home and introduce to your mama On the other hand, Min Hee wasfrivolous and quirky, and she was perfect for Gio because she was his perfect opposite I also love how the novella explored various facets of Boracay, providing the reader with snippets of island life and the many things it has to offer island hopping, water activities, and of course,calamansi muffins YUM And the ending That was a lovely ending, wasn t it The circumstances leading to it were admittedly fairytale ish, and Gio was fortunate enough to have the financial means to carry out his plans I would gather that in real life, the underprivileged Gios out there and I know they exist would have to content themselves with e mails and other internet based communication in order to cope with long distance relationships, should they even come to that But it worked in Mr Museum s case here, and who are we to deny him that Oh, definitely not me So yes, Cover Story Girl is a charming romantic novella, and I love it Even if I am not a fan of anything Korean, and never will be D I don t like leaving bad reviews on Romance Class books but this one just didn t do it for me I felt the writing a little too simple and, while it started okay, at the end I didn t like Gio and how easily he was forgiven.I also think the I make up stories about my life thing isn t emphasized enough. review can also be found on my blog This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I enjoyed this one a lot It s patterned after the light Koreanovelas quirky, funny scenes tearful goodbye and then a grand gesture At one point the main character blurts out, What is this, a Koreanovela Yes, yes it is, Gio but is written with such care and intelligence that it never feels over the top, or silly, or false I am delighted to see Boracay keep in mind that I ve never been to Boracay through the eyes of a resident, and not a tourist If Gio were a tourist he would have w I enjoyed this one a lot It s patterned after the light Koreanovelas quirky, funny scenes tearful goodbye and then a grand gesture At one point the main character blurts out, What is this, a Koreanovela Yes, yes it is, Gio but is written with such care and intelligence that it never feels over the top, or silly, or false I am delighted to see Boracay keep in mind that I ve never been to Boracay through the eyes of a resident, and not a tourist If Gio were a tourist he would have waxed poetic day in and day out about the beach and the sand Gio in the novella works there, so he sees it as it is, simply as a path on his way home It s pretty, sure, but it s just there, also have you seen the batsThe five colored beach only becomes charged with heavier meaning when he falls in love We say a place changes us, but most of the time it s just ourselves finding new meaning and new connections.My gripe is how Gio regarded Korea as though he had simply crossed the street His only comment is on the weather I would imagine Gio, who I don t think travels much, would at least comment on the airport, the road, the cab fare Granted his eyes are trained on his one goal, but he talks so much about creamy skin and now he is suddenly, conspicuously unimpressed that he s in another country He displays no terror when he pretends to be someone important to Security, which seems very un Gio like to me.The big scene in the end felt a bit out there, but it was saved by humor that I felt was so distinctly Filipino that I actually laughed out loud Live dubbing through megaphone I can see that happening in a Sarah G John Lloyd movie Still, entertaining read I can see this on the big screen I loved that the main character is a straight laced, rod up his bum Filipino boy who works at a museum I loved how his love interest is a lively Korean girl who could have been any other manic pixie dream girl but was muchthan that I loved that it s a multicultural romance set in Boracay, and not only the island as tourists know it, but its hidden roads and deep crevices that most people rarely see I loved how the story was steeped in culture and history, and how the romance kind of cre I loved that the main character is a straight laced, rod up his bum Filipino boy who works at a museum I loved how his love interest is a lively Korean girl who could have been any other manic pixie dream girl but was muchthan that I loved that it s a multicultural romance set in Boracay, and not only the island as tourists know it, but its hidden roads and deep crevices that most people rarely see I loved how the story was steeped in culture and history, and how the romance kind of creeps up on you the way it creeps up on Gio I loved hated how it made me crave for calamansi muffins Chris Mariano writes romance like I haven t read it before, with a deliberate but deft hand, and it s nothing short of magic Way too delightful opposites attract story Min He and Gio couldn t bedifferent He is a staid, solid, if not quite boring museum curator, and she s a colorful mysterious Korean girl prone to fantasies and make believe But their romance develops despite their differences and each brings color and perspective to the other Cover Story Girl is one of the most enjoyable stories I ve read lately and I finished it in a few hours, staying up late into the night It is also one of the few roma Way too delightful opposites attract story Min He and Gio couldn t bedifferent He is a staid, solid, if not quite boring museum curator, and she s a colorful mysterious Korean girl prone to fantasies and make believe But their romance develops despite their differences and each brings color and perspective to the other Cover Story Girl is one of the most enjoyable stories I ve read lately and I finished it in a few hours, staying up late into the night It is also one of the few romances written in the male point of view You ll come to love Gio, even if you think he s a stick in the mud at the beginning.I can t wait to readby this author I also enjoyed learning about the culture on Boracay Island


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