BOOK REVIEW: BLAST FROM TWO PASTS
Fate's been playing tricks on Cara Nicolas lately. She agrees to go on a blind date with her best friend’s fiancé’s cousin, only to discover that the guy is her first love from high school, Lucas Lobregat. Now that would have been a charming story, except that the date turns out to be one of the worst ever. And they can’t even pretend it never happened, because they’re both suddenly part of the wedding preparations.
Just as she is starting to get to know more about the boy she used to love, Oliver Sta. Maria, an old flame who owes her some closure, surprisingly shows up. With two pasts resurfacing, which will Cara choose to rekindle? Or can she have the chance to choose at all?
Let me kick this review off by saying that this is exactly my cup of tea!
I am in love with the ease of the words as it flowed freely in each page. It will make you want to turn the page to read on. With that being said, Blast From Two Pasts is an easy, light hearted, make-you-smile, reminisce-your-awkward-years-but-in-a-good-way, and fun read. I finished it in one seating (okay, all right, with chores in between) and liked every second of it.
True, it's quite predictable. I can even say that the story is cliche. But reading well written cliches are not bad at all! This is the kind of book you would like to read after you finish a book like The Fault In Our Stars or some other books that are basically emotionally exhausting. Or, if you just came home from work tired and weary, and you just want to curl up in your sofa, in your comfiest PJ's, and read something? Then this is the best book to pick.
The story is familiar. The characters are even more familiar because we see them around us every day. At one point, we have been at Cara's shoes. We have all fallen in love or had a mad crush back when we are still a hormonal bunch of nerves (better known as the high school years) and gushed over our first love. For one, I had experienced seeing my crush being hand cuffed to a pretty girl and it crushed me. Lol, it's funny when I look back to it. I even had that moment in the girl's restroom where I cried like I was shooting some kind of teen drama. Well, aren't we all the leading 'cry baby' ladies of our own high school stories?
This novel is absolutely sweet. That is the most accurate description that I can think of right now for this wonderful novel. I really recommend this book to contemporary romance lovers who likes Sophie Kinsella, Nora Roberts, Julie James, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips (to name a few and my absolute favorites).
Also, being that my favorite TV show was mentioned didn't make this review biased. NOPE!
This is an easy 5-star for me!
PS: To Ms. Kristel S. Villar, you did a fantastic job in creating this book and you should be really proud of yourself. I am so glad I read your book first (this is the first book from a published filipino author that I read) and thanks for setting my expectation up for our talented Filipino authors.
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