I’ve been seeing BUQO Young Adult blog tour since last year but this is the first time that I joined. I was elated and happy when I signed up for the book blog tour.
For the first timer like me, BUQO YA have a couple of bundles with different stories written by Filipino authors. You may choose which story/stories do you prefer to read. It will be awesome if you able to read all of the stories!
The first stop is the Taking Chances Bundle where the story that captured most of my attention is Portrait of Jade by Justine Camacho-Tajonera.
“I’m the semiprecious stone in the family,” Jade thought as he climbed up into the bus. She was still affected by the car ride conversation she’d had with her dad, who had interrogated her on the courses she planned to take when she went to college.
“Dad, I don’t know, okay?” She looked straight ahead.
“Jade, why didn’t you start thinking about this earlier? Ruby was gunning for business management as early as her junior year of high school.”
“I’m not Ruby.”
“I know. We’ve been over that. But it wouldn’t hurt you to prepare for college early, right?”
By that point, Jade had already zoned out. Any mention of Ruby tended to make her hear white noise.
She adjusted her black-rimmed glasses as she looked for a good seat. It looked like she was the first one on the bus. That was because her dad liked to over prepare. It was a good thing, really. She decided to move to the back of the bus. That way, she could observe everyone coming in without being conspicuous. Or she could just ignore them. She was good at that. She chose a spot by the window. She was looking forward to enjoying the view. She settled into her seat and took out her headphones and portable neck pillow. She had a whole playlist picked out. She was ready to chill out and get some snooze time, especially because she’d woken up so early.
What I like about the story:
I’m not artistic. That’s why when I found something about art like drawing and painting, I easily look into it.
I can relate to Jade. I’m like the semi-precious gem in the family and my parents don’t usually recognize my talent especially when I was in high school and college.
I’m being introduce with art. I like the concept of art camp (wish I can join one), art collaboration and the way paintings and one’s art are being critique. This story opened up my mind that the mind of every artist is very mysterious and interesting.
Alex is not your ordinary male protagonist. There is a deepness in his character which I hope you’ll also find out when you read it!
Believe in your dream. This story reminds us to always hold on what our heart really desires no matter what people say because in the end, if you will be able to achieve it nothing else matters.
How it ends:
I love the recognition from the family and the surprise at the end. It was not what I expected but I was somehow satisfied with the ending.
Perk’s rating: 4.5/5
What is the next story that I’ll be reviewing for the blog tour?
You’ll have to visit my blog tomorrow but you can check out the poster for more information!
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