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Book Review: Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan


Author: Kurt Dinan

Publication Date: April 1, 2016

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Pages: 340 pages

Edition: Paperback

Source: Veritas (Booksale)

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Humor, Fiction

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Summary:

10:00 tonight at the water tower. Tell no one. -Chaos Club

When Max receives a mysterious invite from the untraceable, epic prank-pulling Chaos Club, he has to ask: why him? After all, he’s Mr. 2.5 GPA, Mr. No Social Life. He’s Just Max. And his favorite heist movies have taught him this situation calls for Rule #4: Be suspicious. But it’s also his one shot to leave Just Max in the dust…

Yeah, not so much. Max and four fellow students-who also received invites-are standing on the newly defaced water tower when campus security “catches” them. Definitely a setup. And this time, Max has had enough. It’s time for Rule #7: Always get payback.

Let the prank war begin.


How to leave your mark on the wet cement of the universe? Simple.

  1. Make a student human formation of an erected manhood;
  2. Puke at your vice principal and lacrosse coach;
  3. Ruin a great art exhibit;
  4. Humiliate the school’s iconic mascot;
  5. Send a gigantic flying replica of your school’s devilish VP naked above a sea of piling visitors;
  6. And last, but not the least, bust a notorious and enigmatic club in a very public setting.

See? Simple. *insert the most sarcastic tone ever*

“Don’t Get Caught,” is my shut-the-hell-up-about-busyness-and-I-got-your-back-on-some-distractions-kind of book and I would strongly vote this as my can’t-put-the-book-down-read-of-the-year! Ha, Hundred percent!

It’s hilarious. (everyone should agree to that)

It’s brilliant. (come on, brilliance is an understatement)

It’s extreme. (hullo? Dare-devils are no match!)

It’s epic. (more epic than Troy defeating Persia)

It’s bombed for a debut novel. Got me at the first part with Max contemplating about being Just Max or Max. Hell! I can even elaborate each of The Water Tower Five’s characteristics in a blink. Also, Max, Malone, Wheeler, Adleta and Ellie- they are a formidable group and a force to be reckoned. Hahaha! In all seriousness, “Don’t Get Caught,” will give you all the extremes. One moment, you’re sorry about this loser and moments later, you’ll be talking about that same dope fella who got a vice principal inspected by secret service. Woooh! It’s a literal laugh-my-ass-out and weep-like-a-crybaby type of read. And oh! Not to mention the plot twists (yes, that is plural because there are minor plot twists and be sure to be ready for the huge ones.) Seriously, I’m getting hyped by just mere talking about it. Haha, What a great way to take a break. A refresher I must say. With all the mainstream books being this hard on the chest, this book by Kurt Dinan is golden in all levels sending you in an impossible fluttering laughter. Thank you for giving me life within pages. Thumbs up! Hands down! Hats off! Bow down! Somersault! Hahaha!

And folks, someday, I’ll make my own mark on the wet cement of the universe. Remember that!

Hint. Anyone can be a culprit. Feel free to guess, feel free to suspect. Hahaha!
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12 Things I love about “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon


Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Publication Date: September 01, 2015

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Pages: 310 pages

My rating: 5/5

“Olly and Maddy, sitting on a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G.”
Okay, forgive me. It’s for the feels.

This is an extremely laudable book that needs to resound all throughout the universe. Five of five stars, people.

Well, I really want to post this semi-decent review that I have for ‘Everything, Everything’ in my public social media accounts specifically Goodreads, but I decided not to. Apparently, I don’t want to mess up other people’s reading experience if ever they bump into this review, so I’m keeping this a secret review that will only be posted on my blog/ WordPress, so I’ll still be able to vent out my praises to the book because in all honesty, I can’t suppress my feelings anymore. I want to tell the world every good things I know and found to love about the book. So here it goes. The 12 things I love about ‘Everything, Everything’:

1. The book cover a.k.a the jacket art by Good Wives and Warriors is adorable. The first time I saw it, I felt the need to touch it because it’s really enchanting and different. It’s as if an adult coloring book was brought to life! (I love coloring books!);

2.The main character, Madeline Whittier loves books.
I love books that have characters that love books. Like, you got a friend that reads and you both share the books you’ve read with each other and bam! Healthy exchange of book perceptions. And Maddy is pretty awesome on setting up the right mood for each book she mentions;

3. Few characters. I love that the book was written with few characters. Sometimes, you just put enough characters that can actually support the plot. It gives the reader distinct focus, breaking down complexities. Sorry, Am I that bad if I’ll say that I am not a sucker for books with too many characters that doesn’t have character development at all? Okay, that’s a personal one, but don’t get me wrong. I have a lot of favorite books with tons of characters. Really depends on the development and their importance to the story;

4. I love that the book is medically based and yet the author explained essential details concerning Maddy’s condition very well. I am deeply thankful that the book explains SCID in a simple manner that readers with little idea about it can understand;

5. It’s a fast-paced book. No dull moments. Sequence of events dart towards their own specific momentum;

6. Straightforward. The book isn’t wasting time delaying story’s turning points. Scenarios are straightforward, clear and intended to let the readers understand;

7. I love Olly! He looks tough and invincible but he’s a kind-hearted man who vows to protect the people he cares. Also, I love that he loves parkour. Man! I would give everything to someone who loves parkour the same way that I do. And a math prodigy with a muscle to flaunt?! Allow me to drool please. Haha;

8. There are cutesy, little illustrations inside the book. It gives accent to the book by emphasizing certain situations, points, materials or emotions. It is so creative for it allows the readers to objectify their imaginations. And what could have been sweeter than the fact that those inside illustrations were made by Nicola Yoon’s husband, David Yoon. Aww!

9. Characters are honest about their feelings. Except for Paula Whittier who is Maddy’s mom. She’s a liar. But I love their (Olly and Maddy) honesty. Maddy being able and certain about her feelings toward Olly and Olly being open to her about his feelings without having the need to lie. It’s beautiful.

10. Maddy’s witty and unfiltered side comments or opinions. This is the thing I love about her, a machine of wise rebuttals and funny side comments. Whenever they’re IMing and talking about philosophical stuffs, I love how she manages to return Olly’s wise words.

“He’s wearing a close-fitting black T-shirt, black shorts, and black sandals. The angel of death on vacation.”
See? That’s her making the best compliment ever. Haha!

11. This book is oozing with morals. It is impossible to get away from the book without learning about life, forgiveness, the value of honesty, loving and caring for the people you put above all, taking chances, living the life you intended to have. Family and Love;

12. The book is a shocker! Just when you thought that the plot revolves around the girl, facing the burden of her queer condition unable to live her life to the fullest. Falling in love, breaking the rules, the price of breaking the rules, someone almost dying, comes the shocker no one may have thought will occur.

! S P O I L E R A L E R T !

Maddy is not sick. She never had SCID. Basically, her mom couldn’t take the death of her husband and son. Suffers in a nervous breakdown and becomes so obsessed of taking care of the only person left in her who is Maddy. Maddy’s life as a sick person is nothing but a lie!

Okay, breathe.


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Hello, blogging world!


Hello, blogging world!

When you had a chance, take it. That may be a gateway for more or a finish line from, “Start Here”. Either way, at least you tried. Well, that’s probably the reason why I’m currently slamming my fingers to these keys – to digitalize my inner thoughts willingly for the first time.

I was never a fan of reading blogs, or simply essays (sort of having similarities) because, 1. It’s time consuming; and 2. It’s not my thing. Honestly, I’m a big fan of fiction so blogs and other non-fiction stuffs doesn’t appeal to me that much the way it appeals to other people. I mean, I’m after the story and queer plots, really. However, I’m not dismissing the idea of immersing myself to blogging, with bloggers or simply of blogs.

Recently, a friend posted an online giveaway that requires blog reading (and commenting, of course) and promotion of fellow bloggers. I, having this automatic need to join book giveaways made me want to jump to the blogger and give her the most breath-taking hug ever. Let’s say for me, she’s an angel sent from above and that would mean that I should abide by her rules and finally read few blog posts for me to win. Maybe it’s time to get myself out of my comfort zone.

So, the first blog I’ve read is about a book. (Book review ‘err body!) And the way it was written and how artfully articulated her thoughts about it clicked a portion in my heart. It’s as if her words are destined to encourage me to read everything she’s featuring.

After reading one, I desperately want to make my own book review/blog without knowing whether it’s possible or not. She inspired me to embark on a journey that I, myself would thankfully lead my real self.

I have fears. Biggest what if’s for I’m a novice. I’m afraid my works will simply be a product of crap – no content, dull and uninteresting. But, I know for a fact that someone else’s fear of failure should not hinder his/ her to try. Yes, I fear comparisons and miserable failures as I lack confidence. And it is us, which puts borderline between our inner circle and the diverse world outside. We always have choices. Unfortunately, we often choose the safest one. Now, I’m taking risks (not that writing blog is risky and dangerous) but because it’s a new experience and for me it’s fearsome. The commitment to write and update; the strive for perfection and all the things that matter for every blogger gives pressure to me. It occurs to me that every great blogger comes from scratches. I’m on my way to scratches so, who knows?

My Mathematics professor once told me that what I don’t know won’t hurt me so, I should not be afraid to take chances. Probability people! And I’m taking my chance to write blogs. 🙂

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