Book: Salingkit

"Salingkit"

Kitty Eugenio’s life is far from ideal. She has to live with her relatives. Her mother has gone abroad. Her best friends sometimes act weird. Her classmates persist in pairing her with a boy she doesn’t like, but who just might be able to help in the search for her father. The love of her life doesn’t know she exists. And it’s not just any ordinary year, it’s the year of the Tiger, the year of People Power, the year of Halley’s Comet, the year of upheaval and change.

Salingkit is a good read–even if you’re not familiar with the goings on of the original EDSA revolution. I mean, I know the basics being Filipino and all. But the actual events that led to the People Power Revolution? Those happened before I was born. And no matter how much studying you do on the things that happened–it’s never the same as actually living it.

Cyan Jugo-Abad’s book is set in the year of the People Power, and is a young adult novel that is both about and not about the revolution. How so?

Kitten, our main character, is a teen-aged girl. One that can exist in any time period, but is completely 80’s because of the character traits molded onto her by the times. Salingkit is her story. It’s about her dreams, her hopes–and her very trying love story.

No, not trying for the reader–just for Kitten. You’ll know what I mean when you read the book–

And that’s where I’m leading with this, actually.

You, dear reader, have to read this book. I’m not going to start talking about the technicalities like how well it’s written–it’s been published. It’s gone through editors.

I’m recommending this book as a reader. It’s as good, if not better, than many books imported into the country. But because it’s written by a Filipino, it gets relegated to the Filipiniana section of the bookstore–or it gets glossed over by book buyers.

If you’re a book buyer, don’t gloss over this book. Look for it. Ask for it.

You don’t need to be a Filipino to enjoy this book. You don’t need to know the goings on of the original EDSA revolution for you to understand what’s going on; but even then, the book also supplies the pertinent information (which I didn’t really read, and it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book).

And if you want more opinions before picking it up, then let’s scour the internet:
Gathering Books
What I Felt About…

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