Book: Vince’s Life, The Wedding

"Vince's Life: The Wedding"

Vince thinks his life is over when he loses Cat–the girl who turned his life around after Andrea broke his heart. Then his friend Connie drops a bomb on him telling him she’s pregnant and that she wants him to come to her wedding in America–where Andrea is. His first love. Does this mean Vince and Andrea finally get another chance? Or does Vince land an ending that even he never expected?

I don’t know what plans Summit Books has for the series, but I’m really hoping that Vince’s Life as a series ends here. Because this book is perfect.

From the very first book of the series, there’s always a question of whether the events in the books are real. For the most part of Vince’s Life and Getting Over Andrea, I could suspend my disbelief. The Wedding, however, is a totally different story.

There’s a saying that truth is stranger than fiction. And I’d like to believe that for the last book in Vince’s Life. Because–who wouldn’t want a happy ending for characters you’ve gotten attached to? Especially if they’re supposedly real people. But… I don’t know. The book feels a little too clean for me. Of course, that could also be the work of a really great storyteller, and an amazing editor.

Whether or not Vince’s Life is true or not though, it doesn’t change the fact that the three books are very well-written and well-told. Heck, I’d go as far as say that it’s even better than any of the Nicholas Sparks novels I’ve read–save, maybe, for A Walk to Remember.

Whoever came up with the idea of Vince’s Life, the publication of the features to the collating for the book, has to be applauded. This series is literature we, as Filipinos, can be proud of.

I’m really glad that I decided to pick this series up.

And to Vince O. Teves, if you are a real person and the memories you shared with us aren’t fictional, I hope you’re leading a very happy life right now. And thank you.

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Book: Vince’s Life, The Next Chapter – Getting Over Andrea

"Getting Over Andrea"

Here is the much-awaited sequel to Vince’s Life! After Andrea leaves for the US, Vince lands his first job in an award-winning ad agency. Nursing a broken heart, Vince doesn’t think he can meet anyone who can compare to his first love. Then he meets sexy, fun and vibrant Cat and life is wonderful again. Till Andrea says she’s coming home…

I have to wonder. How does the people in Vince’s life feel about him writing about them. This is very much like that subplot in Gossip Girl that… Hmm, this analogy’s not gonna work. I’ve forgotten that I don’t really watch Gossip Girl, and have no clue what happened to the subplot I was gonna mention–the one where Dan writes about the group and everyone starts hating him.

Anyway, previously on Vince’s Life: he had a charmed college life, he met and fell in love with Andrea, and then everything had to be over. Vince is heartbroken, and that’s where we pick off in the second book of Vince’s LifeGetting Over Andrea. And, spoiler alert, while he does get over Andrea, the book isn’t so much about the titular woman as it is about his life post college.

The second book in the series is as engaging as the first. Whoever Vince O. Teves really is, he is a great storyteller as much as he is a good writer. There’s a difference, trust me. Vince has a way of sharing his personal life that makes it seem like the reader and him are two good friends just catching up–instead of the reader being a creepy voyeur with an interest in the events of his life.

It’s like reading a very well-written blog, actually.

What I liked about the second book though is that it’s not completely romantic. It’s now infused with a healthy dose of office humor and realistic views on love. Which isn’t suprising, considering the fact that Vince has now grown up.

If asked what I don’t like about the book though, it’s the author’s obsession with Andrea. It’s bordering on him not letting go of the woman just for the sake of having something to write about. Which, I’m sure, isn’t true. But you can’t help feeling that maybe it is.

Because in this book, honestly, the stories about his office life is way more engaging than the ones that dealt with Andrea.

Now, let’s see what others have said about the book:
There She Goes
Dashboard Confessions
lifethreadsinlove

Book: Vince’s Life

"Vince's Life"

This is the book that chronicles real college life: making the grade, forming friendships that will last the rest of your lives, charting your guture, and falling in love possibly for the first time. For regular guy Vince O. Teves, every significant experience during the four years that would shape the rest of his life was worth remembering. This is his story.

I must say–I’m really impressed with the writing on this book. The author has a great handle on words that make reading his story, a very pleasant experience. And, unlike the clunker that is From This Day Forward, Vince’s Life has a good hold on where the story is going even though you know that there will be no actual ending.

Vince’s Life is a collection of magazine articles that chronicles the life of the author. It’s the first of three books, and this one takes place during the author’s college years–and his love story with Andrea.

What I really like about this book is that the author knows how to hold back information, and yet managing to give all the details the reader needs. The stories are uncluttered, and the love story is easy to follow. Some characters have a tendency to be underused, but I don’t think the author could’ve avoided that as these are recounts of actual events in his life.

If I’m not mistaken, Vince’s Life is one of Summit Books’s more popular releases. And once you read the book, it won’t be hard to figure out why.

Don’t believe me? Check out these blogs to see what they had to say about the book:
Fraction of Curiosity. Remainder of Superfluity.
From Page One
Infairness and in Fairytale
One More Page (sort of)

The repackaged Vince’s Life is out now in bookstores everywhere.

Do you have a book suggestion for my Filipino Friday posts? Leave a comment, and I’ll see if I can find it.