She's Dating the Gangster by Bianca B. Bernardino
A month after its release, She's Dating the Gangster shot to the top of National Book Store's Philippine bestseller chart and is now a major. The official account of National Book Store. Follow Philippines . #NBSfinds SHE'S DATING THE GANGSTER: THE MOVIE: THE OFFICIAL. KathNiel stars in the film adaptation of 'She's Dating the Gangster' by local MANILA, Philippines – Teen actors Daniel Padilla and Kathryn The book became a bestseller in local bookstores Powerbooks and National Bookstore after Summit Media President Ms. Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng said the book.
First of all, he's not even what you call a "gangster". The story depicts a typical highschool love story with predictable plot, one-dimensional characters and cliched sugar coated dialogs. With pages less thanit was quite difficult for me to pinpoint any distinction of this from any other teen lit romance books that I've read some regrettably. As far as I can tell, this is just one of those stories you can read on a Precious Heart Romance best-selling pocketbook series, but in English language.
It has a resemblance and a mixture of two Korean films titled " days with Mr. Arrogant" and "He was Cool". The story was bland, unoriginal and basically just watching a movie in a fast-forward mode. Everything moves fast with little emotions. Perhaps the writing was entitled or in a hurry to meet only a limit of pages.
There were times when I scratched my head literally not in confusion, but in disappointment. First off, the prologue threw me off. It almost sounded like Twilight but instead of a vampire, it's a gangster.
Everything between us happened so fast, and our relationship took me completely by surprise. I mean seriously, let's think more of a unique introduction. Haven't we always came across those kind of lines in other romance teen books, in movies, dramas or even in songs?
Most importantly, the book clearly isn't familiar with Show, don't Tell. This is very vital and crucial technique especially in terms of writing fiction that obviously the book has failed to provide us. But then again, what can we expect from such a few-paged book? If you wanna know more about Show Don't tell. Probably my hatest parts: And Kenji was all like " Yeah sure you can die anytime. You won't see me again. That was probably an awful way to end a relationship with someone especially your ex who is dying.
I know Abigail is the least favorite here, but Kenji's still arrogant personality threw me off a bit here. I thought he changed. Still he's an undeveloped character. I rushed to his side. Kenji was all wrapped in a blanket and shaking violently. How do you shake violently? Is it with eyes going white? Anyways, when I read the part "violently" I already imagined him in a convulsion state. How do you show "violently" at that part?
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And to think it was just a high fever Usually it would take about half a day for a person to have a fever after getting soaked in wet clothes and cold rain. You don't happened to have a fever in a snap of a finger.
The characters were not interesting. You have this bad boy falls in love with the new girl in school and blah, blah, blah. You get the picture. It's mostly a copy-pasted characters from Kdramas such as "Boys over Flowers" and some American chick flicks. Athena Dizon- A flat character. Aside from not really letting us know her perspective in life, it lacked realism specifically when it comes to her emotions. There were words that really bothered me.
I think it was the word "hindi". Instead of using the correct spelling, she used "hinde" and it's so annoying to read. There were too many imperfections of this story but I won't mention them all. Most importantly, I felt like this "book" doesn't have a plot. Okay, it has one but it was too confusing and indirect. I really resisted the urge to just leave the story unfinished.
She's Dating the Gangster
I really wanted to stop reading. But I wanted to see what everyone was talking about. I thought that with every chapter that I finish, the story would at least progress and slowly develop to reach the climax and main conflict but there were too much "filler chapters".
A lot of chapter was unnecessary. This story shouln't have been published into a book. A book is at least clear, polished, and clean. It was as if every chapter in this story was rushed. As if the author just thought of random scene to put in a chapter.
To say that I am disappointed is an understatement.