Before continuing with this review, I suggest you should read why I don’t rate books post.

what is it about-

Si by Bob Ong is a love story about two people who are continuously falling in love through different ways at all times of their lives. Even if they’re old, they do not forget the love they haveΒ for each other. They remained the same throughout their living years despite of the life’s challenges faced them. This book has proved the possibility of an everlasting love started by love at first sight.

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Romance and unexpected thrill of suspense. Why? Read the book πŸ™‚


recommendation

…to people who wants to fall in love, know how true love feels like, determine what it means to have the right love at the right time and to people who already found the ultimate love of their lives.

PS: If you already have someone you love, I suggest to do a read-a-long with this book. You’ll get the best out of this book if you have somebody to read it along with you.

PSS: Don’t read it backwards, don’t mind the numbers at the top of the page. The real page number can be found at the bottom part of the pages. You’ll know why it is designed that way.

…If you haven’t read the book, I suggest you should stop reading here…

SPOILER ALERT!

stop reading

I personally chose SI for my first book review because it has not left me since the day we finished reading it. (Yes. WE. My boyfriend and I read it together.) So far, it is the best love novel that I have ever read. No exaggeration here because it is true. Compare to other love stories, this book showed how the love story goes after the girl said yes to a man or after they have confessed their love for each other. This is one main thing that I always trying to find in love stories because commonly, after the supposed to be “happily-ever-after” the story already ended there. This story is practical in a sense that you can get the general idea of what to expect when you decided to grow old with someone you really love. It showed that love, is a decision made by you not by faith.

climax tree

The numbers at the top of the page represents chapters and the protagonist’s age. Yes, AGE. As you read through the book, you can notice that the book makes you a little bit startled and you have to keep up with the confusing story line because it is tracked backwards. You have to remember details like, who is “Aling Minyang” and why is Veronica is in not in good terms with her before. You have to work your memory in reading this book.

The climax rose and fell throughout the chapters but when I reached the chapter 0, it raised my adrenaline. Here’s my reactions to everyΒ chapter of the book.

72: Lahat? Huh?

71: Throwwbaack

70: Another throwwwback

69: Another throwwback to the second power

68: TB

67: That’s inspiring, I want to have that kind of life!

66: Awwww. That’s really sweet πŸ™‚

65: Throwback agaain.

64: Bakit???

63: Ang lungkot naman 😦 Haay. That’s everlasting friendship for you.

61: πŸ˜₯

60: What a loving and funny family!

59: Reminiscing the old days

58: This is the kind of relationship I guess everyone wants to have

57: Throwwbaaack

56: Ang totoong pagmamahal, palaging nakakakilig!!

55: TB

54: Eto talaga un eh, kung paano ang isang maging mabuting ama

53: TB

52: TB

51: Ano ang matino sa pag-ibig? Wala naman yata eh

50: TB

49: TB

48: True that. You can also get love from animals

47: Marami talagang nababaliw sa pag-ibig

46: TB

45: Haayysss….

44: Throwback pero laftrip!

43: walang pag-ibig na nakakasira sa isang tao, pag ganun, hindi pag-ibig un

42: TB

41: Umibig dapat ng lalaking may prinsipyo

40: TB

39: May milagro talaga sa pag-ibig ❀

38: One big happy famillyy!

37: haha! Bumabawi sa mga tawa ang mga chapters!

36: That’s sweeeet πŸ™‚

35: TB

34: Pananalig sa Diyos ang kailangan upang maging sapat ang lahat sa pamilya πŸ™‚

33: Okay na eh.. napapaluha na ako, bakit may snow sa huli? :/

32: Ano nangyari?!

31: awwwww ^________^

30: Gusto ko ikasal sa ganoong paraan! πŸ™‚ Saya lang!

29: Medyo magulo :/

28: TRUEE LOVEE!! ^___^

27: Snow na naman sa Pilipinas? Ano? :/ love story ba talaga to o fantasy?

26: Rebound.. wala kang mapapala sa rebound…

25: The art of letting go.. through BOXING! haha

24: Bakit Victoria? 😦

23: ……

22: That kilig feeling when you are inlove. Yiee!

21:…

20: ❀

19: Haaaayyyy.. ❀

18: Just keep reading…

17: Sana may ganito pang ligawan ngayon! hehe ay wait, sinaunang panahon.

16: Haraaana!

15: Generoso Sto. Tomas, pakielamero!

14: Pananalig sa Diyos ang makakapagsalba sa atin πŸ™‚

13: TB WORLD WAR II

12: Nauunawaan ng isang bata ang epekto ng gera? ANU?

11: TB

10: TB

9: Aww, childhood sweethearts!

8: Ang unang pagkakaalam sa pangalang Victoria πŸ™‚

7: Pagkakasabik sa unang araw ng eskwela πŸ™‚

6: Nakakapagtaka na ang maturity ng protagonist ha..

5: …

4: Seeing the world through a child’s eyes. Teka, ganito na ba sila kamature mag-isip?

3: Unang pagkikita..

2: Bakit? 😦

1: HUH.. PAANONG..

0: ANO?!!!! *Sabay tapon ng libro*

my review

As you can see in the climax tree, the highest point of the book is on the last chapter or age zero. Bakit?

First theory:

Hindi talaga nabuhay ang bida.

Kung nabasa niyo na, at kung i-aanalyze niyo ang pag ulan ng snow sa mga lugar sa Pilipinas, Bob Ong already gave clues tungkol sa pagiging hindi totoo ng storya. Kasi ang bida, ay pina-abort at hindi talaga nabuhay. Dahil isa siyang produkto ng bawal na pagmamahalan.

Yes hindi talaga siya toto, pero fiction within a fiction? Kakaiba. Kaya pala may nyebe, kaya pala pabalikatad kasi pinakita niya lang eh ang mga posibilidad. Parang pelikula sa loob ng libro. That leads me to my…

Second theory:

“SI” ang pangalan ng bida, di ba pag nagpapakilala tayo ang sinasabi natin, “Ako ay si ______”. Since pina-abort siya. I’m guessing sa third trimester siya pinalaglag. Kaya hanggang SI lang. Hindi nakumpleto. (Basahing maigi ang huling paragraph) πŸ™‚

Kung titignan at babasahin natin, para siyang love story. Pero kung mas iintindihin pa natin, isa itong kwento tungkol sa posibilidad ngΒ buhay ng mga batang pinalaglag. Buhay na maari nilang tahakin kung tinuloy ng kanilang mga ina ang kanilang buhay.

The author also reflected in this book the different kinds of right and wrong relationships. Mga taong tama ang taong minahal, mga taong mali ang minahal, at mga taong kahit alam na ang mali, itinuloy pa din nila. The book also reflected the possible outcomes of right and wrong decisions when it comes to love. Even the ending itself, unveiled another story not written in the book. When you read this, you will have the two sides of the coin or should I say, two faces of the story. Decisions when it comes to love can affect everyone’s lifetime.

That also brings me to my last point, maybe, the author wants to point out that this kind of love never existed reflected through the impossibility of the book’s idea.

Read it, own it and be the judge!

Share this review to everyone who have read the book. πŸ™‚

Let’s support Filipino writers!

God bless

πŸ™‚

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23 thoughts on “#BookReview1: Si by Bob Ong

  1. hello, just wanted to comment how amazed i am with this book as well. and yep this is ong’s best by far. the title itself says it all. either the protagonist is universal or what the twist turns out to be. i agree sa review na you share the book with someone you love or someone you think needs love. pero sa palagay ko the twist turns out to be like that to make us realize that it is up to us to make that kind of love possible. it means we are responsible for making love true at hindi lang dapat inaasa sa tadhana. so, totoong may forever just that it’s a matter of choice. πŸ™‚ thank you for promoting local writers. πŸ™‚

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    1. That’s a nice deduction! 😍😍 we should start endorsing local novels and the works of our Filipino writers. Actually malakas ang laban nila sa mga foreign eh. ^____^ But I also love international novels.

      It’s just that, this one is the “best” so far for me πŸ˜‰

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  2. i really loved this book so much ate. sa kalagitnaan ng libro, naiisip ko na yun ang gusto ko, matagal na…. na magiging ako pagtanda ko. tapos yung dulo, parehas tayo ng pagkakaintindi, o sadyang yun ang gustong iparating ni bob ong, that the story never really did happened inside a fiction. foreshadowing yung niyebe.
    yung about sa “ako ay si ___” theory lang ang di ko naisip, and it seems so plausible. nice review πŸ™‚

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  3. Aside from the fact na may niyebe, meron ding symbolism ang purong tagalog na ginamit sa libro. It emphasizes the fact na si “Si” ay ipapanganak sana in the late 1930’s, panahon kulng kailan “Tagalog” pa ang kinikilalang basehan for our national language. So yes, di tagala pinanganak yung bata sa story.

    Anyways, nice book review πŸ™‚

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      1. Hindi ko alam. Pero bilang manunulat obligado kang maging flexible sa bawat character na isinusulat mo. Dun masusukat talaga ang talento ng isang manunulat kaya hindi natin masasabi. πŸ™‚

        Un na ang balak kong libro na susunod πŸ™‚

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  4. Hello!

    Bagong dating po dito sa blog nyo, mula sa link ni Bob Ong sa FB.

    Sobrang natulala ako sa last chapter. Iang beses ko syang inulit even though naintindihan ko naman ang ibig sabihin. Inulit-ulit ko lang kasi baka sakaling magbago, pero gustong gusto ko yung book. Madali syang basahin, masarap intindihin kahit minsan, kailangan kong halukayin sa isip ko kung sino ang sino, at alin ang alin kasi nga pabalik sya.

    Maraming klase ng love dun sa chapters, sa significant other, sa mga anak. I like.

    Light pero heavy, if that even makes sense.

    I also recommend yung Mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan by Bob Ong as well. Horror. Natakot ako e πŸ™‚

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    1. Sa susunod naman yun! Kailangan kong lunukin ang duwag ko para basahin uli ung libro :))

      Kahit ako. Parang gusto ko patunayan sa buhay ko na totoo ang ganung love story πŸ™‚

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  5. Same sentiments! Nung una akala ko ako lang ang nagiisip ng ganito. Na baka may connection sa abortion kaya wala din syang pangalan. Really glad I’m not the only one. Hahaha. Nice review and reactions (lalo sa Kb 0) btw πŸ™‚

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  6. Hi! Natulala ako nang nabasa ko yung theory mo. Once ko lang kasi binasa yung libro and pabaliktad ko ginawa, na nalaman kong mali pala talaga. B.O shared this review through facebook kaya dapat ko talaga basahin. Binasa ko ulit yung book the right way and it all made sense. Thank you. Cheers!

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  7. Really liked your review of Bob Ong’s Si. Your interpretation of the book’s just brilliant!

    Also, this particular novel just prove that Filipino literature is still alive of creativity and passion. Sana lahat ng Pilipino maka-appreciate ng mga Filipino Novels. Ang dami-dami nating magagandang nobela/novels, naghihintay lang sa mga Pilipinong matututong tangkilikin ang sarili nating paitikan.

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    1. Yes I agree with you. Kaya nga ang librong una kong nreview ay yung kay bob ong. Actually may susunod pero hindi Bob Ong ang sumulat. This is to show support to our local literature. Thank you for the appreciation πŸ™‚

      Tho at some point may irereview ako na international and classic novels pero hindi mawawala sa listahan ang mga Pilipino novels πŸ™‚

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