Loser by Jerry Spinelli
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 218 pages
ISBN13: 9780060540746 | Published 2002 by HarperCollins
Read from August 24 to September 03, 2013
My rating: ★★★☆☆
This was my third book by Jerry Spenelli, the first ones were Stargirl and Love Stargirl. I had immediately liked the writer in the first two books; his writing style was simple, yet astonishly magical. Jerry Spenelli writes for children and juveniles, actually–his target audience are those in middle grade–yet teenagers, young adults, and adults could totally enjoy reading his books.
So Loser is basically about Donald Zinkoff, which is an exceptional and special kid. Since he was young, Zinkoff has already been showing signs that he is unique. He is unlike any other kid. He enjoys going to school, with the kind of excitement to compel him to go early to school. He enjoys learning and discovering things. He likes involving himself in wide array of activities. Zinkoff is like a ball of energy, and there is no way that he could be stopped in his conquest to explore the world.
Mingaw by Frida Mujer
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Read on January 7, 2014
My rating: ★★★☆☆
Binili ito ng kaibigan ko sa nakaraang book drive ng book club ko dito sa Goodreads, ang Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books. Nakuha namin itong libro nung Readercon, at sakto, nandun din ang awtor ng libro na si Bebang Siy (para sa Mingaw, “Frida Mujer” ang ginamit nyang sagisag-panulat), na myembro din ng aming book club. Nung nakita nya kaming hawak ang libro, tinanong nya kung saan namin nakuha yon. Nanlalaki ang mata nya at pabiro nyang sinabi na bata pa daw kami para sa libro (kahit na magbebente na ko kinabukasan nang araw na ‘yon).
Nasa pabalat ng aklat na ang Mingaw ay isang R-18 na erotika. Nang Ginoogle ko ang kahulugan neto, ang “mingaw” ay isang salitang Bisaya para sa deserted (adj.) o lonely (adj.). Kwento ito ng mag-asawang si Gelli at Scott, na nakikipagbuno sa hirap ng buhay-OFW. Napilitan si Scott na mangibang bansa sa pag-asang magkaroon sila ng mas magandang buhay, ngunit ito pala ang simula ng kanilang pangungulila at iba pang problema sa kanila relasyon.