Monday, November 11, 2013

Book: It Had To Be You (Gossip Girl #0.5) by Cecily von Ziegesar

This is my first book review after a very long time... and since I'm on vacation mode right now (not for long), I've been concentrating my attention to light reads only for I don't really want to burden my mind with complicated feelings and whatever. This book, I happen to find at BookSale at an affordable price considering it was hard bound and looked quite new. So instinctively, I bought it. And after moments of sitting in the corner, most probably due to boredom, I finished it. So here are my thoughts:

Welcome to New York City's Upper East Side, where my friends and I live in luxe Fifth Avenue apartments and attend Manhattan's most exclusive private schools. We're smart, we've inherited classic good looks, we wear fantastic clothes, and we know how to party. We can't help it-we were born this way.
Our story begins with three inseparable, completely gorgeous fifteen-year-olds, Serena van der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, and Nate Archibald. Blair's loved Nate and his glittering green eyes since she was in Bonpoint onesies. Too bad Nate wishes Blair's beautiful best friend, Serena, was the one with the crush. And Serena has a secret she's keeping from them both. Hmmm, something tells me these best friends may not be as close as we thought. . . .
How do I know all this? Because I know everything-and lucky for you, I can't keep a secret. So sit back while I untangle this messy little tale and tell you how it all began.
Admit it, you're already falling for me.
You know you love me.
Gossip Girl (
via Goodreads)
I've been too corrupted by the Gossip Girl TV series to even imagine a somehow different back story than what was put on air. I mean... I was so obsessed with the series that for me, Serena would always be Blake and Blair would always be Leighton, same with all the other characters. They were all etched to me so deeply that it was really confusing when the descriptions with the book don't match what I actually have in mind.

I know that it was a bad way to start, and definitely a bad way to read a literary piece. The book should come first before the TV series, not the product before the source material. But I just wanted you to know that I operated under that condition and so this review-of-sorts would probably be really influenced by an existing idea of things and happenings.

First off...this is a prequel, supposedly the happening before the first book, Gossip Girl, right before Serena left for boarding school. I love back stories, so I admit that was one of the reasons that made me buy this one. It was pretty thick for a GG book, so I immediately wondered what's the deal with this and wasn't really expecting to be disappointed.

Maybe disappointed was not the exact word...but I just get this feeling that I wasted my time reading this one hell of hard back book when I should've used my time reading something else. And take note, books don't get that a lot from me.

I mean, every page seems dragging and the events are too shallow for my taste to even care about. Like there's one character, Jenny (if you're familiar with her)...spent almost all of her screentime (if that ever make sense) caring and talking too much about her boobs. Did you hear that? Her freakin' boobs. It gets on my nerves. It was really hard imagining them to be 15 or 14 and all.

And how each label and brand of each detail of whatever a character is wearing was somehow required to be mentioned irks me off -- but I guess that's necessary.

I also hate how almost all character seemed too easy to hate on. Vanessa, Blair (can you believe that?).... and don't even get me started on Nate. I swear, this book almost obliterated any turn-on characteristic of Nate in my head, except of course his perfect face. That part sucks almost as much as the plot do.

"He was becoming a poet and Serena was becoming his muse."
And when I encountered Dan... I thought there's still a glimmer of hope.. because you know, he was a writer and all...but he just ended up like a creepy stalker obsessed with Serena and all that. His poems are great tho.

But above all that... you know what's the best part of this whole book is? It's Serena. Flat out Serena, alone. I love how she's all layered. And I love how she has read these novels. And how carefree  and effortlessly beautiful she is. Plus the way that she always puts the happiness of others above hers. She was the center of the whole thing, and with her the story progresses and it made sense. And the fact that I can somehow relate to her made her grew on me more. 

I hate how some of the characters never really grew out of their shells. They're just that. Maybe it's just because it was a prequel...and it came out way after the first book was published, so I guess people never really expected much, they just wanted to know the story, and how it all started.

I've read Gossip Girl (#1), and then I've read this. Maybe that wasn't a great idea after all. This book was never meant to be a stand alone read. I've read the first book, and I never really liked it that much. Maybe this is not really my cup of tea. Or maybe I'm just not really in the mood.

I rated it 2 stars at Goodreads. I would've given it a 1.....if not for Serena. (I absolutely loved the TV show, though.)

Quotable Quote:
“Who has time to make up stories when the truth is so much more interesting? ~ Gossip Girl 
"You parted my Red Sea!" ~ Serena van der Woodsen *don't even get me started on this totally inappropriate remark. >.<*

Sunday, November 10, 2013

I think I just got my heart broken today.

How was it possible to feel so happy, excited, and in love and at the same time so heartbroken, sorry, confused, and scared? 
It's called life, babycakes. Get used it to it.
~ The Gossip Girl Prequel: It Had To Be You, Cecily von Ziegesar

It took seeing him again to realize that the feeling probably never did go away. She was so excited to see him, and when she did....she felt how wonderful it is to set eyes on someone again, and feel sure, if just in that moment. Everything made sense, and maybe, just maybe she thought, it could work out okay this time.

But when he started talking about this other girl and all that, everything just fell to pieces. That was not what she expected at all, and definitely not what she wanted to hear. She spent the next few hours saying that's she's happy for him, that she'll support him -- smiling... when everything inside her feels like they're crumbling away. Like someone hit her in the chest and left a gaping hole in it. She felt so empty, so hollow... she wasn't even sure why she was there at that moment. Why did she ever do that to herself again?

She let someone in, and broke her - again. The signs were obvious, but still she refused to see. And thinking back, she realized how naive she's been holding on to that little glimmer of hope when the odds are really not in her favor in the first place.

There's no going back now, she thought. Not that she could, anyway.

Friday, November 8, 2013

The day I got my first license.

Too many backlogs.

But anyways... it would seem really weird to not share it here.

The thing is.... I finally got that much-coveted three-letter extension to my name. Yup, I am already a CPA, i.e. a Certified Public Accountant. Too much days have passed, and my mind is still in a haze as to all the changes that's been happening in my life. Sure I can't quite feel it as of now, but I know that I would definitely realize the weight of all these responsibilities in the coming days now that I am a certified professional now.

I used to wonder not a long time ago if it would seem really weird to maintain this blog and all these social media accounts and publish all my weird thoughts and fangirling for all the internet to see if ever I became a licensed CPA. Would it lessen my professional-worth? (Because you know, all the image and stuff.) Should I get a pseudo-name or something? (Weird stuff going on in my head right now) And if people would search my name at Google, would they raise their eyebrow on everything that they would see? I know I'm over-thinking things, but I'm just a little concerned (not that I shared anything sensitive to be embarrassed about).

But it dawned on me that this is that generation -- where sharing things is a norm, and that sharing is okay. Society now accepts the individuality that each people projects, and most often that not, appreciate it and don't judge. We just need to be a lot more sensitive and careful about it. :)) And I hope I would do just that.

But I digress.

I know that this post is supposed to be joyful and thankful in tone -- it should be, actually...but somehow, I have this feeling that the happiness or the joy I am feeling is a little bit incomplete compared to how I imagined it to be (probably, losing my mom contributes so much to this feeling -_- ) so I find it really hard to be that happy about this. But despite everything, I feel really really blessed and thankful that I am one of those people who got through that test.

October 21st. 10:00 AM.
Riza O. Ponciano, CPA.

And last October 31st, I signed my first ever job contract. I am now hired by a relatively known audit firm as an IT Audit Associate, and I feel really excited to start working and discover how wonderful this field is. I'll start on the 18th. :))

I've been on vacation for a week now, reading books here and there, so I guess the next remaining week before my first day would be devoted to working on my employment requirements and stuff. I'll also be shopping for business attires in the coming days, but I'll keep you updated. I've been eyeing this place for nice pieces whose prices are quite the steal. I'm so excited.

On a slightly different note, I'm trying to finish these books so I could publish some reviews in the coming days. I thought vacation would just be all about books, books, and books -- but it turns out, I was wrong. >.< So just stand by, I'll keep you posted. I have three book reviews, pending, and another one (requested) for a novella. And I do hope I could finish my 2013 reading challenge this year, no matter how small it is compared to others. :3

That would be all. Ciao! :)


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