One Crazy Summer
by Ines Bautista-Yao
A Recipe for Disaster?
1 college junior, fired from summer internship
1 secret crush, the cute and flirty type
1 crush’s best bud, with a secret of his own
1. In large bowl, mix together college junior and secret crush.
2. Gradually add in crush’s best bud.
3. Stir until best bud’s secret is revealed.
4. Let mixture rest in a sleepy provincial town.
5. Bake under the blazing summer sun until golden brown (be careful, batter might burn).
Tania’s summer is more than she can handle! Her cooking career comes to a screeching halt before it can even take off. Then, best friends Rob and Mateo enter the picture. Can she figure out her feelings for them, AND get the internship credits she needs to make it to senior year?
This story of summer love is so cute and sweet. It brings back memories of my younger years when I felt giddy and overwhelmed when I learned that my crush liked me back. Oh yeah.
Tania was interning at her aunt’s diner but she didn’t get to cook in the kitchen even if she had wanted to, because she was assigned with the garbage duties. Now, Tania is a good cook, but her self-esteem was so low, she couldn’t even be bothered thinking about her future. She had her eyes set for Mateo Locsin, but his best friend Rob made her more kilig.
Now, before you complain, let me just say that this isn’t the kind of love triangle that most readers would have frowned upon. No siree. One Crazy Summer, as crazy as it might sound, is actually a romantic story that talked about finding love, cherishing friendship, balancing feelings and emotions, developing a fondness for food, and deciding what’s best for your future. A couple of times, I found myself yearning for that special feeling, basking in the moments of pure bliss and grinning like monkey while making a fool of myself in front of an audience. Tania Morales and Ines B. Yao do that to me. And I’m loving it. Loving that feeling. Loving that wonderful and exhilarating feeling of falling in love all over again.
Oh crap, I sound so cheesy… As cheesy as Tania’s baked goodies! One rainy afternoon spent reading this book is totally worth it! Add a flavor of Bohemian Rhapsody and Farmville on the side and you’ll find yourself sighing and laughing and wishing for your very own Mateo Locsin. Oh the feels!