All That Glitters
by Ines Bautista-Yao
When they have nothing better to do, college students Billie Santiago and Carlos Angeles enjoy imagining what their lives will be like five years into the future. It’s never serious—just a whole lot of teasing and poking fun at each other. Until blindingly handsome, PR professional Iñigo Antonio saunters into the university bookstore where Billie works. All of a sudden, she finds herself face to face with the physical manifestation of the very dream she tells Carlos about.
Captivated by Iñigo’s magnetic personality, Billie is lured into his dazzlingly glamorous world—much to Carlos’s frustration. But as Billie notices Iñigo might not be playing by the rules, Carlos begs her to stay away from him. When Billie doesn’t listen, she realizes too late that she is in over her head and it may take a miracle (or a boy who cares deeply about her) to help get her out of it.
Billie and Carlos loved imagining and thinking about their respective lives in the next five years. While one might not include the other, one thing was for sure, theirs were gonna collide one way or another. When Billie supposedly met the man of her dreams, it was only a matter of time before Carlos broke down and re-think of his relationship with his best friend.
Billie and Carlos were friends who knew their boundaries until they realized what they have been missing all along. Thanks to Iñigo Montoya —- err, I mean, Iñigo Antonio for his blatant disregard of emotions, those hidden feelings finally surfaced. And possibly caused Carlos’ and Billie’s downfall.
Everytime I read a novel from Ines B. Yao, I always get pummeled in my heart because of the realities and authenticity of the characters that always hit me on the right spot. There’s that certain joy and glow whenever I get connected to her characters and I feel lonely when I have to let go of them after reading.
As always, Ines Yao’s writing is so beautiful and poetic. I loved that everything she writes is so well described and well imagined. All That Glitters has all the right feels and sparks that makes a reader swoon till the end. This book is both sweet and sad, it made my heart skip and quiver, and made my eyes shine bright like a diamond.