Para Kay B by Ricky Lee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Why do people choose to love truthfully, even we see that there are risks associated with it?
Ricky Lee's first book takes us to the journey of a frustrated-turned-aspiring-and-later-on-a-full-time writer on his sentiments of love and hurt. And of closure and of moving on.
This writer proposed a theory: Just like the law of nature and plants, the fatality of attaining happy endings when we decide to love someone is 20% - meaning, out of 5 girls who fell in love, only one will be happy.
These composed of five stories:
Irene and Jordan - five stars; how the society influences the kids' thoughts of change, of living their lives, and of their own childhood promises
Sandra and Lupe - two stars; how their emotions confused their righteousness and of correcting what went wrong
Erica and Jake - three stars; how the mind learns to be in-sync with emotions and how fate plays both
Ester and Sara - two stars; how waiting influences thinking; of playing the challenge and outliving it
Bessie and Lucas - three stars; of sentiments of learning to love and to move on
The ratings are made when the stories' endings haven't changed. The writer, upon relating whatever happened with his own "unsolved case" decided to adjust the endings - I guess my ratings will not change.
Honestly, of the five stories that he wrote, the only story that brought tears to my eyes is the first one; especially when her eidetic (photographic) memory was tested as a way to start their friendship.
"ha?" - Irene
"Sabi mo 20 words. Yan ang isa." -Jordan
[CUE ELLA'S TEARS]
On the technicalities of Ricky Lee's writeup, this is confusing to teenagers. Punctuations were not properly placed. Wordings are disorganized. Souls of the characters and meta-references are mixed up. Maybe this is why it is a required read to college students - to see the mixed-up soul and the punto-de-vista of the characters, and how they will imagine the bigger picture as a reader.
Sentiments? The writer-character-and-not-Ricky is such a kid. And a masochist. And so frustrated at his life. And this kid doesn't have the personal resolve to move on. Why look for closure when you can close the case? Why influence all other stories with sadness just because you have had a tragedy? Why being dumb when you have the right to be smart?
This writer splurges an overdose of bitterness in his stories, and hell, even proposed his theory! Hay naku. Moving on is starting on a clean slate. You just have to have a clean mind before starting one.
Side-note: This book is effective to youth - my sister and I enjoyed our discussion of Ricky's creation. :)
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