(Yep, this beautiful book has two adorable covers! The teal one is for the paperback, which is what I’ve read, but I couldn’t find a high quality version of it to edit so I used the coral cover of the ebook instead as the blog banner! 💖)
Title: Flipping the Script
Series: Flicker, #2
Author: Danice Mae P. Sison
Publisher: Danice Mae P. Sison
Publishing Date: February 15, 2019
Age Category & Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance
Purchase at: Amazon |
Synopsis: Miri dela Merced’s film director grandfather and Pabs Paglinauan’s studio head grandmother had a huge falling out that ended Lolo Ikong’s career. At seventeen, Miri finds herself in the same summer film internship program as the down-to-earth film studio heir Pabs, whom she’s decided to automatically write off, just because of his lineage. As Miri gets a crash course in her expectations vs the reality of what’s it like to work on a real movie, her true feelings for Pabs become harder and harder to ignore. In between attending outdoor screenings of classic Pinoy movies and battling monster production assistants together, can flipping the script on a decades-old grudge be only a few sequences away?
It’s been quite a while since I have read a #romanceclass novel and oh god I did not know how much I missed all the feels #romanceclass books offer not until I’ve read Flipping the Script. In case you did not know, #romanceclass books are books by Filipino authors with Filipino characters set in the Philippines but are written in English and of course, they are full of r o m a n c e . 💖 You can know all about the community of #romanceclass here.
AN ASPIRING FILM MAKER, FAMILY RIVALRY, AND AN INTRODUCTION TO THE PHILIPPINE CINEMA INDUSTRY
First thing I loved in Flipping the Script was the writing. Sison’s writing pulled me in right at the very beginning. It was easy-flowing and allowed me to actually connect with Miri and understand all that she feels. The story was filled with so much hearty, funny, and entertaining moments. Right at the first chapter I already felt how Miri loved her lolo (grandfather) – and reminded me of my own, and was able to picture her lolo’s dreams that have been lost – all those films that could have been watched by more if things didn’t turn the way they did. I felt the heartbreak caused by not being able to pursue your passion, of being remembered of the things you are passionate about but cannot do. But also felt touched by how Miri still wanted to follow her lolo’s footsteps.
That being said, some huge aspects of this book focus on how Miri honor her lolo’s legacy as a film maker, the rivalry between the families of Santelmo and de la Merced from the point of views of the grandchildren of those who started it all, and a young girl’s dream of becoming a film maker.
What I love most was how, at the heart of this book, lies the Philippine cinema industry. Flipping the Script talks about Filipino films, shows the life (or a part of it) the industry promises, and discusses the industry’s issues including funding issues especially for small companies, producers sacrificing films’ qualities for their quantity, how small the industry is that by having a major beef with someone could end your entire career, and more.
SHOULDN’T-HAVE-UNDERESTIMATED-PLOT, (NOT EXACTLY) HATE-TO-LOVERS ROMANCE, A FUN SET OF CAST
Miri will get into the internship she’s been dreaming of (which experience I loved so so much as it made me nostalgic), he’ll meet the heir of the Santelmo Pictures, they’ll be enemies, they’ll be lovers, and there we have our happy ending. I thought the plot would be this simple because it is short and that would make sense. But I was proven wrong and am so glad for it.
It’s not the enemies to lovers trope with throwing-of-lines-reserved-only-for-your-enemy as I expected, as Pablo is too kind for that. Instead, it’s actually a girlhatesboybutboydoesntknow-to-friends-to-somethingclosetolovers-to-enemies-to-lovers type of romance. It wasn’t as simple and predictable as I thought it would be. They had a meet cute moment but the romance started blooming almost halfway through the story. Normally, I think I wouldn’t like these, but in this book, it all worked.
Miri was easy to connect to. I love that we got to see her learn about many things. At first she has a savage mouth then she eventually became sensitive to others and then became savage and insensitive again when she got hurt. Like, that was childish af but something I could actually expect from a senior high school student. She loves her family and looks up to her lolo so much, she could be immaturely insensitive, she has doubts, she feels low sometimes, she dreams big – all of these make her feel realistic to me. And I love how she dreams for herself and the Philippine cinema industry.
From Tetet, to Mimi, to Mang Fred, I loved all the characters. (Well, Ate Armee? Not so much.) All were realistic. They brought some extra factor, especially Miri’s co-interns, Ava, Eboy and Aldrin. They made not just Miri’s internship fun, but just the whole reading experience amazing.
WHY NOT 5 STARS?
Pabs did not stand out to me for most part, not until we got close to the end. I love Pabs, he’s really nice, his life is hard and full of pressures and how he reacts to situations are pretty realistic. He seemed promising from the start, but sort of faded in the middle. I wished he was given the more spotlight, the soft boy deserves.
Flipping the Script is not a #romanceclass novel for nothing. Romance? YES, you got it. But you’ll also get laughter, feel a granddaughter’s love and pride for her lolo, reminisce your intern days and get an introduction to the Philippine cinema industry. I recommend Flipping the Script. To think that this is Danice Mae Sison’s first book is impressive. And I can’t wait for more YA romance from her (with more Filipino pop culture references pls!).
Danice Mae P. Sison realized she wanted to be Harriet the Spy when she was very young. Since then, she has been digging out from real life experiences, pop culture obsessions, and her growing TBR pile of young adult and romance books for inspiration. She works in pay television as a channel manager, and has previously contributed as an author on the anthology Start Here. Flipping the Script is her first book.
Have you read Flipping the Script? How was it? Have you read any #romanceclass novels before? What is your favorite? What is your favorite Filipino movie? Share your thoughts below!