In The Name Of Love

Joriel Ann N. Aranda STEM 2 Before reading “Water for Elephants”, I thought circuses have the kind of corny and cheap stories. I didn’t actually thought that the story’s setting will be in the circus. But after reading the book, I realized that happenings in the circus can also have colorful and dark stories. Colorful…

Margaret’s religious quest_Caressgen B. Apuli STEM2

Most good stories start with a fundamental list of ingredients: the initial situation, conflict, complication, climax, suspense, denouement, and conclusion. Great writers sometimes shake up the recipe and add some spice. Margaret Simon suddenly finds herself living in Farbrook, New Jersey after spending the first eleven years of her life in the Big Apple. It’s…

A book review of A Super Sad Love Story By: Daimel Angeljoy M. Balaba

Super Sad True Love Story is an epistolary novel built around the diaries of Lenny Abramov and the online posts of Eunice. Author Gary Shteyngart tells their love story against the backdrop of an American dystopia. Shteyngart’s novel is ultimately a satire of contemporary American values and trends, including the erosion of American political values,…

The Truth: A Coming-Of-Age

Joriel Ann N. Aranda STEM2   Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret is a bildungsroman especially on the point of view of a grade sixth Margaret Simon. The definition of bildungsroman is “a novel about a person’s formative years or spiritual education”. Readers had witnessed the transformation of Margaret into adulthood just like a…

Super Sad True Love Story- Discussion by Rowelyn Bachoco

  What elements of Shteyngart’s dystopian near-future do you see in our contemporary world? There are a few elements from the author’s interpretation of a dystopian society that I see in ours such as the never-ending presence of social media (as seen by Eunice’s deep attachment to her GlobalTeens account). Another element that is similar…

A Novel of Reality

Joriel Ann N. Aranda STEM 2   Some of the similarities of Shteyngart’s dystopian near-future and the present world is the number of people who are youth-obsessed these days are increasing. People will do anything to make them look younger as they grow older. Another is the use of devices and social media to communicate…