Author: Yeyet Soriano
Genre: Young Adult Romance
On-Sale: November 13, 2020
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Between fulfilling family obligations and navigating the tricky social climate at her private school, Sydney Mendoza tries hard to keep a balance.
Himig Raymundo, on the other hand, knows the feeling of living in the shadow of his successful parents and the agony of being with schoolmates who won’t let him forget.
When Sydney and Himig get “volunteered” to be the stars of High School Night by their batchmates who want to see them fail miserably, they band together to prove everyone wrong, and, in the process, find the one silver lining in the prank—each other.
In the midst of college applications and entrance exams, Sydney finds herself at a crossroads: work abroad to earn money for her family or continue on to college on an all-expense-paid scholarship. Ironically, Himig, the school campus’s reluctant star, becomes the rock that anchors her so she won’t get lost in the fray.
No longer bound in anonymity, Himig gets a chance to finally step out of his famous parents’ shadow and show everyone who he really is, as Sydney reveals to him her most hidden secret.
- Bullying in private school due to social status, sexual orientation, physical appearance
- Slight family bullying where kids are pressured to do what parents tell them to to
- Teen pregnancy and single motherhood (MC’s sister)
- Working while underaged (MC)
About The Author
Yeyet Soriano is a multi-genre author who writes speculative fiction, crime fiction and contemporary romance. She started writing first as an angst-ridden teenager, then continued to do so as a single working woman, then as a married working woman with kids. Though the themes of her written works have changed over the years, she held on to one truth—she needs to write to keep the voices in her head at bay.
Much thanks to Caffeine Book Tours for sending me a copy for review and for inviting me to be a part of this tour. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own. Also, all quotes are taken from the ARC and may or may not appear in the final published copy.
Took Me Back To Those High School Years
Learning about new books from Filipino authors is such a joy to me. I’m so excited to share my thoughts on In Tune by Yeyet Soriano.
Coming into this book, I was expecting your usual young adult high school romance. Well, on my parts, it is that, but it also touched on something more. In Tune tells the story of Sydney, a senior high student faced with the challenges of college applications, silly crushes, the love of music, sibling squabbles, parental pressures, and the courage to pursue a dream.
Her significant other is Himig, and boy, do i love that name. I love names taken from Tagalog (and Himig is Melody in Tagalog if you don’t know). He is this rich classmate who is surprisingly nice and kind. He is the son of successful performers and yet he is struggling with stage fright. So, here’s a boy that’s lucky in some ways, yet also faces bullying in school and the pressure of following his parent’s legacy.
This book played into the rich boy meets poor girl trope and honestly, I thought it would put me off. However, I did find myself feeling kilig at many parts of this book. The romance aspect was really reminiscent of that puppy love you get from high school and I found it quite sweet.
Also, this book did not settle on telling a young love story. Sydney belongs to a struggling family, and is facing financial troubles. Her sister had to stop studying because of teenage pregnancy. Her brother also did not push through and is working at a fastfood chain. However, Sydney believes she could be more than that. She wants to change her life’s story, finish college, and pave the way for her younger sibling, too.
Aside from that, the book tackled themes like having to work while underage, bullying, and toxic parents/familial bullying. I have to admit these things are very present in Filipino culture even at this day and age. It is enlightening to see this interpreted in books and it can be humbling to be reminded of some things we take for granted.
The lead characters in this book were able to tackle bullying and fight for themselves, which is a good one. I love how brave Sydney was, how Himig is ready to back her up, and their awesome friend group who are extremely supportive and accepting about each other.
As this book’s title teases, the story revolved a whole lot on music. I loved how the author described everything about the music, about performing, about playing instruments. A bonus part is that there are lyrics scattered within the book, making everything seem more real!
One thing this book was able to do is bring me back to my highschool days. Admittedly, it has been a decade since I graduated, but Syd and Himig just brought me back. From the music I loved to the friends without whom I surely failed to survive, this book gave me that bittersweet feeling and appreciate how they influenced who I have become. I really love the friendship dynamic in this book. I know I’ll carry these characters with me for quite a long while.
If I have to point out things that I didn’t enjoy, it would mainly be the writing style. First off, I was really irritated with seeing ‘Gah!’ and ‘Shmet!’ in every few pages. It was written very amateur-ish and immaturely that it took away some of the joy you get from the plot points. This book really had the potential to be an awesome one, but the writing style failed to seal the deal for me.
Overall, I can see how In Tune would be a good read for younger adults who are also feeling lost in this world, trying to find their place and deciding where they want their future to go. Kudos to Yeyet Soriano for writing a strong-willed female character who fought for what she believes in and went on to fulfilling her dreams.
My Book Rating Breakdown
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Final Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (3.72/5)
My Favorite Quotes
“I am living in the moment. I’m enjoying every single moment because I know one day, they will just be memories.”
‘If I win, it means the Senior High School batch is more awake than ever, with an eye toward diversity and inclusion. Where a nobody , with no money, no striking physical endowments can win a title out of sheer determination and will.
That which is worth getting takes hard work.
Because, Allen , I am not going down without a fight. I am not going to let whoever thought I would wither and die on this stage get the satisfaction of seeing that happen. In fact, I thank them too. If not for them, I wouldn’t have been able to say everything I had on my mind today.
I know that in my situation, sometimes dreaming is a luxury I cannot afford. But I am not afraid to dream. I am not afraid to work towards my dream. I am not afraid.
Prize: A finished copy of In Tune by Yeyet Soriano
- One (1) winner
- Open to INTL
- Ends on 17 November 2020 (Philippine time)