Cities by Carla De Guzman


Tis’ the season of #FebWhoGoat,  One of my reading list this month is “Cities” by Carla De Guzman, finally
had the time to finish it. I wanted to personally read the entire thing before
I blog it. Usually I try to highlight, What I read. Its nice to point out some
words of wisdom and humor too, that you could quote on your daily life.


Cities is Carla de Guzman’s
first original novella. The story is based on the theory of multiple universes,
the idea that somewhere out there are worlds where the choices you make are
different from the ones made here. Carla writes about the cities that have
inspired her and changed the way she sees the world, in the hope that her
readers will want to travel there too.

Cities is available in print and
via Smashwords, CreateSpace, and Amazon. Please contact the author for more information.



Celia has dreams.

She dreams of going to Seoul for a scholarship she never took, of
leaving everything behind and moving to New York.

In all those dreams, she finds herself attached to Benedict, the boy she has
always loved, but who doesn’t love her back.

Ben believes in parallel worlds.

Worlds where things you didn’t do come true—worlds in which he goes to London
and falls in love with Celia, where he shows up on the day she needs him the
most. He believes that dreams are glimpses into that parallel world, and it’s
not a coincidence that Celia’s been having them too.

But here, now, they’re in Manila. It’s the day of Ben’s wedding, and a typhoon
is raging through the city. How will these dreams and unmade decisions change
their lives? Will they bring them closer together or drive them farther apart?

My Review

 First I love the cover of the book and what makes this book special, It is truly an exhibit of Pinoy Talent

I don’t want to entirely spoil you the entire book, but I just
have to share my points on the book.

 First, I would like to say thank you to Carla for the
opportunity to read her novel, this is her baby, I understand how this means to
you . And  I admire your writing, I do
wish, I  have the skill to write a novel.

 I enjoyed reading the book actually the “kiligs”, you just have
to pay attention to read in between the lines and understand the description in
every scenario.

 The plot consists of different places, there is Seoul, Manila,
London and New York. This is where your imagination have to work, in order for
you to feel the vibe of the setup. I thank television, for me to work on trying
to be in Seoul and New York (Hoping to go to theses places, one day). Manila
and London are close to my heart, ofcourse I’ve been living in Manila for 4
years and visited London during the summer 2009.

 Going back, this book involve romance, in it. Pinoys, dig love
stories. One of our forms entertainment, USAPANG PAG-IBIG nga naman. This
involves Celia and Ben (Main characters) and there is Vivian and Henry. In each
place there is a story of who ends ups with who and who hooks up with who.
Every story is direct to the point, it explains how different kinds exist
nowadays. There involves, unrequited love, forbidden love,” friends with
benefits”, young love,  falling for your
bestfriend, “You started out as friends and ended up having feelings towards
each other”,  love for family  and true love (may forever pa ba?) You better read the book, para maka relate

I’ve highlighted some sections and phrases I like to emphasize in the book,


Ben has this theory, called the“ theory of multiverse”, what do you think?

 For me, love involves a lot of patience. Who am I to give advice
about love, for me the point is “If you guys are meant for each other, fate or
whatever you call destiny, You two will end up together”. I guess I can correlate that with Ben’s theory. In the name of love, there is always a
perfect timing. As a person, you need time to  grow and gain wisdom. Its not a thing to rush
for. Other people will try to get inside or get involve in your life, that’s why
we are given our options then we decide to settle. #FebWhoGoat 

 At the end of every chapter, try to put yourself in the
characters’s shoes. Then you try to analyze was everything worth in for the
sake of love.


 “Love love love” –  quote
from Kris Aquino

 Congratulations Carla De Guzman, more power and more works to
come J

You can follow her on instagram  @somemidnights 



Carla de Guzman ( had horrible handwriting as a kid. That
didn’t stop her from writing, though. Riddled with too much energy and a vivid
imagination, she started writing every midnight. She grew up with her toes in
the sand and her bags packed and ready to go on adventures. Her books are chronicles of her journeys, with a little romance
mixed in.

When she’s not sitting in a plane or working, Carla writes for her blog, Some Midnights (
and for When in Manila.

Cities by Carla De Guzman was originally published on KrishGeek

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