Sunday, September 29, 2013

Cover (Story) Girl by Chris Mariano

       An unlikely meeting of two people from different walks of life, this enthralling story makes you sit back and relax, savor life under the Boracay sun while the sand trickles on your toes. It's such a refreshing take on life in these islands. A tall glass of icy tropical juice and a book. Perfect. 
      The story opens with Gio, a museum curator and a boy from the islands, being harrassed by a group of Koreans having a photo shoot. He meets Jang Min Hee, the mystery girl, for the first time. The girl seems bent on annoying the protagonist Gio who's traditional and sensible.
       Boracay, the setting for Chris Mariano's first novel, is a Mecca for tourists all over the world. Her characters meet in a place that’s famous for meeting beautiful strangers. What a perfect backdrop for a love story that has a scent of mystery. The author pulls it off with her handsome but grounded lead character, a curator in charge of a museum in Boracay. There he meets a girl whose background is shrouded with secrecy.
     The book's strength lies in its down to earth narrative, a reflection of Gio, the main character in whose eyes the story is revealed. It's a fun read and gives a deeper dimension to a place we only know as a stopover, a respite for weary souls. 

About the Book

Ever since Jang Min Hee walked into Gio’s small museum, she’s given him one excuse after another about why she’s vacationing at scenic Boracay Island. Rarely has Gio’s neat and organized world been shaken like this. Soon he finds himself scrambling over rocks, hiding in dressing rooms, and dragging her out of bars. But how can Gio tell what’s true from what isn’t? Their worlds are getting unraveled – one story at a time.

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