MAKING IT COMPLICATED by Clarisse David

Summary from Goodreads:

No promises. No expectations. Just one night on a paradise island that could mean everything.

Nineteen-year-old Cam has a metric ton of emotional baggage and is in no mood to unload them on anyone. After her parents’ marriage imploded, stress-free is the only way she wants her life to be. And what could be more freeing than spending the summer on Boracay? Absolutely nothing… until she bumps heads with Hunter, the hot drummer who screams incoming heartbreak from a mile away.

Hunter has grand plans, none of which include angry-at-the-world Cam, best friend to the girl he always thought he’d end up with. He likes his life steady, thank you very much. But steady has now become synonymous with boring. His grand plans don’t seem so grand anymore. So when Cam comes home to Iloilo City and reaches out to him, he surprises himself when the one answer he can think of is… yes. Definitely yes.

Sometimes, complications are the only things that make sense.

My Thoughts:

A few months back, I had the opportunity to personally meet with Clarisse David for the first time. It was a pleasant experience to meet up with an author who is an Ilongga like me and to ask her about writing and blogging stuff, among others. (I was so surprised to learn she was also the blogger behind the book blog I’ve been following!). It was also during that meet-up that I learned she’d been working on Making It Complicated,  which was just released last October 16, yay!

Making It Complicated is the second book in the I Heart Iloilo series. The first book is Keeping the Distance, a copy of which I got from Clarisse on the time I met with her but which I have yet to write a post about (ooops). I will still have to mention Keeping the Distance in this write-up, though, but I will try my best to avoid spoilers as much as possible.

The one thing I love more about Making It Complicated  is it has more Iloilo bits in it than on the first book. Although I love Mel and Lance (the main characters in Book 1), I find Cam and Hunter’s personalities more interesting, probably because they’re (finally) nearer to my age group (haha). Dealing with angsty Cam is quite tiring, and the tita in me wanted to give her a hug (and maybe a pep talk or two).

I loved how Clarisse David managed to flesh out her characters, providing enough back story especially for Cam, and writing that uplifting resolution. The Integers is also a delight to read about, and this band stuff is another thing that stood out for me in this book. I think there are enough characters to write spin-offs about in the future books. Personally, I’d love to read about Ed’s story. 😉

It is so refreshing to read about a city I have grown to love. I enjoyed picturing out locations on the scenes I read (I must give it to Clarisse for featuring more of Jaro, haha) and I look forward to the other books on the series. I need to write that Keeping the Distance post first.

My Rating: 3.5 rounded off to 4/5 stars.

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