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Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-09-13 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 5 user ratings
ISBN:156689333X
LANGUAGE:English

" This book grew on me as Angel's anger evolves within her and manifests itself in external ways. I also loved that a lot of the dialogue is in Tagalog without really being explained. " said.

" I reviewed this over at Rich in Color http://richincolor.com/2014/06/review... I want to give it 4.5 stars, but that's not a choice. " said.

" I absolutely ravaged this book. Lovely writing and a story that broght me back to my own teenage years. " said.

" Wonderful story with fascinating insight into Filipino and Filipino-American culture. Richly textured with languages, poetic rhythms and vivid imagery. " said.

" Sometimes the plot seems to get lost in the gorgeous language. Sometimes the language seems a little TOO gorgeous. Still, this is a lovely YA book. I liked reading a story about a girl who comes from an activist family & finds ways to continue the tradition of resistance. " said.

"Galang had better works than this, but that being said, Angel's journey is a very compelling one. I like how this book is marketed as YA lit, because far too often we don't hear the voices of the youth that aren't white. On top of that, Angel doesn't focus her life on having a boyfriend, despite a love interest. I just felt it a bit jumbled at times, and in the beginning, I was more interested in her political activism than her personal life. Only in the second half, when Angel is in Chicago, do we get more into her personal story. Yet, the ending was satisfying. (In reality, it's a 3.5, but you can't give 0.5 ratings.) Lastly, I don't have issues with the lack of translation of the Tagalog phrases because I speak it, but do read the end note on why there was no glossary. Very interesting stuff." said.

" Kinda good, kinda depressing. I became annoyed with not understanding the Tagalog dialect, but gradually picked it up. " said.

" A book centered around Filipinos? As a Filipino myself, sign me up ;) " said.

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