16 Feb Bookbed reviews: ‘Fall Like Rain’ by Ana Tejano
BY KB MENIADO
With my mission of stacking more Filipino books into my to-read list, prowling for chick lit has become one of my regular routines. Not that they’re undercover or released in secret or anything like that because, let’s be real, chick lit has infiltrated many a bookstore shelf today, making them hard to miss.
(Also, it’s not exactly classified information I like reading romance.)
With all my stalking, I’ve found one of my targets: Fall Like Rain by Ana Tejano. *James Bond music plays in the background*
This story uses the Falling For The Best Friend tactic, which may have been used in about ten thousand books now. And while I would love to say that there was something new or different, nope, sorry, the Best Friends do end up together. But unless you are in a Best Friend Trio, this is actually good news all around.
So here we meet Rain, who has recently reconnected with her best friend Mark, whom she had been alienating in the past months because he was in a relationship. But now that Mark’s single again, Rain’s friends prod her to finally make that life-changing move: confess her feelings for him and see where their best friendship can take them.
What I liked
Let’s start with the most obvious one: who wouldn’t pick up a book with a gorgeous cover like that? It looks cleverly thought-out, like how the proximity of the female and male models to each other shows their connection and the way drizzle was incorporated.
Next up: Let’s discuss how Filipino the story is. For one, it opens with a big event—a wedding—where ALL the family members are present, celebrating in a festive manner. The concept of family played a big role that I was afraid it was going to be the family that would get in the way of the RaiMark love team. (Yes, I made that up.)
Another portrayal of a very Filipino characteristic is how Rain highly values the opinion of those close to her, be that family or otherwise. Plus there’s obviously her non-confrontational personality, apparent in most of us because of our reserved upbringing.
(I almost added the traffic and the flooding incident as another Filipino thing, but that mostly reflects a Manila-centric setting.)
Finally, that sloooooooooow-burrrrrrniiiiiing romance. Beware, the tingles can last for a loooooong time.
This had me sold because I enjoyed the longing and the chase. Mission accomplished! ☁