31 Jan Bookbed reviews: ‘Chasing Mr. Prefect’ by Katt Briones
BY INAH PERALTA
We follow Vinnie, a Business Administration major, on the brink of an academic suspension. To make up for her offense, she is forced to work and take up responsibilities by organizing an event as part of a school requirement. Unfortunately for her, the project leader is Cholo, the head prefect of their college. Vinnie must prove herself while balancing school and project responsibilities, plus dealing with Mr. Prefect himself.
WHAT I LIKED
If I could just say everything, I would, but then my review will be cut short and stop right here.
Chasing Mr. Prefect isn’t at all difficult to get into. Conflicts arise right off the bat in the first chapter so I was hooked from the start. The story is set in a university so it was easy for me to relate to. Another thing is that the university where Vinnie and Cholo go to seems to be based from the same one I’m studying in, only a different campus so the “college culture” and jargons used were easy to pick up and it definitely made my reading experience more enjoyable.
Vinnie is like my spiritual twin. Like her, I’m strong-willed and a little stubborn. I also eat a lot and stress even a lot more about my studies and org responsibilities. Above all? I am also a potty mouth! You’re either laughing with me or shaking your head at me, it’s alright.
But I feel like this one is worth-mentioning because it is not every day we get to know a potty-mouthed MC like Vinnie. You know why—our society can be too conservative, especially when it comes to how a woman should behave: soft-spoken, prim and proper, like Maria Clara. We have to admit, though, this isn’t how many girls behave nowadays, especially when with friends. Not to encourage anybody to swear so casually (even though science says it can be healthy), but this book fills the need for this kind of representation.
On the other hand, I loved Cholo’s character! Yes, he’s got perfect looks and perfect grades but he’s really sweet once you get past the perfectly hard exterior. (Highlight to read text: He did his own chasing as well, so it wasn’t just Vinnie going after him! They both were chasing each other!) His complexity was also something I enjoyed reading, alongside his complicated family relations.
I wished there was more to the other characters and their stories. I’m especially looking forward to a sequel where Gian and Liana’s story is explored because they had so much potential!
Chasing Mr. Prefect may be a short and quick read but it’s pretty much overloaded with kilig! Katt Briones is a natural storyteller, her words flowing and smooth. A plus is that this story is easily relatable, making it appealing to the readers of my generation. ☁