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Bookbed reviews: ‘Si’ by Bob Ong

by Mitch Tizon

Love. A four-letter word that inspires so many stories and raises just as many questions.

Have you ever been in love, so much so that you are willing to spend the rest of your life with one person? Or have you had your heartbroken, devastated by the very same emotion?

Is there a point to life without it?

In Si, Bob Ong answers these questions and more.


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There were multiple things I liked about this book. First, I liked how Bob Ong managed to change the attitude of the protagonist’s voice and maturity as the story progressed. Si also showed the different aspects of relationships and the consequences of making the right or wrong decision. And he effectively portrayed how love affects not only one’s life but the people around you as well.

I can say that this is the best book I have read so far. It has touched the reality of love and defied the illusion of fairy tales. Yes! Don’t believe in them. True love is hard work and you shouldn’t just sit there and wait for your prince charming! Don’t be deceived!


This book made me want to fall in love again and again with the same person (luckily, I am!). Bob Ong helped me realize what kind of life I want to have when I decide to grow old with the man I truly love. He made me appreciate how I can balance my decisions and weigh the outcomes, whether good or bad. He made me realize that life is pointless without love. Success is nothing without having somebody to share it with. And lastly, only you can decide your happy ending, not faith. You cannot blame it on faith why you fell in love with the wrong person, at the end of the day it is still you. Nothing else. ☁


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