Bookbed recommends: ‘Una & Miguel’ by Lilledeshan Bose

by KB Meniado

Una & Miguel was my first Filipino YA book, so when I saw a copy of its new edition at the National Children’s Book Fair at the Ateneo Rizal Library last July 25, I almost scared those who were (wo)manning the Adarna House booth (Hi!). I was so excited I was just nonstop gushing over the book displays.

Told in alternating POVs, the story is about an outcast girl and a popular guy ending up together and their bantering and chase in between. Nothing groundbreaking, especially with the impossibly high standards of kilig in KathNiel, JaDine and even AlDub love teams that we have now, except that when I first picked this up as a tween, it kind of blew my mind.

“Wait, what? A Filipino teen romance? With non-celebrities on the cover?!”

I had to get it.

Surely, you’ve heard lines that go along the thought of “You don’t forget your first time…?” PLEASE DON’T CLOSE THE TAB but yes, that is why this book is here.

When I met Una and Miguel and followed their journey to puuuhrpy luuurv—with special appearances of cockroaches, dressed-in-drag and vegetarian friends and places in Manila I’ve actually been to, I knew I was going to remember them for a long time. I recall how just fun it was, imagining being in the middle of the crushing, the chasing, the colliding! (Now, love is just complicated™.)

2012 edition published by Adarna HouseIf you want to be reminded of the first time your heart fluttered, here’s a book that can help you out. ☁

This Recommended Read is for #BuwanNgMgaAkdangPinoy.
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3 Comments

  1. Ohhhhhhh, I like the new cover! and the size! It was a pocket book size before. I remember that book from years ago 🙂

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    1. No, but my sister has a copy of that. She’s about the same age as you, KB 🙂

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  2. […] Wait, let me negotiate this: I have read books in the Philippine context and books by Filipinos. No, textbooks – not even Sibika at Kultura and Filipino – don’t count? How about Tagalog romance pocketbooks then? I can outline the standard story plots in those Precious Hearts Romance books in a heartbeat, having read about a hundred back in high school! How about owning Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Youngblood anthologies and Jessica Zafra’s books? Hey, I do have favorite Filipino authors, you know, topped by Lilledeshan Bose, thanks to her book, Una & Miguel. […]

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