Today I’d like to talk about a different book review. I’m talking about a local author this time around, Bob Ong’s ABNKKBSNPLAko?! It’s the first ever book I’ve read from him though I know this is a popular one. It’s been adapted into a film starring Jericho Rosales starring.

I’m trying to expand the kind of books I’m reading beyond my usual chic lit.  A friend of mine liked this local author so I thought I’d give Bob Ong a try.

This book seems to be an autobiography of local author, Bob Ong. A retelling of his childhood life – elementary, high school, university life and finally his adult working life.

This local author’s book has been around for years and still very relevant. It’s a timeless story.

What I Thought of this Book:

I thought this book was very much relatable. Takes me back to my school days. I studied in a private school but the stories he shared of his school life had a lot of similarities from my own.

As someone who studied in one school from kindergarten until high school,  I knew almost everyone by the time I reached secondary school.

There are good memories from my school days. I learned a lot and I don’t just mean from my subjects. Our school life also plays a big role in how we become as we grow up and how we deal with things out there in the real world as adults.

I like that it was also told in a very humorous way. Often found myself giggling in amusement from what I was reading. The humor in this book reminded me of that same guy who said he liked reading Bob Ong. I think they share the same kind of humor.

Excerpts I Liked from the Book
  • Nalaman kong habang lumalaki ka, maraming beses kang madadapa. Bumangon ka man ulit o hindi, magpapatuloy ang buhay, iikot ang mundo, at mauubos ang oras.
  • Nalaman kong hindi pala exam na may passing rate ang buhay. Hindi ito multipe choice, identification, true or false, enumeration o fill-in-the-blanks na sinasagutan, kundi essay na isinusulat araw-araw. Huhugashan ito hindi base sa kung tama o mali ang sagot, kundi base sa kung may buluhan ang mga naisulat o wala. Allowed ang erasures.
  • Nalaman kong marami palang libreng lecture sa mundo, ikaw ang gagawa ng syllabus… Lahat tayo enrolled ngayon sa isang university, maraming subject na mahirap, pero dahil libre ikaw ang talo pag nag-drop ka.