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Everything’s Coming Up Rosie: Review

Everything’s Coming Up Rosie: Review

Driven. Intelligent. Cute as a button. Suffice to say, our female protagonist, Rosie Smith is the perfect role model.  But what is life if it’s not about taking chances, right? That’s what Mom and Dad say all the time anyway. One of the few things that struck a chord within me is the strong bond between Rosie and her dad — which I’ll get to in a minute. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, Rosie chooses to make the best of a bad situation. She refuses to bow down to peer […]

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Moth Stories: Review

Moth Stories: Review

Leonora Liow’s Moth Stories is a collection of fiction works that tell the tale of everyday life in Singapore.  The evil just happens, as lightly and randomly as rocks will tumble down a hillside, a poisonous creature sink its sting. Its emotional stories of struggling marriages, dark side of human migration, among others are the core strengths of the book. These distinctive characters from different social and racial backgrounds will be etched in your mind forever. At least, they will in be mine. But it is one thing to be […]

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Get In Line! : Review

Get In Line! : Review

Kristin Roskifte’s Get In Line! seems fitting enough for Singaporeans. Non-Singaporean folks, here’s a little something you should know about us: we LOVE to queue. Hello Kitty, iPhones, you name it, we queue for it. Reading Get In Line! never fails to amuse me.   These colourful characters from different walks of life are all waiting for one thing — but what is it? I’ll be honest, it’s a predictable answer. Yet, for some odd reason, I got it all wrong. How did I not see that coming?! Get In […]

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Ms. Cheevious in Hollywood: Review

Ms. Cheevious in Hollywood: Review

Set in Hollywood, California and the runner-up of the National Indie Excellence Book Award, Ms. Cheevious in Hollywood tells the story of a single mum who’s trying to a mark in the showbiz world. This is a ‘laugh out loud’ comedy memoir jam-packed with the ups and downs of parenthood, friendship and online dating among others. Here’s what the author said on the meaning of life:  A good, healthy dose of selfishness can do wonders for your quality of life. My favourite bit is when she shares her encounter with Sting. There’s so much […]

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Where’s Grandma: Review

Where’s Grandma: Review

Edmund Lim’s Where’s Grandma is an emotional roller-coaster of Alzheimer’s disease.  I’m a sucker for sad stories. Suffice to say, the winner of the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Picture Book Awards 2013 hit me like a hammer to my head. That day, my bag was heavy, but my heart was heavier. One of the themes that resonated with me was the relationship Luke shares with his grandma. It’s painful to witness how the disease has his best friend coming apart at the seams. Thank the stars, for the bond between these two […]

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Exclusive Interview With PP Wong, Author of The Life of a Banana

Exclusive Interview With PP Wong, Author of The Life of a Banana

Happy April’s Fool Day! Thanks to the publicity manager at Legend Press, I had the opportunity to have a short chat with PP Wong, the author of The Life of a Banana. Confession: it was done via email, but hey, it still counts! If you have a habit of staying in the loop when it comes to all things bookish, you’d know that the novel is long-listed for the prestigious award, Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. *throws confetti Our email exchange was brief, but I managed to learn quite a […]

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