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Picked it up as an impulse buy from National Bookstore a couple of weeks ago. Anyone who grew up in the 80s will appreciate Bob Ong’s trip back to his elementary/high school/college days. His tales of school will ring true to anyone from around the same era; younger folk may not appreciate it so much. (My younger brother seems to have no idea what _Spin-a-win _is/was, although he is aware of SOS, Flames, etc.)

The earlier parts of the book are mostly funny and/or amusing, detailing those silly little things that school kids tend to obsess with. The latter parts start to get serious once the author gets to his college years; he goes into serious stories of dropping out of college, taking a vocational course and eventually becoming a teacher, where the book comes full circle (and a bit preachy as well).

The book is hard to classify; it’s not exactly comedy, it’s not exactly serious. It’s more like the author kept a running blog since he was in grade school and published it all. Also, there doesn’t seem to be much information about the author himself; apparently “Bob Ong” is a pseudonym of some sort. A very satisfying read all in all, I know this because I felt compelled to buy his next two books because of it. His books are cheaper than the usual book prices anyway =)


Comment by aira ong on 2008-02-01

wow grabe !! I cannot believe that someone really published it. Sikat na pala ako!!! Please patawarin ako ng mga taong natamaan ng bato.

Comment by aira "BOB" ong on 2008-02-01

THaNK you sa lahat ng tumangkilik nito kahit na merong mga nagagalit. And I am really feel sorry for them… .

Comment by aira "BOB" ong on 2008-02-01

And anyway, I am not a teacher yet!!! I’m 16 going to be 17 next month(2-19-08)

Comment by Shane on 2008-05-02

soorry!!!!!!!!!ndi ako nani2wala sau!!!NYEK!!

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