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Note: The author kindly provided me with an ARC I decided to review.
Let me take a deep breath before I start, because I have a whole lot of love for this book.
Okay, I’m ready.
Someday With You and Other Stories contains three short stories by Ines Bautista-Yao, all told from the points-of-view of the male central characters. Patrick comes first. He pines over the same girl throughout and even after college. What happens when he meets the one who got away again after all these years?
Next is Toby. He has a lot of unfinished business to deal with. I’m not going to say anymore. In my opinion, it’s best to go into Toby’s story knowing very little about it.
Andrew comes last. Like Patrick, he’s been pining over the same girl for years, but his story has a much more glamorous showbiz backdrop.
Ines Bautista-Yao’s stories often stand out for me for one reason. She creates characters and worlds that seem a little more perfect than ours. The settings are lush. The boys are cuter and definitely more romantic. The love stories have the best endings.
But they’re still grounded in reality. Despite the tint of perfection, you still get the sense that this—whatever wonderful thing her fictional boys say or come up with—can happen to you, too. You feel that these characters are people you’ll meet in real life. The shy boy from that one class in college who didn’t have the guts to talk to you. The rich boy with the fancy car who didn’t know how to change a flat tire. This only serves to make her stories more swoon-worthy than ever. I don’t know how she does it, but I wish she’d tell me her secret. Haha.
Toby’s story was by far my favorite. As a writer, I highly admired seeing his character growth in a few short pages. I’ve always struggled with pacing when it comes to character development and used to think I’d need tons of scenes to show how a character is changing. Ines Bautista-Yao’s writing smashed that belief into smithereens. It showed me that you don’t need a ton of pages to portray character growth. You just need a few key scenes.
This short story collection made me laugh, grin like a fool, and tear up. All in one sitting. I highly recommend this book if you want ALL THE FEELS and are looking for a short read.