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Philippines to find out the real storyHoping to uncover about Jun and the events that led to his death Jay is forced to reckon with the many sides of his cousin before he can face the whole horrible truth and the part he played in. This is a YA novel with a powerful message spanning across several thematic thresholds What is the truth worth Who is accountable for the lives of the lost Can we hold ourselves responsible for acts of inhumanity if we are not actively speaking up If we don t then who will If we are to be than what we have been there s so much that we need to sayI am not truly Filipino so I don t understand the Philippines But isn t this deeper than that doesn t this transcend nationality Isn t there some sense of right and wrong about how human beings should be treated that applies no matter where you live no matter what language you speak Jay an eighteen year old half Filipino half American travels back to the Philippines from Michigan during his senior year in high school after learning about the death of his cousin Yun to drugs No one will answer his uestions concerning his cousin s death so he chooses to find the answers himself by travelling to the Philippines to visit with his and Yun s family concerning the mysterious death While seeking answers in the Philippines Jay finds a homeland that he no longer recognizes Jay struggles to identify with a culture that he has forgotten and finds conflict not only within the country but within his Filipino family Why isn t anyone mourning the death of Yun What really happened and why won t anyone tell him the truth It strikes me that I cannot claim this country s serene coves and sun soaked beaches without also claiming its poverty its problems its history Throughout his trip staying with family members and searching for answers the reader is taken on a cultural journey I learned a lot from this piece of fiction especially about policies enforced by President Duterte and plan to read some of the nonfiction articles in the Recommended Reading section provided by Randy Ribay in the back of this bookThis is a great book for YA readers and I recommend it Topics included drugs sensationalism trafficking nationalism existence family poverty political thoughtpoliciesWatch this short video on Randy Ribay s intro to Patron Saints of Nothing It s only 1 min 32 sec Just watch itView his upcoming events

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A coming of age story about grief guilt and the risks a Filipino American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin's murderJay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before headi. My best friends got me an ARC of this and I love them than I have words to express Thank you so much Madalyn Chelsea Jane It is a shame what is happening in this country And it is a shame that the Church has been so uiet That all of us have been so uiet That the world has been so uiet This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2019 and even though I didn t love it the way that I truly thought I would I still am going to boost it forever and always because there are a lot of good and important things in these pages and a lot of things that Americans and other people not living in the Philippines need to be educated on I don t want to make my review about me but just a little information in case you do not follow me or my reviews I am Fil Am and biracial white and Filipino just like the star of this book I also was raised in Michigan and was accepted into The University of Michigan like the star of this book My father was born in America but my grandparents did immigrate here from the Philippines as adults My family are for sure without uestion Americanized but I still grew up embracing my Filipino culture and being proud of it Also all of my grandma s family is still living in the Philippines and she visits them freuently sometimes alone and sometimes with us Regardless I just wanted to say all of these things to help you realize how much I was anticipating this book Also that my heart breaks daily over the war on drugs and the blood that President Rodrigo Duterte and his policies have spilled Most Americans are not aware of the death toll or the hidden numbers that is because police and even regular citizens are allowed and encouraged to kill civilians who are said to be using and selling drugs From public executions to make examples of people to children dying and being labeled carriers to innocents dying but having drugs planted on them after their death I don t even have words for how sick I feel just even typing this paragraph And so many families are left with heartbreak from loss and not knowing what has happened to their loved ones And the fear that speaking out can literally cost them their lives So the drug war continues The body count rises Patron Saints of Nothing follows a boy named Jay who was born in the Philippines to a Filipino father and American mother but his family moved to The United States under the pretense of having a better life for their children Yet when Jay lived in the Philippines he was very close with his cousin Jun and they have kept up writing letters back and forth to one another their entire lives even though Jay hasn t responded in a little while Heartbreakingly at the start of this book Jay finds out from his parents that Jun has been killed because of the war on drugs Jay cannot for an instant believe that Jun would ever use or sell narcotics and after a mysterious Instagram message he asks his parents if they would be willing to allow him to go back to the Philippines to reconnect with Jun s family after his death And his parents agree and send him out so he can travel between a few family member s homes and that he can reconnect with half of his culture that he has been neglecting But once Jay arrives in the Philippines he realizes that there is a lot to Jun s death than what meets the eye and he feels an immense need to get to the bottom of his death and what really happened Okay so I love this premise than words And I really did love seeing things through Jay s eyes and how he felt like he was completely missing out on a culture that he has been away from for so long From being very aware of his lighter skin to having a hard time picking up Tagalog to realizing how fucking privileged US citizens are and getting called out on it this book has a lot of good and a lot of important themes and I truly wish I could put it in every American s hands But sadly a lot of things I just really didn t like And again everything I m about to say please take it with a grain of salt Closer to release I plan on boosting so many of my beautiful Filipino reviewing friends voices because their voices are what matter They not only have to live under Duterte they will know an authentic Filipino living experience way better than me and any trip I could take with my family or any whitewashed news article I can read I just really disliked how Jun s storyline and all the tips and clues Jay was following ended And just in general I really think we should emphasize how just because someone sells drugs or is a drug user they are still worthy of life and shouldn t be killed I mean yes it is terrible that children and innocents are dying every single day over this drug war but it is also awful that people using drugs are dying too Sometimes I truly felt like this book and Jay s actions felt very middle grade and very surface level and we never went past the surface and truly got to see and talk about the horrible things that are taking place And I m not saying it is ANY Filipino s job to educate people on the war on drugs or anything about their culture but I just feel like had the opportunity to really go there especially based on the book s premise and I was left a little unsatisfied Next I really hated the little romance in this book Like I m never going to be here for grey area cheating in general But I m really not going to be here for a seventeen year old and nineteen year old either Like I get that it is legal in a lot of places and I get that it is only two years but I just don t like it and it makes me feel skeezy while reading Especially with Jay admitting she is part of the reason he makes the choice he does at the end of the book And even though this book is supposed to be set in present day I feel like a lot of the video game references were really dated And even though this is such a minor element of the book it is brought up so many times throughout this novel And each time I kind of was side eyeing No one would refer to Sylvanas as the ueen of the Forsaken especially not in 2019 I mean do teenagers really still play World of Warcraft And acting like people have physical video game collections in 2019 when everything is digital I don t know it just really pulled me out of the story at every mention Overall I am just a little bit disappointed I still think this is an important read And I still think seeing a biracial American get in touch with a culture he has felt very out of touch with is really important And I m always going to be here for it truly I would also die for Jay s titas right this very second There is also another mention of a ff relationship in this book too and I m always here for seeing positive sexuality representation in life but especially in the Philippines And again I m feeling really bad already about writing this review so I hope you respect my feelings but I also hope you remember that I am very white passing Filipino who has never actually lived in the Philippines and I haven t been to the Philippines since Duterte s election But if you are a Filipino reviewer I would be honored to boost your review for this if you link it below Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch The uotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publicationTrigger and content warnings for loss of a loved one talk of animal death talk of drugs and addiction police brutality talk of human trafficking grey areaemotional cheating and assault Buddy read with Madalyn from Novel Ink

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  1. says:

    My best friends got me an ARC of this and I love them than I have words to express Thank you so much Madalyn Chelsea Jane “It is a shame what is happening in this country And it is a shame that the Church has been so uiet That all of us have been so uiet That the world has been so uiet” This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2019 and even though I didn’t love it the way that I truly thought I would I still am going to boost

  2. says:

    I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher as part of a blog tour Since I received an ARC my uotes from the book are tentative I just want to preface this review by saying this was one of my most anticipated reads of the year Like the main character of this book I am half Filipino and half white Seeing myself represented in literature means the world to me I also want to say that I’ve never b

  3. says:

    This felt like a familiar tale in the beginning Someone close to the main character dies and the main character is angry and seeks justice Except in this case the tragedy happens in the Philippines far away from the protagonist and Jay is reluctant to accept the events that lead to the death of his cousin so he travels to

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    Hey here's another one I wrote

  5. says:

    Brilliant honest and eual parts heart breaking and soul healing I’ll give this astounding book to all the teens and adults in my life I suspect you will too I’d give it 50 stars if I could

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    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestI side eyed this book a little when it got placed into my hands because on the back it's compared to THE HATE U GIVE Given the popularity of THE HATE U GIVE I can see why publishers and publicists are going to be eager to draw such comparisons but it feels like a mistake to compare every book a

  7. says:

    This is a YA novel with a powerful message spanning across several thematic thresholds What is the truth worth? Who is accountable for the lives of the lost? Can we hold ourselves responsible for acts of inhumanity if we are not actively speaking up? If we don’t then who will? If we are to be than what we have been there's so much that we need to sayI am not truly Filipino so I don't understand the Philippines But isn't this dee

  8. says:

    I really liked this young adult novel about grief growing up and going to explore your cultural roots In Patron Saints of Nothing we follow Jay

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    This book swept me in and took me away I didn’t know what I was getting into when I started this book but I came out of it emotional informed and deeply moved I’m going to tell you why in this reviewI like to consider myself a pretty well

  10. says:

    TOTAL READING TIME 4 hours 33 minutesAs I said in my original review this isn't the first YA book published by a major company I've read that was written by a Filipino author with Filipino leads This is actually the third book the first one being Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz and the second one being The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi both of which I recommendBut this is the first book I've read written by a Filipino author