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Keeping the Distance Review



Title: Keeping the Distance (I Heart Iloilo #1)

Author: Clarisse David

Format: Kindle Edition

Published: February 6, 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Reading Period: October 2 – 8, 2017

Rating: ★★★★☆ 



No bets. No fake relationships. Just a very real one that has to be kept under wraps.

Seventeen-year-old Melissa wants to dye her hair cotton candy pink and focus on her ukulele instead of Physics. But she can’t. As the daughter of a Catholic school principal, living up to her model student image 24/7 is a must. Something’s about to give under all the pressure. She only hopes it isn’t her.

Getting involved with a troublemaking basketball player is the last possible thing she needs…

Lance is used to getting what he wants. With a pretty face he uses to full advantage and his role as co-captain of the basketball team, the easy way is the only way he’s ever known. Until the day he notices the prim Melissa he’s known forever is actually hot and decides to ask her out. He has no idea he’s about to learn the lesson of a lifetime.

Not getting what he wants might exactly be what he needs…



Melissa Ortiz is the daughter of a Catholic Principal. She can’t do what she wants because she lives with the expectations of her father. Lance Ordonez is a co-captain of the basketball team. He gets what he wants, all the time.

Keeping the Distance is in good pace. I honestly read without any expectations and was surprised that it is so good.

I can somehow relate to Melissa because I have a friend who freaks out and worried if she’ll get caught with a boy who is courting her, because at that time she’s not allowed to have a boyfriend. Well, some Filipino parents do not allow their daughter to have romantic relationship until they turn 18. I like that some Filipino traditions/ culture is highlighted in this book.

Moreover, I like Hunter’s role here. He is that one guy friend who you can always lean on. I can’t help but wish to have my own Hunter.

Keeping the Distance in some parts have cliché scenes but I like how I get to read both Melissa and Lance point of view. I also like that twists in this story. Well, there’s one scene that is very sweet! “Kilig” to the bones!

This book is highly recommended those looking for something light, funny and lovable characters.

Surprisingly entertaining is understatement for this, given that the plot is not so unique.


Quotable quotes:

“… people always left when things got hard, so why bother putting in effort?”

“You’ve got a rebellious streak underneath all that pastel. You’re just too afraid to show it.”

“Hearing rumors and realizing they’re true are two completely different things.”


Buy links: Amazon  

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