We know you girls love picking up copies of the Pop Fiction Books for the cute lead characters, heartwarming stories, and a major dose of the kilig, but did you know that they've got great lessons for real life as well? We've compiled our favorites here!
- There's always more to people than meets the eye. (She’s Dating the Gangster)
We can hardly go without mentioning the one that started it all! When Athena first meets Kenji, she’s convinced that he's nothing more than the gangster she needs to stay away from at all cost but as they spend more time together, she discovers the kindness he keeps hidden behind his bad boy veneer—and why he keeps it under wraps. We can't promise that everyone you meet will be as secretly sweet as Kenji, but there are definitely rewards to trying to see the best in everyone.
- There's a silver lining in every heartbreak. (The Despicable Guy)
It's tempting to try and adopt a cynical outlook on love after a breakup the way Jersey does post-Paul but we definitely caution against it. You may believe that you're protecting yourself from future heartbreak but what's life without a little risk? Getting your heart broken isn't the worst thing in the world, and at the very least all the frogs will help you discover what you really want in a Prince Charming.
- Don't feel intimidated by people who seem to have everything under control. (Four Bad Boys and Me)
It's easy to feel like the awkward, social outcast when everyone your age seems to be beautiful and perfect but believe us when we say that everybody has that one thing that makes them feel like a weirdo. The trick to successfully navigating puberty is finding friends who are willing to celebrate the good stuff while helping you deal with the bad stuff. Bonus lesson? Boys make surprisingly awesome BFFs!
- Don't be afraid to make friends outside your clique. (A and D)
When you use your social standing as a reason not to make friends with certain people, you're cutting yourself off from entire experiences just because of barriers that well, don't really exist. Take your cues from Aaron and Dakota, who find their way towards each other despite the pressure from their respective barkadas. And okay, Aaron was led astray for a while there but the important thing is that he came back to his best friend, which just goes to show that true love (and true friendship!) transcends even the cruelest of high school expectations.
- You can achieve anything if you work hard and stay persistent. (Mission Impossible: Seducing Drake Palma)
Alys starts out as the girl consistently on the bottom of the class list because of her terrible grades and poor study habits but she doesn't let that get her down! With a little bit of elbow grease, she eventually makes it to her dream university and wins the heart of the cute boy to boot. It can be disheartening to flunk an exam you studied your butt off for but don't lose heart! Take your failure as a learning experience and just keep on keeping on. With enough hard work, you'll reach all of your goals in no time.
- There really aren't enough perks in being a wallflower. (The Bet)
If any guy (even one as cute as Enrique Gil, who'll be playing Drake in the movie version of this book—can you tell that we're psyched?) tried to play with our feelings the way Drake tried to do with Sophia, it wouldn't matter how meek and shy we were. There's no rule that says you have to be confident and assertive 24/7 but know where to draw the line and when to say no to people who want to walk all over you.
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