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Books About Friends Falling in Love

There's nothing sweeter than a love that starts with friendship.
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Isn't it nice not to get stuck in the friendzone? These stories show how love can sometimes hit you when you least expect it and with the people you didn't think you'd fall for, at all.   

  1. Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

If you live with the problem of whether to take your friendship to the next level or just stay friends, you'll definitely relate to this book! We follow the lives BFFs Macallan and Levi, who face the dilemma of whether they should be a couple or just leave things platonic.

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  1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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Set in the city of love, Anna was shipped off to boarding school in Paris where she meets a smart, charming, and gorgeous guy named Étienne St. Clair. 

  1. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

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Just like the Amanda Byne's movie She's the Man, you get a strong and athletic heroine named Jordan Woods, who's always surrounded by gorgeous guys and leads them as their captain and quarterback of the football team. This book is filled with so much humor, love, family, and friendship. 

  1. The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols

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Lori has had a crush on Sean for years, but this summer, she's going to prove that she's girlfriend material by scheming with Sean's younger brother Adam. With two irresistible boys completing her love triangle, that summer would definitely be an unforgettable one.

  1. The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg 

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If you're in the mood for fantasy, follow the life of Brie as she takes revenge, with Patrick's help, on her boyfriend for literally breaking her heart. 

  1. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen 

Whether you watched the movie before or not, this book about first love is an adorable read narrated by two voices of Bryce and Juli. 

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  1. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick 

Ever wished for a life different from your own? That's the problem of rich girl Samantha who always gazed at the Garretts' house. The family who are loud, messy, and affectionate–everything her household is not. But everything changes when Jase Garrett climbs up next to her one summer. 

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Know more good books to add to the list? Share your top picks in the comments!

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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