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Gallardo's Ready for the World - Superstar (Book Review)



Title: Ready for the World - Superstar
Author: Charmeljun Gallardo
Genre: Young Adult/Coming of Age

Book Review

The second installment in Gallardo's Ready for the World series starts with the protagonist, Brandon working on his book. The series is set in 1980s when the typewriters ruled and cellphones and social media had not taken over the lives of youngsters.

Superstar takes off where the first book, Driver's Education had ended. Brandon has realised that being a writer is his calling and being with his childhood friend, Ally his destiny. Life seems to be sorted. But then when are things in life ever so simple? Well, they are not simple in this case either. 

Through the course of this book, we see Brandon struggling with his feelings, discovering things about himself as he goes along, hanging out with friends, living through high school, taking a job and finding new interests, struggling with difficult choices and heartbreak... basically living the life of a teenager.

This book captures the little nuances of the life of a teenager in general and once in a while, the life of a Filipino family, as it fascinates with the relationships and emotions of Brandon and his friends and his family.

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About the Author

Charmeljun Gallardo is a former radiologist and author. His first book is Ready for the World young adult book series. He is a writer, photography enthusiast, sports fan, movie geek, stroke survivor, and an adventurous foodie. He lives in San Diego, California with his wife and son.


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