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Paper Cuts is a collection of stories from my crazy life, what happens between deadlines. - Pam Pastor


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Paper Cuts is a collection of stories from my crazy life, what happens between deadlines. - Pam Pastor

30 review for Paper Cuts: Dodging Deadlines, Celebrity run-ins and Other stories I told the Internet

  1. 4 out of 5

    K.D. Absolutely

    Giving this book a 1-star rating is not fair. In Goodreads, 1 star means "I did not like it". I think, the more appropriate rating is 2 stars "It's okay" but I don't feel okay and there is no in-between so I settle for 1 star. My apologies, Miss Pastor. But out of my 420 read books here in Goodreads, your book is just the 29th book to get this rating. That translates to 6 out of every 100 books. Not bad for the normal distribution curve. (Yes, the inverted bell shape graph that we learned in our Giving this book a 1-star rating is not fair. In Goodreads, 1 star means "I did not like it". I think, the more appropriate rating is 2 stars "It's okay" but I don't feel okay and there is no in-between so I settle for 1 star. My apologies, Miss Pastor. But out of my 420 read books here in Goodreads, your book is just the 29th book to get this rating. That translates to 6 out of every 100 books. Not bad for the normal distribution curve. (Yes, the inverted bell shape graph that we learned in our Statistics class in high school.) Most, if not all, of those 1-star books are definitely not because of the author's fault, but because of my own failed at times, unreasonable *striking my chest thrice* expectations. However, I always reason out that I am the consumer and just a human being with built-in needs that I thought I would like to be addressed by reading so I have the right to rate books the way I want to. I also care to explain why so I am clear why I disliked the book. Only if you also care to read, Miss Pastor: ENVY I am eating my heart out on this, Miss Pastor. You, at a young age of 30 already has a book of your own. Pretty colorful catchy cover. I bought my copy from NBS in a mall at regular selling price and it was prominently displayed side-by-side the bestsellers. Me, at the age of 46 just making myself happy writing reviews here in Goodreads and not getting paid for my efforts. I mean, there are other more gifted and senior Filipino writers like one of our National Artists, Nick Joaquin but I have to go to the tiniest obscure corner of the bookstore to find his works. Then reading your book. Oh my. Almost half of it are about your trips abroad and meeting celebrities like Mandy Moore, Leonardo di Caprio, Paris Hilton. You've been to Arizona, Barcelona, Phuket, Shanghai, Tokyo, Germany, etc and you eating all those gorgeous foods and drinking all those alcoholic beverages. I am dying of envy, Miss Pastor. Your book is like a travelogue, a food trip diary, a notebook of a carefree youth listing all your fun days. Are you somehow related to one of the generals, Miss Pastor? Or maybe one of the politicians? Sorry, for those questions, Miss Pastor. It's just that I could not help myself. I read in the blurbs that you were the youngest editor of our leading broadsheet here in the county, Philippine Daily Inquirer and based on your anecdotal notes in the book, you also worked hard to be were you are like running like a headless chicken to your interview-appointment because you got drunk from partying the night before or because you wore high heels in a mall going to the venue. In one of those drinking session you even called a friend who you mistook to be your driver instructing him to pick you up. Did you make it obvious to us that you were one of the wealthy families in the country, Miss Pastor so you have that Imeldific-complex and you want us to be inspired to work hard look up to you like a star to be where you are? FAIRNESS Even if I want to give your book 2 stars, Miss Pastor, I did not want to commit injustice to those books that I gave this rating lately like David Malouf's An Imaginary Life that brilliantly talks about the hidden part of Ovid, the last Latin poet that was exiled in Tormis. Or Jane Austen's longest book Emma that many of my lady friends here in Goodreads rave about. Categorizing your book alongside these in my read folder is just but inappropriate. I hope you understand. Many years ago, Jessica Zafra did this with Twisted and up to now there are many follow up books proliferating in the bookstores. I remember enjoying Twisted 1 and there was a time when I was buying the newspaper where her articles were published daily just to read her writings. It is obvious that you are dreaming of duplicating her strategy and of course there is nothing wrong about it. SKEWED RATING SYSTEM To be fair with you, Miss Pastor. I would like to emphasize that your book does not deserve a flat out 1 star. You have some brilliant stories in the book. I enjoyed those included in the first part Madhouse especially the one entitled "Letters to my weird brother." You shone in that story. Clever and witty exchanges between you and your brother. I did not see that in Zafra's books. That was the reason why I continued reading and finished your book in just 2 days. Had you focused on that theme of Madhouse (family, work hard, house affairs) for the rest of the book, I might have given it a 4 or maybe even 5 stars. It's just that Goodreads allows us only 5 full stars to click on. 3 of them if you like the book (in various degrees of liking), 1 neutral and 1 dislike. That's why it is skewed to favorable. If there were 10 stars, I would have given your book at least 2 which means "I did not totally dislike it!" Keep on writing, Miss Pastor. Don't be discouraged by my review. I am just envious of your success. Nevertheless, I am happy for you and congratulations on your first book. *sigh*

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    Original post at One More Page I got this book a year ago during the book launch, not because I knew the author or I was even really remotely interested -- I got this simply because I wanted to support local authors and their work. Of course, with the not-so-high interest level, I pushed this down my TBR until I finally pulled it out so I can finally read it. Paper Cuts is a collection of stories from journalist/writer Pam Pastor based on her adventures in her "crazy life". I liked the idea, give Original post at One More Page I got this book a year ago during the book launch, not because I knew the author or I was even really remotely interested -- I got this simply because I wanted to support local authors and their work. Of course, with the not-so-high interest level, I pushed this down my TBR until I finally pulled it out so I can finally read it. Paper Cuts is a collection of stories from journalist/writer Pam Pastor based on her adventures in her "crazy life". I liked the idea, given that I'm a blogger myself, although I doubt that my life is as crazy as hers. I enjoyed Paper Cuts for the most part, especially the ones where the author shared anecdotes about her family. There's nothing like crazy family stories to set the tone of a non-fiction book. I also liked her crazy commuting/cab stories because I share the same things too. However...my enjoyment kind of stopped there. After some time, I just couldn't relate much to the other parts of the book. It feels like maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I wanted to have the same adventures as she did -- meet different celebrities, go around the world for her job and party when there's time -- but I'm actually quite happy with my own life. These stories were good to read, but it's not something that I would probably gush about, unless they were my own experiences, that is. But knowing (boring) old me, I don't think I'll even reach as many crazy experiences like that. It's not a bad book, per se. The writing was very witty and again, there were several stories that made me chuckle, but I was a bit apathetic for the rest of the stories. It's just one of those books that I am not a part of the intended audience. But you know what, maybe that's why I haven't heard of the author until her book came out -- maybe it's because we're just in entirely different circles. Overall, it's an okay book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dianne Reodique

    I knew i had to have a copy of this book when i read the introduction or i wasn’t leaving the bookstore until i finish it which is a creepy thing for a customer, so i went with my first instinct instead. I’ve only ever read (religiously) Jessica Zafra’s Twisted series before i came across Paper Cuts, and although these two writers are different in so many ways, they both gave me the pleasure of crashing into their lives thru this book. You know that a person is a good writer when she can manage t I knew i had to have a copy of this book when i read the introduction or i wasn’t leaving the bookstore until i finish it which is a creepy thing for a customer, so i went with my first instinct instead. I’ve only ever read (religiously) Jessica Zafra’s Twisted series before i came across Paper Cuts, and although these two writers are different in so many ways, they both gave me the pleasure of crashing into their lives thru this book. You know that a person is a good writer when she can manage to make simple things seem so interesting, when she can tell a story without needing too many pages to fill, and when she can make you feel that urge to be even a quarter of how fun she writes. Pam Pastor is a good writer, i wonder why i have missed her newspaper articles or blogs, and I wonder why I haven’t heard of her since the other day when I went to the bookstore. Oh God, i must have not been spending quality time online or i suck at discovering locally published books because i’m engrossed in checking Goodreads’s popular list. But WTF, better late than never. My personal favorites from this book are the Letters to My Weird Brother, everything about Inday, the stories about the Cabbies, and her Twenty-hours of Panic, which made me panic too. This woman has an ability to create an adventure out of the smallest thing and it fascinates me even more how lightly she takes life judging from the way she writes her stories. Sometimes i can’t help but envy people like Pam Pastor, that i wish i’m leading a life like her, that i had great opportunities to tell and one day, see my name on the paper for public reading; but it’s not the kind of jealousy that makes me bitter, it’s the good kind that constantly reminds me of the things i want to achieve in life. <3 D x PS: Paper Cuts’ journey doesn’t end here, because i’m passing it on to a friend who was hooked just from reading the dedication.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Leo Lutero

    I'm giving this book four stars because 5-stars looks too full. Anyways, this book is one chick lit journal. Its wildly entertaining, took me about an hour to read and made me realize how much of a bore my life was and is. I read in one point that Pam was like living the life of five people. That made me want to be proactive (which I was, at most 24 hours after finishing the book). Definitely a good read, confirms your illusions of grandeur brought upon by a job in journalism, especially in entert I'm giving this book four stars because 5-stars looks too full. Anyways, this book is one chick lit journal. Its wildly entertaining, took me about an hour to read and made me realize how much of a bore my life was and is. I read in one point that Pam was like living the life of five people. That made me want to be proactive (which I was, at most 24 hours after finishing the book). Definitely a good read, confirms your illusions of grandeur brought upon by a job in journalism, especially in entertainment. She got to meet a lot of celebrities and she gladly shared tips on how to handle them (I really liked the part about Pacquiao. Ms. Pastor, I can still imagine you regretting not being punched.) Its 6:25 AM and I'm still in college finals week, all-nighter mode. Haven't slept yet and I feel like I downed a bottle of vodka. Don't trust everything I say except this book is worth the price (which is really cheap by the way) and is a sure fun read. It definitely sucked when the pages ran out. PS: Don't read in public. if the funny parts catch you, you will look stupid laughing. (warning: You'll look stupider if you try keeping the giggles in)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ed Cruz

    Paper Cuts is Pam Pastor's collection of stories from her crazy and busy life. It may seem egocentric type of writing but actually it's not. There are things to learn here and be inspired about. A flexible sense of humour may be necessary, to be able to appreciate this book. Favourite bits in the book were: Letters to my weird brother, My mother used my vibrator on her face, Supernanny lost the Spelling Bee, Cowabunga, The adventures of Fangirl, My purple hair goes to Hollywood. Paper Cuts is Pam Pastor's collection of stories from her crazy and busy life. It may seem egocentric type of writing but actually it's not. There are things to learn here and be inspired about. A flexible sense of humour may be necessary, to be able to appreciate this book. Favourite bits in the book were: Letters to my weird brother, My mother used my vibrator on her face, Supernanny lost the Spelling Bee, Cowabunga, The adventures of Fangirl, My purple hair goes to Hollywood.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Lots of funny and hilarious stories. A very easy read!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chie

    Poor writing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bomalabs

    Fun, light read - an online blog in book form.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gabgab

    Funny and sometimes inspiring. Pam got it right on here.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Erika Jhanie

    Witty. Funny. Perfect for a light, "I-just-have-an-hour-to-kill-reading. " ^_^ Witty. Funny. Perfect for a light, "I-just-have-an-hour-to-kill-reading. " ^_^

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dya Net

  12. 5 out of 5

    Raisa

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lou Erika

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katrina Hilbano

  15. 4 out of 5

    dye

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sean

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shiela Shigyo

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nnine Sy

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ima

  20. 5 out of 5

    Irish Caron

  21. 5 out of 5

    Erika

  22. 5 out of 5

    Naida

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shawny27

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jen Suguitan

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tin

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sheanne

  28. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

  29. 5 out of 5

    Franz Christian Irorita

  30. 4 out of 5

    Grace

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