Guest Post by author Kristel Ann Cruz [Blog tour + Giveaway]


Welcome to my tour stop on the #buqoYA Sweet Complications bundle blog tour! This tour was organized by Oops! I Read AgainVisit the buqo blog for more recaps!

I’ve asked author Kristel Ann Cruz to take over the blog today. Here’s her post on movies that give us feels!


Movies that Bring the Teen Feels
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When I was in my pre-teens, I spent my summer vacations at my aunt and uncle’s house in another town. I quickly became friends with the other kids there, particularly with this boy who barely talked to me, but would call me on landline all the time even though he lived next door! We liked each other, but nothing came out of it because, well, we were just kids. In one of our phone conversations though, he promised me that when we grow up, he would pursue me and then we would have a ‘mature’ relationship. When I got to high school, my uncle and his family left their house there and moved nearer to us. The boy would still call me but very rarely, mostly to remind me about his promise, until eventually we lost touch. I wondered what happened to him but didn’t bother to do a quick Facebook search.

Imagine my surprise when he contacted me just a couple of months ago! He wasted no time in declaring that nothing has changed and he still has feelings for me, which made me go, “Huh.” I changed, and I’m sure he has, too. We’re no longer the kids we were, and instead of the intended kilig, I was bothered by his proclamations. I don’t respond to his messages anymore, and I wish he just let things as they were so I could have those sweet summer memories to look back to.

Oh well.

ANYWAY. Mina asked me to write a short article about movies that bring the teen feels, and as much as I would like to include cult favorites Mean Girls, 10 Things I Hate About You, and The Breakfast Club, I figured I should point the spotlight on other movies that deserve to get more attention than they’re currently getting.

MTBTTF - Flipped

The movie is about the love-hate relationship between cutie Bryce (Callan McAuliffe) and spunky Juli (Madeline Carroll) that started when they were still kids. At first Bryce hated the attention Juli gives him and how desperate she was to be noticed by him, but after a series of events that involve a wish for a first kiss, a sycamore tree, chickens, a yard-makeover, a sit-down dinner, and a fund-raiser by their school things kinda flipped. Suddenly, Bryce couldn’t stop thinking about Juli. There was only one problem: Juli stopped wanting to talk to him.

Loved the book and the movie. The actors did a great job in portraying the characters they played, but what I specifically liked about this film is the he said-she said style of the narration. It was nice to see both sides of the story, and it offered new insights at what’s going on in both characters’ minds. It’s the equivalent of a glass of ice-cold lemonade and honey on a hot and humid summer afternoon. So refreshing and light and nice, this movie is.

Choice quotes:

Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss; but every once in a while, you find someone who’s iridescent. And once you do, nothing will ever compare.”

MTBTTF - Laggies

Megan (Keira Knightley) is in the verge of a quarter-life crisis: she doesn’t like her job, she discovered her dad cheating on her mom, and she feels she doesn’t know her friends anymore. Things intensify when her boyfriend proposes and she takes a sabbatical on her new friend Annika’s (Chloe Moretz) house.

I wasn’t expecting much from this film, but it managed to pull on my heartstrings because I recognized being in Megan’s situation. Although it’s more of a coming-of-age movie than a teen film, it deals with issues teenagers face, and I liked how it depicts the reality of being someone who felt lost and managed to find herself back again.

Choice quotes:

“Okay, I’m gonna tell you two things that I’ve gotten some perspective on after being out of high school for a while now. The first is that a lot of the math they’re teaching you that they swear you’ll use in your life, you won’t. You’re never going to need to use parabolas and you really, really don’t need to know shapes that have more than eight fucking sides. The second, which I’ve only got some perspective on recently, but it’s this. You can’t keep putting aside what you want for some imaginary future. You’ve just got to suck it up and go with your gut.”

MTBTTF - It's Kind of a Funny Story

Based on a book by Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story is about a teenager named Craig Gilner (Keir Gilchrist). He finds himself wanting to kill himself one night so he dials the Suicide Hotline who then advises him to go to the hospital. He is diagnosed with suicidal depression, and we see his everyday struggles with himself as well as the struggles of the people in the psychiatric ward.

I appreciate movies that deal with real issues like this because it opens conversation and spreads awareness. I may prefer the book version more, but I liked the dream sequences and that the movie was able to translate Craig’s city map artwork visually. Him and Noelle (Emma Roberts) has an easy chemisty, and I just couldn’t help but root for two broken spirits who found each other in the unlikeliest of places.

Choice quotes:

“The difference between today and last Saturday is that for the first time in a while, I can look forward to the things I want to do in my life. Bike, eat, drink, talk. Ride the subway, read, read maps. Make maps, make art. Finish the Gates application. Tell my dad not to stress about it. Hug my mom. Kiss my little sister. Kiss my dad. Make out with Noelle. Make out with her more. Take her on a picnic. See a movie with her. See a movie with Aaron. Heck, see a movie with Nia. Have a party. Tell people my story. Volunteer at 3 North. Help people like Bobby. Like Muqtada. Like me. Draw more. Draw a person. Draw a naked person. Draw Noelle naked. Run, travel, swim, skip. Yeah, I know it’s lame, but, whatever. Skip anyway. Breathe… Live.”

There you have it! Hope you can check these movies out the next time you find yourself with nothing to do and time to kill. Enjoy!


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Kat Arcanghel has just turned 18 and she feels that it is the right time to fall in love. She finds herself falling for Alech Crisologo, but she has always thought of herself as adeviant/rebel and there’s nothing more mainstream than crushing on the guy that everybody loves, thus she fights her feelings and tries to search for the right one—just not him.
Will Kat continue rebelling against her own heart, or will she let her heart conquer the battle and let it lead the way? She’ll find the answer when she meets D’01.
One Lovely Summer Day by Amae Dechavez
Kwento ng Pag-Ibig, Pangarap, at Pag-asa…  Sa Pila, Laguna, bakasyon at abala ang lahat sa bahay nila Tiya Isidra—“general cleaning” ika ng matanda. Bukod pa roon ay darating si Maylie, ang paboritong pamangkin niyang galing ng Maynila. Gaya ng inaasahan, naroon si Ethan para tumulong sa paglilinis at paghahanda. Bagamat mukhang tahimik ang dalaga, unang sulyap pa lang ay agad na nagandahan at nabaitan si Ethan sa kaniya. Naging matalik na magkaibigan ang dalawa. Sa isang di inaasahang pangyayari at proyektong kailangang lutasin nilang dalawa, lalong napalapit si Ethan at Maylie sa isa-isa. Gayun pa man, alam ni Ethan na isang araw ay aalis din si Maylie at maiiwan siya. Sasabihin ba niya kay Maylie ang nararamdaman niya?
Once Upon A Sticky Note by Kristel Ann Cruz
Nate and Tanya have been “talk all day, every day” best friends for years but on the eve of Nate’s birthday, Tanya realized she has started developing more-than-platonic feelings him. They’re going off to college soon so confessing anything that might make things complicated between them doesn’t sound like a good plan, especially now that Campus Sweetie Armi has entered the picture. What would Tanya do? Could she? Should she? Grab a sticky note and place your bets.
Plain Vanilla by Ines Bautista-Yao
Despite her quirky name and equally quirky family, 16-year-old Tempest Juan knows she’s ordinary. After reading a comment on Facebook which likened her to vanilla ice cream, Tempest decides she has to do something about it or be forever branded as plain, lukewarm, and well, vanilla. It doesn’t help that the comment was made by Paco Lorenzo, her cousin’s cute friend (no longer cute in her book!). When she happens upon a book of dares, she decides to attempt each one, no matter how hard. This is her personality at stake, after all. But somehow, Paco, the cause of all this, finds a way to be at every dare Tempest attempts, confusing her and forcing her to question what’s really going on inside her heart.
Same by Charm Lee
March 2.
Of all places, Atasha never thought that she would end up in a hospital on this specific day. Rush was looking forward to just enjoying the day.
But with the white walls and medical noises around them, two young and very different souls cross paths. Rush and Atasha discover that even if they are as alike as night and day, they aren’t as different as they thought after all.
Travel of Two by Irish Fleur
Biyahe mag-isa? Check! Isa na namang item sa bucket list ni Isobel ang matutupad. Sino bang hindi magiging masaya kapag nagawa mo na ang gusto mo? Pero hindi lang pala si Isobel ang nagso-solo travel–si Arty rin. Si Arty na suplado, na-friendzone, makulit, at nakilala ni Isobel sa paglalakbay niya. At kahit ganito si Arty, mas naging exciting ang pagbiyahe ni Isobel.
So, magka-boyfriend… mache-check din nga ba ito ni Isobel sa sa bucket list niya?
About the authors
Sassy Fova
Sassy Fova is just your average girl from Ilocos Norte, PH. Sassy is a hopeless romantic who’s got her head in the clouds, and comes back down just long enough to write about it. Being an Ilocana, she is thrifty, but she spares none when it comes to sharing all the love.
Amae Dechavez
Amae Dechavez (amaeauthor) is a blogger, fiction author, YA novelist, and children’s book writer. She was born in Quezon City, Manila in 1983 and has a Penn Foster diploma in Child Daycare Management. She has been authoring for several digital distributor hubs in (the Philippines) and has been writing for many free online/ social media platforms. When not hugging or arguing with her dog, you can find her at
Blog | Facebook | Twitter
Kristel Ann Cruz
It boggles the mind how someone so shy and awkward found herself in Public Relations, but somehow Krissy makes it work. If she were a fictional character, she’d be a female Ted Mosby. Whether it be prose, poetry, a watercolor painting, or a craft project, she is happiest when she makes. Talk about books, movies, and lipsticks with her on
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Ines Bautista-Yao
Ines Bautista-Yao is the author of One Crazy Summer, What’s in your Heart, and Only a Kiss. She has also written two short stories, “Flashbacks and Echoes,” which is part of a compilation called All This Wanting and “A Captured Dream,” one of the four short stories in Sola Musica: Love Notes from a Festival.
She is the former editor-in-chief of Candy and K-Zone magazines and a former high school and college English and Literature teacher.  She is also a wife and mom and blogs about the many challenges and joys of motherhood at She has recently launched The Author Project, a section in her current blog devoted to the stories in her head:
Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
Charm Lee
aspiring hero wanting to save the world. tv show addict. all around shy girl.
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Irish Fleur
Irish Fleur is a Licensed Pharmacist, cat lover and travel junkie who loves writing since she was seven years old.


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