Book Review #24: When Cocoy Became Kikay- C.P. Santi

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Title: When Cocoy Became Kikay
Author: C.P. Santi
Publication: March 25th 2015, Smashwords Edition
Genre: Teen, Young Adult
Pages: 64
Format: E-book
ISBN: 9781311677266

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Cocoy’s not-so-secret dream is to one day become a gun-toting, ass-kicking secret agent. But she has another dream—and this time, even her best friends don’t have a clue—she dreams of someone.
Problem is, she finds out that Jaime Arguelles—a.k.a. the guy she’d been secretly crushing on for years—likes girls who . . . well . . . like pink.
To Cocoy’s logical mind, there’s only one solution: it’s time to go girly. After all, how hard can it be?
With the help of her friends, Cocoy embarks on a pink-tinged journey that somehow turns her neat and orderly life upside down. But it’s all good—because in the midst of her blossoming relationship, Cocoy learns a whole lot about life, love, dreams, and friendship . . . and about the healing power of pan de sal, Chippy, and Nutella.

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“How was it possible to be at a loss for words when all sorts of thoughts were popping up inside?”

*First of all, I’d like to thank C.P. Santi for giving me an opportunity to review this book. My review is unbiased in any way, and all that’s written is fully based on what I feel about the book.*

So here I am, missing my boy friends, eating my bread with Nutella, and wondering when will the society stop thinking a girl with boyish ways as tomboys.

This story started in a funeral of Cocoy’s father, a colonel, who died not because of bullets but due to a heart attack. The focus of the story is on Cocoy’s transformation from t-shirt-and-pants-wearing to a lady-like-with-bangs-looking. Yes, it may seem a little absurd that Cocoy, whose real name is Maria Francisca and a girl, would embrace wholeheartedly her femininity. But why? It’s because she is the daughter of a colonel, the only girl in her group of friends and she only knew from the start military system and boyish moves. But because of her great crush on this guy Jaime, she tried to experience new things and tried to be girly and outweigh the old Cocoy. Her transformation had turned out great! But as the story progresses, Kikay somewhat misses the old her and it’s the constant struggle of knowing what you want versus what you thought you want.

Honestly, the title was a little deceiving. I really thought that Cocoy was a guy and he wanted to undergo a physical transformation to be Kikay. Well, it turned out that I’m partly wrong. It was just Cocoy is a girl and she really did want to undergo a physical transformation from having a tomboy-ish look to a ladylike-look. The story is a light, cute, fluffy and fast-paced story. I like the characters, the setting, the events of the story- the whole story as it is. I like how I can totally relate with Cocoy. I like how strong she is, how determined she is to make her plans work, how caring she is with the people she loved, and how she accepted that she too is capable in committing mistakes. I also loved Cocoy’s group of friends. To be honest, I’d like to surround myself too with my boy friends because all we did was to laugh and less drama. On the other hand, the writing style of Santi is easy to get used to, and you’ll be turning the page one by one without even noticing it. To wrap up, I really like the story. However, the sequence of events are a little predictable. I already know how the story’s going to end even before reading it myself. But I think it’s because the story is happening in real-life scenario that’s why I end up guessing correctly. Nevertheless, the story is still good and I like that it showcased the feeling of first love and struggle of knowing oneself.

I highly recommend this short story to those who wanted a very witty, funny and light story to read. Also, I am looking forward to read more of Santi’s work because this one is already a must-read, so what more of her other works, right?



C.P. Santi is a Filipina writer based in Tokyo, Japan. She is a wife to an engineer / musician / jokester and a full-time mom to two energetic boys. She loves cooking and feeding people, gorging on chocolate, watching J-doramas, belting it out in the karaoke box, and running around the house playing tickle tag. She also loves dreaming up stories about the people she meets.In another life, she is also an architect and academic. C. P. Santi blogs about writing and creative stuff and to read some of her work, click here. To know more about her, head on to her website.


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