The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

I have only good things to say about this epic. This is the book that made me fall in love with music all over again. This book reminded me why I play the guitar, why I sing. This book reminded me why it’s important to have hobbies (just hobbies, things we enjoy doing, things that fill us, things that make us taste the richness of life), not a side hustle. I listened to “Maalaala Mo Kaya” instrumental played on guitar after reading this novel, and I swear, the first notes tasted like that burst of flavor after the first bite from an apple.

I loved the magic, the adventures, the realness of the reactions of the characters in this book. I love that it has elements like history, world war, the hippie era, the music, the histories about the artists, the search for the better things in life. This book taught me so much about life, just as other books of Mitch Albom has. I fell in love with Frankie and Aurora’s love.

I love that Music narrated this story.

Oddly enough, I don’t know if Frankie needed to change much about himself. Perhaps, he was too hard on himself? He always blamed himself for the unfortunate things that happen to him, causing him to abandon Aurora. He managed his talent, his emotions, his relationships quite well — apart from his relationship with Aurora and Kai. He could have been more dependable. He had been too high up on drugs. Other than that, he was a normal human being acting as crazy as the world he lived in.

This book is the reason I’m learning how to play the guitar again — seriously this time — with musical notes and scores and everything. Whenever I lose touch with the musical side of me, I know which book to grab on my shelf.

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