If you grew up surrounded with books and poring through library collections of novels, then you have the heart of a reader. You let books take you to a different time and place, and you get to be in the shoes of a variety of characters for a while.
The same can be said about third year high school Samantha Mae Coyiuto, who at the age of 16, has already published four titles under Anvil Publishing, the latest of which is “Flight To The Stars & Other Stories”. The young writer started penning her stories at the tender age of 6 and has won the acclaim of Palanca awardees and other award-winning authors.
“Flight To The Stars & Other Stories” is a collection of three stories that revolves around the stories of three teenagers battling an emotional struggle with their relationships.
The first story, “Flight To The Stars,” for instance, shares the tale of a young man who discovers a shocking truth about his father’s relationship with his grade school teacher, resulting in his mother’s tragic accident. The events that follow lead to a re-establishment of family ties and realizing the gift that motherhood brings into the world.
Coyiuto infuses the narrative with personal references such as her lifelong dream to fly and her love for tennis, of which she is a nationally ranked junior player, with numerous championships under her belt.
Coyiuto treats her characters with a compassion that makes their ordinary lives significant and unforgettable: a long-suffering mistress is pitted against the unstable volatile wife, the overweight young girl against the hateful yet miserable bully. Many young readers will identify with the stories because they echo the aspirations, joys, rages and fears of youth.
“Flight To The Stars & Other Stories” is available at National Bookstore branches.