Let’s be honest here. I was really, really hesitant to go to the Perkins signing here in Manila since we did have a lot of things to study on that day. And now that it’s over–I just want it to happen again!
*For those of you who don’t know her, Stephanie Perkins is the awesome author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, as well as the upcoming Isla and the Happily Ever After--absolutely adorable, fun and sweet contemporary romances!
We (Dyan and I) arrived at the registration area (or outside it, to be precise) at around 9 AM, which is an hour earlier than the registration time. Get this–there were already more than 300 people in line before us! A friend of ours, Shannelle (The Art of Escapism), arrived at 6:30 AM. I was still catching some Z’s then. AND THEN I FOUND OUT that Francine (The Not-So-Literary Heiresses) arrived at 6:oo. (Seriously, people!? Don’t you need to sleep? ._.)
Timing and staff treatment was so much better this time around (compared to the mess at VTR in PH). The event started just on time at around 2PM. Aside from the fact that we were almost late (lunch called, you know) and that we couldn’t see much since we’re tiny and in the back (and just a bit of unnecessary screaming here and there from uber-fans–but hey, I get you), the interview flowed smoothly and I loved Stephanie’s answers.
Stephanie was absolutely the sweetest person ever. She was smiling throughout the entire event and tried her best to talk to and thank every single person who attended.
Since Dyan and I were at #336 and #337, we had a lot of time to spare. Believe our shock when they arranged a table for Jarred Perkins (Stephanie’s adorable husband) to start signing books! Luckily, we were near the table at that time and ran in line!
So after meeting the super friendly Jarrod Perkins, we sat on the floor to wait for our numbers to be called. AND THEN THE GLORIOUS NUMBERS WERE UTTERED.
Honestly, before we got to Stephanie’s table, I began hyperventilating since I wasn’t sure I was going to have the courage to tell her what I wanted to. I know, I know! I’m a wimp.
AND THEN THE MOMENT OF TRUTH CAME. I stood in front of Stephanie and NEARLY lost my nerve. To my astonishment, I was able to mutter how much I wanted a story from Rashmi’s POV. I actually thought that she hadn’t heard me since it took her a while to answer, but she did! She said she’d love to some day, since Rashmi’s a pretty awesome character.
Finally, Stephanie finished signing my books. And I awkwardly held out my arms for a hug. IS IT OKAY NOT TO TAKE A BATH EVER AGAIN? I kid, I kid. But a hug from Stephanie Perkins. Holy crap.
Dyan went after me, and here’s her photo with Stephanie!
Overall, the event was pretty good. I also met some PH bloggers, but I wasn’t able to chat much with them and was pretty awkward when a some of them came up to me and I just stood there. Forgive me for being bad with faces, people. Your photos online must look different. :P
I met up with Nickle (Night Owl Reads), Beatrice (Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic), Shannelle (The Art of Escapism), Kim (Divergent Gryffindor), Francine (The Not-So-Literary Heiresses) plus the girls over at Geeky Chiquitas, Kimi, Beryl and Audrey. I hope I didn’t miss anyone! And gah! No photos. :( Well, you can check Nickle’s Instagram account for a photo with the three of us!
Can’t wait to meet up with more PH bloggers and bookworms at future events!
Aimee likes to flail and hyperventilate. A lot. Throw her in front of a famous, amazing author and you’ll get that. She also loves meeting new people (most of the time) and getting the opportunity to chat with them!