Rain De Castro has been in love with her best friend, Mark Velasco, for almost the entire time she has known him, but she’s clearly in the friend zone because he’s happily in a relationship. Or so she thought, until the news of his break-up reaches her. Now that Mark’s single again, she decides that it’s time to get out of the zone. But when her cousin Lissa comes into the picture and sets her eyes on Mark, Rain feels troubled when he gets a little too friendly with her. Rain is determined to fight for what she feels this time, but is it worth the effort if it’s a losing battle from the start? Will she back off to give way for her best friend’s happiness, even if it means losing him to someone else again?
Ana Tejano’s debut book is an enjoyable read. Although the plot is very common, she wrote it so well, so close to home and with such heart for Rain and Mark, that you can’t help but love them all. I enjoyed how she built up the plot, with Rain’s frustrations, her over thinking things and all her missed opportunities for a confession. I gasped at those escaped moments, and was just really rooting for her.
Mark was a charming (although confused) guy. He was a bit slow on confession part, with just those glances and unclear signals, but this provided the perfect reason for all of Rain’s frustrations, and the tug and pull of Rain’s confusion helped for a better plot.
Tejano also peppered the story with many supporting characters. Friends like Meah and Faith who are what girlfriends are. An ear to rant to, and someone to help you see see the other side. I also loved the cousins. I loved that Tejano captured how Filipinos families are, along with how cousins are when they’re all together.
My surprise came in the character of Camille. She wasn’t exactly the person I was expecting and with that, aside from Rain, she’s one of my most favourite characters in the book.
All in all, Fall Like Rain may be a quick and short read but has deep themes like finding the courage to say what you feel and learning that no matter how crazy they seem, family, extend or otherwise, love you no matter who you are, if you open your heart to them. Its a wonderful read, specially with a warm bowl of chicken soup on a rainy day.