Two years into the business, 22-year-old Maine Mendoza has undeniably gone past the girl who made all those facial contortions on Dubsmash or the apron-wearing Eat Bulaga princess who was swept off her feet by an unexpected prince charming. Following her thrust to the limelight, Maine’s story remains to be that of a modern day Cinderella–a relative unknown or an unnamed online tour de force that was ultimately catapulted to national fame by chance. But beyond the high-adrenaline daily appearances and her larger-than-life onscreen personality, what is left when the screams of her legions of fans quiet down remains a mystery. True, Maine, the showbiz juggernaut that she is, remains a woman unspoiled by her fame.
Yup, I Am That Girl, released under Summit Books, is comprised of personal chronicles penned by Maine herself, intimately sharing stories from her formative years growing up with her family, her first shot at a professional life straight out of college, and her unexpected jab at fame, with her celebrated Dubsmash video to her stint with the 38-year-old noontime show. Maine dishes heartfelt truths about herself in this book, written in conversational prose injected with jokes characteristic of the superstar’s onscreen personality.
“When I was around 13 years old, I had secretly dreamed of becoming a showbiz personality and seeing myself on billboards and in magazines,” Maine opines. “But I knew it was far-fetched because of my ‘mahiyain’ personality.”
“Ta-da! Look at where I am now. Who would have thought I could live out this fantasy? Kaya I am telling you guys, nothing’s impossible in this world—not even your wildest dreams! Puwedeng-puwede ’yang matupad,” Maine declares in true entertainment sweetheart fashion.
Yup, I am that Girl is being sold in bookstores, magazine stands, and convenience stores for P295.