Ellie Manuel is your average twenty something professional. She has a stable relationship with the good guy Don in her corporate barkada and likes to travel in her spare time. What you wouldn’t know from first glance is that she believes in fairy tales. Not just the ones in books, but those in real life. So when her Prince Charming dumps her, Ellie refuses to believe their relationship is over. She figures that her story will just be more tried-and-true-tested than most. After a year of work promotions, exotic vacations, and getting to know the cute stranger at the office, why doesn’t she miss him more?
As soon as I read Chachic’s review of this light and short Filipino chick lit novella I knew it was for me. I just had to wait for a day where I really needed a quick pick-me-up, and when I did it worked wonders. It’s smooth, everyday writing style and succinct descriptions made the reading extremely easy and fast as well as completely entertaining and fun. Ellie is such the quintessential ordinary girl as well that I think you’d find it difficult not to relate to her. I mean she believes in happily ever after fairy tales but is an average, vulnerable and hopelessly hopeful heroine herself – what’s not to like? I couldn’t help but remember my own best-friend-turned-more high school relationship that backfired when we broke up but shared the same group of friends. I found what Ellie said about her myriad groups of friends to be very true to life:
Some people had one large group of friends, and that was all they needed. I, on the other hand, had many small circles of friends. High school friends, college blockmates, college orgmates, cousins, friends from my first job, the barkada from my current job. These groups all had different personalities – and sometimes I was in the mood for one group and not another.
I can see why some readers may become slightly frustrated with her romantic blindness but I connected with the unrealistic hanging onto dreams and ideals especially when it comes to finding Mr. Right. And while we’re on that subject what the pleasant and sometimes confusing surprise the mysterious hottie Lucas turned out to be! At first I thought he was not my type but boy was I wrong. I eagerly and delightedly watched their relationship develop. I wished we got to know him a little better before their story ended but overall Fairy Tale Fail was cute, light, and effortless contemporary chick lit and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Now if only more of Mina Esguerra’s books were available internationally, because I’m dying to read My Imaginary Ex.
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