Sunday, March 24, 2013

[Book Review] Fairy Tale Fail

Title: Fairy Tale Fail
Author: Mina V. Esguerra
Date Published: April 17, 2010
Genre: Romance, Chick-Lit
Source: Purchased Paperback Copy
Rating: 3/5


About the Book:
Ellie thought she knew what she wanted in a guy: someone dependable, and someone she could bring home to her parents. In other words, a good guy to complete her happily-ever-after fairy tale. But when her good guy boyfriend all of a sudden dumps her in the place she least expected -- saying that she is "a failure at relationships" -- Ellie feels she has to fight harder to make her fairy tale come true. 
But when Lucas, whom Ellie secretly calls Rock Star, enters her life and starts challenging everything she believes in, she has to face the truth about her goals and dreams. Will Ellie find the fairy tale she's always dreamed of? And more importantly, who will fill the swashbuckling shoes of Prince Charming to give her story the happy ending she so deserves?

Fairy Tale Fail is a very relatable story of being blinded by love, being heartbroken and finally being able to move on and become a better person.

The story is nothing out of the ordinary, but that’s not always a bad thing. Truth be told, though this story has nothing majorly ground-breaking in it, the simple fact that it reflects reality is exactly what makes it so special.

Every little girl has probably dreamed of meeting her own prince charming one day – that one guy who would sweep her off her feet and give her the happy-ever after that she so deserves. We can pin all the blame on those Disney movies that gave us such unrealistic views of love, but seriously, I think that deep inside every grown woman lies that little girl who yearns for her perfect happy ending.

In Fairy Tale Fail, we hear the voice of Ellie, a twenty-something single woman whose life is centered on having her own happy ever after. She’s got her stable job, her perfect boyfriend and the only thing that’s missing is marriage. However, the thing is, no matter how perfect you think something is, life sometimes throws you in a pinch and you end up realizing that it’s not so perfect at all.

Overall, I like Ellie. There were some moments when I wanted to smack her with a broomstick, but overall, she did nothing majorly off-putting for me to want to do some serious damage if I ever meet her. Also, I loved the fact that aside from the romance aspect of the book, it was Ellie’s transformation that was the center-piece of the story.

What I didn’t like, however, was when she took the initiative and slept with Lucas. It’s just that this move on her part was something that I didn’t expect for her to do. Right from the start of the story, Ellie is portrayed as this dependable and level-headed woman. Sure, she can be a romantic, but that’s normal for women because of estrogen, right? I mean, she took her time with Don. And suddenly, on an impulse, she sleeps with a guy who’s not even her boyfriend. Granted, they had chemistry and sparks going on, and she suddenly had this eureka moment about her feelings for Lucas, but I just find it out-of-character for her to do. Maybe it’s just me. I don’t know.

I highly appreciate the nitty-gritty realism that the author has painstakingly placed into the story. The post-break-up drama and the ends that a scorned woman does, as well as her effect on the people around her was quite realistic. I never really got a chance to experience doing everything that Ellie did, but I saw some of it happening on my friends. It’s quite accurate. Heh.

What I didn’t like was the length of the story. Understandably, this is a novella and not a full-length novel, but still, I would have loved to read more.

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