PINOY READS: Love Your Frenemies by Mina V. Esguerra (and a novelette)


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Love Your Frenemies

by Mina V. Esguerra

Reading chick-lit is like my comfort food which consists of fried chicken, spaghetti, and Coke. It is a welcome respite every time I finish books I consider as hard readings. I have actually just began reading chick-lit voluntarily this year, and I started with Emily Griffin’s Something Borrowed and Something Blue. I found that chick-lit isn’t actually that bad to my taste at all, and since I’ve heard that there’s a local author — Mina V. Esguerra — who is acclaimed in this genre, I decided to try one of her books. It’s been sheer luck that I saw her tweet about a free copy available on Smashwords, so I didn’t waste any time in downloading and immediately set to reading.

Good thing that I did because it was just the perfect read for the perfect time. I immensely enjoyed the story and I can say that I am now a fan. 😉

Love Your Frenemies is a story about Kimmy Domingo who is back in the the country after a year-long hiatus overseas. You see, she was dumped by her fiance a week before her wedding and escaping was her way to cope. However, she has to go back for her best friend’s wedding, and she found it the perfect first step towards building her life again. But first, she has to confront all the issues she left behind, including the persons who contributed to the heartbreak she’s been through.

The main character in this story, Kimmy Domingo, is contrary to the typical main characters because she is spiteful and selfish. In short, she’s a b*tch. Reading about Kimmy Domingo reminds me of Darcy Rhone in Something Blue. However, what I find likeable is Kimmy”s honesty and her sheer determination to change her life. Mina V. Esguerra has made Kimmy very realistic and believable by including her flaws and her bad side, and at the same time revealing that there is more to her character than what meets the eye.

I love the depth of the characters portrayed in this supposedly feel-good novel. It is not just a mere story; it is a story with sense. It talks about human relationships, including its flaws, and how each one of us must learn and accept each other as what we are.

“I came today because I realized that if I can’t forgive her and love her as she is, then I can’t expect anyone to do the same for me.”

The writing? It is simple and flowing, very easy to read. All in all, Love Your Frenemies is an outstanding local book of the genre that we, Pinoys, can be proud of. More of Mina V. Esguerra, please? 🙂

4/5 stars.


Once Upon A Time In Chinatown

by Charlotte Dianco

It is no secret that I am a book hoarder and that I am also a book pirate, if you know what I mean. Anyway, I got a copy of this for free and decided to read it anyway to pass by the time while waiting for a friend to finish a video presentation he is working on.

I didn’t expect much from this book considering the few reviews on Goodreads (I checked the reviews first before downloading it) and because of the lack of expectations, I was not sorely disappointed with the simple, very predictable flow of the story. Typical fairy tale where rich boy meets ordinary girl, they fall in love and live happily ever after — but only after one major kickback, of course, which I will leave hanging to give at least some suspense.

Once Upon A Time In Chinatown is the kind of story I can very well write myself — no modesty about it — because the writing is so ordinary and uncomplicated, without any profound insights to gather. Just the right reading I need to keep me awake on the wee hours of the morning.

2/5 stars.


6 thoughts on “PINOY READS: Love Your Frenemies by Mina V. Esguerra (and a novelette)

  1. Hi, Lynai! Oooohhh! Charlotte Dianco! She’s a good friend, although I haven’t seen her recently. I never knew that she’s published some books recently. I knew that she used to write for those local romances.

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