Fairy Tale Fail is my second Mina V. Esguerra book, the first one being Love Your Frenemies which I absolutely loved. After I read Frenemies, I was longing for more chicklit high and I thought another Esguerra book would be wonderful. I was able to download Fairy Tale Fail from Smashwords and devoured it in just one sitting.
Yes, just one sitting. Because this is such a short story. So short that I was in fact surprised when I found out that it already ended. But I know that I shouldn’t complain, though, because it was described as a novella in the reviews, and most of all, because it was still a sweet and cute story — just the kind of light reading that I wanted at the time.
And because I
am too tired suck at writing summaries, here is the blurb from Goodreads:
Of all the twenty-something women who are hopeless romantics, Ellie Manuel is more “hopeless” than “romantic.”
Even after her Prince Charming broke up with her, she just won’t give up … because fairy tale heroines don’t live “happily ever after” right away, silly, they’re tested first!
Determined to pass the test, she spends the next year restoring herself to the girl Prince Charming had fallen in love with in the first place.
Until she discovers that life without him might not be so bad after all: her career is taking off, her confidence is back, and the cute guy at work is no longer a stranger.
So when is it okay to quit on a fairy tale?
I wasn’t exactly the fairy tale kind of girl. I never dreamed of becoming like Cinderella being swept away by her Prince Charming, but of course, I dreamt of happily ever after. I wanted the happily ever after so bad, I had been strictly guarding my heart. There were close calls before but I want to thing that I am the kind of woman who wants to be wise when it comes to matters of the heart. Maybe this is one reason why I only had one boyfriend (who is now my husband, hee) and married a little late (though some may say it wasn’t that late. :D) Of course, it would sound a bit ambitious to say that I am definitely expecting my happy ever after, but I truly am. My reasons to this hopefulness, however, deserve a separate post so let’s just leave it at that for the moment. 😉
Even though I cannot totally relate with Ellie when it comes to breakups and exes, I can understand her way of coping after the break up. She chopped her hair, dined out, ratted about Don to friends and acquaintances (so what if she appears bitter?), traveled alone to Bangkok, and changed her job. I mean, these are all things that are real — I have seen this happen on movies and TV shows and to celebrities and even to my own friends!
What I love the most about the book is not really about Ellie falling in love for the second time. Instead, I love her journey to self-recovery and discovery; the positive change in her outlook and her self-image. There is nothing very damaging to self-esteem than a break up but if one has to learn to love one’s self more rather than fall into a pity party, a break up can still bring something more wonderful and worthwhile to life.
To be honest? I cannot make up my mind on whom to like best between Don and Lucas. I know that Don is a total a** when he decided to break up with Ellie but for me his reasons also deserve some consideration. As for Lucas, he may have the kilig factor but somehow I am still looking for more depth to his character. I feel that he has to prove something more about himself rather than talk about it.
This is the reason why I think that the book ended abruptly. Although, on second thought, it is just as well because ever after is not something you just have to wait to happen. You have to at least work on it. And I would love to think that Ellie has this second chance to do just that.