PINOY READS: My Imaginary Ex/Mina V. Esguerra



image from Goodreads
image from Goodreads

The summary from Goodreads:

“Here’s what happens when you play pretend.

When Zack asks Jasmine to pretend to be his ex-girlfriend, she gamely agrees, thinking it would be fun. A few years later, she still has to keep convincing people that they were never together! Then one day, she finds out he’s getting married—to someone she’d just met once! All of a sudden, things aren’t so clear-cut anymore. Can Jasmine sort out her feelings (sometimes, she can’t even tell real from pretend when it comes to her and Zack) before it’s too late?”

Did I ever mention that I am on a Mina V. Esguerra marathon? 😀 My Imaginary Ex is already my seventh — the ones which I’ve already read are Love Your Frenemies, Fairy Tale Fail, Love Your Frenemies, Interim Goddess of Love #1, and No Strings Attached. So far, I have been satisfied with the chick-lit high I expected from Miss Esguerra, and I was ever so glad to have received three of her books in print last Christmas!

I made the mistake of reading Love Your Frenemies before My Imaginary Ex because  Kimmy Domingo, who is the protagonist in Frenemies is first introduced in MIE. However, despite doing so, my reading experience wasn’t totally spoiled although, of course, it would have been much better had I read these two books in order.

Anyway, My Imaginary Ex is, as the title suggests and what the blurb above says, about two people who played pretend and time came eventually for them to sort out what is real and what is not. What I like about the main protagonist, Jasmine, is that she is strong and very believable. Zack is as typical as any guy I’ve known, never really saying what he truly feels and instead assumes that the girl he is with would just know what he means. This is not to say that I do not like Zack — he is one of those guy protagonists who has that “swoon” factor — only that I think he and Jasmine could have saved more time and tears (and pointless relationships) had Zack just up and expressed what he truly feels.

The minor characters also played their respective part well, and I just have to laugh at some of their dialogues. Kimmy Domingo is just as hateful as she is in Love Your Frenemies and I have to reiterate what I’ve said in my post of that book that her character development is very well written.

The jumping back from past to present in the narration can sometimes be confusing but Jasmine’s voice as narrator is very engaging to keep me interested until the last page. My Imaginary Ex provides the perfect jumping point for Love Your Frenemies, and if you plan to read these books, please do not make the same mistake as I did not reading them in order.

Very short and light, My Imaginary Ex gave off  just the right dose of warm fuzzy feelings to cap this lovely love month. ♥


3/5 stars.

February 2013 Required Reading Challenge.

My copy: print, published by Media. A gift from Cary.

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