All she wants is to get even…
Erika Apostol’s quiet and unassuming life gets disrupted when she learns that Richard Javier, the very same person who broke her heart many years ago, is now back in the country. Her world is turned upside down as old feelings she thought were buried resurface to haunt her once more.
Determined to give Richard a dose of his own medicine, Erika finds herself involved in an outrageous plan devised by her friends. They enlist the help of Jerome Gonzales, an attractive and charismatic DJ (with a playboy reputation), to pose as her significant other.
As the plan goes in full swing, Erika discovers Richard’s jealous side, and that there’s something more to Jerome than meets the eye. Will this grand charade work out the way it should, or will she be left with nothing in the end?
One thing about reading local novellas like this is that it makes me proud being a Filipino. J And it also makes me want to write my own novella as well, haha! But then, that is just wishful thinking.
In Over Her Head is a sweet, melodramatic book. Right at the start, I know that I’m going to be teary-eyed reading this. Who wouldn’t? The main character, Erika Apostol, is nursing a broken heart. And for almost ten years, she’s going to meet again the person who caused her misery. How will she react?
Ah, sob stories like these always never fail to affect me. Erika is real. Her character is relatable. I’ve known friends having experienced the heartbreak that she had and I can understand her pain and her misery. I can understand the way she coped with her emotions. It may not be a healthy coping mechanism, but who am I to judge?
And then there’s Richard. As a girl, it’s so easy for me to hate him. And I am so ready to hate him. But the resolution in the end, although not enough to convince me, may still be worth considering. Nobody’s perfect and expert enough when it comes to dealing with relationships and emotions, after all.
What I like best in this book is the dynamics among Erika’s friends and among her family. This, for me, is the highlight of the book. The romance part for me is only the tip of the iceberg. I love friendship stories. And family stories. Lorra, the bestfriend, may be a bully but she depicted the kind of friend I’d love to have: frank, honest, loyal. And then of course, Erika’s mom. I love her mom. She makes me think of Winnie Monsod. 😀
In Over Her Head is a story of friendship and love, of moving on and dealing with the past. It is a story of second chances. (In fact, it actually reminded me of my favorite John Lloyd-Bea movie, One More Chance. Hee.)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Anne Plaza has a degree in Psychology, but has actively pursued a career in writing in her previous work as a reporter and online editor. She currently works in the field of marketing communications and spends most of her time writing fiction (while not on the lookout for the nearest cupcake and cronut store). Aside from writing, she loves to read contemporary romance, young adult, fantasy, and historical fiction. She also collects stamps and postcards, and loves everything about cats. Anne is based in Quezon City, Philippines. In Over Her Head is her first published work in English.