We all know someone who's in love with the idea of love, right? They're living life like a Disney fairytale, walking around with birds singing in their ears and bunny rabbits and squirrels following them like Snow White or Cinderella. And then reality hits and they realize they're not Snow White or Cinderella. They're not even Sleeping Beauty, who I always felt was the most boring Disney princess, but I digress.
Ellie Manuel loves love. She's lived her whole life believing that her Prince Charming exists and that he'll come along and sweep her off her feet. Well that doesn't happen. What does happen is she falls for her friend, coworker and current Prince Charming, Don. Though working in the same office could be a testy situation, Ellie is happy to see Don day and night, until things fall apart.
You know how when you break up with someone and you share common friends, someone gets the friends when you split? Imagine that your coworkers are your friends, your only friends. So how does one deal with a break up where she's suddenly the odd woman out at work and in her personal life? She changes departments.
Set in Manila, Mina V. Esguerra gives readers another quirky chick to cheer for in Fairy Tale Fail. Ellie's journey from sappy dingbat to savvy adult is an absolute pleasure to watch.
What did you like about this book?
Like her other books, Esguerra set this book in her hometown of Manila, so readers unfamiliar with customs and the culture are introduced to new and fun facts.
What didn't you like about the book?
At times, the story line was predictable.
What could the author do to improve this book?
Other than the predictability issue, not much.
Published April 2010
Available in Kindle/Nook format only
Theme: Weary by Amel Larrieux