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Ellie Manuel is a hopeless romantic, stuck in a cubicle all day. She's in her twenties and should be having more fun. But instead of doing what she really wants, like traveling wherever her Philippine passport can take her, she's hung up on the guy who dumped her for not being "ambitious enough." Someone should tell her that there are other cool guys -- who probably even eEllie Manuel is a hopeless romantic, stuck in a cubicle all day. She's in her twenties and should be having more fun. But instead of doing what she really wants, like traveling wherever her Philippine passport can take her, she's hung up on the guy who dumped her for not being "ambitious enough." Someone should tell her that there are other cool guys -- who probably even eat at the same office cafeteria! -- who would encourage her just to be her fabulous self.FAIRY TALE FAIL won the 2012 Filipino Readers' Choice award for Chick Lit. Part of the Chic Manila series, but can be read as a standalone.**This 2017 edition has a new cover and a new epilogue that has a bit more heat. (Just a little.)...

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ISBN : 9781452386591
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Number of Pages : 269 Pages
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Fairy Tale Fail Reviews

  • K.D. Absolutely
    2019-04-26 18:26

    Definitely a nice romance book. A chick lit that is not hard for men to read or appreciate.I would imagine that younger men could see themselves as either the cool athletic Lucas or the serious workaholic Don. I am too old to relate to either of them and there is no parent character in this particular Esguerra chick lit. So, what did I consciously do to "connect" to the story? I asked myself this question: "If Ellie were my own daughter, would I be proud of her?"Overall, my answer was YES and this question made me like the book. While reading I analyzed the character of Ellie as if she were my daughter. I was seeing all that she's doing. I was hearing all that she's saying. I was the equivalent of a third-party omniscient narrator. I was like a third-party omniscient audience.Ellie is smart. She means well. She wants to make her parents proud of her by bringing somebody like the hardworking mature Don as her boyfriend. She tends to over-analyze things but that is what she is, a thinker. She's fond of traveling even if her salary can hardly support this hobby so oftentimes dreams of those places that she wants to see. Traveling is a good way to educate oneself. She's also a dreamer and we know that big things are normally created in the mind first; sometimes in a form of a dream.Ellie's weakness, however, is that probably because of her age (raging hormones), she easily gives in to temptation without even thinking. She unconsciously removes her blouse the moment that she is alone with Lucas. She engages in pre-marital sex without thinking twice. Is this how teenagers/young people now behave? Ellie is a thinker but when it comes to carnal urges, her whole brain liquefies and evaporates in just a matter of split second. Ellie is even portrayed as a religious (spiritual) person and yet she does not have any qualms sleeping with somebody who is not even her official boyfriend. Many young people read this book so I hope they will not pattern their morals with that of Ellie's.However, I'd like to think that Esguerra deliberately incorporated that trait into Ellie's biodata to put some verve into her like she is some kind of modern free-spirited young woman. I understand that most Filipino women would like to be seen as liberated, not priggish about sex and fun to be with. Of course, without being considered cheap nor easy to get. So, that part, I'd like to believe, is to cater to the fantasy of most women's fun side. Romance is basically an escapist genre so I fully understand.My 4th Esguerra book and definitely not my last.

  • Louize
    2019-05-17 20:05

    Fairy Tale Fail is a very short tale, but it completely validates female emotions. While every girl, of course, wishes for a Prince Charming; every girl also wishes for someone to appreciate them for everything they are. Most of the time, the charming ones are not charmed with the gift. My daughter said that a boyfriend material doesn’t have to be perfect; he just needs to listen and know when to turn the pressure off. Where did she get that? LOL, I think I have a good idea where…This book made me look back into the (not-so-distant) past, back at a time when my hubby and I were just dating. We didn’t really get to dance the Tango. He had his own moves, and I had my own, but we found each other’s moves interesting; and that worked for us. The truth is, if I had a boyfriend like Don, I would have squirmed. More than that, this book is about building self-confidence. Recovering from break-ups does not mean forgetting about your ex, it means reacquainting with yourself again – rebuilding yourself from the inside- for your own. Lucky Ellie, she had Lucas to remind her that.As I’ve said, this is a short charming tale everyone (Prince Charming included) may enjoy. I wish all the readers to find their own Lucas out there, as I have."Really, people should leave us brokenhearted folk alone and stop trying to fix us. We healed on our own time."Same thoughts written here.

  • Chachic
    2019-04-29 19:22

    September 2017 reread:Fairy Tale Fail was the first ever Mina V. Esguerra book that I read way back in 2010! It’s part of her Chic Manila series, which has several standalone titles that are loosely tied together only in the sense that the books are set in Manila and the main characters from each book know each other in some way. A new edition of this book has been released with a cover featuring theater actors Gio Gahol and Gab Pangilinan, and a short epilogue. I couldn’t help but reread it when I got my hands on thew edition. I have fond memories of this book and have been recommending it to all my friends, along with the rest of Mina’s books. As I mentioned in my Litsy review: I remember when I read this for the first time in 2010, I felt like the story was a slice out of MY real life. Philippine setting (complete with typhoons, bulalo and siomai), Manila corporate work environment. And I was the same age as the characters at that time. Reread it in one sitting today, and it felt like catching up with old friends. The kilig/swoon factor is still there and the new epilogue was a nice bonus.💖I did notice that the heat level for Fairy Tale Fail was very low. It’s the same for all of Mina’s earlier books. I guess it was just the expectation and trend at that time for Filipino-romance-in-English to have fade to black love scenes. I’m very happy to report that this isn’t the case nowadays. 🙂 I had fun revisiting Ellie and Lucas, more so because I don’t get to reread old favorites as much as I would want to. Now that the rainy season is here, I want to have bulalo (a Filipino type of broth that has meat and marrow) because it was mentioned in one of the pivotal scenes in the book. I think every Filipino romance should mention at least one Filipino dish that would make readers crave for it.If you’re ever in mood for Filipino romance, Mina V. Esguerra’s books are always a good place to start. 😀__________________________November 2010 review:I always say that in order for me to like a book, I have to be able to relate to it somehow. No worries on that department when it comes to this one because I could TOTALLY relate to Ellie. Twenty-something Filipina working in a corporate job but really doesn't know what her career path is? That could be me! Ellie's thing is traveling and making plans for hypothetical trips abroad. While I do love to travel, I don't get to do it that often so I guess it would be better to say that my thing is reading and blogging about books. I've never experienced an office romance like Ellie did but the breaking up with a boyfriend-who-was-a-friend-before-you-became-a-couple? Been there, done that. Ellie also has several circles of friends, from her high school barkada to her office mates and I'm like that as well. Each set of friends has a different personality and I like to think that each group brings out a different side of me. Ellie is really believable as a character - she's a representation of me, my friends and every young Pinay out there looking for her own fairy tale.I keep my reviews spoiler-free so I don't want to mention any names but I want a guy like the male protagonist! Seriously.♥ I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Ellie and her attempts to get her life back in order after the breakup. Fairy Tale Fail is a light and fun contemporary romance that gives a glimpse of middle class life in the Philippines. If only the paperback was as cheap as the e-book edition, I'd buy lots of copies and give them as Christmas gifts to my girlfriends. Unfortunately, the paperback is more expensive at P350. The good news is the e-book is available both in Smashwords and Amazon so for all international readers out there, you could order this anytime you want. If you want a peek at what our lives are usually like (and by us I mean young professionals in the Philippines), then go and read this book! At $0.99, it's cheaper than your average Starbucks coffee. It's really short too, more like a novella than a novel. I'm interested to see how readers outside the Philippines will react to this one. One minor quibble though, I wish Mina included footnotes to define some of the Filipino words used in the book like kuya, barkada and bulalo so that foreigners will be able to understand them. That said, I'd like to thank Mina for coming up with a well-written Filipino chick lit novel. :) I look forward to reading her other book, My Imaginary Ex and I hope she comes up with a thicker novel next time.

  • Tina
    2019-05-13 20:14

    Fairy Tale Fail really is a cute book, one that has the right amount of fluff and life lessons for the everyday working girl. It’s very easy to relate to Ellie, the protagonist, with her fairy tale whims and romanticism. While I never had a Prince Charming like her, I knew the feeling of wanting to have a fairy tale romance, one where I have a set guide for who Prince Charming should be. I know about obsessing about a guy, and I sort of know how it feels to restoring yourself when experiencing a loss.I have to admit that like Ellie, I think I’d also prefer to have a guy like Don, but I would find someone like Lucas intriguing. Out of my league, but very intriguing. Lucas and Ellie’s development was done gradually, and it was nice to see that it wasn’t a rushed romance — nothing is more disappointing than a rushed romance in a chick lit novel, I swear. Lucas seemed sexy, yet he had a good heart, even if he seemed a bit hard to see. I kind of wish I got to know more of him through the story, but since the story was told in Ellie’s point of view, we only know as much as she does.Here’s my favorite part (a spoiler, so if you’re reading/planning to read this, skip this!): “You think you’re funny,” I said ruefully. “I have no idea what my life is going to be like now.” …”You told me that your life wasn’t all about work. That you had a lot of things you looked forward to when you got out of the office…Then that’s exactly what your life is going to be. You’ve still got your family, your hobbies, your friends, and none of that will change…And I’m probably going to, you know, start calling. Driving you home. Taking you to movies you hate…And then you’ll probably want to introduce me to your mom. Your nephew Dylan will love me because kids like me, and I’ll tell him about my brother’s job and our pirate story, and he’ll just be so attached to me. And then you’ll want me to go to church again, and we’ll probably discuss that at length. But I probably will go to church with you at least once, and it will be in your college church, to erase the memory of what that douche did there.”Ah Lucas. Where can I find someone like you? ♥ Fairy Tale Fail is a fresh and cute story that’s sure to make you sigh and be kilig. :)

  • Janice (Janicu)
    2019-05-23 19:17

    3.5 stars really. Liked this one. A quick little gem. Review originally posted on my book blog hereThe Premise: Ellie Manuel is a young twenty-something working girl and free spirit. She enjoys her job in Marketing, but work is not the end-all and be-all of her life. Travel is her real passion, and can spend hours constructing her next vacation. From what to eat to where to stay, the options are limitless. Ellie is a dreamer for sure, and she is convinced that life is like a fairytale. There are only seven types of stories, but in Ellie's life, she is the Hero, and eventually, she will get her happily ever after. That is why, when her boyfriend Don dumps her because they aren't "in sync", Ellie is sure it's all just a part of her Hero's Journey. Don will come back if she stays true. Then months pass, and Ellie isn't so sure. She gets promoted, makes friends with the cute guy of the office, and begins to feel happy, without Don. Wasn't Don her True Love? Or was she mistaken?My Thoughts: It was very interesting to read about life in the corporate world that's so different from mine. Not only do I know nothing about Marketing or Client Services, but the corporate culture in Ellie's life sounds so different. Just the fact that there were a lot of young people in Ellie's office blew me away (there is a serious dearth of people my age where I work), but that there is a social life among them? I'm jealous. I loved the concept of the barkadas - circles of friends and how they tied into the story. How social the work culture seems! I also enjoyed the glimpses of life in Manila like the food and the torrential rain that are a part of life there. Peppered throughout the story are Filipino words that I usually could guess the meanings of within the context. I wish there was a glossary, but I didn't *need* it.Ellie and Don belonged to the same barkada at work before they started dating. When Don breaks up with Ellie, it's very painful for her, and it's made more so because Don is still within her circle of friends, and he was there first. With Ellie's feelings on her sleeve, things are very awkward with Don, Ellie, and their work barkada. I really felt for Ellie during the breakup and it's aftermath. I think most people have experience with a bad break up. The fallout amongst friends and the little dramas that play out afterwards felt very realistic (the dialogue felt particularly spot on as well). Ellie's situation conjures up those feelings of denial, depression, and bargaining that are part of the grief process, although I wondered and worried about Ellie. She just wouldn't get angry at Don nor would she accept her relationship with him was completely over, but this is obviously the crux of the story.Ellie has to get herself out of her post-breakup rut and regain control. So she makes some changes like moving to a job in Client Services. She takes some trips alone, and makes friends with Lucas, the cute guy with Rock Star hair. Lucas at first doesn't seem like Ellie's type. He's tattooed, a smoker, and agnostic, and office gossip has him dating one pretty girl after another and fathering a lovechild. For a nice Catholic girl, he hits everything on Ellie's no-no list, but the more she gets to know Lucas, the more she realizes that her first impressions were wrong. They have a charming relationship with the sort of easy conversations you only have with your very best friends. A year later and Ellie is more like her original self:"Ellie the Free Spirit was the girl [Don] fell in love with, the kind of person he kept comparing Ellie the Girlfriend to, and apparently by being away from him I was restoring myself to that state."It isn't exactly a surprise where the story goes from here, but it is nice and satisfying the way it does.Overall: This was a short and sweet chick lit that charmed me with it's whimsical main character, easy dialogue, and feel-good romance. As a bonus, the Manila setting gave me a glimpse of another culture, and I'm always hungry to learn about places I haven't been.

  • Monique
    2019-05-23 21:32

    Wow, that was a quick read. It felt like I just sat down to read it, and already I'm done with it. I picked up this book just for variety. I realized I hadn't been reading any chicklit lately, and with some reviews lavishing praises upon this novel, I thought I'd give it a try. The verdict in two words: just okay. Nothing exceptional, nothing bad, either. And for someone who is writing in a second language (I am just presuming that it is, the author being Filipina), I think that her writing was clear and fluid. The plot isn't exceptional either, nor are the characters exactly unforgettable. Plot-wise, well, it was predictable (of course she's going to end up with that guy, like you didn't know...). So... the book was really just... okay. One comment, however. She made use of Tagalog words like "kuya" and"barkada" among others without the proper translations. A foreigner reading the book would've found the translations helpful, and would appreciate the non-necessity for an English-Tagalog dictionary. Okay for a light reading. Three stars should do. :)

  • Vicki Tyley
    2019-05-21 14:23

    Restless Ellie is always looking for excitement and her own fairy tale. Not surprising then that her hobby is researching and planning travel/trips abroad.I enjoyed this novella. It’s not a “girly” romance but it is an easy read. While there were times I would’ve liked to have shaken Ellie, her blinkered outlook added to the characterisation. Set in Manila, the story also gives a glimpse into another culture. I learned a few Filipino terms like “barkada” and “kuya” that I hadn’t come across before.Recommended for anyone looking for a quick, entertaining read.

  • Cary
    2019-05-06 16:10

    Faily Tale Fail is my third book for Mina Esguerra, and so far, in all fairness to her, she never fails to amuse me with her stories. Just like the two other books by Mina Esguerra that I've read, this novella's plot is cute, easy to read and has the "kilig" moments that I can easily relate to.Generally, the story is not something that is so unique and different for me because I've read some stories with similar plot. What I like most about this book are the characters and the setting. I always love reading novels with stories that remind me of some feelings and situations I had before or with characters that I can relate to myself or remind me of someone I know. Apparently, Don and Lucas reminds me of two guys I used to like before so I really cant help but smile the whole time I was reading this book hahaha!Reading is my past time so I read books for pleasure and entertainment purposes, and a good book for me, is usually something that would make me smile and think happy thoughts all through out the time that Im reading it and of course, as I've mentioned earlier, the story should be something that I can easily relate to in one way or another. Like Ellie, I am free-spirited, loves travelling and admittedly a hopeless romantic. If I would have a Prince Charming of my own, I would like to him to be Mr. Perfect, with stable job, hardworking,gentleman, no vices and all that, just like Don. I would like to meet him as an "aloof and arrogant guy who gets over himself and reveals his other side – sensitive, caring and responsible" but I would like him also to be someone who shares the same principles and interest with me and supportive of my passion. Sometimes, Mr. Perfect is not necessarily Mr. Right and if you insist that the fairy tale that you've designed is something that involves Mr. Perfect and Mr. Right as the same person,then things would definitely turn out differently from happily ever after. This is the reason why Ellie's first relationship did not end up well. She keeps on insisting that Mr. Perfect is the right man for her and she holds on to her fantasy that their break-up is part of the test so she can't move on and be happy. Having not able to experience the break-up that Ellie had, I know I dont have the right to talk about getting over and moving on but my feminist side always makes me want to hit people like Ellie in the head for holding on to undeserving guys like Don. And in a fairy tale, there is always this knight in shining armour so here comes Lucas, the cool and fun-to-be-with and definitely the better guy, but she could not accept because he is not the good guy she thought she want. So when she finally realize that Don is not the right one for her I kind of felt so relieved and happy that she ended up with the right guy.

  • Holly
    2019-05-19 17:20

    Ellie Manuel is your average twenty something professional. She has a stable relationship with the good guy Don in her corporate barkada and likes to travel in her spare time. What you wouldn’t know from first glance is that she believes in fairy tales. Not just the ones in books, but those in real life. So when her Prince Charming dumps her, Ellie refuses to believe their relationship is over. She figures that her story will just be more tried-and-true-tested than most. After a year of work promotions, exotic vacations, and getting to know the cute stranger at the office, why doesn’t she miss him more?As soon as I read Chachic’s review of this light and short Filipino chick lit novella I knew it was for me. I just had to wait for a day where I really needed a quick pick-me-up, and when I did it worked wonders. It’s smooth, everyday writing style and succinct descriptions made the reading extremely easy and fast as well as completely entertaining and fun. Ellie is such the quintessential ordinary girl as well that I think you’d find it difficult not to relate to her. I mean she believes in happily ever after fairy tales but is an average, vulnerable and hopelessly hopeful heroine herself – what’s not to like? I couldn’t help but remember my own best-friend-turned-more high school relationship that backfired when we broke up but shared the same group of friends. I found what Ellie said about her myriad groups of friends to be very true to life:Some people had one large group of friends, and that was all they needed. I, on the other hand, had many small circles of friends. High school friends, college blockmates, college orgmates, cousins, friends from my first job, the barkada from my current job. These groups all had different personalities – and sometimes I was in the mood for one group and not another.I can see why some readers may become slightly frustrated with her romantic blindness but I connected with the unrealistic hanging onto dreams and ideals especially when it comes to finding Mr. Right. And while we’re on that subject what the pleasant and sometimes confusing surprise the mysterious hottie Lucas turned out to be! At first I thought he was not my type but boy was I wrong. I eagerly and delightedly watched their relationship develop. I wished we got to know him a little better before their story ended but overall Fairy Tale Fail was cute, light, and effortless contemporary chick lit and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Now if only more of Mina Esguerra’s books were available internationally, because I’m dying to read My Imaginary Ex.

  • Janus the Erudite Artist
    2019-04-28 13:30

    Fairy Tale Fail introduces readers to Ellie. A girl in her twenties who believes life is like a fairy tale, and she falls in love with the idea of a happily ever after – oh girl, are you in for a huge reality check! Fairy Tale Fail kind of reminds me of the movie, Legally Blonde. You know, the movie where this blonde girl gets dumped by her boyfriend, and she goes into law school where the guy is at and tries to prove herself so that he’d take her back. But in the end the guy’s a douche and she realizes she doesn’t want the guy anymore – something like that.I think (and correct me if I’m wrong) that this book is the shortest one I’ve read from Mina Esguerra. I guess that’s one reason I find myself speechless over reading this book – uh, dumbstruck (?) might be more appropriate (since I’m typing all this). It doesn’t have the kind of foundation or character development like the other books have.Ellie is a good character, but she’s not as memorable as the rest of the protagonists from the author’s other books. Same goes with the leading man, Lucas is okay. But I didn’t get to know him that much so I can’t really say I like him. But if I had to choose between him and Don, I’d say Lucas all the way. I’ve been with someone like Don, and I hated the way I was told I’m not ready for this and that because I’m not “dedicated” enough to the job at hand. Dude, seriously, lay off! Been there, done that! Trust me, they always think they know better on how you should live your life.What stood out for me while reading this is the way Ellie portrayed a strong kind of woman. She never really needed to change in the first place just so she could find true love. I think that’s one important matter that women should come to realize. So yeah, it was good, just too short. But I say, “Yay!” to women empowerment. :)For more of my reviews, please visit my blog: The Blair Book Project @ www.theblairbookproject.blogspot.com

  • Nenette
    2019-04-26 18:13

    Another light and easy romantic short novel from Mina Esguerra. An all-pleasure, definitely no-pressure read. Her stories focus on the love life and lifestyle of the young professional set. Being not so young myself, it is nice to be able to think back to those years in my life through her books (not that there's any similarity considering the generation gap). The short length and no-fuss narrative add to the book's credit as it is just right for this genre. I'd say "keep it coming"!

  • JM Cabral
    2019-05-22 18:20

    This book just concluded my 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge! Huzzah!Painfully relatable, and yet still very much sweet and light.Word vomit review / Points that I loved:- BULALO- The story falls under the office crush trope, which I haven't really read much of, but seem to love.- MC is a traveler and I admire her passion towards seeing the rest of the world. Makes me wish I was just as eccentric. - LI might have had theRock Starlooks and personality, but he's still a soft boy to me and I have nothing but love for Lucas. - It's unreal how the weather and flooding situations easily reminded me of my time in college at UST. This might mean nothing to those who don't get it, but for the Thomasians out there, you'll definitely understand.I'm not going to lie: one of the main reasons why I wanted to read Fairy Tale Fail by Mina V. Esguerra is because of that kissing scene from #feelsfest2017. Yes, it's a pretty shallow reason to read a book, but I don't care. Because of that, I picked this book up and devoured it in a day. Again, it's fast-paced, it's short, it's sweet, and not to mention heartwarming. It represents hopeless romantics such as myself, and I'm happy I somehow see myself in Ellie Manuel. Another well-recommended 5-star #romanceclass read. :)

  • Bennard
    2019-05-03 19:28

    From The Book HooliganLet me get straight to the point: Fairy Tale Fail is an infuriating novella. Clocking in at 142 pages, it is the worst book I have ever read full stop. In my opinion, it has no value whatsoever to the point that the world can easily find another mediocre writer who can easily replicate Esguerra’s efforts in Fairy Tale Fail. In fact, I couldn’t imagine that said hypothetical writer could do worse than Esguerra in writing this particular book. Do I make sense? Maybe not but forgive me, memories of this particular book can make me incoherent.Fairy Tale Fail is the story of Ellie Manuel, a twenty-something hopeless romantic who suddenly breaks up with her so-called “Prince Charming” at the beginning of the novella. The break-up was, I admit, brutal. Don, the “Prince Charming”, accompanied Ellie to her favorite church and there begins to chastise her by pointing out her many flaws then nonchalantly breaks up with her like it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. From here, Ellie spends most of her time psychoanalyzing Don’s reasons for breaking up with her and thinking of ways to get him back.However, while all of this is happening, along comes a spider in the guise of Lucas whom Ellie secretly calls “Rock Star”. Chance encounters between Lucas and Ellie cultivate a friendship between the two with a tinge of casual flirtations and possibilities of escalation. Ellie then becomes stuck between choosing Don or Lucas with her romantic side pining for Don since she believes that Don is her “Prince Charming” while her adventurous side wanting to choose Lucas even though he is less than ideal.First of all, I fully know that I am not the right audience for this kind of book and that there are a lot of people out there who like Fairy Tale Fail. However, I am not one of those people. Fairy Tale Fail is peppered with faults which outweigh its merits and that reading it made me very critical of its style instead of making me enjoy the story.One of the many faults of Esguerra’s novella is that Ellie is the bad kind of narrator. She passes herself of as the heroine of the story, the damsel in distress to Don’s Prince Charming, when, in reality, she is an unreliable narrator with a penchant for manipulating her friends. For example, Ellie defends Don’s actions to her friends by telling them that Don had a point and that her friends, who are also his friends, should not give Don a hard time by alienating him. However, I just had this inkling while reading the passage that Ellie was saying all that just to absolve herself of any backstabbing while also having the benefit of hearing bad things being said about her ex. Yes, it was not said explicitly in the novella but it was implied in the writing, something that was being said between the lines, and that implicit meaning felt like that it was due to bad writing and not author’s intent. The author intended Ellie to be a sympathetic character but, for me, she came across as the exact opposite.The characterization of the protagonists is also weak and flimsy. Instead of making well-balanced characters, the protagonists of the novella are caricatures and exactly what you can expect from typical romantic comedies devoid of any artistic merit. They are deliberately made to be likable with flaws which do not really make the reader hate them but instead make them more likable. Lucas, for example, is enveloped in an air of mystery. He is called “Rock Star” by Ellie and her friends, covered in tattoos, has messy hair, and “had the appearance of a guy forced into crisp shirt and ties to earn a living.” For me, it felt that the descriptions that Esguerra wrote about Lucas were there to replace fleshing him out as if Lucas’ appearance can substitute his actual character. Yes, he was given a back story regarding a pregnant girl friend and rumors about who left who in the relationship but it wasn’t substantial and it felt like a futile attempt for depth because the reader didn't really care at the beginning whether he left his girlfriend or not. And, as an additional offence to literature, Don is made out to be a complete asshole in accordance to cliché and whose sole purpose in the novella is to make the reader root for Lucas a little bit more.Not just the characters but everything in the novel is problematic. The dialog is trite and oversimplified; the supporting characters are caricatures doing nothing to further the story; the whole plot requires some suspension of disbelief; and the technique is nonexistent. As a reader, I can do without technique and the suspension of disbelief but this novella just failed on so many levels, on everything in fact, and to have everything in the story working against it is just a home run for bad writing.Too much optimism is the problem. I have no problem with books that are made to provide happiness to its readers but I just felt that Fairy Tale Fail exceeded escapism and ventured into the realms of delusion, to the literal meaning of the word ‘fairy tale’, and that it blinds the readers from the harsher realities of love. Love stories, for it to work, must have the gravity of tragedy and it can end in two different ways, happy or otherwise. What the tragedy must do is to make defeat brutal or to make victory sweet. In that regard, Fairy Tale Fail did indeed fail because it wasn't brave enough to take risks and instead settled for mediocrity.

  • Eliza Victoria
    2019-05-10 17:14

    Have you heard about the Hummingbird? Emily Nussbaum wrote about this new television archetype in the New Yorker. The Hummingbird is described as possessing "a primal optimism that amounts to a superpower; she’s generous and idealistic despite plentiful evidence that the world is cruel". They are "idealistic feminine dreamers whose personalities are irritants. They are not merely spunky, but downright obsessive." They are an "alienating-yet-sympathetic" bunch. (Seriously, read the article.)While listening to Ellie in Fairy Tale Fail (the book is narrated in a conversational manner; think you and Ellie during a coffee break/tsismisan marathon)I kept wondering who she reminded me of. Because she is very familiar. I'm sure you've met your share of Ellies. The so-called hopeless romantics who don't see logic or reason. They are Annoying (with a capital A), and yet you are drawn to their belief that the universe will eventually find its balance. I am reminded of Nussbaum's Hummingbird theory when Ellie mentions the monomyth several times, as if it were the only guide a person can have. Who clings to the monomyth? Who does that? Ellie is insane, but I enjoyed her story. A good, light read. Bring it with you during a weekend.

  • Isamlq
    2019-05-15 21:05

    Two things: I liked it but didn't like one specific thing in it. I liked that all the characters' reactions and quirks were believable. The hate on the ex-boyfriend parade? Check. The 'Move on. Oh, please move on? Check. But what had me holding back was her 'Woe, is me' schtick. More specifically, I was held back by how blinded she was to what she thought she wanted. That aside, Fairy Tale Fail reads a lot like those visuals in Batman and Robin fight scenes. Who here remembers those *WHOOSH* or *SMACK* visuals? FTF reminds me of those for some reason. The dialogue is fast paced; the writing in general was lightning quick. The story itself is simple. When Ellie is dumped by one she considers perfect, she has a chance to do things over. Along the way (with some a lot of glances back,) she rediscovers herself and her passions then kind of/sort of meets a new guy. And said guy? Well, get a load of this, "He always looked clean and he smelled great but his hair was a calculated mess." These characters felt possible to me. Her moving on (albeit reluctant and slow then stop start at some points) read real to me. Him being the subject of gossip, being called Rock Star'? I bought those things as well!3/5

  • Venessaa ♡☮♫
    2019-04-26 19:26

    Fairy Tale Fail is a short chick lit story about Ellie, a girl who was broken up with recently by her boyfriend Don.So, she was a bit broken heart at first, but then, she found her way out of the sadness and learned that after every problem, the sun would always shine on you and give you a, maybe, happy ending.I really loved this book! Well, it might be short but it still made me realize that after every heartbreak, well, not everything's gonna end. Like in this book, it showed that Ellie became a much more better person after her and Don's breakup and that oh well, she'll find someone better (and sweeter:)) like Lucas :))I really, really liked the last part when Ellie and Lucas were talking. So cuuuute :))

  • Cienne Olaes
    2019-04-28 18:06

    As posted in my facebook status: I love this book. I was so moved while reading. At first I cried, then was filled with anger, then I got stuck with this emotion and heard myself say out loud "he's an ass! he's an ass!" and then I think there's a couple of scenes that made me laugh out loud, some part where i was laughing out loud then was also teary-eyed at the same time. And then there were pages where I read over and over because it was so well written. And then out loud, I'd say "oh my god! oh my god!".I don't know why some people would not agree but my verdict remains the same: five stars for Mina V. Esguerra! I'm such a fan!

  • Tricia
    2019-05-19 18:15

    I hate Ellie for sticking to that asshole Don but I like her during the last parts of the book. I wish I can imagine Lucas clearly. I kept imagining the macho guy I see on Showtime (I think he's a football player?) and he's sort of plain (compared to Zach from Mina's My Imaginary Ex -- which I really love) which ruined the whole romantic story for me lolAnyway, it's good! I really enjoyed reading Mina's books :)

  • Biena (The Library Mistress)
    2019-04-30 13:23

    I love and hate Ellie. I love that she is carefree but I hate that she believes in fairy tales as much as I do.I promise to write a comprehensive review of this book as it really made me happy and well, a bit sad too.But for now, this copy now goes to Kwesi! :D

  • Alexa
    2019-05-06 17:32

    Read this with the Enchanted soundtrack playing in the background. Perfect day is perfect. Thank you to Ms. Mina for making this free for a day! Also, congratulations on winning in the Chick Lit category for the 1st Reader's Choice Awards in the ReaderCon last Saturday!!

  • Jess
    2019-05-22 15:07

    Didn't love Ellie's so-called friends, but this was otherwise a very enjoyable read.

  • Jen
    2019-05-09 14:22

    Mindless and entertaining.

  • Solaine Chioro
    2019-05-04 15:08

    3,5.Eu sigo amando Mina V. Esguerra? Sigo sim, obg. É muito interessante eu ter lido a série do começo pro final, porque dá pra perceber o quanto a autora evoluiu (até chegar à obra prima que é Better At Weddings Than You, meu grande amor) e como o potencial sempre esteve ali. Fairy Tale Fail é uma história menor, bem mais rápida que as outras, mas ainda é muito fácil se apaixonar pela escrita da Mina e se relacionar com a personagem. A Ellie, coitada, toda focada nessa fantasia que ela criou e no ex-embuste. E EU GOSTEI MUITO DO LUCAS??? MUITO MESMO??? Ele já tá no meu top 3 par romântico favorito de Chic Manila, junto com o Aaron e o Damon. Eu queria um pouco mais de cenas do Lucas com a Ellie, acho que se o livro fosse um pouco maior, do tamanho dos outros da série, teria mais tempo pra isso, mas eu amei todas as cenas deles juntos!!! (view spoiler)[Eu também adorei que a cena de sexo que teria nesse livro não aconteceu, porque os personagens da Mina têm bom senso e sempre usam camisinha. E a cena acabou sendo fofa/engraçadinha.(hide spoiler)]Enfim, gostei! Falta só mais um pra acabar a série e já tô abalada.

  • Kristy Mauna
    2019-05-15 19:11

    "We were not on the same page, but on opposite pages of the same spread."My first Mina V. Esguerra book and I'm in loveeee!Seriously, I can't believe that it took me this long to finally buy one of her stories. I'm also glad that I chose this one to start with because I really enjoyed it!It was a quick read, but I instantly fell in love with Ellie and her story. It was easy to relate to her because I'm such a romantic (like her), and believing in the fairy tale ending is a beautiful thing. Even though the story developed quickly, I actually enjoyed it this way.Then of course there was the romance! Lucas was a fun character and I swooooon.Just love, love, love! Definitely the "pick-me-up" that I needed on these gloomy summer days! Now, I'm going to read some more! :xIf you're looking for a light romance, quick summer read then pick this one up!

  • Hazel (Stay Bookish)
    2019-05-24 17:14

    I loved the ending! Also, I want my own Lucas pretty please.

  • Lynai
    2019-05-02 17:09

    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.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 just 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.Also posted in It's A Wonderful Bookworld.

  • Rhena
    2019-05-26 13:18

    Originally posted on Snapshot Inkblot WhatnotIn a nutshell. Guy breaks up with girl and girl still roots for her relationship with now-ex anyway even if another good-looking guy is coming her way. New guy becomes her confidant and, unconsciously, she becomes his confidante, too. Turns out both of them had his/her heart broken recently and chose to heal in the company of the other. As friends, at least. Girl started to be okay and lots of things happened so fast--she started getting busy and unknowingly climbed up the career ladder, as if the cosmos is obliged to help in her speedy recovery. Naturally, ex now wants her back. Either not having enough self-pride or just in dire need of a closure, she agrees to a dinner he offered. In Bangkok. During dinner, realizations start pouring in and, having a clear picture now of what is actually happening, she started bombarding her date with questions which rendered him speechless. Almost. She gets the closure she wanted, rushes to the side of the guy who supported her in her not-so-glorious days, and finally ends her fairy tale on a good note.It isn't something I haven't read or watched before. But the thing about this story, which made me read through it until the last leaf in one sitting, is found on the little details somewhere in between.I like Ellie, the protagonist, in the sense that many girls our age would relate with her. (But then again, maybe it's just me. Haha.) Constantly in love with the idea of being in love. Natural sucker for weddings and warm, fuzzy feelings. Usually falls for the Good Guy aka Prince Charming. Loves planning because, you know, she already pictured out everything in her head and so things just have to happen according to how she imagined it. Heads to a direction her impulsive, young self imposed upon her (which presently looks like it isn't the best road for her but she trudges on anyway) and not letting this path to stop her from doing little hobbies close to her heart. Like traveling, or planning for travels. Probably keeps a journal or an album, too, to make sure everything is well-documented. A definite owner of a planner. Her favorite color is something of a pastel shade, or maybe coral or teal. (Okay, this is beginning to look like my slum book page!)Another thing I liked about this are the conversations between Ellie and Lucas, the new guy. Although they enjoy the same interests, they have different opinions on most things. And that means a lot of arguments and contradicting each other. That is a fun thing to read. Also, I think it carefully worded which makes the reading experience so fluid.Lastly, I loved how it ended. Of course it's still your formula ending, but what I'm referring to is Lucas' monologue. They say we, Filipinos, suck at making or writing endings once the protagonists have come together, sometimes making you cringe all over, but this one's done a fine job, methinks.Overall, I liked this better than my first Mina Esguerra chicklit, That Kind of Guy.

  • Alona
    2019-05-03 19:30

    Fairy Tale Fail is the first Mina V. Esguerra book I've read and I instantly became a fan. This is one of my best reads for the first quarter of the year. And since I discovered her works, whenever I crave for a light read, Mina's books are always on my top list.Ellie Manuel is a believable character that most twenty-something working girls can easily relate to. I know every girl had once looked for Mr. Right and asked for a happy ever after. That is why we can understand what Ellie had gone through with. It was a little annoying that she still waits for that douche after what he did to her but if we put ourselves in Ellie's shoes, well, I can't blame her.What I really like in this novel is Ellie's development. Though it’s just a quick read, Mina showed her growth as an individual. I like the way Ellie rebuilt herself after the break up, she didn't immediately venture into another relationship but instead she gradually developed her self-confidence. I'm not really into travelling but her extensive planning of trips made me want to try it too. I guess it would be fun if I go with my friends. I'm not as bold as Ellie to go out of the country alone.Now let’s talk about Lucas. *Fan Girling Mode On* OMGeeee. I'm so in looooove with this guy. As I said in my MBB (My Book Boyfriend) post, Lucas is on top of my list of swoon-worthy guys. He is far from perfect but his imperfection made him endearing. All I can say is, Lucas is ♥. I have one post dedicated just for him so I guess that's enough. :DIf you're looking for a sweet light read full of kilig scenes and charming, characters,Fairy Tale Fail is a good choice.Challenge:Book # 27 of 2012 ****Review also posted @ Off the Wall.

  • Itsy Bitsy Book Bits
    2019-04-26 19:04

    Fairy Tale Fail by Mina Esguerra is a cute light hearted short read. It’s the type of book that makes every girl believe in the everyday Prince Charming and wants one for themselves. Ellie is a twenty something living the life she thought was perfect. She has a corporate job, her boyfriend, and loves to travel on her days off. Sounds perfect, right? Well it absolutely falls apart on her. Ellie and her boyfriend break up and its devastating for her. We’ve all been there so the pain from that was completely relatable. Now Ellie needs to pick up the pieces of her life and figure out where to go from there.Enter Lucas. Lucas is a guy who works with Ellie. So yes the office romance could get kind of sticky but I like how this one was played out. The attraction between them was gradual. It wasn’t rushed and it wasn’t insta-love which made it so believable. Plus, it takes a little while to nurse a broken heart. Lucas is completely swoon worthy and it’s awesome that the author brought out his imperfections which made this book so much better. He wasn’t Mr. Perfect but his imperfections made him endearing.I loved the difference you had between the two male characters. They were both very different from one another and there were qualities that I liked in both. I found Ellie to be very relatable as well. Every emotion she went through I felt the same thing. I do wish the author would’ve put footnotes in or a glossary with some of the Filipino words that she used so the readers knew what they were.This is a good book if you’re looking into a quick read with no angst. It’s just a sweet lovable story about a girl picking up her life and finding her perfect Prince Charming

  • Celester Mejia
    2019-05-23 21:06

    At some point while I was reading the story, I thought Ellie is going to be just another typical chick lit heroine who wanted nothing else but to be a fairy tale princess. And I thought right! Maybe there was this line when Ellie said "[she] wasn't obsessed with being a fairy tale princess" but that was not the truth. Well, at least at the beginning. Having said that, I still really enjoyed reading it.Here's one of my many favorite parts of the story:"Some people are just better as friends," Lucas said. "Maybe that's the lesson you have to learn too.""Hey my therapy time is over. This is your time now.""What I'm saying," Lucas said, clearing his throat, "is that being friends with someone doesn't mean they'll always be loyal to you. Or that they'll always be the kind of person you knew."Mina V. Esguerra did a great job writing Fairy Tale Fail! Reading it wasn't like I'm reading it at all. Rather, it was like somebody's telling me the story inside my head. (Or maybe that's what really happens when you read with your eyes and not with your mouth.) Also, I loved how the story between Ellie and Lucas evolved from being somewhat-strangers, to friends, to something more. And the two of them are very, very likeable!And why I gave it four stars instead of five? Because the story will leave you craving for more! And I hate hunger...This is an interesting story! I'm sure everyone will love this!