Fairy Tale Fail

Fairy Tale Fail

by Mina V. Esguerra

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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 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.)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940000896495
Publisher: Mina V. Esguerra
Publication date: 04/20/2010
Series: Chic Manila , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 301 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance and young adult novellas. She has a bachelor's degree in Communication and a master's degree in Development Communication, put to good use in her work as trainer and content management consultant. Mina lives in Metro Manila, Philippines, with her husband and daughter. She finds inspiration in the lives and experiences of other people, so the answer to "Is this story based on you?" is always, always "No."

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Fairy Tale Fail 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*There may be spoilers in this review* I enjoyed this short novel/novella - cute chick lit set in the Philippines. I really enjoyed Ellie's voice, and Lucas was adorable. I rooted for them to get together, and I'm so glad that Ellie didn't go back to Don. He may have been a "good guy," but he was a "bad boyfriend." I'm not totally sure I understood the sprinkling of Tagalog words throughout the story, but that didn't detract from my overall understanding. I was hoping for an author's note or glossary at the end to define these words, but I had to settle for Google ;) Still, I enjoyed learning new words, and I think they added to the feel of the book. I wanted to see more of the development of Ellie and Lucas's friendship. What we did get to see was really sweet, and I liked it a lot, but I was left wanting to see more. I love stories in which the "true loves" start out as just friends and the friendship just grows and changes into something more, so this story was just the kind of story I like (could be why I love the Anne of Green Gables books so much - I love to watch the friendship between Anne and Gilbert grow into more). I will definitely be on the lookout for more by this author.
Dia_Pelaez More than 1 year ago
Fairy Tale Fail is very relatable story of being blinded by love, being heartbroken and finally being able to move on and become a better person. The story is nothing out of the ordinary, but that’s not always a bad thing. Truth be told, though this story has nothing majorly ground-breaking in it, the simple fact that it reflects reality is exactly what makes it so special. Every little girl has probably dreamed of meeting her own prince charming one day – that one guy who would sweep her off her feet and give her the happy-ever after that she so deserves. We can pin all the blame on those Disney movies that gave us such unrealistic views of love, but seriously, I think that deep inside every grown woman lies that little girl who yearns for her perfect happy ending. In Fairy Tale Fail, we hear the voice of Ellie, a twenty-something single woman whose life is centered on having her own happy ever after. She’s got her stable job, her perfect boyfriend and the only thing that’s missing is marriage. However, the thing is, no matter how perfect you think something is, life sometimes throws you in a pinch and you end up realizing that it’s not so perfect at all. Overall, I like Ellie. There were some moments when I wanted to smack her with a broomstick, but overall, she did nothing majorly off-putting for me to want to do some serious damage if I ever meet her. Also, I loved the fact that aside from the romance aspect of the book, it was Ellie’s transformation that was the center-piece of the story. What I didn’t like, however, was when she took the initiative and slept with Lucas. It’s just that this move on her part was something that I didn’t expect for her to do. Right from the start of the story, Ellie is portrayed as this dependable and level-headed woman. Sure, she can be a romantic, but that’s normal for women because of estrogen, right? I mean, she took her time with Don. And suddenly, on an impulse, she sleeps with a guy who’s not even her boyfriend. Granted, they had chemistry and sparks going on, and she suddenly had this eureka moment about her feelings for Lucas, but I just find it out-of-character for her to do. Maybe it’s just me. I don’t know. I highly appreciate the nitty-gritty realism that the author has painstakingly placed into the story. The post-break-up drama and the ends that a scorned woman does, as well as her effect on the people around her was quite realistic. I never really got a chance to experience doing everything that Ellie did, but I saw some of it happening on my friends. It’s quite accurate. Heh. What I didn’t like was the length of the story. Understandably, this is a novella and not a full-length novel, but still, I would have loved to read more.
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