Sunday, February 28, 2016

Review: In Over Her Head by Anne Plaza

Just when you were ready to bring the relationship to the'next level', that's when the bad news arrives.

He's leaving for greener pastures abroad and is breaking up with you, now!

Then he comes back after a decade, Is ten years enough to get over the love of your life? Erika and Richard, the love team of the century, I could almost hear the anime characters from Daimos shouting off the names.

Don't you just love the cover?!
On the party you were supposed to see your ex (after ten years), there's this cute DJ host, Jerome, who Erika's friends tease her about, and one of her friends conveniently mention to Richard that Erika is dating.

So its basically love team of the century versus this newbie, spur of the moment, and made-up tandem, which ship would you think prevail?

Plaza's prose is so convincing that one minute you're rooting for one guy and then the next its the other guy. You have yourself convincing that it was utter magic when they kissed, and then the next you doubt it was ever meant to happen. Your falling for Jerome on one scene, but then you recognize Richard's plight.

Erika, on the other hand had a late confession, she knew already who she wanted to be with,  From the first time the guy (no spoilers here) told her how he felt, Erika knew what her response to that was and felt liberated for having her feelings returned

Plaza sets up her heroine as someone becoming of an antisocial that Erika needed her bestfriend Lorra, to convince her to attend a barkada's wedding. What is the matter with you Erika? I guess that's what heartbreak does. Apparently she's been caught up in her past to be able to look ahead at the good things that are happening.

For that, Plaza points out the obvious that when girls have their heart broken, we sulk and keep busy with work or some other activity. We bury ourselves so much with the prospect of a flourishing career that we forget of our friends have had a thing with this guy, quit her job, or even found a new one. Not only Erika but her best friend, Lorra as well. Tsk! Tsk! We forget out support group. On that note, Plaza paints a great, crazy, and definitely hilarious set of supporting characters. I felt like I was an invisible member of the clique, Erika's confidant and Lorra's cheerleader, or just Elaine.

In the end, it is with that firmly rooted friendship that makes way for the (two) heroine's happy ever after.

Personal Thoughts / Others: 

Erika's beauty queen assistant, eh?

I just had to point out that I could picture Abbygale Arenas as Erika's assistant.

Plus, if I were Erika, I'd probably given Richard a pretty good beating. Shame on you! Erika could have been there if you only told her about your problem. (Yes, you have your reasons, but communicate! Damn the pride of men.) Don't you think that she was worth it! A love and a girl worth fighting for. Oh well, Erika' story wouldn't be the same if you did anyway.

Would have wanted Erika to end up with Jerome, all those revelations about him (SPOILERS: his mom, his philanthropy, and oh that kiss!).

Also, this book had me wishing that I have seen Quezon Memorial Circle before it is what it is today---roses and all greens. I wish that the government does not equate urbanizing a place with development.

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Goodreads Blurb:

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?

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