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- Publisher: Bright Girl Books; 2 edition (March 8, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 8, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XHN3HWY
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Okay, so it's a sort-of-romance between this girl Julie (kind of boring, reliable, job as an editor) and a dude named Anton (well off, used to be a player, hangs in a fast and upper class crowd, crazy lifestyle). Julie broke up with Anton half a year ago...after he asked her to marry him because they'd been dating for a year. It's revealed through a flashback how Julie and Anton's relationship was back then, and then we see them meeting again in the present. Anton asks Julie what he did wrong, and she says she never felt like she fully knew him because of his player past. So Anton asks her to give him another chance so he can show her what he used to be like if that's what she wants, and Julie says...okay.
I don't mind giving that many spoilers (even though that's like half the book right there, this being a novella) because in many ways this book isn't so much about the plot as it is about the characters. Less happens externally than internally. Julie and Anton go on dates, Julie digs into Anton's past, Julie even goes on dates with another guy, but that's not what the book is really about. It's about Julie trying to figure out if she can trust Anton and more importantly, whether he's the kind of guy she can see herself being with permanently.
This is one of the few books that for me manages a nice-guy vs. bad-boy dichotomy in a way that feels fair. Admittedly I wasn't too fond of the nice-guy option but they got that kind of person's good points and flaws right: Good points--reliable, listens to you, wants to be serious. Flaws--feels like you owe him, badmouths people too easily, kind of clingy and just feels too much like a friend. For once, too, we don't see a heroine feeling indebted to the nice guy so much as sorry because she knows she doesn't really like him from the start. And I also thought Esguerra did an excellent job of showing the kind of fear a "good girl" has about the future: Is this it for me? Am I bound to end up with a guy like this because we're both reliable and stable? Is this all there is, just because I'm "that kind of girl"?
Even though this book is called "that kind of guy" it definitely revolves around Julie. I loved how deeply the POV was in her character. I felt like I knew Anton at the end, and Henry and Kat and all the rest, but I felt like I WAS Julie. She was a great character. I think it's hard to write a relationship so well that the reader both ships it and understands when the MC breaks it off, and Esguerra completely manages it. I also loved the setting of the Philippines--it doesn't dominate the story but here and there the setting breaks through with early early morning masses and Filipino food and various other markers. It's nice to read a story that isn't set in America or England for once.
Anyways, very good novella. Esguerra basically has a finger on the pulse of my fears lols. I will have to check out her other books at some point.
I'm continually impressed by Mina Esguerra's gift of writing whole, complex characters, especially female characters. A lot of times with romance, the heroine can be nothing but a placeholder for the reader. And this can be enjoyable and there's nothing really wrong with it. Hero-centric books can be fab. But there is something so satisfying with reading about a fleshed out, well crafted character like Julie. She has her hang ups, dreams and prejudices that makes her unique and memorable. I loved Julie. She's a Manang through and though, and man, did I relate to her so much.
Although we're not offered to be in Anton's head, Ms. Esguerra did a great job with his character, too. His patience and the way he treated Julie made me swoon. But really, the star of this book was Julie.