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- Print Length: 139 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Bright Girl Books (October 28, 2013)
- Publication Date: October 28, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00G9RLZ0C
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,595,123 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Moira Vasquez is on a break, and she's taking this break in her brand new condo in NV Park after five years of working and saving in Singapore. And this break it meant: no job, no boyfriend, but with some plans on where she's jetting off next. She has no plans of staying too long, really, even if Ethan, the cute guy who lives in the same building is proving to be a really good distraction. Moira is convinced that she's home for a quick stopover, but what if what she needs is already right in front of her?
Welcome to Envy Park didn't feel like the usual contemporary romance that I've known Mina for. Somehow, this book feels a little bit more mature and perhaps it's because the romance felt like a side story to what Moira was going through. I admit that I'm not a Moira. I'm not the type of person who'd shake things up just because (until lately, anyway). I tend to become comfortable, and just settle there until the restlessness finally hits me and I drag myself up. I never thought of working abroad, and until now I still don't think about it, but I do admire Moira for her guts to do it, and to keep on doing it. It takes a certain kind of personality, I guess, to be willing to uproot yourself every time.
But you can't always uproot yourself, right? At some point in your life, you have to start thinking of settling down (I got that feeling when I turned 27. Then things happened, and now I felt the need to uproot myself again, heh), and this is basically Moira's story. I liked how Moira was exposed to so many people in the book and how she observed them, and how she compared her life to them with her lists. Her voice is fun and fresh and her struggles with her thoughts, her career, her family and her love life felt true, like it's something someone her age experiences.
The story flowed easily, although it may not be as gripping as other romance novellas are -- perhaps it's because again, it really didn't feel like one for me. I thought it was more about self-discovery, and yeah, a certain kind of coming of age, and romance just happened to come with it all. And isn't that how it really often happens in real life?
Welcome to Envy Park is a book about choices, how it makes us, how it affects the people around us, and the things that come with it. It's a bit different from Mina's other books, but it's a good one. Definitely for people my age who are thinking of making major decisions in life (don't worry, you're not alone!). :)
Moira soon realizes that she too, is letting things happen to her by her short timer mentality. After the initial attraction, the two kind of drift apart, and I was feeling that their time apart was too long. Those parts dragged for me, but near the end, Moira makes a move and sparks ignite and the story comes to a pleasing conclusion with all wrongs righted and the families happy ever after.
I'm kind of hooked on light, easy to read novellas, with easy to like heroines and hot, sweet heroes. This book hits the mark and gives me a fun story without major angst.