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Fairy Tale Fail

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  611 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
Of all the twenty-something women who are hopeless romantics, Ellie Manuel is more “hopeless” than “romantic.”

Even after her Prince Charming broke up with her, she just won’t give up … because fairy tale heroines don’t live “happily ever after” right away, silly, they’re tested first!

Determined to pass the test, she spends the next year restoring herself to the girl Prince
Kindle Edition, 144 pages
Published April 17th 2010
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K.D. Absolutely
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
Oct 25, 2012 Louize rated it really liked it

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 mad
May 11, 2010 Tina rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Originally posted here.

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
Apr 10, 2011 Monique rated it liked it
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
Janice (Janicu)
Mar 10, 2012 Janice (Janicu) rated it liked it
3.5 stars really. Liked this one. A quick little gem.

Review originally posted on my book blog here

The 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
Vicki Tyley
Aug 10, 2010 Vicki Tyley rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie
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 befo
Janus Vielle the Erudite Artist
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
Jun 13, 2014 Cary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
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Nov 12, 2010 Holly rated it really liked it
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 pro ...more
Nov 25, 2011 Nenette rated it liked it
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"!
Jul 28, 2014 Bennard rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
From The Book Hooligan

Let 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 f
Eliza Victoria
Sep 17, 2013 Eliza Victoria rated it really liked it
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.)

Aug 19, 2011 Isamlq rated it liked it
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
Venessaa ♡☮♫
Dec 18, 2012 Venessaa ♡☮♫ rated it it was amazing
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
Cienne Olaes
Jul 22, 2011 Cienne Olaes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, ebooks, favorites
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! ...more
Itsy Bitsy Book Bits
Feb 27, 2016 Itsy Bitsy Book Bits rated it really liked it
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
Oct 21, 2012 Tricia added it
Shelves: filipiniana
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 lol

Anyway, it's good! I really enjoyed reading Mina's books :)
May 05, 2015 Blue rated it really liked it
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!!
Biena (The Library Mistress)
Nov 04, 2014 Biena (The Library Mistress) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Biena (The Library Mistress) by: Tina
Shelves: my-library, pinoy
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
Jun 30, 2015 Jen rated it really liked it
Mindless and entertaining.
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 Manuelis 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 thro
Celester Mejia
Oct 06, 2010 Celester Mejia rated it really liked it
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Nov 27, 2012 Lynai rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
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,
Jul 17, 2011 Urs rated it liked it
I read this book as my second read for the 2011 Colorful Chick Lit Challenge. I chose this book because it was one of those 99 cent books that often showed up in the kindle bestseller list with good ratings. I, however, borrowed it on instead of spending the 99 cents.

This was a short, clean, romance read without much substance and character development. The main character is dumped by a long time love, but she hopes that he will come back to her eventually. While waiting on him t
Mar 18, 2012 Christine rated it liked it
I think the book was okay and I didn't exactly like it. BUT as a book, it is more of a three. So I give it three!

This is my first read from the "chick lit" genre, so that could explain my not having liked it very much, which isn't the same as disliking it. I've avoided the genre all these years and didn't even buy a book by some people I know. Picking up this book is a big deal and this is all because of the author, Mina Esguerra. Plus, I really really really support Pinoy writers!

Fairy Tale Fai
Mar 29, 2013 Rhena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on Snapshot Inkblot Whatnot

In 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 unkn
Apr 25, 2010 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, novellas, chick-lit
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Jan 05, 2013 Pauline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now I'm excited for my Thailand trip this summer after reading this book. Just in time to check out the places Ellie had visited after her breakup with Don.
Mina-- oh my gosh, I love this story! I can so relate with Ellie and all that crazy, obsessive things about fairy tales that are running around her head. I'm sure a lot of girls out there can relate about the "template" thing, because I did!

So anyway, I have to admit that I learned a lot from this. It gave me an understanding that we shouldn
Apr 25, 2015 Dawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
This was definitely a light read. I did breeze my way through it in an hour. Fairy Tale Fail encompasses THE standard one must have to have that happily ever after. Ellie wanted it so much that she had woven a reality where she thinks she MUST have in order to have the perfect life. Here comes perfect Don, the friend and her prince charming. She thought she had everything perfectly not until Mr. Prince Charming on his white horse crashed her dreams of happily ever after. Personally, I think she ...more
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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.

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