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No Strings Attached

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  451 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
Carla is a whiz at her job: she’s efficient, reliable, and a total genius when it comes to putting something together at the last minute. The snag is she’s single and turning the big three-oh in a few months. Her girl best friend (yes, she’s married just like the other girls in Carla’s barkada) keeps trying to set her up with stable banker-types, while her guy best friend ...more
Paperback, 146 pages
Published 2010 by Summit Books
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K.D. Absolutely
Dec 13, 2010 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: My brother
Shelves: chick-lit
Carla is turning 30, still single and unattached. One afternoon during their company's strategic teambuilding, she meets a son of her boss's boss: the 24-y/o Dante. They fall in love with each other. However, Carla thinks that, because of their age difference, the relationship will not go anywhere so they set some rules that can be summarized into: no strings attached.

The novel is definitely chick lit: easy read, shallow characters, thin plot. However, I guess that this is how chick lit should b
Nov 29, 2010 Tina rated it liked it
Original post at One More Page

I attended my godsister's wedding yesterday, the second wedding I attended this year. I came out of my brother's wedding last October relatively unscathed with questions about my own wedding, but this time around, I wasn't so safe. For one thing, I was called for the bouquet toss even if I was trying to make myself scarce at that point (my godsister called me out). Then as we were saying goodbye to the newly weds and my godsister's parents, they were all saying to m
Jun 30, 2012 DC rated it liked it
Shelves: filipiniana
{ Disclaimer: I'm rather biased, especially after meeting Dorothea (Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life), Becky Sharp (Vanity Fair) and Jane Eyre. Hah, apparently I don't know the "modern woman". Yes, I suppose I don't read much chick lit, so I can't properly judge this. }

This book is interesting, as it's not as gushy or romantic as opposed to other chick reads out there. It revolves more on the story, as opposed to the sparkling personalities and the sex (although the sex mentioned here is
Jul 19, 2012 Ranee rated it liked it
Recommends it for: chic-lit lovers
Had I read this first before Mina Esguerra's "That kind of Guy" could I have judged the character of Anton/Tonio easier? Or maybe tried not to undermine his psyche a bit longer. But he was all that I thought about when I read this book, he was a supporting character to the lead but his story in this book cleared a lot of cobwebs for me. I think I saw a pattern on how Mina writes her characters and her story. But before my emotions gets the better of me, I should clear it that this is about Carla ...more
Nov 26, 2010 Chachic rated it liked it
Originally posted here.

It's funny because the main character in this one reminded me somewhat of the main character in Amazing Grace. I think it's because they're both in their late twenties and they're both being pestered by friends to settle down and get married. That's a pretty accurate portrayal, actually. I'm in my mid-twenties and three of my friends got married this year. I'd like to think that the Philippines is more liberal nowadays but most people still believe that a girl should be
I do enjoy a well-characterized romance novel once in a while, and Mina V. Esguerra's No Strings Attached is a quick, one-day diversion that offers a lot in terms of intelligent characterization within the short novella form. However, the main quibble I had with the story itself lies in the fact that it is too short.

The story is about Carla, a smart, professional woman who meets an attractive man named Dante during an office party. Sparks fly immediately despite their age difference (isn't it st
Feb 11, 2011 Holly rated it liked it
Carla is the perfect executive assistant. Although she hasn’t had the ambition to move up the corporate latter, she knows how to do her job well and is happy with her consistent performance. She is single though and turning thirty in a few months, as her barkada (group of friends) like to remind her. According to them, she should want more out of life. Of course, all of said friends except one are married, and Tonio is happy playing the field. Mary, Girl Best Friend, is hoping Carla will fall fo ...more
Sep 23, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Maria by: Alona
I highly recommend No Strings Attached.

Nearly everyday and twice on Saturdays.

Finally. A Mina V. Esguerra read that fitted me like a glove. *happiness*

I enjoyed No Strings Attached mainly because of relatability. Carla and I were almost the same age, and we have the same birthday! But that was just a plus :D I got The Marriage Club and the pressure she experienced from her married friends to settle down. I can relate but I am on the other side of the fence: I belonged to that Marriage Club.
Jay Tria
Aug 14, 2016 Jay Tria rated it it was amazing
I love that this was about the age gap but not just that. It was about all the other things that age (aging?) and growing up and adulting encompass. I love that Dante and Carla aren't afraid to want things, and to say that they want things, and to tell people repeatedly that 'hey, I know what I want.' I love that they are two people who prefer honesty over drama. And I love that sometimes even when you're trying your best to be honest, a few lies slither through the cracks. And you just have to ...more
I think this was maybe my favorite, because I really liked the look at what it's like to be friends with people who are at different life stages than you. Are you actually friends anymore or is it just habit? It was good.
Mar 08, 2011 Monique rated it liked it

My head was still reeling from the effects of 1984 so by way of "cleansing the palate", I decided to pick up an easy, fun and light read. A quick glance at the books lined up in my office cubicle yielded positive results: my gaze fell upon my signed copy of No Strings Attached by Filipina author (and fellow mommy!) Mina V. Esguerra, which copy was given by a fellow Goodreads member, Tina, in July last year. So, remembering that I made a (new year's reading) resolution to read more local book
Janus Vielle the Erudite Artist
Nothing like a quick, sweet, light-read tale to give me the sense of relaxation on a rainy day!

I will be honest that I personally could not relate with the characters in this book, but it wasn’t an issue with regards to understanding Carla’s life. I was skeptical about her reaction towards turning thirty and yet not on the verge of settling down. It seemed a bit too fictitious to me. Although it was defined that she may’ve been just a late bloomer, yet again I find it kind of hard to picture. O
Kat at Book Thingo
I killed a fairy and realised I was barracking for the wrong guy and I could go back to reading the story anymore. :( Objectively, though, the story is very well written and squarely chicklit in that it explores issues around being a 30-year old single woman surrounded by married friends, and maybe living a different life than you though he wanted in your early 20s. I enjoyed the chicklit part of the story. But the romance always comes first with me as a reader, and I just didn't feel the chemis ...more
Mar 22, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
As said on the synopsis, Carla's turning big three oh soon... but does it mean she can't find love? Or shall I say, true happiness? Nowadays, Age doesn't really matter. Some couple have 10 years age gap. Weird Right? But it doesn't really matter. Her two best friends Tonio and Mary were there, to support her. Mary to find her a potential husband and Tonio to give her fling advices. But one extraordinary day has turned her world in a different view. She met Dante del Rosario. A guy five years you ...more
Isabel Camus
Jan 29, 2011 Isabel Camus rated it liked it
I think I am so used to cliched stories that this did not go at all the way I expected it to go. I couldn't read the characters well and just from reading the blurb, I thought this relationship would go down quite differently. Although I think the main character took her bunso complex a little too far. Got kinda annoying. I guess it is sort of how I imagined real life relationships to go. Easy read, quite short.
Maria Ella
Actually. This is my third Mina Esguerra's book and I actually found it awesome.
Review to follow. :)
Mar 08, 2011 Tricia rated it really liked it
Shelves: filipiniana
Ha! I really love this book. It's so fun to read and I love Dante :)
Apr 07, 2011 Liezel rated it it was amazing
Every girl would want to be in Carla's shoes. Not the cheesy romance but definitely something amusing that will keep you believing in LOVE and that Age doesn't matter.really.
Celester Mejia
Dec 08, 2010 Celester Mejia rated it really liked it
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Nov 19, 2012 Lynai rated it it was ok
No Strings Attached is one of my Required Reading for this month, and it is such a short and quick read, I should have added one more book to my list. Anyway, this book, despite its shortness and quickness, is a little mature for my expectations. I mean, I am no prude when it comes to books like this but I was expecting a more conservative heroine, perhaps? Maybe because the other Mina V. Esguerra books were a little less daring than Carla.

There are a lot of issues in Carla's life that I don't r
Apr 06, 2013 Anne rated it it was amazing
This is the best Mina Esguerra book, hands down!

I liked how it started so unassuming, then surprised me from the events leading to the conflict all the way to the end. Out of all the female protagonists in her novel, I can relate with Carla the most. Well, I didn't lead a vicarious life the way she did, but it was more of the feeling of being myself---away from what family and loved ones expect or want me to be. The story felt like a coming-of-age for most of us Pinays where family, relatives a
Sep 08, 2011 Emily rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who are worried in settling down
Not really one of my favorites, but it was okay. I couldn't relate on what Carla was going through--a phrase on the age of almost turning 30 yet still single--and I don't want to experience something like that. I didn't find anything catchy in the story, my own opinion really. But even though I haven't experience something what Carla undergo through, I could still imagine myself being her. Her--the single woman trying to settle down, etc, etc. The author conveyed the book's essence: love didn't ...more
Arlene Manocot
Oct 08, 2015 Arlene Manocot rated it really liked it
After reading this book, the story left me hanging, left me hanging with one question, and that is would I be like Carla when I am already 29 and almost reaching the big three-oh in a few months? The fact that I am an NBSB (No Boyfriend Since Birth) for 25 years is still a threat to my barren love life. But I believe faith does not make things easy, it makes them possible (Luke 1:37). So, as I long as I have faith, God will surely, positively and certainly send a Dante directly to me sa tamang p ...more
Oct 14, 2016 Francine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My second #romanceclass book.

Okay so I just want to say one thing. I am a sucker for a good romance and I have a sign which will help me be able to distinguish is from the sea of romance books out there. And what sign is this? It is whenever I feel so /kilig/ to the point that even I am having butterflies in my stomach. The greatest thing is? This book managed to do that in a span of around a hundred pages.
Miel Salva
Mar 26, 2015 Miel Salva rated it it was amazing
What I learned: Age is nothing but a number. Also, maturity does not come with age. It is a choice.

I could somehow relate with Dante for 'being the responsible one' and Carla thinking that everything will come easily. Being a middle child is a combination, ahahah. And it somehow reminded me of my Mom and I being older than our men, hahahah.
Oct 04, 2012 Judie rated it really liked it
This book reads a lot like me, most of the time. I liked it a lot for that reason alone. ;-)

"I was in my late twenties, stuck in a cycle of complacency about everything." BOOM.

"It was one thing to be single and not eager to marry; another thing to be unsure, even at my age, if that was what I wanted."
Oct 05, 2013 Doreen rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-read
What I love about this book is I have a little Carla in me and, at the same time, Carla has inspired me be hehe. And it also made me realize, there's nothing younger men. As long as you are both on the same page and happy. Yup! That's right! I'm not 30 yet, but if life turns to that direction, why not? Thanks Cougar Town and NSA!
Julie (Books and Insomnia)

Sooooo kilig! Mina V. Esguerra does it again! ^__^ I love this book!

Read my full review here.
Ana Patricia Mayoca
Jul 02, 2012 Ana Patricia Mayoca rated it liked it
It was fun reading "That kind of guy" before this one. I was more interested in what Anton would say than Carla and now, I have fairly good view of what Anton was really like and um... Julie.

It was okay. I'd call it another one of my "snack" books.
Alver Quiambao
i can relate to that....i have something in the past that my bestfriend and i were together we had something but in the end were had nothing but jealous and jealousy is the beginniing of the end of every relationship......
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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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