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Iris After the Incident

(Chic Manila #8)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Which moment has defined your life so far?

Whether she likes it or not, Iris’s life has been divided into two: Before the Incident, and After the Incident. Something very private was made very public, and since then life has been about recovering from being shamed, discovering her true friends, and struggling to find a new normal.

Two years into this new life and she finally
Published August 5th 2016 by Mina V. Esguerra
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K.J. Charles
A romance novel with a lot of heft, a lot of depth, and a powerfully feminist spine. Also another amazing title. I envy this author's way with titles bitterly.

The Incident was Iris's home video with her boyfriend being leaked onto an amateur porn site, causing massive scandal, public shaming, and a deep rift with her humiliated family. That was two years ago and she's rebuilding her life after losing a lot of friends and having a lot of therapy. Then she meets Gio--who also has an internet scan
I have mixed feelings about this book.

It was well-written, the characters were fresh, interesting, often either too bad baddies and too good goodies, and the topic appears to be a hot one for the millennials.

Where the story transcended the idiocy of the occurrences causing the problems, the story excelled and managed to brush ultimate truths about humiliation and group behaviour. Where it tried it darnedest hardest to be sex-positive it utterly failed the facts (sorry, but filming oneself durin
DNF 35%. Surprisingly well-written from an author I'm not familiar with. Likeable characters. Set in Manila, which in itself is quite interesting. I just can't do NA.
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Iris After the Incident is the most feminist & empowering romance book I've ever read. It's about a woman whose privacy was invaded. It's about a woman embracing her sexuality in a society that shame women for it.

I like the romance as well, it's so hot. Hah.
Skye Kilaen
A deeply compassionate M/F romance centering Iris, who hasn't dated since a sex tape she made with her now-ex-boyfriend was stolen and posted on the internet. Iris's life was turned upside down by that event, dividing everything into before and after, and so far "after" has been kind of treading water. When she encounters Gio, a cute neighbor who just might understand what she went through, she has to figure out whether she'd ready to trust again.

I love how the romance trust-building storyline i
Bianca Mori
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Two days after finishing it, I'm still thinking about it. My standard of a 5-star read.
My favorite Mina books have always been her darker, sharper ones: Love Your Frenemies; the Scambitious series; The Future Chosen. Her spare and clean writing style just works so well with incisive commentary and a biting tone. Iris After The Incident is the apex of that marriage of style and message.

And what a message it is. The book deals with shame, public humiliation (of unimaginable proportions--the stuf
Kat at Book Thingo
This book has an interesting premise. Both hero and heroine are recovering from the impact of sex scandals. I haven't read Mina V Esguerra's entire backlist (because it's extensive) but based on what I have read, I feel like her writing has reached a new level with this book. Iris After The Incident expresses very complicated issues in simple, poignant ways. Although the story deals with darker issues, the tone isn't oppressive. On one hand, I wanted more feels (there were some, but I'm used to ...more
The strongest romance novel I've read by Esguerra yet. As the title suggests, this is a heroine-centered book, and it takes Iris's emotional well-being, and the work she puts into it, so seriously. I loved that so much.

This is also very--to use a buzzword I will probably regret--millennial. Surveillance culture, particularly social media surveillance, feels like a very millennial theme to me, and while the idea that one has a relationship to one's own sexuality--and that it is a work-in-progress
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finished this two weeks ago, and I'm still thinking about it. I had my doubts going into this because *personal, private reasons* (see what I did there, heh) but I was impressed. This book's daring and stimulating, in both mind and body. There's meaningful introspection, there's strong character growth. The plot and the conflicts had me very much invested. Made me think about no matter how broken somebody was once, they can still pull through and get things and be happy. My favorite MVE book to ...more
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Xander: You have no shame.
Cordelia: Oh please. Like shame is something to be proud of.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Earshot"

A+ choice of epigraph. So much to like here: Iris and how she's dealing with The Incident, how The Incident is NOT the result of an Evil Ex Taking Revenge on the Poor Innocent Heroine (nice for a change), the setting (Manila), and just in general I really like Esguerra's style. Just as in Learning to Fall I was less interested in the hero's life/issues and would have jus
Kristel Villar
3.5 stars
A refreshing read from our writing mentor. After writing so many romance novellas, I love that she can still offer something new and refreshing to her readers. This story is different from her usual light, fluffy and steamy books. It tackles Iris’ life journey that involved bullying, public humiliation and shaming — not only from random people but from relatives, as well (tsk tsk). This is more about Iris’ story on rediscovering life after the incident than finding new love. My feels ma
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Actual rating: 3.5

Iris's story is important and empowering (love the resolution with her family) but I didn't quite fall in love with the romance. I listened to this on audio, and though Rachel was a fabulous narrator, I kinda wish I'd read this in physical form still because I think I'd have connected more if I could see the words to instead of just hearing them. I was personally surprised by the level of heat but I'd definitely recommend it to readers who love their romances hot.
This book was everything I wanted out of a contemporary romance. The sex positivity was such a relief and the characters were bold but realistic. I devoured this in one morning! Also bonus points to this story if you, like me, have Filipina aunties who would definitely center themselves in your personal scandal.
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-romance
This book was actually a bit special. It raises the issue of slut shaming without moralizing. I love that the setting is in Manila and I liked that the relationship was handled with depth. A bit short maybe?
I've read several Filipina contemporary romance novels now, and while I respect them, I've decided they're just not my cup of tea. This novel has a lot to say about reclaiming yourself after public shaming, and the horrible, inescapable differences between the reactions faced by a man and a woman who are in similar positions. I admired Iris, I wanted her to be happy, but there was just something missing in the romance and chemistry between her and Gio. Maybe it was a little too matter-of-fact. C ...more
Laís Arjona
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, own-ebook
As a woman myself, this book was really emotional to me. Iris is such a good person, I just wanted to protect her, and to be honest, it was a little bit hard for me to read this story, I felt SO bad about what'd happened to her, I felt really anxious while reading this. I was a difficult story, darker than the other books of this series, but it was a necessary one, now I hold this character close to my heart.
Mina V. Esguerra has proved to be a versatile author, she reached something deepe
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We all have secrets, but not all of us have had the misfortune of having some of those secrets leaked and plastered all over the Internet for everyone to see, ready to be pulled up with just a few taps on the screen or keyboard, and making other people feel like they have the right to shame or humiliate us, like what happened to Iris Len-Larioca.

Iris is the heroine of Mina V. Esguerra's book, Iris After the Incident.

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Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall, glad I read it. Worked fine as a standalone, although I could tell there were a few references that had to be to other books in the series, I didn't really feel like I was missing anything important with them. I normally like there to be more to a story than modern girl meets modern boy and normal modern things happen, but that's just my preference for fantasy asserting itself. :) Was still a fun little book.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mina's writing is thoroughly compelling to the point where I couldn't put the book down. The main character and love interest are both strong characters in their own right, very authentic and 3 dimensional. Together they are absolutely adorable, and I know this is ridiculous to say because this is a romance book but I have read quite a few and no couple has seemed as mature as these two...
Violet Bilbao
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My most favorite #romanceclass book ever.
Brandy Painter
3.5 stars

First person doesn't work for me in romance, but here it bothered me less than usual. I think that is mainly because this is so much Iris's story and about her journey to being completely recovered from her "incident" than it is just about the romance.
Oct 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Fourth #romanceclass book I've read and probably the longest yet.

If I may be honest, I didn't feel the romance much (ironic lol), but it was nice to see Iris and Gio's growth as individual characters and as a couple.
Carla Guzman
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I recieved an advanced copy of this book, but I am planning to purchase it!

Of the books in Mina's Chic Manila series, Iris is probably the 'darkest' of them. Not because they're all emo and stuff, but because the things Iris and Gio went through are very adult, very serious situations that could have ruined their lives.

Except these characters are made of stronger stuff.

I wasn't used to reading a character like Iris. She doesn't mind hiding away in NV Park, she doesn't mind that she doesn't ge
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
First Esguerra, and first Chic Manila novel (there are 8 right now). The best thing about this novel isn't the sex (although those scenes made me deliciously uncomfortable), but the compulsively readable writing. Iris and Gio, her love interest, were deliberately written to be more complex than simply likeable, so the cadence of Iris's thoughts (from whose perspective the story unfolds) is straightforward, but knotted and twisted, prone to running back and forth, mimicking realistically (believa ...more
Jay Tria
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've been trying to compose my thoughts enough for a coherent review, but it's easier to funnel them into keywords. This book is about darker places. Heavier things. Questionable decisions. About people who are simply trying. People who've found that they--through no fault of anyone else but their own--have put themselves in situations wherein even the thought of trying, of living through these incidents, of getting to the other side, was more painful than the first bursts of pain and shame. But ...more
Brain Tabs
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is not all fluff. It dealt with complex topics, and was rather dark compared to Mina's other works. This book made me look into how I also react on things, how I "judge" people based on questionable decisions they made in the past. It was truly well-executed as it was able to deal with such depth, but it did not come off as preachy.

Both characters were recovering from the humiliation that exposed and altered their lives. I liked how they are trying hard to power through more and more c
H. Bentham
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've put off reading this because I have these secret triggers and I was lowkey afraid Iris' "incident" would spark them. In a way, it did. But it was a spark of inspiration and strength I got with the characters way of dealing things after their incidents.

I have recently devoured some of Mina's books (Love Your Frenemies is an all-time favorite!) and I was not disappointed that she handled such dark and controversial topic gracefully. The actions and reactions of Iris and Gio felt very real and
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

I listened to Mina's interview on a podcast and really like the idea behind the story. And there were a lot of great reviews. I looked forward to reading this so much but I have to say I allow it to be too hyped for my consumption.

I love how this story is set in NV Park as well. I love Welcome To Envy Park so I enjoyed seeing some characters in this book as well. I love how Mina always puts a lot of efforts delving into the thoughts and the progress on the protagonists. Iris After th
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
It’s been weeks since I finished reading Iris After The Incident but I’m still chewing over the events that transpired. More specifically, I’m still making up my mind how to rate it. Suffice it to say, this book is a lot darker than the other stories I’ve read by this author — but it’s still relevant, nonetheless. Once I learned what Iris’s incident is, I had to say that yes, this really happens. In this day and age of “viral” videos and “trending” news, how does one cope with the(unwanted) fame ...more
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the best story conclusions ever!!! ❤❤❤

" How many of those assumptions would be wrong? might have made assumptions about him also.
Maybe you would be right or wrong.
Maybe you would keep those assumptions to yourself and wish real people real happiness.
Maybe you would be a great person and I’d want you to be my friend, my confidante, part of my new normal.
Maybe I’d be that person for you, whatever your incident, whatever humiliation you’re surviving from."
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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.

She finds inspiration in the lives and experiences of other people, so the answer to "I

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