Book Review: Love Your Frenemies




Love Your Frenemies by Mina V. Esguerra

Genre: Chicklit, Romance

Published: 2013 by Summit Books

Goodreads:  Goodreads

Kimmy knows everyone hates her, but when she comes back after a long disappearance, she has a nagging feeling that things aren’t exactly what she thought them to be.

First of all, there’s her first love, the very sexy Manolo who used to have a nasty habit of breaking her heart. Then there’s her bride-to-be BFF whom Kimmy means to write out of her life right after the wedding. And there’s her mother who Kimmy can’t wait to abandon – again.

Is Kimmy headed for more disaster, or can a girl everyone hates finally get a clue and find happiness?

Love Your Frenemies is a book written by Mina V. Esguerra. Buying this book was really out of plan. I was scanning through the books in the Filipiniana section of Fully Booked in Trinoma with my friend that time. I would have opted to buy more books that are written by Bob Ong but I don’t know what has gotten into me since my eyes were locked on the shelf wherein the books published by Summit Books are located.

I have heard great reviews about the books written by Ms. Mina but I never had the chance to buy any of her books until the moment that I bought Love Your Frenemies. I have brought the book wherever I go but I never got the chance to read it until last Monday and so I decided to write a review about it.

Love Your Frenemies is a story about Kimmy and the struggles in her life – friends, family and love. Basically, the story revolves what happened before, during and after the break-up and the cancelled wedding of Kimmy and Zack. That being said, people might think that this is just your typical romance novel but upon reading the book, it would be seen that there are other things that are being tackled in the story. It’s not just about the finding the love of your life. It’s about finding your true self and knowing who are the people that would always be there for you no matter what happens – even if you intend on pushing them away.

While reading the story, it gives the reader an idea of what is really happening in the scenarios. The descriptions are not vague so the reader could really imagine how the characters act and react. The choice of words are commendable as well. Unlike other English novels, Love Your Frenemies uses words that could easily be understood by a lot of people. The reader wouldn’t need to check the dictionary just to know what are the meanings of the words that are unfamiliar to them. Also, the dialogues that were used really fit the story and really reflects the characters.

All in all, this story is a must read. You really can’t help but continue reading it until the very end. However, I would have wanted to know what happens next in the life of Kimmy, her friends and her family. But setting that aside, I would really recommend this book.

Oh, and I’m planning to buy the other books of Ms. Mina in the future! 🙂


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