{Blog Tour} In Over Her Head

20 December 2013

This is a review of Anne Plaza's book In Over Head for Book Junkie Blog Tours. View the links of other participating bloggers and join the giveaway by visiting this link.

All she wants is to get even... 
Erika Apostol's quiet and unassuming life gets disrupted when she learns that Richard Javier, the very same person who broke her heart many years ago, is now back in the country. Her world is turned upside down as old feelings she thought were buried resurface to haunt her once more. 
Determined to give Richard a dose of his own medicine, Erika finds herself involved in an outrageous plan devised by her friends. They enlist the help of Jerome Gonzales, an attractive and charismatic DJ (with a playboy reputation), to pose as her significant other. 
As the plan goes in full swing, Erika discovers Richard's jealous side, and that there's something more to Jerome than meets the eye. Will this grand charade work out the way it should, or will she be left with nothing in the end?
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I enjoyed reading the book and seeing how the schemes that Erika's friends cook up pan out, and I liked the parts in the book that show the tension between Richard and Jerome. It could be a little cheesy, but who doesn't want a little cheese every now and then? I certainly didn't mind. However (and this is not meant to trivialize anyone else's pain or way of coping as I myself have had my fair share of debilitating heartbreaks that make you want to just stay in bed for the rest of your life and cry your eyes out), ten years? As I said, I have had my fair share of heartaches like that, and I seriously cannot imagine grieving that long without wanting to kill myself. At some point you'll snap out of it and move on. Granted that Erika does bury herself in work, but that's not really a way to live. I understand though that in the same way that I find it hard to forget past grievances, Erika's character flaw really is not being able to carry on even with an excellent support group in the form of her family and closest friends.

My takeaway from all of this? Be honest to one another. You don't have to tell your boyfriend/ girlfriend every minute detail of your life, but at least tell him/ her about the stuff that matters. And if you're going to break up with him/ her, have the decency to say the real reason why. You owe it to the yourself and the other person. However much it would hurt, being honest is being kind and in the end, being kind is ultimately the most important thing.

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