Book Review: That Kind of Guy by Mina V. Esguerra
Welcome to Diurnalism‘s book review category! This is my first time to do reviews for books I read and I hope this goes a long way. Don’t expect these reviews to be thoroughly, professionally done (if there’s such a thing) but I will do my best to give fair judgments, of course, as much as possible. So please, bear with me.
That Kind of Guy is Mina V. Esguerra‘s third Summit Media book if I’m not mistaken. Her first was My Imaginary Ex followed by No Strings Attached (both will be reviewed as well). She also has three self-published books which are available in print and in other formats. Tweet her at @minavesguerra to know more.
At first I thought the girl (let’s call her Julie) was reading a book here but she wasn’t. At one part of the story, you’ll discover that this was actually her notebook of Anton’s (her ex) hook-up stories, that Anton never know of and that she reads (and updates) every now and then to remind herself that it was worth saying no to him when he proposed marriage to her.
Just realized upon second reading: That Kind of Guy is actually somehow related to the author’s previous book No Strings Attached. But of course, not about Dante and Carla but the relationship of Julie (one of Dante’s friends) and Anton AKA Tonio(!) in No Strings Attached, Carla’s ex, and a bad boy hottie.
I never thought that Tonio, I mean Anton, would be this swoon-worthy type of guy. I used to hate him in No Strings Attached because of his no serious, playboy attitude but thank heavens for Julie and this book that made all the difference. The book highlighted how hot and likable Anton is for making Julie speak her mind, for getting along well with her family and for making me all kilig with all his simple moves. It made me realize that these bad boys really have their soft sides and will always settle for someone who’s smart and made them change for the better (not saying that Julie changed him but maybe subconsciously) once they found the one for them regardless of the age. Case in point when Anton popped The Question the morning after they became one. But surprise, surprise, good girl Julie said no. (Find out why!) The story also made me hate Anton at one point because of his lame dating skills which Julie got to experience firsthand by her choice but that’s forgiven because what do you expect from a bad boy, right?
In the end, I love That Kind of Guy because not only did it show the better side of a bad boy (reminds me of Ian), but also because it did emphasize how a risk (in love and life) is always worth taking.
Once again, Mina did an excellent job at writing this book as it made me turn every page with enthusiasm and curiosity because of the questions thrown which made me hanging but were answered later on. I love every sudden turn of events, how the story progresses and the way Mina ended the story! OMG, it’s sooo good and unexpected! And I want you to know why!
Grab your copy and trust me, your 175 pesos won’t be gone to waste!