Day 7 – No Strings Attached

According to the popular Bible story, God may have rested on the seventh day, but here at Pachuvachuva, we don’t.

Now onto today’s offering for the Love in 28 Days countdown. 🙂

No Strings Attached - Mina Esguerra

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 (single – the other single one) encourages her to play the field – no strings attached. Then, through no set up or extraordinary circumstance, Carla meets Dante. Hot, smug, sexy Dante. Definitely not a banker-type and seemingly too good to be true. So there’s got to be a catch. There is. He’s five years younger. Is the universe telling Carla to finally let loose and enjoy a fling with a younger man? Or is there a lot more to this awkward situation than she bargained for?

I like Carla and how strong her voice is although there weren’t too many situations presented to witness just how uber capable she is in terms of work. Well, since the author did mention that fact, it would have been wiser to illustrate just how good she is. Just my two cents. 🙂

It saddens me that no matter how much we women have advanced in terms of our career and personal growth, people still give us that look when they see that no rings adorn our fingers. Why is the idea of not being in a relationship still viewed as something horrendous when in fact, it is the perfect time for one to really learn about herself and discover the world around him? While I am not opposed to having relationships (yes, I am currently in one and happy at that, well, when I’m not PMS-ing or just plain irritable, hehe), since I believe that relationships give a different color to our world, but at the same time, I am just quite happy in my own company thankyouverymuch.

But my friends and relatives might not have thought so.

Backtrack 5 years ago, and you would have seen me squirming in my seat in front of a blind date that a friend or officemate set up. I know that they meant well but sometimes it’s exasperating having to endure yet another date that you know will not end well or a date that you had to go to lest you offend your friends. Too bad though they didn’t think that their meddling offended me. Hehe

Anyways, as for this book, I like it very much. Ms. Esguerra did a good job writing about a less than talked about topic that plagues some women (cradle snatching, anyone? ;)) However, I’m just confused about how Carla had to explicitly underscore her very platonic relationship with single guy friend, Tonio. Somehow, I was just given a hint that the author wanted that as some sort of red herring lest the reader figures out how the book will end before the 200 pages or so are up. But other than that, I enjoyed the experience thoroughly. Learned some lessons, too.

And oh, somehow, while reading, I was imagining Paul Jake Castillo being Dante. I really don’t know why I thought of him as such. Must be his signature PBB “responsible/cool/rich” guy ‘tude that did it. ^_^

Image taken using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-F2. © Pachuvachuva, 2011.
“L*ve Only logo © Pachuvachuva, 2011.

You can find a lengthier review of this novel here. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Day 7 – No Strings Attached

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