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Here's what happens when you play pretend.When Zack asks Jasmine to pretend to be his ex-girlfriend, she gamely agrees, thinking it would be fun. A few years later, she still has to keep convincing people that they were never together! Then one day, she finds out he’s getting married—to someone she'd just met once! All of a sudden, things aren’t so clear-cut anymore. Can JHere's what happens when you play pretend.When Zack asks Jasmine to pretend to be his ex-girlfriend, she gamely agrees, thinking it would be fun. A few years later, she still has to keep convincing people that they were never together! Then one day, she finds out he’s getting married—to someone she'd just met once! All of a sudden, things aren’t so clear-cut anymore. Can Jasmine sort out her feelings (sometimes, she can't even tell real from pretend when it comes to her and Zack) before it's too late?...

Title : My Imaginary Ex
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ISBN : 9789719348224
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Number of Pages : 144 Pages
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My Imaginary Ex Reviews

  • K.D. Absolutely
    2018-11-04 17:44

    Thank you to Mina, the author of this chicklit, for giving three copies of this book to me as a birthday gift! This is my first time to receive books from an author. I liked this - 3 stars!To be fair to the likes of Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf and Under The Net by Dame Iris Murdoch, two novels that I rated low, please understand that I am rating My Imaginary Ex based on the fact that this is a chicklit (Mina, no offense) so I am rating this based on chicklit standard.All the books that I read for leisure since I was a small boy are now accounted in my READ folder here in Goodreads. Out of those close to 300 books, in my mind, I have only read 2 honest-to-goodness chicklits. This and the other one was the book selected as February 2010 Book-of-the-Month by The Filipino Group: Bridget Jones Diary. Mina V. Esguerra's My Imaginary Ex is by far better than that Helen Fielding's novel.The story-telling is sweet, short and direct. For guys like me, reading a chicklit packed with emotions (which is a standard mostly in the works of female authors) is like being shot by a thousand bullets coming from different directions. Ms. Esguerra, not sure whether consciously or not, spares us with the usual irritating sweet nothings or tearjerker dialogues in her novel. The only emotion this novel was able to squeezed out from me was the finally-at-last feeling when I was in that part where the two main protagonists Jasmine and Zachary are having sex. They are the two lovers who started as friends and because of a lie told for fun at the start of their college years, their life and love had all these confusions and heartaches that were of their own doing. It is something that I cannot relate with but hey we don't always need to see ourselves in the story to like it, right? For one, this feels a lot like the movie My Bestfriend's Wedding but a good story can be retold several times and appear new depending on how the author's style. Mina gave it a good shot by localizing the setting and using the term "barkada" a couple of times. I am just proud that there is an English book like this that can compete with foreign chicklit. I thought all romance novels are in Tagalog that my mother even asks my lawyer-brother and me to buy and send her to the US. Maybe I should give one of my copies to my mother. I will surely make her proud as well.Kudos, Mina! Well done!BTW, how does a wild Keri Russell hair look like?

  • Reev Robledo
    2018-10-26 16:44

    I know I vowed not to read any chick literature in the next decade but I had about two hours to kill on a bus ride so I decided to bring this along. I even covered the cover with a white sheet of paper so people won't see what I'm reading! True story. Haha.I always try to put myself in the shoes of the author's market especially if the genre is not something I would normally consume. My Imaginary Ex has bestseller (in fact, it already is) written all over it.The premise:Two exes caring so much for the guy who broke their hearts that they don't want him to marry the wrong girl and scheme to "re-unite" him with his supposedly high school flame.My initial thoughts: Yeah, right. Preposterous! Implausible! Now, mind you, this is exactly why I enjoyed the book. :)The interplay of the past and present made it a fun read. Zack and Jasmine's long friendship seemed genuine. I bought it. The story is quirky, light, fun and engaging—a Mina V. Esguerra (bankable) trend. I imagined it to be a rom-com of sorts. The story would make a great TV short or webisode. I really wish someone would capitalize on Mina's storylines and adapt them for the screen.Here are some sentences I remembered:"If Lena's defiance were a balloon, it started to deflate."—I found the metaphor cute."Like first girlfriends always get the mistakes. They fix their guys up then the next girlfriend benefits. It's not fair."—True. I hate it. But it's true. :)After reading Fairy Tale Fail (my first Mina V. Esguerra novel and first chick-lit novel since reading my sister's SWH collection eons ago), I'd want to give this one star more—but that's only because I'm comparing. I'm starting to figure out the Mina V. Esguerra universe where her characters cross each other's paths. Perhaps I will read one or two more of her novels this year. By the way, one thing I noticed about Mina's books is that there is always a portion that describes food—I like it. Haha. Makes me hungry.

  • Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
    2018-10-13 22:43

    The sex scene here goes like this:"His mouth captured mine in a kiss. It was not at all gentle--it was forceful, hungry, the kind of kiss that had been waiting nine years to happen."How we ended up on the bed is a matter of debate. I remember grabbing handfuls of his shirt and pulling him down, falling back on the bed. He remembers lunging at me, and that he had gotten the white tee over my head even as we landed on the center of the mattress. He claims that I should have been kinder to his shirt instead of ripping it off. I maintain that if I could have been kinder that night it would have been to his upper back, which I may have dug my fingers into a little too deeply."His tongue and hands had their own agenda, exploring my collarbone, the hollow of my neck, my breasts, the curve of my waist. His breath on my skin alone trumped anything we had made up in our canon--this was real, and I felt stupid for having relied on a made-up version for so long."His scent was embarrassingly familiar--I remembered all the times I met him fresh from a shower, every time I sat next to him in the car, every platonic embrace we shared. How could I have ignored it then, and yet couldn't seem to get enough of now? I hungrily pressed my lips to the skin on his shoulders. His hands gently caressed my face, then I started to float back to reality when I realized that he was talking to me."'...sex with Tim?' he was saying."'Don't stop,' I managed to stammer."'I said did you ever have sex with him?'"'I don't think that we should be talking about--'"'I just need to know if you've done this before.'"'Shit, you should have just asked. Yes. Does it matter?'"'I need to know how gentle I should be.'"I snapped out of my stupor and rolled my eyes. "We've been waiting for this for nine years, Zachary. How gentle do you think you should be?'"He laugh. 'Finally, we're on the same page about something."First of all, men don't laugh when they have an erection. Especially when it's already inside ("don't stop..." Jasmine supposedly said). They can't even think of joking during that moment. The scene is supposed to be intense, the first time Zack and Jasmine were doing it. The initial kiss, in fact, was "forceful (and) hungry" and there was a ripping of his shirt.Secondly, when a guy is about to devour, or is already devouring, a delectable joy quivering naked before him, he does not commit the mistake of interrogating her about her past sexual experiences or her former lovers. That would suure be like water dousing a raging fire. Maybe an inexperienced, insecure one would, but not Zack here who has had several girlfriends before already, the last of which was a certified sex fiend.Thirdly, the reason why Zack asked Jasmine about her former boyfriend Tim in the middle of their lovemaking was supposedly for Zack to know whether he should go gentle with Jasmine (virgin) or not (not anymore). This is hogwash. An experienced guy like him would know, even before entering the portals of heaven. In any case, he can always go gentle at first and then proceed at the desired pace depending on what he'll be able to confirm.Lastly, the sequence is topsy-turvy. A guy wouldn't go from the collarbone, neck, breasts and waist to his hands "gently caress(ing) (her) face." If ever a guy would gently caress a girl's face, it would either be at the start of the foreplay, before or in-between kisses, or after the lovemaking, during the cuddling (which girls like). When he had gone from the neck, breasts and waist downwards, the last thing he'll think of next is to "gently caress" her face.The verdict, therefore, is this: the author hasn't done it before, at least not when she had written this novel. Maybe she's even still a virgin up to now and if any of you guys, my loyal goodreads fans, is entertaining any romantic thoughts about the author, here are what the novel reveals more about her, which can be of use during your courtship:1.she has a hair fetish. She notices everybody's hair;2. a car is a must. Tim and Zack both have cars. She likes to be driven around;3. you must be athletic. She won't go for chubby guys;4. she has an extra sharp sense of smell so you better smell good always;5. she has a crush on Zac Ephron. Her character Zack has the same hair style (although not blond) as Zac Ephron;and6. she's intelligent but although she may pretend to like intelligent guys also, Zack is actually the dumbest male character I've seen in modern literature. Read the novel and you'll agree with me.This book is worth buying (Php150.00 only), reading and mulling over. It is practically everything: romance, suspense, intrigue and a chic lit (chicanery literature) to boot. Mina V. Esguerra has all the necessary tools to become a great writer only that she's still young and needs more experience.

  • Maria
    2018-10-31 16:44

    I recommend My Imaginary Ex.*****Here's what happened when you play pretend. Love sneaks up on you.What's the English word for torpe? You know, that guy you're friends with who doesn't make a move on you because he's afraid to lose your friendship? Yeah, that's Zack personified. I'm not a fan of torpe guys, but I can make an exception with him. Besides, I always liked love stories between two people who started out as friends first. I should know. That's my love story right there.And I agree that Jasmine is dense. But that doesn't mean I tolerate Zack's hot and cold treatment of her. Their story was sweet and cute, though.The clincher for me here is that Zack was Kimmie's Zack from Love Your Frenemies. I was like, Oh. So this is the jerk fiancé who left her for good after his Bachelor party. I was so psyched! I got to know the story before Kimmie's "supposed" humiliation.Anyway, I also like Zack's philosophy in life. See, he have different set of friends that he spends time with on separate occasions. When Jasmine asked her why he's like that, I remembered he looked at her like she was crazy. Then he said, "So that there's not one person who knows everything about me." Interesting, isn't it? ;)Based on the book blurb alone, I thought i will like My Imaginary Ex (same thing that I didn't think much of Fairy Tale Fail, and I didn't like it), and I was right.***UPDATE:While I patiently wait for a new copy, I borrowed Janus'. And yes, it was worth the trip to Ayala! LOLA happy ending to an unrequited love? Count me in!***well, i was duped. i bought a copy for half the price and two chapters are missing! chapters 11 & 12 are doubly printed!!! oh, i hate you, bargain books. could've finish this tonight!!!

  • Kristy Mauna
    2018-10-21 17:33

    This is my third Mina Esguerra book and she is just the absolute BEST!I can always expect to be swept off my feet by her swoony romance novels. Her characters are always enjoyable and easy to relate to. I just love, love, LOVE every single one of her stories! <3

  • Lottie Eve
    2018-11-12 23:48

    I am a very girly person and I love fun, cute love stories. Love stories that are written well never fail to make me absolutely giddy. I am not afraid to admit the my girly self squees a lot when I encounter a cute story. One day I was struck with the want of a cute love story and so I picked up My Imaginary Ex. Do you know what happened when I read it? I squeeed. (Is squeeed even a word?)My Imaginary Ex is a fun, amusing friend-to-couple tale that is very different from the norm. When Jasmine was in college a boy named Zack asked her to pretend to be his ex-girlfriend because the girl he liked only dated boys who had dated before. After the lie was created it just kept growing and growing. Years later, people still think that Jasmine and Zack used to date each other!One day Jasmine finds out that Zack is getting married to a Kimmy, a woman she has never met. After this happens things quickly turn complicated when two of Zack's past ex-girlfriends* meet up with Jasmine and tell her that she must stop the marriage! Jasmine must figure out how she feels about Zack before time runs out.I admit that My Imaginary Ex had a story structure that took some time to get used to for me. The story has many flashbacks that show how Jasmine and Zack's relationship was in the past and how it got to it is in present time. When I did get used to it I found that it worked really well. I was able to find more about Jasmine and Zack which would only make me root for them as a couple even more.The characters in My Imaginary Ex were fun to read about. Jasmine is a bit dense but she is a nice character to read about overall. I could tell that Lena and Marjorie really cared about Zack even though they were driven to break up with him in the past. It is not everyday one gets to read a love story where the ex-girlfriends do the matchmaking! Zack is the kind a of guy who is afraid to confess to the one he loves in fear of ruining the friendship between them. He doesn't let people know much about himself but he is still sweet. He did have a interesting way of getting his crush Lena to date him in college :PI love stories where friends turn into a couple so Jasmine and Zack's relationship worked well for me. I know this sounds really cheesy but I do want the love of my life to be friends with me first before we start dating so I guess that was probably why I liked this story so much.My Imaginary Ex was a fun, short book to romp through and I would definitely recommend it for someone who is in search for a cute story. This book fulfilled my girly want for a love story. At first, I was afraid to read this book because I knew that I would compare it to Fairy Tale Fail which was by the same author. Thankfully, this book was still good. (Fairy Tale Fail is still better, though!)Now if you need me I will be browsing through the store in search of Love Your Frenemies which tells Kimmy's side of the story!

  • Chachic
    2018-10-16 21:20

    Originally posted here.Zack and Jasmine went to the same high school but they were never that close. They reconnect when they bump into each other in college and they become good friends. Zack then asks Jasmine to pretend to be his ex because he's never had a girlfriend before and the girl that he likes doesn't want to be with someone who's never been in a relationship. Jasmine agrees, not knowing the consequences of that little lie. Fast forward to the present day, Zack is about to get married to a girl that none of his friends and family really know. It's up to Jasmine to confront Zack but before she can do that, she has to sort through her own feelings first. My Imaginary Ex was pretty easy to read even though the story is interspersed with flashbacks to fully flesh out Jasmine and Zack's friendship. The story sort of reminded me of My Best Friend's Wedding because it has a similar theme with the movie.I'm not a fan of best friend love stories probably because my high school boyfriend was my best friend and we didn't really get our Happily Ever After together. Don't get me wrong, we're still good friends but now I feel like I have a certain fondness for love-hate relationships more than best friend love stories. Does that make me sound weird? :P In any case, I'm sure there are more people who will appreciate the friendship that is the foundation of Jasmine and Zack's relationship. While I didn't get to connect with the characters in this one as much as I did with the characters of Fairy Tale Fail, it's still quite an enjoyable, light read. The characters are believable and the author does a good job of describing the life of a young professional in her mid-twenties, living in Manila. Mina mentioned over Twitter that Summit is going to release another book of hers any day soon. I'm looking forward to that!

  • Ranee
    2018-10-23 22:44

    Welcome to the Friend Zone!Zack and Jas had a nine year stay in the friend zone until they finally succumbed to love without the "platonic" beside it. Well, okay, it was not really a real friend zone per se, they were a couple in denial. And as the saying goes, sa hinaba-haba ng prusisyon, sa (Anito)simbahan din ang tuloy.I enjoyed reading this book not because I liked Zach nor related with Jas. Actually, I related more with Zach (but not pertaining by his being torpe) and not quite sure if I have a bit of Jas in me. I have so many guy friends from high school, college, med school and even now in my training hospital. I am surrounded with men, literally. I experienced being a third wheel in a date, bridge to someone else's relationship, sober friend after a break-up drinking spree, pro bono therapist and etc. I was the "go to" gal. But I also have many amigas, and many mare. I have a couple set of barkadas, from each crossroad of my life and all I cherish. Point is, no one knew Zach completely, like me. If one is tasked to do a biography of me, none could finish it without passing the pen to a different friend. If all my friends gathered in my funeral, and each tasked to give a eulogy, there'd be always something new to share (I could hear it now, the many "really, I never knew that" or "No, that can't be the same person"). But one thing's for sure, that if someone stood there and said, Ranee is bouncy, all would certainly agree.

  • Alona
    2018-10-21 16:45

    Friends turned lovers is one of the most used and abused plots of all time. I know you've read it in one or two romance novels you have. You've seen it in most Romantic-Comedy movies and drama series you watched. You've probably heard it in one of your chismisan moments with your friends. It happened to someone you know or it happened with you. Hey, it happened to me. So what sets My Imaginary Ex from the rest? Simple—It's how Mina V. Esguerra tells the story. In a Romance Novel Workshop I attended last year, the speaker said that all possible romance plot was or had already been written. The only difference is with how the author weaved the story and made the readers believe that it can happen. Mina V. Esguerra delivered a realistic story and she did a good job in making her readers easily relate with her characters. Reading My Imaginary Ex for me is like riding a train back to memory lane. It reminded me of how my boyfriend and I started. Jeff and I have known each other since high school but we were not schoolmates. We were both members of our town's church choir and he was my best friend's boyfriend then. We were never friends until college. He was the only person I know from our block so... that's how it began. He became one of my best buddies together with Erwin (the guy I came with during the F2F 2 for Little Prince) in college. We are still together and we just celebrated our 5th year anniversary a couple of months ago. (Enough about me, let's go back to the book. BTW, I added few personal photos in this review on my blog.) I liked the way Mina jumps back from past to present to show how Jasmine and Zac started their friendship. I'm not fond of reading novels with flashbacks alternating with the present but Mina wrote it in a simple and direct prose which made it easier to understand, plus the scenes from the past are connected with what's happening with Zach and Jasmine in the present. The only reason I'm giving this 4 Stars is because I was sooo in love with Fairy Tale Fail, I can't help but compare my reading experience with the two. Nonetheless, My Imaginary Ex is an enjoyable quick read. Challenge:Book # 31 of 2012****Review also posted @ Off the Wall.

  • Cienne Olaes
    2018-10-23 17:24

    I usually just get tears from reading when the storyline is a bit boring and I am just simply forcing myself at least for the sake of getting to the end of it. The tears were of course induced by drowsiness. A professor once told me that there is a connection between feeling sleepy and lacking capacity to understand during class. I have to do the long introduction because the first thing that I love about “my imaginary ex” is the fact that characters are gradually introduced, it lets the audience get the feel of each individual personalities, for a moment get creative and imagine it as if it’s a scene from a movie, or at least a time spared to feel as if you knew the characters personally. I can only handle 3 to 4 characters introduced first time in a chapter, if it exceeds the number there will definitely be confusion in my head. The attachment was perfectly built as the story progresses, in short, I never lost focus on the lead characters, that by the time I hit this particular line: “Because it looked like everyone knew it but us, and that made me want to cry“, a tear fell from my eye, as if I was Jasmine.I guess I will never get over Chapter 11, I was so moved by Zack’s sweetness as Jasmine reminisces. I felt like for a moment I stole the Jasmine part and played it myself in the movie, like I was the one experiencing everything.And then it’s past midnight, way past bedtime but I kept turning one more page, too eager to know what happened next. I struggled to keep my strong personality intact but when time brought me to this line, “Can we talk now?” I finally became aware of the big lump in my throat. It stayed there as I quickly read through and until there were real tears, overflowing this time.I think this isn’t just about finding love, to me the impact of it is inspiring, from having been beautifully and creatively written, to hoping and never losing the grip no matter what, to having the courage and no longer staying stuck waiting.Favorite line from Zack: “I hated that guy from the start and I never lied to you about it. I let you stay with him because you kept choosing to go back. Even when I was just there the whole time.”

  • Nenette
    2018-10-18 19:48

    Thanks to Mina for sending copies of this book to Doni, and thanks to Doni for sharing. I'm giving this 4 stars for four reasons: it's simple, short, sustaining, and complete. Nice one, Mina!

  • Geri Reads
    2018-10-17 17:42

    I have a confession to make: I've been slacking off. I actually finished this book a few hours after I started it and yet it took a while to rate and review it. It was so good!One of my resolutions this year was to read romance books written by Filipino authors, featuring Filipino characters, and set (more or less) in the Philippines. I've had the pleasure of reading Mina Esguerra's previous books and I've always enjoyed them. My Imaginary Ex has all the things I love about a Mina Esguerra and then some. My Imaginary Ex is a friends-to-lovers story with a bit of a twist. See, it all started with a lie. Zack really wasn't Jasmine's ex but there was that time in college where Zack ask Jasmine to pretend to be his girlfriend. It was just one time but the lie snowballed into something beyond their control. Now Jasmine is the ex that Zack could not get over. I fell in love with Jasmine and Zack. Their friendship is so weird but so relatable and their road to happily ever after wasn't a smooth one. I read the new updated version and I understand that the author added some scenes for context and lengthen the story a little bit. I haven't read the original version but judging from what I've read, Ms. Esguerra did a great job not just with the story but the characters. Ugh. I love her characters so much. They're so imperfect. They make mistakes and do things that make you shake your head in exasperation but it is what made them interesting to me. There's one character in this book who is going to have her own story. She's a bit of the antagonist keeping our star-crossed lovers apart but there was definitely more to her than just being the villain. I loved that the author avoided slut-shaming and othering this character just because she's the antagonist. So that's definitely a plus in my book.My Imaginary Ex definitely checked all the boxes that I want in my romance book. It has a trope that I loved with complex characters that you want to root for in spite of everything.

  • Julia
    2018-10-23 18:40

    "My Imaginary Ex" was my first #romanceclass book, and it definitely won't be my last. The book showed the back and forth friendship of Jasmine and Zack when they encountered each other at college. Zack asked Jasmine to pretend to be ex-girlfriend from high school, so he didn't have to admit he never had one. (As a comics fan, I loved that they called the details of their imaginary dating history their "canon". ) They were a little too convincing, because their friends never learn the truth, even at the end. Because it flipped back and forth between time periods, I was reminded a little of "When Harry Met Sally". We see Zack and Jas through the years, even as they dated other people. I liked Zack's exes more than I ever liked Tim. The final straw comes when Zack up and announces he's engaged to Kimmy Domingo. Everyone, including Jasmine, asks "WHO?" Zack's exes do not like or trust Kimmy. They've seen a different side of her, but no one can convince Zack to change his mind. So they enlist Jasmine. In fact, everyone asks her to intervene. It's almost comical at some points. And Jasmine tries, half-heartedly at first and then in earnest when she acknowledges her true feelings for Zack. She's the one that has to fight for them, as Zack has completely given up. It does show how their imaginary relationship and their friendship have gotten entangled and confused.I was worried initially about the Filipino cultural differences, but the other than unfamilar city names and the occasional phrase, I didn't have any big moments that confused me. I am looking forward to "Love your Frenemies" to show us Kimmy's side of things. She almost came off a little one note, so I'm curious what her deal is.

  • Solaine Chioro
    2018-10-22 00:19

    Mesmo não gostando tanto de um livro da Mina V. Esguerra, eu ainda gosto muito. Eu fiquei cheia de mixed feelings com o Zach e com a Jasmine. Umas horas eu shippava, outras tava enrolado demais pra mim e eu só queria gritar. Eu gostei muito dos flashbacks e gostei das ex-namoradas mexeriqueiras do Zach (sei lá, elas são engraçadas juntas hahaha), e é legal como esse livro deixa a Kimmy sendo um mistério pra gente e ficamos ainda com mais vontade de ler Love Your Frenemies. Mesmo assim, uma coisinha ou outra me incomodaram (o Zach podia só ter falado pra Jas que gostava dela, sabe? Me poupava de uns AAAAAAAA). No final eu fiquei com os mesmos sentimentos de quando terminei That Kind of Guy, que não gostei tanto, mas ainda assim amei a escrita da Mina. Eu não sei se é porque eu real oficial já vendi minha alma pra essa mulher, porém, mesmo quando não amo tanto o plot em si, ainda sou apaixonada pela forma que ela escolhe pra contar suas histórias. Tava com saudade de Chic Manila e tô meio abalada que faltam só mais dois pra terminar.

  • Emily Crow
    2018-10-26 20:18

    *Actual rating: 2.5 stars*Jasmine and Zack have been friends since college, when he persuaded her to tell people they used to date in high school because he wanted to impress a girl. Nearly a decade later, everyone still believes their lie, but it's not until Zack becomes engaged to another woman that Jasmine realizes she's in love with him. It's a cute premise, but there was not enough character development to make it work for me. Read for Unapologetic Romance Readers 2018 challenge: #OwnVoices catgory

  • Holly
    2018-11-04 19:29

    When her old friend Lena texts her out of the blue, Jasmine is having a hard time recalling how they became friends in the first place. Then she remembers: meeting Lena is how one of the longest-running lies she’s ever told originated. Lena, who used to date her friend Zack, thinks that Jasmine is Zack’s ex-girlfriend. What at first sounded fun had quickly got out-of-hand, and soon enough both Zack’s next girlfriend, his fiance, Kimmy, and everyone around them thought it was true too. Now that Zack is getting married Jas has less time than she’d like to keep Zack from making a huge mistake as well as sort out her own feelings. But after ten years of keeping up this lie, how can she tell fact from fiction?It was with a comforting sigh that I opened MY IMAGINARY EX. I needed a light, quick read after recently giving birth to my daughter and I knew it would fit the bill. Mina’s premises are always catchy as well. How was Jasmine going to get out of this hole she’d dug herself? The answer to this question is what kept propelling me forward as a reader. Again I loved how effortless the writing style is, which reflects the novella-like length. There is quite a bit of jumping back and forth in time between Jasmine’s high school, college and corporate days, but the jumps were relatively easy to follow. What wasn’t as effortless to read was the explaining and recounting that accompanied it. I at times felt bogged down by all the telling necessary to explain how the ‘ex’ lie came about and how Zack’s relationships with Jasmine, Lena, and his other exes played out. While in a longer novel the amount of telling would balance out here I felt we needed more character development, especially from Jasmine. Aside from that I enjoyed Zack and Jasmine’s story, especially that their friendship became something more, even if I a little drawn out. But when they finally do get together, it’s sweet and satisfying.

  • Maria Ella
    2018-10-30 22:40

    Also posted in my blog Markings of a Dreamer Having a heist plot with flashback effects and making it fit in a little chic-lit novella is really amusing. I cannot help but gush over the skill of the author having the capacity to put the plot and make it so cohesive, it captured the target market of women and teens who giddy over a good read and the man of their dreams. While Zack and Jasmine are good friends, they played with the relationship, for the sake of the anecdotes that they keep. You know the memories from the old times that you cherish, or if you're brave enough - told then anonymously through sharing of your experiences? They have that. The feeling of a shared experience is very much present between the two characters. Some girls will feel grateful that they have had that with their special someone, for the memories lingered on and on - especially those good ones. Zack moved on, and fell in love, and you cannot help but wish that these two friends will cross their paths again and again, and finally, be honest about their feelings to each other and will end up together. Yes, Mina will give you the treat, but the value-added of a weird situation where all exes gather together is a bit of different, but a laughtrip still.What else? There are still glitches in our femme fatale named Jasmine but we learned to love her character still. And we still learned to hate Kimmy from the eyes of the former. We are still sold to the idea. And all the feels of mushyness - totally sold. That's why the abused plot plus those different add-ons made this novel very much loveable.

  • Tina
    2018-10-23 23:46

    The characters in this novel were strong and unique, each of them having a different voice, even if it’s just a minor character. The supporting characters, Lena and Marjorie, were fun, and convincing, while Kimmy, the main antagonist, was just as hateful. The story was painted over a setting that was very believable, and I could actually imagine where they went at this party orI think the strength of My Imaginary Ex is not just in its characters, but in how the story was told. The jumps back in time is enough to show us how Jasmine and Zack’s friendship grew, and how he met his exes and how things changed. The transitions between the past and present were straightforward so it wouldn’t leave you wondering where you are in the novel’s time line. And I absolutely loved it when Jasmine came to an epiphany — I felt like I was with Lena and Marjorie, heaving a sigh of relief when Jasmine finally agreed to their plan.My Imaginary Ex is the type of story where you’ll find yourself rooting for the characters to get together in the end, because if they don’t…well, what’s the use? While I didn’t really liked a particular scene in the book (sorry, I’m just conservative, I guess), the ending was still very satisfying, and would make you want a Zack of your own. I know I did.

  • Amanda
    2018-10-14 23:38

    I honestly adored this book!! The author just released a revised version, and when I read the premise, it was an Amazon 1-click for me. All romance readers have their quirks and preferences and this one had so many tropes and things I love. It's told in a non-chronological fashion, with flashbacks to Jasmine & Zack's friendship over the years. It worked for me. This is the first time I felt this author's writing style jelled with me as a reader. I also liked that his exes were nice women and the people who approach Jasmine to make Zack cancel his wedding to someone who has been cheating on him. And even she gets her own book later! Anyway, this was relatively short and low on the heat, but just what I needed right now!

  • Willow
    2018-11-10 21:27

    One word to sum up this book: kilig! If you are a hopeless romantic like me, or as my friend's sister have said "to those who lost their passion for reading", read this book and you won't regret it! Mina Esguerra is one author who knows how to make her readers feel good. You would want to be Jasmine in this book so you can have your own Zachary.I read this in a few hours, re-read it some more, slept with a smile on my face and woke up wanting to read it again.It's that good!

  • Sasha
    2018-11-01 21:30

    This is a re-read. I believe Mina Esguerra tweeted about a digital edition so I downloaded a free copy and read My Imaginary Ex again. It's just as good as when I first read it! 4 Stars!!! I own a paperback copy of this book and have read it a number of times when I got it back in 2012, if I am not mistaken. It's just sooo kilig!I love the pretending to be the stripper part. And the morning after. Ha-ha!#latepost

  • Cary
    2018-11-11 22:25

    Having read this book twice, My Imaginary Ex is actually my favorite among my Summit books collection. I love reading romance novels about friends ending up together but what I like about Jasmine and Zach is their not the usual bestfriends-turned-into-lovers kind of love story.

  • Josephine
    2018-10-14 19:25

    I loved this book. I think that the story is pretty cute. It made me smile and made me want to bop the characters on the head--Zack for not being straight-forward and Jasmine for being clueless. ^_^My second Mina V. Esguerra book. ^_^

  • H. Bentham
    2018-11-04 00:18

    “We share a secret, and that can really bind people together.”This is the first in her Chic Manila Series and my copy is the latest edition, with two cutiepies on the cover!The secret shared by the Jas and Zack in this fun novella isn’t the huge love affair typical of secret lovers stories, but more of a chain of white lies that became too convoluted to keep track of. It was messy without feelings but when the truth pinches Jas in the heart, enough for her to realize how much she actually needs Zack in her life, the fun and games end. The kiligs in this one are signature Mina V. Esguerra, and I’m never gonna get tired of it!I loved Jas’ POV especially when she tries to remember what’s made-up and what’s real. And how the simple, made-up stories she and Zack innocuously came up with in their youth factored to make their love story even more interesting.I noted Jas’ grand gesture towards the end, because there’s a scene where she’s one woman in a room and then a bunch of other guys in another room (I cannot write this here properly bec spoilersss!) and it made me anxious for Jas. Secondhand anxiety for a fictional character, yay me! Hahaha!Also, this is my favorite MVE heroine’s debut (LOL) and she’s quite a character even when she’s only shown a handful of times. Mina made the right call to keep Kimmy as villain here as the whole story never would have worked otherwise. This partial backstory also makes me even more excited for the new edition of Love Your Frenemies to come out! (#TeamKimmy5everr)*I read this in one sitting. I'm not supposed to. I was just supposed to lie down for a few hours waiting for a thing and well, I ended up ignoring the thing after all bec this was so good! Haha!This review also appears on my personal blog: bentchcreates.tumblr.com

  • Allen Grace
    2018-10-19 21:36

    3.5 stars "Zack and I, I had to remind myself sometimes, were never together. There was nothing to 'get over'. There was no dramatic senior prom, no tearful 'let's be friends' reconciliation during high school graduation. She was mistaken then, and mistaken now..."Falling in love with your best friend is the kind of love story that is difficult to pull off, or write about, I must say, because it's one of those clichéd and overused plots in contemporary romance fiction that also needs a lot of convincing on my part. But what urge me to read it is the idea of charade in the story that they have to, need to pretend or at least convince everybody that they were “ex-lovers” when clearly they are not.My Imaginary Ex is a story between two people who started as friends, best friends even. This book reminds me of the movie My Best Friend's Wedding which I painstakingly love.********I remember this girl chasing her best friend down the winding road, his back turned away from her as she called out his name over and over again until her voice got raw and raspy from endless shouting and when she finally got the chance to talk some sense into him in the subway, hoping he would choose her, hoping he would change his mind about the wedding but in that moment she felt that the odds of winning her best friend were slim until at some point, defeated and all wrung out, she finally let him go.********Ms. Mina V. Esguerra's writing got me hooked from the very first page which I found myself completely enamoured by Zack and Jasmine's intimate friendship. I remember that scene when Lena broke up with Zack before Christmas break and Jasmine was there to comfort him while they prided themselves with a half gallon of Double Dutch ice cream and Zack would offer her car rides from home to work and vice versa, for all intents and purposes. It gave me warm and fuzzy feeling. It's like watching your favourite rom-com on a Sunday night and it’s raining as relentless as ever and you’re touchy-feely with your pillow, or when you’re listening to this new song playing in your car stereo for the first time, it’s like a breath of fresh air that you will always look forward to every single day.********Zack Tomas is probably the kind of guy you would always want to hang out with if you love reading. He’s a bit of a comic book and fan fiction geek, right, a book nerd. He’s the kind of guy who stays away in the limelight but when you needed a friend to talk to, he will be there for you in a minute. He’s a gentleman in his own unique ways.He’s cute and funny especially when he’s drunk. Haha!I think it’s one of my favourite Jas and Zack’s snippets when Zack mumbled about everything funny, and how he always wanted to be a filmmaker, and his dream movie project was adapting Neil Gaiman’s 1602. Imagine this guy, his face all red and puffy, his drunken smile doing something something to your heart, maybe a few flips and acrobats then probably you’re a goner. He’s the kind of guy that women put labels on guys who are softie like a jell-o, like,he is safe to hang out with. I just wish that Zack would man up and just drop the f-bomb that he doesn’t want to be friends anymore that he wanted more than that. Please.********I can’t really blame Jasmine for not noticing Zack as a potential boyfriend. Zack seems okay and that’s the problem. You see, they've gotten used to each other’s presence that it almost took them 9 years to realize their feelings for each other aren’t for naught even if they dated different people for wrong reasons they still have each other’s backs. When Kimmy got into the picture, looking gorgeous in her signature clothes, everyone seems baffled at the idea of Zack marrying her. I was like, why the hell not? But the thing is, I don’t judge Kimmy at all because she truly loved Zack in her own way. I don’t think her as a bossy bitch, really, like everybody seemed to label her. I’m giving her the benefit of a doubt because I believe that there are two sides in every story. (I can feel the faintest pull of compulsion to read her story next. Gah, I cannot wait)Overall, it’s a quick and fun read, you can finish it in less than 3 hours and boy, it will make you giddy. I loved their confession on the latter part. I was like, finally they did it. I relished every word, every sigh and soft whispers of love in that room, every kiss and every touch. If you’re looking for a non-taxing read after reading a series that gave you too much angst and heavy feel, then this book is for you. This is my very first MVE read and I’m looking forward to reading her other novels as well. I don’t know about you but this scene is my favourite. Yes, please, don’t judge me. Haha! You might find it odd but soft kisses on the forehead and tight hugs are one of those sweet and romantic gestures I will never ever get tired of reading.[image error]Zack's car screeched into an empty parking space five minutes after the ceremony officially started. Plus he couldn't find parking near the auditorium so we were probably five more minutes away from getting into the building. After we threw our robes on, he grabbed my hand and started running."I'm in heels!" I shrieked. "And slow down! I don't think we're going to miss anything!""I don't want to miss anything," he said. "So hurry!"When we entered the auditorium, the dean was giving a speech. Zack walked with me to find my assigned row."Thanks," I whispered, getting ready to take my seat."Congratulations," he said, kissing my forehead before running off to find his own seat with his Management classes.He brought me close and hugged me again and I felt him kiss the top of my head through my hair. "I'm glad we met here. I'm really sorry I didn't know you in high school.""We made up for it," I said. "College would have been totally different if I didn't know you." Soundtrack of the day: Take it from me by The Weepies

  • JM Cabral
    2018-11-05 21:42

    Short. Sweet. But undeniably enticing.Word vomit review / Points that I loved:- The story falls under the Friends to lovers trope, which I happen to love.- MC & LI has an imaginary past, which I'm not usually into, but that was not the case for this one.- There were supporting characters that I wanted to get to know more, Kimmy (a.k.a. the antagonist) included (and so I can't wait to read Love Your Frenemies)- The character development for both Zack and Jasmine was spot on!My Imaginary Ex by Mina V. Esguerra might have been a little too short for others, but it certainly did it's job for me. I loved how well-invested I was all throughout the book, and I actually fell deeply in love with both Jasmine and Zack. Just in under 120 pages, Ms. Mina was able to make me swoon, tear up (just a bit), and root for her story enough to read it in one sitting. Easily a well-recommended 5-star read from me! :)

  • Laís Arjona
    2018-10-20 17:26

    2.5/5.0I am so sad that I didn't like this book that much, cause I really love Mina V. Esguerra and the Chic Manila series, bit this is her first book, so I already had law expectations about it, but It wasn't a bad book.Zach was a shitty friend and I had a problem with the way this couple got together (view spoiler)[I hated that they had sex before he ended the engagement, It wasn't clear that Kimmy was a cheater, and even If she was, he shoudn't cheat her back. Also, he decided to get married with someone he didn't love at all Just because Jas didn't guess that he loved her ??? That doesn't make sense! For me it was just a lot of poor excuses to treat everyone badly. (hide spoiler)] but I liked Jas and the other girls too (but not too much because they were way to nosy for me hehe)Of course now I want to read Kimmy's book ;)

  • Amy Cliber
    2018-10-14 16:47

    This was such a fun, quick read. I loved the kind of play on "My Best Friend's Wedding" where the main characters get together. The progression of their friendship with a lie about a previous relationship was a great backstory for a romance. I do wish it had been a little longer with a few more scenes where you could better see the main characters feelings sort of developing because I wanted to know more about them! I look forward to reading more of the Chic Manila series!

  • Jae
    2018-10-27 16:31

    it's 4.5 at least. loved the flow of the story and basically breezed through in a day.

  • thai (readbreatherepeat)
    2018-11-07 16:21

    I went into this book without reading the blurb, and I never do this, but I’m so glad I did it this time because this was nothing like I expected it to be, and I say this in the best way possible. I thought it would be something like this; the girl for whatever reason decided to pretend to have dated a certain guy and then after a while the guy somehow the guy finds out and it’s awkward and pathetic for the girl. I hate these stories, and really, I should know better, because Mina would never disappoint me like that.So this story starts when Zack asks Jasmine to pretend that they were in a relationship in high school so he could ask out this girl who doesn’t want to be anyone’s first girlfriend. After that, it just snowballs into a huge lie where sometimes even themselves believe it.After not hearing from Zack for a while, Jasmine gets invited to his wedding and it’s shocked to say the least, and she’s even more shocked when two of his ex-grilfriends-who still believe Jas is one of them-ask her to help them make Zack realize he’s making a mistake and that he isn’t happy in this relationship with that girl that isn’t even faithful to him.I loved the characters and the way the story was built, we got some flashbacks which weren’t annoying or boring, and to me that’s surprising because I usually hate flashbacks. I’m also very excited to read Kimmy’s book since she was the mean girl in this one, it’ll be interesting to see things from her point of view. I adore Mina’s writing, she’s one of my favorite romance writers and this is definitely on my top 3 books I’ve read of hers -that’s saying something- I can’t wait to read more.Review also posted at Read. Breathe. Repeat.