Book Review: IN OVER HER HEAD by Anne Plaza

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It’s a pleasure to be one of the stops of the blog tour of In Over Her Head by Anne Plaza! This blog tour is organized by Dia of Book Junkie Joint in order to showcase and promote books by independent Filipino authors. For a list of past, ongoing, and upcoming blog tours, visit the Book Junkie Blog Tours site!

Title: In Over Her Head
Author: Anne Plaza
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About the book:

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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My Thoughts:

I dig stories with unresolved emotional issues and struggle for closure! This is why I was excited to read this story and see how it would play out. It was pretty much satisfying even though there were some parts where I was thrown off a bit. The build-up of the Jerome/Erika charade was cutely done (for lack of a better, more apt term, and I mean it in a positive way) that I found myself rooting for them more. I almost forgot that there were more things to resolve. Erika was reckless and random at times and I found these instances believable and very human. Richard the character merits more fleshing out earlier than the last chapter of the book. There were parts which are too sappy to be true but then again, when it involves romantic feelings, you can never really tell.

What I enjoyed more while reading this was the friends and family of Erika. The journey stressed the relevance of a support group even though they themselves brought minor chaos along the way. At the end of the day, you really won’t make it alone, no matter how tough you think you are.

Overall, I am satisfied with the narration and how the story folded. It is a feel-good read especially when you are one of those people who silently struggle to appear okay when you are, in truth, not okay. Let me just share two passages I liked, and please remember I tend to gloss over little, might-seem-irrelevant-to-many things:

Now I know what my mother must have felt when I completely go against her expressed wishes telling me a bazillion times not to ‘do this’ or ‘do that’. It’s also the same feeling of buying boatloads of books and then regretting the splurge when I count the remaining bills in my wallet.

I know this feeling. It’s been right there all along, all these years.
[Kilig down the spine, a little bit.]

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About the author:

Anne Plaza has a degree in Psychology, but has actively pursued a career in writing in her previous work as a reporter and online editor. She currently works in the field of marketing communications and spends most of her time writing fiction (while not on the lookout for the nearest cupcake and cronut store). Aside from writing, she loves to read contemporary romance, young adult, fantasy, and historical fiction. She also collects stamps and postcards, and loves everything about cats. Anne is based in Quezon City, Philippines. In Over Her Head is her first published work in English.

You may get in touch with Anne through the following:

Blog – http://thoughtsbrewed.blogspot.com
Twitter – http://twitter.com/anneplaza
Facebook – http://facebook.com/anneplaza2013
Email – anneplaza@gmail.com

On Friday, stay tuned for excerpts from the book and a link to a giveaway! Happy holidays! 🙂

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