OMG!| Book Review: Welcome to Envy Park


Published on January 2015 by Anvil Publishing

Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Rating: ★★★★★

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A planner. A get-up-and-goer. At twenty-two, she left her hometown to work in Singapore, to satisfy a need to travel as well as to give her savings account a boost. Five years later and she’s back in Manila, with a shiny new apartment to her name, but no job, no career, no boyfriend. But she has a plan—of course she does—and this is just a short layover on the way to the next country, the next job, the next big thing. Or will she be missing out on something great that’s already there?


The book that hits me so hard a million times and gives me after thoughts about life. Don’t worry, it’s not a negative thought, it’s a mere fact that how unsurprisingly good it is. It feels bittersweet.

The story is about Moira Vasquez who is unemployed right after she got home from Singapore for 5 years. She met a lot of struggles in the Philippines – her not-so-good relationship to her mother, her friends who is successful on their own career, and even met strangers that shared stories with.

What struck me the most about this book is that “as a Filipino we have this notion that once you worked abroad you can be successful and to be able to help your family financially”. Though not everyone wants to work abroad. Moira’s character is so good, I’m emotionally invested on her. This book gives me strong feelings and I haven’t read any book that I could fully connect with the story not until I read this book. Second, is that it also shows what it feels like when you’re trap in your own world or should I say quarter-life crisis. Her friends are also struggling with their own decisions in life. Third, is that “I like how the story develops”. From the beginning up to end gives me a lot of feels.

The romance in the book, well, it exceeds my expectations. I love how the development of romance between Ethan and Moira and how it reaches maturity.

You see I’ve read countless romance books and sometimes I loved them or not but this book is a perfect book for me because of how it opens up my eyes and the characters are so great that I loved all their imperfections.

To my friends outside of the Philippines, if you are curious about our culture you should read this.

Read this if…….

you think you’re quite unsure about your life.


Manila, Philippines

Have you read this book? If not, what do you think of the themes of this book? If yes, what important lesson you’ve learned?


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