Table for Two by Marla Miniano

Table for Two by Marla Miniano is another chick lit book by a Filipino author, which was recommended by Tina of One More Page. I’ve decided to read as many local chick lit books as I can because I’m planning to give them as gifts this Christmas. I’m even planning to read the ones that I bought back when I was in college so I could post reviews of them.

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

A corner table at a cozy coffee shop witnesses many things:

A long-time couple about to break up after college graduation. A young teacher accepting a dare from her teenage brother to quit dating for two months. A wedding photographer trying to convince his best friend not to get married. A boy meeting up with the girl he never quite got over. And a girl sitting alone, reading romance novels, wondering if today is the day she will stop being lonely.

Do their lives intersect and intertwine – spiraling them through an obstacle course of love and loss and hope and heartbreak? And can they each find the happy ending they so desperately want?

Based on the summary above, you’d think I wouldn’t be surprised to discover that the book is composed of short stories about different people and yet I was. For some reason, I thought it was going to be one cohesive story with just multiple characters. As a result, I was confused at the start and I wasn’t able to connect with the characters as much as I’d hope because the narratives about them were so short. Also, the stories have varying points of view that added to the confusion – some of them were in first person and others in third person, some of them were from guys’ points of view and some from girls’ (although I think that’s actually a good thing). It really is a shame that I didn’t like the book that much because I think the writing was beautiful. I even added a couple of favorite quotes in the Goodread’s page of the book.

If the novel was lengthier, the author might have been able to pull off a Love Actually-esque story, where all the anecdotes are tied together by the cozy coffee shop where they all hang out. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Still, the writing is a redeeming factor of the book and I recommend this to anyone who likes reading Filipino chick lit. Again, I’m sorry to international readers out there but this book is only available locally.

Other reviews: (manually generated)
One More Page
Her Maldita-ness’ Shelf

4 thoughts on “Table for Two by Marla Miniano

  1. I loved the quotes in this book, especially for the last story. Talk about relating a bit too much. ^^

    But yeah, like what you said, the connection between stories is kind of weak, and it’s kind of hard to get into some of the characters’ heads. You know what else this book reminds me of? Jologs the movie.

    I’m not sure if you’ll like Marla’s Every Girl’s Guide series, since they’re geared towards the younger audiences. I can lend you my copies if you’re interested (since again, Php150 per book is kind of expensive for something so thin). 🙂

    • There are a lot of nice quotes from this book! That’s why it’s such a shame that I didn’t end up liking it that much. Now I’m wondering if I could still give it as a gift, maybe others will like it more that I did.

      LOL I never saw the movie Jologs.

      Thanks for the offer! I’d like to check them out but maybe later on. I’m starting to get fed up with chick lit and I’m still in the middle of Amazing Grace. I need to read some fantasy soon.

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