Welcome to Envy Park–Book Review and Playlist
Moira Vasquez is a doer. 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 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. She meets Ethan Lorenzo, the quiet hunk of an IT consultant on the ninth floor of her condo building, and he’s a welcome distraction during this period of having absolutely nothing going on in her life.
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?
What I really enjoyed about this book is that it is a fast read. It’s super easy to devour plus it’ll make you feel so much for Moira–you’ll cheer for her, you’ll root for her, say Duh, go “I know how that feels”, and swoon for her, as well.
Envy Park is also very fresh, and so much fun. What makes it so good is the fact that there’s so much reality to it; Even if you don’t live in NV Park-like places, you’d know that the problems Moira is facing are true. And the whole status thing is also easy to relate to. As Glee’s Emma Pillsbury once said: “Status is like currency.” It’s very much a reflection of how obsessed the world is with titles, popularity and the like.
2. Avril Lavigne -Here’s to never growing up
3. Britney Spears – Work Bitch
4. Foxes – Youth
5. Hayley Taylor – Plans
6. Rihanna ft Micky Elko – Stay
7. Demi Lovato – Neon Lights
8. Avicii – Wake my up
9. Sheryl Crow – Everyday is a Winding Road
10. Ellie Goulding and Calvin Harris – I need your love
11. Lindsay Lohan – Rumors
12. Pink – Try
13. All American Rejects – Kids in the street
14. Tamia – Smile
15. J.Cole – I’m Coming Home
16. Katy Perry – Unconditionally
17. One Republic – Counting Stars
18. Lady Antebellum – Just a Kiss