Title: Young and Scambitious
Author: Mina V. Esguerra
Amazon (EDIT: It's now being sold for $2.99), and I immediately checked it out. The title, plus the cover, made me think it's in the style of Gossip Girl - Filipino version. I'm wrong. And I'm glad for it. (Warning: Young and Scambitious contains some strong language)
Oh Mina, please tell me this is a prelude to a 300-plus-novel that's going to keep me on the edge as much as this teasing short story did.
Elizabeth Madrid is smart, street-wise, passably attractive...and...nothing else. No one knows anything concrete about her except for this intriguing (and in my mind), nerdy but attractive guy, Gabriel. However, we don't really get to meet them all too deeply as Young and Scambitious is very short - too short to my liking - and this is perhaps my only beef with the story.
Being a short story, the plot and dialogue is very fast-paced. However, as Mina proves yet again that she has a talent for giving her characters a background story in very few pages, we do get a tantalizing glimpse into their lives. In 10,500 words, I've been intrigued, amused, titillated (my, those scenes were kinda hot!), irritated (at how short the story is), and definitely left wanting for more.
Elizabeth's story is like a scandal waiting to erupt, or in my mind, a secret life a la Heist Society heroine, Katarina, style. Whichever way Young and Scambitious goes, whether it delves more into the high society and delivers us more juicy morsels of gossip of Elizabeth or Chrysalis' latest fake drama, or turns "Elizabeth" into a butt-kicking modern day "sorta" heroine, I'll be right among the line of people clamoring for a longer serving of Young and Scambitious.
**Quickstop Tuesdays is a feature in My Book Musings where I review books/comic books/graphic novels that have less than 200 pages, on Tuesdays.