Review: The Boyfriend Backtrack

Title: The Boyfriend Backtrack
Author: Dawn Lanuza
Publication: October 3, 2014 
Source: Publisher / Oops! I Read A Book Again Book Tours
Date Read: December 7 to 17, 2014
Rating: ★★★☆☆
If they say that life flashes right before your eyes when you die, do you also get a flashback of your exes when your perfect boyfriend is proposing to you? At least that's the case for Regina Cortez. There's her dramatic high school boyfriend, her first college crush, the irresistible heart breaker, and the ever elusive one. By backtracking to her past, will Regina make it to 'I Do'? Or will she just keep running away?

This review had been long over due. I finished this book on time but I can't just bring myself to write a review because... time.

So, this will be short. I'll let you in three points. The good, the bad and the annoying.


This is something new. Definitely something new. I haven't heard of something like this before and if you are the type of reader wanting to peruse something new, then, this is worth the shot.

Quarter Life Crisis. I told myself time and time again that I won't be experiencing QLF because I've already surpassed it years ago, I was an early bloomer, I used to believe. But, I was wrong, I still am doubting the things I want in life right now, the path I'm heading and the career I want to have for all time. Thus, the going back to school. So, if you're experiencing doubts in life (e.g. career, lovelife, financial stability, dreams) then this book is for you. Regina, the protagonist is tracking down her exes is a clearly preponderant evidence of quarter life crisis.

Banter. Bickering. Dialogues. Dawn Lanuza is no doubt a good writer. I can't say anything wrong about how she weaved her story. It is easy to read and I definitely enjoyed it.

Kevin. If there's someone I like in this book, it's Kevin. SPOILER ALERT! Who wouldn't want a guy who would leave the jetsetter life to build a life with you?


Predicatability. I don't know if it's just me, but I've already predicted what will happen in the story from maybe, Chapter 3. Some characters are stereotypical, that's why. I still read to the end though, because as I've said, it was a good read.

The premise. It might be new, but I don't like it. Tracking down your ex and thinking about them just in time your boyfriend is proposing? Damn, that's sick. 

Love Story. I've always said this. I'm a big love story junkie. I'll munch anything that spells romance. BUT make me believe that there really is love. SPOILER AGAIN. In this book, we were just given snippets of drunken nights and Regina's selfish and immature moments to prove that the people who ended up together in the end is really meant to be.

Happy Ending. Call me synical but I don't think she deserves that ending. Hahaha. 


The nosy bestfriend. Get a life, Leslie. Seriously. She needs one.

Chase. Aside from being 'torpe', he is perfect. Nobody is perfect. Well, some fictional guys are. And this is why I'm a firm believer that anything Romance should also be shelved as 'Fantasy'.

Regina. I'm glad that she admitted to the fact that she indeed is a 'Devil Woman'. She is selfish and ungrateful. But she nevertheless achieved her goals, materialized her dreams and ended up with a hot guy.  Tell me, what I'm doing wrong with my life. Haha.


  1. Hi Biena :) It's so funny reading your review! When I was writing that I also didn't feel like Regina deserved a good ending at first (I know, I know, I wrote it and I kinda hate my protagonist?) but I tweaked a couple of things, and decided to be kind to my fictional babies. Maybe you got that whole vibe from my initial disposition haha :)

    Thanks for the review!
    - Dawn

  2. Biena (The Library Mistress)January 15, 2015 at 2:08 AM

    Wow, thanks for dropping by. I also learned from the Acknowledgment part of the book that you intended it to go 'my' way (just kidding).

    I'll be on the look out for your next book. Please keep on writing!

  3. Haha yes! Maybe I should post that alternate ending somewhere... :)


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