Before I Fall

Review by Indira:

To think that the mean things we’ve done just because we were bored and/or wanted to prove it to our cooler peers and/or need to feel good about ourselves can affected someone so much. That, just like a smile could make someone’s day, a snotty retort or a mean comment could ruin theirs, or even change the course of their life. Samantha has to figured it out by being dead and re-live her last day seven times until she gets it right and finally understood.

I was working late and just got home and randomly opened a folder in my laptop when I discovered this book. Guess it was put there by my teenage sister.
I was reading it and unable to stop. It was an e-book and has no back cover so I was reading it without even knowing what this book is about and ended up stayed up all night finishing it.

I was going to give it 3.5 stars and decided to round it up to 4 for its exceed-expectation. Because I wasn’t expecting it to be this rich, I was expecting it to be another crappy teenlit.

“A good friend keeps your secret for you. A best friend helps you keep your own secrets”

I like it. The love-hate relationship Sam have with her friends was natural, the famous-losers situation was clearly explained, the whole school situation was believable. For all we know it could have been OUR school, you know. We all have our own Juliet Sykes. We were once this kids who just hope to fit in and get actualize. We were once these kids who is mean to someone. And I’m sure at least once we felt like everything is so out of place. I think everybody can relate to this book, I especially.

I have my shares of being Juliet, I have my shares of being Lindsay. I even have my own Kent back then in high school, the guy I actually like but turned down because I want everybody to think I’m too cool for him. I was thinking of him and wonder “what if I have said yes”

“..and I think how just easily it could be the other way around. She could be blocking my path; I could be trying to slip around her into the dark”

It gets a little boring in the middle of sixth day, but I broke a little tears at day seven right when Sam gave Izzi their grandmother’s necklace.

I tell you one thing: this book worth your time.

“The rest you have to find our yourself”


Dilanku, Dilanmu

Here is a review by Indira:

“Aku rindu! Kau harus tahu itu selalu.”

Membaca epilog buku ini aku membayangkan diiringi lagu “I’ll be seeing you”-nya Billie Holiday. Membaca epilog buku ini seakan membenarkan teoriku, cinta cuma datang sekali seumur hidup, setelahnya mungkin kasih sayang. Tapi kasih sayang beda dengan cinta. Cinta itu menggebu, membuat gila, dan selamanya.

“Dan kalau dulu aku berkata bahwa aku mencintaimu, maka kukira itu adalah sebuah pernyataan yang sudah cukup lengkap dan berlaku tidak hanya sampai di hari itu, melain kan juga di hari ini dan untuk selama lamanya”

Membaca buku ini membuat terkenang 2 insan lain, berseragam SMA, berboncengan motor tertawa-tawa menembus hujan, di kota lain, di jalan lain, dengan kisah yang berbeda namun ending yang serupa.

“Aku mencintaimu, biarlah ini urusanku, bagaimana kau kepadaku, terserah, itu urusan mu!”

Aahhh. Dilan-ku bilang pun dia ingin menulis kisah kami. Mungkin suatu hari kutemukan pula buku berjudul mirip ini tapi dengan namaku?
Atau mungkin sebaliknya, kau akan temukan sebuah buku berjudul namamu.

“Aku merasa sedih untuk apa yang hilang, tapi kupikir mungkin ada pelajaran yang bisa kita dapati dari situ.
masa lalu bukan untuk diperdebatkan. itu sudah bagus. biarkanlah.”

Tapi aku rindu. Kau harus tau itu selalu.

Summer and the City

Summer and the City (The Carrie Diaries #2)Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wasn’t a fan of Sex and the City, never watch it, never read the book either. But I enjoy the hell out of this book! I totally can relate. How Carrie feels about New York is definitely how I feel about Jakarta. The rush, the harsh, I’m in love with all of it.
The story flows easily. It started when Samantha took Carrie to a party on the very day Carrie arrived in New York. The story flow shows us how Carrie survive New York, barely pass the writing class she came for in the first place, and lost her virginity along the way. How she met Samantha, Miranda, and finally Charlotte. How the friendship between them started, and everything else.
It’s refreshing, it’s exciting. You’re gonna love it.
I think I’m going to read another Sex and the City related books.

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The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the RyeThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The story was told with a first-person narrative style by 16 years old confused, hate-the-world boy named Holden. It was dull at first because Holden tent to going on and on about one unrelated subject and then jump into another unrelated subject. But once you get used to Holden’s way of talking, it gets pretty bearable. He was so depressed and confused for no apparent reason. Despite the fact that he get kicked out of his school, his life was quite OK. I mean he has a complete parents and all that, but still he is confuse as hell. He hates school, in fact he hates lot of things for no apparent reason. Reading this book is like getting tossed around inside Holden’s mind. His change of mood was depressing. The way he speaks with all the slang and the repetitiveness and over-emphasize things was not hard to follow but nevertheless a little dull. We get to see his opinion on many things although it is not very clear most of the time. Near the end, I think Holden finally comes around – when he decided to go somewhere and his little sister decided to come with him. He think about how his sister will missed out on school and everything and finally decided to stay. We don’t get to see the end, it stops there when Holden finally comes around.
The point of this book, I think, is to give us a peek at how teenager’s mind works.
As I am no longer a teenager, nor living in New York around 50’s, I don’t feel related whatsoever to this book. The one thing I like is how things finally comes around naturally near the end. How, despite all the depressing thoughts of Holden’s in almost the entire book, finally, at the end, we know things will be just fine. That it is just a phase, I think.
It was a good book but not the kind of book that I will read over and over again.

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TwivortiareTwivortiare by Ika Natassa

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

First thing first, kudos on the idea of making the fictional character tweets, although it’s not at all original but it’s refreshing, def.
Brought to you with tweeting style, began the story of ups and downs of Alexandra Rhea’s life after getting back together with her former husband, Beno. The husband is cold and ‘straight-faced’ but turn helplessly romantic when confronted with Alex’s frustration towards his cold attitude. The conflicts are around Beno’s long hour as a doctor and Alex’s as a banker, silly jealousy, Beno’s inability to show his feeling and Alex’s sometimes-childish way of dealing with these stuff.
Sometimes the Beno character came out too perfect I’m sure many women would drool over him. And sometimes the Alexandra character seems so childishly selfish, self-centered and ungrateful, well not all the time but sometimes. That’s okay if that is what the author is actually aim for, but I don’t think so. It doesn’t seems so if you read the part where Alex is preaching. Alex many many times negates her own statement, which kinda makes her looks like a prick. I like the part where Alex can be playful and interact like a normal person in twitter with Wina.
The Wina – Alex’s best friend whose husband is also a doctor – part is always the best and funniest. I would love it if the author elaborate that part more, because sometimes the Wina character is just there to say “And then what happen?” so that Alex can continue her story without looking too self-centered.
The conflict is boring and repetitive. The reason why I enjoy reading this book is because I did it while day-dreaming over Beno, tee hee.
Maybe because it’s written on a series of 140 characters tweets, sometimes it’s just seems like reading Alex’s rambling. And preaching (rolleye). And whining.
But then again maybe that’s the whole idea of tweeterature anyway.
Nevertheless it was entertaining, def. But it only goes as far.

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On Interstellar

I don’t know, for me, I like Inception better than Interstellar. Maybe because “dream” is more appealing to my feminine taste than “galaxy”.

Quick Comment on Watching Jolie’s Maleficent

Story line, story telling style and the diction of dialogues in a movie will always impress me way more than the cinematography.
Maleficent is not quite what I thought it would be. It is not as dark as I expect it to be. And the turn of event is not dramatic enough. It is like a good story that being told too hastily.
At last, oh how I wish Nolan would remake all the Disney fairy tales. The darkest version of fairy tale, that is.

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