Before I Fall

Review by Indira: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1407165282

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”

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Twivortiare

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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[ Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi ]

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It’s been a while since my brain ate a good book, like I said in my earlier post that I’ve been reading shits for holiday, and hadn’t been reading since the college started. So on this weekend instead of going out I’ve been reading Persepolis. Persepolis is an illustrated autobiography of Marjane Satrapi, bercerita tentang masa kecilnya di Iran, masa remaja di Vienna, hingga akhirnya ia kembali ke Iran dan menikah, sampai at the end of the story she got divorced and going abroad again, this time is for good.

Marjane Satrapi, a brilliant girl who always speaks her minds, critical and love to read, and also a human being for she was also lose her self to society sometimes, or even to a delusional love, enjoying her self but also suffered loneliness. I enjoy the up and down of her life, how she handled things, how sometimes she also let things out of control, how her parents educated her, how she hates the pressure of her traditional country but couldn’t fit in abroad without being untrue to her self, that she feels bad for not being able to make her parents proud,  that she got in so many trouble for having such a big mouth (that I love, haha). I love her rebellious self, how her mother said “Well done” when she called the nuns who despise her country “a former slut”, hahaha.

I laughed at this part:) And I love how her grandmother always ask her to stay true to her self, that very fond of her but didn’t stop her to despised Marjane after accusing innocent man on street to safe her butt, “You’re a selfish bitch, that’s what I think! Integrity, does this word means anything to you?!”, whoa what a grandma.

That her father let her married though he always know she will get divorce, “everyone has to have her own experience”, he said.

I feel like watching my self when I read it. Not that I’ve been also experienced war or something like that, its just that I sometimes lose my self and feel so confuse just like her, that sometimes I feel wasted and guilty toward my parents, and how I, just like her, have the very same conclusion to it all:

And her Idea of education is reading books. My father used to encouraging me to read books, too. Oh how I couldn’t agree more:)

Read these, these books worth your time.

Persepolis 1 | Persepolis 2

[Dwilogi] Samurai : Kastel Awan Burung Gereja & Jembatan Musim Gugur

Ini adalah salah dua buku favorit saya! Sebuah dwilogi karya Takashi Matsuoka. Ceritanya bagus, dengan gaya penceritaannya yang unik. Alurnya baguuus banget, apalagi buku kedua! Maju mundur terus bertemu di akhir, indah banget deh! Tidak lupa disisipi humor yang tidak biasa, kadang-kadang membuat saya berfikir “serius atau becanda sih ni?”, hehehe

Pokoknya most recommended books deh!

Dibawah ini sedikit review yang saya copy dari cover belakang bukunya:

Samurai : Kastel Awan Burung Gereja

Pengetahuan bisa menghambat. Ketidaktahuan justru membebaskan. Tahu kapan untuk tahu dan kapan untuk tak tahu, sama pentingnya dengan pedang yang tajam. [Suzume-no-Kumo (1434)]

Apakah kemampuan mengetahui masa depan bisa menguntungkan, atau justru membawa malapetaka? Mampukah pengetahuan seperti itu melahirkan seorang samurai sejati, yang tabu mengeluh ketika mengalami siksaan fisik paling hebat sekalipun, yang rela mati menjunjung tinggi kehormatan dan kesetiaan, namun tetap dianggap wajar untuk menangis tersedu-sedu saat merasakan keharuan dan kebahagiaan?

Samurai : Kastel Awan Burung Gereja adalah kisah hidup Daimyo Akaoka, Genji Okumichi – kisah tentang sebuah pergolakan zaman, perbenturan Timur dan Barat, budaya dan norma, agama dan dogma, kehormatan dan kemanusiaan, kisah yang akan menyeruakkan kesadaran kita bahwa pengetahuan dan keyakinan manusia bukan merupakan kebenaran hakiki.

Novel ini adalah buah karya Takashi Matsuoka, bercerita tentang seseorang yang mempunyai kemampuan untuk melihat masa depan. Dengan alur yang sering tidak terduga, merupakan novel yang sangat menarik untuk diikuti.

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Samurai : Jembatan Musim Gugur

Mengetahui masa depan dan mengetahui masa lampau adalah dua hal yang bermakna sama.
Apa bedanya mengetahui hal yang tak terelakkan dengan mengetahui apa yang telah terjadi?
–Aki-no-Hashi (1311)

Sesosok wanita hadir, mengiris keheningan menara tertinggi Kastel Awan Burung Gereja. Kecantikannya memukau, kelembutannya menghanyutkan, dan keanggunannya menebarkan pesona. Tetapi, kemunculannya selalu berselubung misteri. Benarkah dia Lady Shizuka, sang putri sihir dari masa lampau? Benarkah dia penentu sejarah klan Okumichi? Dan mengapa dia juga muncul di hadapan Emily Gibson, wanita asing yang bukan keturunannya?

Samurai: Jembatan Musim Gugur menguak kelanjutan kisah hidup Genji Okumichi, sang Daimyo Akaoka dalam Samurai: Kastel Awan Burung Gereja. Kisah ini pun menyibak kekuatan cinta yang mampu menjungkirbalikkan dunia, perpaduan kekuatan ragawi dan kehalusan pekerti, dan mengedepankan ketulusan sejati dalam menyikapi takdir, meskipun akhir hidup sudah di depan mata.

Novel ini merupakan kelanjutan dari buku pertama Samurai : Kastel Awan Burung Gereja karya Takashi Masuoka. Disamping menceritakan kelanjutan perjalanan hidup Genji Okumichi dan Emily, di buku ini juga banyak menceritakan tentang Lady Shizuka, wanita peramal yang memberikan pengaruh besar terhadap sejarah klan Okumichi. Dengan plot yang melompat-lompat, membuat pembaca harus benar-benar fokus ketika membaca buku ini. Sangat menarik untuk diikuti !!

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Pokoknya ga bakal nyesel deh, saya jamin :D