The Things About Never Let Me Go

Title : Never Let Me Go
Author : Kazuo Ishiguro
Publisher : Knopf
Published : 2005
Page : 304 pages
My Rating : 3.5/5

As a child, Kathy-now thirty-one years old-lived at Hailsham, a private school in the scenic English countryside where the children were sheltered from the outside world, brought up to believe that they were special and that their well-being was crucial not only for themselves but for the society they would eventually enter. Kathy had long ago put this idyllic past behind her, but when two of her Hailsham friends come back into her life, she stops resisting the pull of memory.

And so, as her friendship with Ruth is rekindled, and as the feelings that long ago fueled her adolescent crush on Tommy begin to deepen into love, Kathy recalls their years at Hailsham. She describes happy scenes of boys and girls growing up together, unperturbed-even comforted-by their isolation. But she describes other scenes as well: of discord and misunderstanding that hint at a dark secret behind Hailsham’s nurturing facade. With the dawning clarity of hindsight, the three friends are compelled to face the truth about their childhood-and about their lives now.

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Review – All The Bright Places

Title : All The Bright Places
Author : Jennifer Niven
Publisher : Alfred A. Knopf
Published : January 2015
Page : 388 pages
My Rating : 3.5/5

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is a heart-wrenching, unflinching story of love shared, life lived, and two teens who find one another while standing on the edge.

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[Blog Tour & Giveaway] To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

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Halo semua!
Kali ini saya dan Libri di Ra mendapat kehormatan untuk menjadi salah satu host dari rangkaian Blog Tour To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before yang diadakan oleh Penerbit Spring. Blog Tour ini melibatkan 20 blogger dan berlangsung dari tanggal 3 April sampai dengan 11 Mei 2015. Dalam blog tour ini, saya akan mereview buku cantik yang ditulis oleh penulis young adult kenamaan, Jenny Han, sekaligus mengadakan giveaway. Selamat menyimak yaa ^^!


Title : To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (#1)
Author : Jenny Han
Penerjemah : Airien Kusumawardani
Publisher : Penerbit Spring
Published : April 2015 (First Published 2014)
Page : 380 pages
My Rating : 3.5/5

Lara Jean menyimpan surat-surat cintanya di sebuah kotak topi pemberian ibunya.

Surat-surat itu bukan surat cinta yang ditujukan untuknya, tapi surat yang ia tulis. Ada satu surat untuk setiap cowok yang pernah ia cintai—totalnya ada lima pucuk surat. Setiap kali menulis, ia mencurahkan semua perasaannya. Ia menulis seolah-olah mereka tidak akan pernah membacanya karena surat itu memang hanya untuk dirinya sendiri.
Sampai suatu hari, semua surat-surat rahasianya itu tanpa sengaja terkirimkan—entah oleh siapa.

Saat itu juga, kehidupan cinta Lara Jean yang awalnya biasa-biasa saja menjadi tak terkendali. Kekacauan itu melibatkan melibatkan semua cowok yang pernah ia tulis di surat cintanya—termasuk cinta pertamanya, pacar kakaknya, dan cowok terkeren di sekolah.

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Review – East of Eden

Title : East of Eden
Author : John Steinbeck
Publisher : Penguin
Published : 2001
Page : 736 pages
My Rating : 3.5/5

The masterpiece of one of the greatest American writers of all time. East of Eden is an epic tale of good vs. evil with many biblical references and parallels. The story is ultimately that of good’s triumph over evil and the human will’s ability to make that happen.

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Review – Bonus Track

Title : Bonus Track
Author : Koshigaya Osamu
Translator : Andry Setiawan
Publisher : Penerbit Haru
Published : Oktober 2014
Page : 380 pages
My Rating : 3.5/5

Aku sendiri pun terkejut. Aku tidak pernah berpikir akan menjadi hantu dan bergentayangan.

Kusano Tetsuya bekerja di sebuah restoran hamburger besar di kotanya. Suatu malam, saat ia pulang kerja sambil mengendarai mobilnya, ia menjadi saksi tabrak lari. Sebuah mobil sport hitam melaju dengan kencang, meninggalkan seorang pemuda bertubuh kecil tergeletak di jalanan di tengah hujan.

Kusano mencoba untuk menolong pemuda itu, bahkan sampai memberikan napas buatan. Namun semua sudah terlambat. Semalam suntuk ia harus memberikan pernyataan di kantor polisi.

Gara-gara itu, Kusano demam tinggi dan bahkan berhalusinasi. Pemuda korban tabrak lari itu muncul di kamarnya, tidur-tiduran di atas sofanya, dan bahkan berbuat usil!

Tapi, apa itu benar-benar hanya halusinasi? Halusinasi itu sendiri sih mengaku kalau ia adalah hantu….

Kadang bonus track itu sendiri malah lebih baik dibandingkan dengan keseluruhan album.

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Review – Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

Title : Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
Author : Marissa Meyer
Publisher : Feiwel & Friends
Published : January 2012
Page : 390 pages
My Rating : 3.5/5

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

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