[Review ] Girl Meets Boy


Title : Girl Meets Boy
Author : Winna Efendi
Publisher : Gagasmedia
Published : September 2015
Page : 391 pages
My Rating : 4/5


Dear Ava,

Saat kamu menerima surat ini, mungkin aku udah nggak ada di sini. Mungkin aku udah jadi murid senior di Alistaire. Mungkin aku akan ada di lingkungan baru. Atau mungkin, di Broadway, tampil perdana untuk pertunjukan Annie dan tiketnya terjual habis dalam lima menit (boleh dong, ngarep). Who knows? Itulah hebatnya dunia, selalu penuh dengan kesempatan yang nggak terduga.Kita punya janji untuk saling menemukan, bukankah begitu?
Love,
Rae

____

Dear Kai,

And then I said, “Kai, aku sayang kamu.”
Kamu menatapku, lalu mengusap rambutku lembut. Ini adalah kali pertama aku mengucapkannya kepada siapa pun. Kamu nggak mengatakannya balik. Dan, kurasa, sejak awal aku udah tahu.
Aku tahu tindakan kamu barusan adalah ucapan i-love-you terbaik yang mungkin bisa kudapatkan, but it’s okay, because I love you.

And unlike you, I’m not afraid of saying it.

Love,
Rae

***

Novel ini bercerita tentang kehilangan dan tentang menemukan. Tentang mimpi, tentang keluarga, tentang persahabatan, juga tentang memaafkan diri sendiri. Lewatnya, saya ingin berkisah perihal momen-momen yang sudah seharusnya berlalu dan dilepaskan. Karena setiap hal indah pada waktunya.

Semoga kamu menyukai sepotong kisah ini dan mendengar musik yang bermain di baliknya.

Winna Efendi

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The Haunting Tale of A Handless Girl : The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly


Title : The Scared Lies of Minnow Bly
Author : Stephanie Oakes
Publisher : Penguin
Published : June 2015
Page : 400 pages
My Rating : 5/5


With a harrowing poetic voice, this contemporary page-turner is perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, Julie Berry’s All The Truth That’s in Me, and the works of Ellen Hopkins.

The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust.And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it’s clear that Minnow knows something—but she’s not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is a hard-hitting and hopeful story about the dangers of blind faith—and the power of having faith in oneself.

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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 ^^!

xxx


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 – The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)


Title : The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)
Author : Michelle Hodkin
Publisher : Simon & Schuster
Published : 2011
Page : 456 pages
My Rating : 2/5


Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.

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Review – Anna Dressed in Blood (#Anna 1)


Title : Anna Dressed in Blood (#Anna 1)
Author : Kendare Blake
Publisher : Tor Teen
Published : August 2011 (ebook)
Page : 387 pages
My Rating : 4/5


Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.

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Review – Falling Into Place


Title : Falling Into Place
Author : Amy Zhang
Publisher : Greenwillow
Published : September 2014 (Intl. edition)
Page : 296 pages
My Rating : 4/5


On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road.

Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.

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