Karakternya standar manga heroine yang naif dan berusaha keras, tapi semakin baca semakin bosan. Hard work really doesnt beat talent, kalau menurut ceKarakternya standar manga heroine yang naif dan berusaha keras, tapi semakin baca semakin bosan. Hard work really doesnt beat talent, kalau menurut cerita ini, walau untungnya karakter utama tetap bekerja keras....more
Awalnya sedikit bingung saat memulai baca naskah ini, karena walau mengenal penulisnya dengan baik, saya belum tahu naskah ini akan masuk genre apa peAwalnya sedikit bingung saat memulai baca naskah ini, karena walau mengenal penulisnya dengan baik, saya belum tahu naskah ini akan masuk genre apa persisnya (apakah YA atau cenderung dewasa), begitu juga dengan konsep pay it forward yang asing di telinga.
Lalu saya mulai membaca, dan tak berhenti sampai habis. Kisahnya bisa dibilang sederhana, tapi hangat dengan gaya menulisnya yang tak neko-neko. Straight forward dan apa adanya, tak pakai bahasa mendayu dan konflik macam-macam, tapi itulah kelebihannya.
Dan ini bukan hanya kisah tentang keluarga tapi tentang cinta dan penemuan diri sendiri. Rasanya senang menemukan novel yang bisa saya endorse dengan jujur dan memang demikianlah seperti endorsement saya di kover belakang, konsep ini unik dan ceritanya menarik....more
Ketika tahu bahwa Risa mengeluarkan buku baru, maka saya pun merupakan salah satu dari pembacanya yang segera membeli buku tersebut. Apalagi kali iniKetika tahu bahwa Risa mengeluarkan buku baru, maka saya pun merupakan salah satu dari pembacanya yang segera membeli buku tersebut. Apalagi kali ini ia berduet menulis dengan Sara Wijayanto, yang walau namanya belum pernah saya dengar, tetap menambahkan poin menarik tersendiri bagi buku ini.
Sayangnya, saya merasa kecewa.
Adanya 'suara' baru berupa POV Sara tidak menambahkan apa pun yang baru dalam buku ini. Bahkan, menurut saya kisahnya lebih lemah dari Danur dan Sunyaruri. POV-nya begitu mirip dengan suara Risa, bahkan cara bercerita dari segi kisah dunia lainnya pun sama persis. Alangkah menariknya, saya pikir, jika Sara memberikan suara yang sama sekali berbeda, dari cara menulis, format cerita, dan sesuatu yang segar yang membedakannya dari buku-buku Risa sebelumnya.
Dari segi cerita, buku ini disebut-sebut layaknya buku harian. Dan seperti buku harian pada umumnya, biasanya hanya orang-orang yang menulis di dalamnyalah yang berbagi private jokes, dan mengerti isinya. Kali ini pembaca pun merasa seperti orang luar, karena terlalu banyak percakapan antar kedua karakter yang sepertinya larut dalam dunia mereka sendiri, tanpa banyak melibatkan pembaca. Alurnya menjadi tidak terarah, setengah buku lebih banyak tentang kehidupan mereka, dan hanya separuhnya lagi yang diisi dengan kisah-kisah menarik tentang dunia luar.
Mungkin, interaksi keduanya lebih menarik jika dibuat dalam segi program televisi. Semoga buku selanjutnya lebih menarik :)...more
It is slightly different than the previous stories, though i love the main protagonist. This volume also shows us a different culture, and it is refreIt is slightly different than the previous stories, though i love the main protagonist. This volume also shows us a different culture, and it is refreshing to learn about them....more
First off - I love the cover and the title. It has a velvety smooth quality to it with embossed title.
I've read the free 79 pagesMild spoilers ahead.
First off - I love the cover and the title. It has a velvety smooth quality to it with embossed title.
I've read the free 79 pages available online and thought I would definitely need to continue till the end. Plus I'm a big fan of Lauren Oliver and have read her other books other than The Spindlers and Rooms. So when it arrives on the mail I immediately continue where I left off, and finish it in three sittings.
This book has the same ambiance as Panic, at least that's how I feel when I read it. It feels distant, which for me means I cannot fully connect to the main characters and their motivations. To be honest, none of the main characters is likable.
Plot-wise, I'm disappointed to learn that the main story is less of 'disappearing sister (Dara)'; (SPOILER) in fact, she does not really disappear at all. Even when the Madeline Snow case is touted as the main force driving the plot, it does not feel that way, and it's only in a few snippets here and there, then finally the ending, that it becomes significant. Instead, the story is about the sisters' relationship, which is shown in various flashbacks. Often I find this tedious, because there are so many flashbacks, whether relevant or irrelevant, that are created to serve this purpose, when in my opinion readers can already gauge the strength of the bond between Nick and Dara without having flashbacks shoved in our faces too much.
As for the plot twist(s), I have a suspicious feeling that I know what these will be early on. They make a lot of sense when we think about it, although it's too bad that the plot twist has been overused, especially (SPOILER) if you've read We Were Liars and were caught off-board by how amazing the intertwining story in that book really is. I also feel that if we cut the size of Vanishing Girls by half or a quarter of its actual size, it will be more efficient in terms of story telling without telling too much. That being said, I still appreciate the other plot twist, which I also guessed by the time I reached 200 pages or so, that made the whole story more reasonable.
There's nothing new in this book, but if you want to read about sisters and how they are broken by each other, as well as how they complete each other, do read Vanishing Girls.
One more thing - I know this is realistic fiction, but do teens really act that way? I recall reading the same comment in one review, how the reviewer is horrified by the lifestyle of adolescents portrayed in this book....more
I've been waiting for the Winner's Curse sequel as soon as I finished reading the first book. Yes, it is THAT good. It's easily becoming one of my favI've been waiting for the Winner's Curse sequel as soon as I finished reading the first book. Yes, it is THAT good. It's easily becoming one of my favorite trilogy, with the vast dystopian world described wonderfully, and amazing characters that just leap off the pages and carry the story with ease.
The second book has both Kestrel and Arin barely meeting, doing separate things in different settings. But when they do meet, it's explosive, and it's magical. I love reading Kestrel's POV more because she's focused, has a clear direction and a good sense on her head, while Arin is doing most things on impulse, and it frustrates me to see him misunderstand her so much in the process.
Story wise it has more plotting, more brainstorming and more stakes than it ever was before, so it makes for an engaging story. I believe it will be even more fun in the third book, considering the ending of the second.
I also find more side characters that are interesting, though when they're killed off as most of the characters in the first book are, I know they serve a purpose, hence they can't be expected to stay too long.
Bring on the final book, and more pretty covers, please....more
If you've been following my Goodreads account, you will probably discover that I haven't been reading that many books sincWhat a charming little book.
If you've been following my Goodreads account, you will probably discover that I haven't been reading that many books since the last quarter of 2014 till now. I'm in some sort of a reading slump, you see, and not many books are able to entice me from the telly, from scrapbooking, from resting, and other mundane or not so mundane activities in my free time.
I brought this book along in my bag for simple reasons - a friend liked it, the book is the lightest and smallest to fit snugly in my handbag, and it has a quirky title. I love quirky books, and this one is it.
At first I was a little put off by Juliet - she feels modern instead of someone from the 1940s, and she has this bubbly energy that someone introverted like I am cannot really relate to. But then I get to read the letters, back and forth to Sidney, Sophie, and the residents of Guernsey. They each has their own differentiating character in the way they write and speak, and each has a story, be it gruesome or sad or just so lively, that is so wonderful to read that I want to follow them till the end.
I did put off reading this for a little while, but decided to continue till the end. The ending surprised me, in the nicest possible way. I also grow fond of Juliet and her antics, understand that she probably feels different in her society too, but embraces her differences anyway. For that I commend her, and the author for creating a lovable character we can all root for, because who doesn't love a petite woman with wild curls, not caring whether she's yet to be married just as long she can have her independence and her books?...more
I put off reading this book despite liking the premise. The cover and story remind me so much of Between Shades of Grey, although I recall liking theI put off reading this book despite liking the premise. The cover and story remind me so much of Between Shades of Grey, although I recall liking the latter so much more. The main character in this book is very naive, understandably so, with the education she receives and the way she's been brought up.
I also find it as harrowing as any Holocaust stories. I do like the strength and courage she slowly gathers as she grows up in the camp, to find out that the world is not what she believes it has always been, and to grow up even if it means losing the people most dear to her.
The ending lends some hope. It makes me wonder how much of the story is realistic (although I suppose it must be), and whether they still live that way these days. I must dig up my history books again....more
This book solidifies my conviction that the new adult genre is not for me. Too much sexy scenes without much of a real plot - OK, this one does have oThis book solidifies my conviction that the new adult genre is not for me. Too much sexy scenes without much of a real plot - OK, this one does have one, but I wish it's more developed along with the characters and dialogue. I guess it's a matter of taste.. but I find this one to be too dramatic....more
What do you do if you feel constantly sad, angry and lost?
Ari feels that way, at least until he gets to know Dante, and finally rediscovers himself. IWhat do you do if you feel constantly sad, angry and lost?
Ari feels that way, at least until he gets to know Dante, and finally rediscovers himself. It's not the friendship that I love the most, it's the relationship between the kids and the parents - Dante's and Ari's. They're the most reasonable, wonderful parents I've ever seen in a book.
The story itself is charming, but I find myself often skimming pages. I understand Ari's affliction, love Dante's wit and humor, and the way the author wholly embraces his characters and takes them on a journey with the readers. We can easily relate to both teens, and that itself is an amazing journey to take. But then I can't pinpoint what it is that makes me unable to fully connect.
That being said, this is still a nice book about teenagers wanting to find themselves, about fully accepting themselves whatever their past and differences are....more
Suka banget! Awalnya ragu karena kesannya ini romance dengan karakter anak anak SD tapi ternyata lebih dari itu. Bisa membayangkan kalau dibuat jadi cSuka banget! Awalnya ragu karena kesannya ini romance dengan karakter anak anak SD tapi ternyata lebih dari itu. Bisa membayangkan kalau dibuat jadi coming of age animation film seperti Sound of the Wind pasti keren sekali. Gambarnya pun cantik dan ceritanya berbobot, punya makna yang mendalam.