[Book Review & Giveaway] With or Without You

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Judul: With or Without You

Genre: Romance

Penulis: Prisca Primasari

Penerbit: GagasMedia

Tebal: 233 halaman

Terbit: Agustus 2016

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sinopsis:

Apa jadinya jika Gris, pria pengkhayal dan pelupa itu, hidup tanpa Tulip yang penyabar dan teratur? Dahulu, hal itu tak pernah terlintas di benaknya. Mereka saling menyayangi dan seakan telah ditakdirkan untuk saling melengkapi.

Namun, hidup selalu menyembunyikan sesuatu. Menjelang hari bahagia mereka, ketakutan diam-diam menyusup di hati Gris. Kecerobohannya mungkin akan membuat Tulip pergi dari hidupnya.

Gris tak pernah membayangkan itu terjadi karena selama ini keinginannya tak tak banyak: hanya ingin membahagiakan Tulip dan tetap bersamanya. Namun, hidup selalu punya teka-teki. Apa jadinya cinta tanpa kebersamaan? Bagaimana jika itu yang terbaik yang ditawarkan hidup kepadamu?

Keresahan menggelayuti hati Gris. Adakah kesempatan untuk mengubah akhir cerita menjadi seperti yang seharusnya? Continue reading

[Book Review] Persona

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Judul: Persona

Genre: Young Adult

Penulis: Fakhrisina Amalia

Penerbit: Gramedia Pustaka Utama

Tebal: 248 halaman

Terbit: April 2016

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sinopsis:

Namanya Altair, seperti salah satu bintang terang di rasi Aquila yang membentuk segitiga musim panas. Azura mengenalnya di sekolah sebagai murid baru blasteran Jepang yang kesulitan menyebut huruf L pada namanya sendiri.

Azura merasa hidupnya yang berantakan perlahan membaik dengan kehadiran Altair. Keberadaan Altair lambat laun membuat perasaan Azura terhadap Kak Nara yang sudah lama dipendam pun luntur.

Namun, saat dia mulai jatuh cinta pada Altair, cowok itu justru menghilang tanpa kabar. Bukan hanya kehilangan Altair, Azura juga harus menghadapi kenyataan bahwa orangtuanya memiliki banyak rahasia, yang mulai terungkap satu demi satu. Dan pada saat itu, Kak Nara-lah tempat Azura berlindung.

Ketika Azura merasa kehidupannya mulai berjalan normal, Altair kembali lagi. Dan kali ini Azura dihadapkan pada kenyataan untuk memilih antara Altair atau Kak Nara. Continue reading

[Book Review] More Happy Than Not

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Title: More Happy Than Not

Author: Adam Silvera

Genre: Young Adult, LGBT

Publisher: Soho Teen

Pages: 293 pages

Publication: June 2015

Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving debut—called “mandatory reading” by the New York Times—Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx.

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is. 

Why does happiness have to be so hard? Continue reading

[Book Review] None of the Above

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Title: None of the Above

Author: I.W. Gregorio

Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Pages: 328 pages

Publication: April 2015

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex… and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self? Continue reading

[Book Review] Sputnik Sweetheart

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Title: Sputnik Sweeetheart

Author: Haruki Murakami

Genre: Adult, Romance, Surreal

Publisher: Vintage

Pages: 210 pages

Publication: April 2002

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

Haruki Murakami, the internationally bestselling author of Norwegian Wood and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, plunges us into an urbane Japan of jazz bars, coffee shops, Jack Kerouac, and the Beatles to tell this story of a tangled triangle of uniquely unrequited loves.

A college student, identified only as “K,” falls in love with his classmate, Sumire. But devotion to an untidy writerly life precludes her from any personal commitments–until she meets Miu, an older and much more sophisticated businesswoman. When Sumire disappears from an island off the coast of Greece, “K” is solicited to join the search party and finds himself drawn back into her world and beset by ominous, haunting visions. A love story combined with a detective story, Sputnik Sweetheart ultimately lingers in the mind as a profound meditation on human longing. Continue reading