Resensi Buku – Malam-Malam Terang

Tasniem, siswi kelas 9 SMP Negeri 5 Yogyakarta, merasa seakan dunianya hancur ketika mengetahui nilai ujian nasionalnya. Pasalnya, nilai ujian nasionalnya tidak mencukupi syarat minimal SMA idamannya, SMA Negeri 3 Yogyakarta. Siswi yang kerap sekali menduduki peringkat atas merasa terpuruk, merasa malu tidak mampu mendapatkan yang terbaik sesuai usahanya. Ia merasa bahwa kehidupan tidak adil ketika masa depannya hanya bergantung pada angka desimal yang ia usahakan selama ujian nasional berlangsung.

Setelah berhari-hari mengurung diri di kamar, Tasniem mencoba mengobati kegalauan hatinya. Ia pergi mengunjungi neneknya di Solo. Dalam perjalanannya, ada satu kata yang sering Tasniem temui: Singapura! Pada awalnya, Tasniem merasa tidak yakin terhadap seluruh pertanda itu, hingga perkataan neneknya membuatnya tersadar bahwa Singapura adalah pemberhentian selanjutnya.

Berbekal kemampuan bahasa Inggris yang apa adanya dan semangat untuk ‘mengambil apa yang seharusnya miliknya’, Tasniem lantas bertolah menuju Singapura untuk menuntut ilmu. Ia bersekolah di GC (Global College), sekolah internasional dengan siswa dari seluruh penjuru dunia. Di sana, Tasniem berteman dengan ketiga roommates-nya: Angelina dari Indonesia, Cecilia dari Cina, dan Aarin dari India.

Kehidupan di GC tidaklah mudah. Tasniem merindukan keluarganya, kehidupannya di Indonesia. Tasniem yang perlu mengejar ketertinggalannya dalam berbahasa Inggris juga merasa terpukul ketika mendapat nilai yang jelek di pelajaran komputer. Tasniem ingin berhenti berusaha dan kembali ke pangkuan kedua orangtuanya di Indonesia.

Suatu malam, ayah Tasniem yang saat itu sangat sibuk menjadi pegawai tinggi negara menelpon Tasniem-suatu kejadian yang bisa dibilang langka. Mendengar lantunan ayat Al-Quran dan beberapa pepatah bijak ayahnya malam itu membuat rindu Tasniem terhadap rumah terbayarkan dan semangat Tasniem kembali berkobar.

Di tanah rantau, Tasniem berusaha mendapat pengalaman sebanyak mungkin. Semua kejadian yang menimpanya sebisa mungkin ia cari sisi positifinya. Ia jalani kehidupannya dengan doa dan usaha supaya suatu saat nanti ia dapat membuat kedua orangtuanya bangga.

Sepintas, kurasa “Every cloud has a silver lining adalah kalimat yang tepat untuk seluruh kejadian dalam novel karya Tasniem Rais dan Ridho Rahmadi ini. Pada kali pertama aku membaca sinopsis novel ini, aku langsung tahu bahwa novel ini begitu cocok untuk membangkitkan semangat para pemimpi yang telah dijauhkan dari mimpinya.

Ketika aku membuka novel ini untuk yang pertamakalinya, aku merasakan aura yang familier. Novel ini berlatar di tempat-tempat yang terasa tidak asing bagiku berkat penggambaran-penggambarannya yang begitu ‘nyata’. Novel ini terasa begitu ‘dekat’ berkat pilot chapter-nya yang menggambarkan kejadian yang sering terjadi di sekitar pelajar: NEM yang terlalu rendah untuk masuk ke SMA idaman. Plot awalnya memang merupakan suatu kejadian yang biasa, tetapi every student can relate to that point of story.

Setelah membalik beberapa puluh halaman, aku berasa membaca kembali novel-novel favoritku: trilogi Negeri 5 Menara dan tetralogi Laskar Pelangi. Ya, menurutku, novel ini memiliki semangat yang sama dengan trilogi Negeri 5 Menara dan tetralogi Laskar Pelangi. Persamaannya adalah karakter Tasniem yang sebelas-duabelas dengan karakter Alif dan Ikal yang pantang menyerah. Novel ini seakan terletak di antara trilogi dan tetralogi besar itu; tidak sereligius Negeri 5 Menara (religius karena berlatar di pondok pesantren) dan tidak seutopis Laskar Pelangi (utopis karena menurutku semua tokoh mendapat akhir yang bahagia). Malam-Malam Terang berada di titik kesetimbangan.

Menurutku, Malam-Malam Terang adalah ‘camilan’ baru bagi para pecinta novel-novel petualangan penuh inspirasi. Aku suka cara Tasniem Rais dan Ridho Rahmadi membuat usaha tokoh Tasniem untuk berprestasi tampak menonjol pada cerita itu. Cara belajar Tasniem yang jitu digambarkan dengan detail, mengakibatkan cerita itu terkesan seperti tips dan trik bagi para pelajar. Bagian cerita yang menggambarkan Tasniem ketika berdoa dan bermunajat kepada Tuhan membuatku sebagai pembaca tersadar bahwa setiap usaha itu perlu disertai dengan doa. Selain itu, aku suka cara Tasniem Rais dan Ridho Rahmadi menggambarkan Tasniem yang selalu berpikiran positif. Pikiran positif Tasniem terletak dimana-mana dan tidak menggurui; pikiran positif Tasniem bisa ‘mendoktrin’ pembaca dengan mudah (tentunya dalam hal-hal yang baik).

Meskipun begitu, menurutku ada beberapa hal yang membuatku berpikir “Sedikit lagi dan novel ini akan menjadi petualangan yang sangat tak terlupakan.”

Pertama, kurangnya dialog pada beberapa bagian membuat urutan-urutan kejadian dalam cerita ini kurang dapat tervisualisasi dengan jelas. Meskipun latar ceritanya digambarkan dengan penggambaran yang begitu ‘nyata’, kurangnya dialog dalam cerita membuat beberapa bagian di cerita ini kurang nge-feel.

Kedua, masih ada beberapa salah ketik yang kurasa cukup mengganggu kenyamanan pembaca. Beberapa kata yang seharusnya ditulis dengan huruf kapital justru ditulis dengan huruf kecil. Sangat disayangkan!

Terakhir, aku masih merasa digantungkan ketika membaca bab terakhir dalam buku itu. Aku merasa bingung; sebenarnya apa, sih, inti dari novel tersebut? Apakah inti dari novel tersebut adalah perjuangan Tasniem melupakan sakit hatinya karena tidak diterima di SMA idamannya? Apakah inti dari novel tersebut adalah pengalaman Tasniem ketika bersekolah di SMA dan hendak kuliah? Apakah inti dari novel tersebut adalah upaya Tasniem untuk mendapat beasiswa kuliah di Jepang? Atau apakah inti dari novel tersebut adalah kisah Tasniem untuk pada akhirnya bersama dengan Edo?

Menurutku, novel ini berisikan kepingan-kepingan kisah Tasniem yang antarkepingannya tidak begitu berhubungan. Seperti misal, pada bab awal hingga beberapa bab sebelum bab terakhir, novel ini memang terfokus pada cerita Tasniem bersekolah di GC. Namun, beberapa bab terakhirnya membahas mengenai kegiatan Tasniem di Indonesia ketika mencari beasiswa ke Jepang. Kemudian, dua bab terakhirnya membahas mengenai Tasniem yang akan ‘ditunggu’ oleh Edo dan mengenai Tasniem yang sudah sampai di Bandara Fukuoka, Jepang. Aku merasa novelnya menjadi sedikit antiklimaks karena kurasa klimaks dari cerita tersebut adalah ketika Tasniem diwisuda (adegan itu benar-benar membuatku merinding!), bukan ketika Tasniem memperoleh beasiswa ke Jepang (bersekolah di Jepang tidak menjadi fokus cerita ini dari awal). Alangkah lebih nge-feel apabila novel itu hanya sampai pada adegan Tasniem diwisuda dan adegan-adegan selanjutnya dilanjutkan di novel selanjutnya (aku benar-benar berharap ada sekuelnya yang menceritakan petualangan Tasniem di Jepang hingga pulang dan ‘bersatu’ dengan Edo, hehe).

Akan tetapi, secara keseluruhan, menurutku novel ini merupakan novel a must-read! Ada banyak sekali adegan yang ‘mencerahkan’ dan adegan-adegan yang menyentuh hati. Aku tak sabar untuk membaca sekuelnya (kalau memang ada)!

Tambahan, berikut ini beberapa kutipan yang aku suka dari novel ini, hehe:

“Memenangkan proses itu sendiri lebih dahsyat daripada memenangkan skor pertandingan.”

“Kesepian adalah kutukan bagi seorang petualang.”

“Carilah suami yang pandai membaca Al-Quran. Kalau dia pandai membaca ayat-ayat Tuhan, membacamu sebagai istri adalah perkara yang mudah.”

Judul: Malam-Malam Terang
Penulis: Tasniem Rais dan Ridho Rahmadi
Penerbit: PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama

Tasniem Rais dan Ridho Rahmadi - Malam-Malam Terang

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Book Review – Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

Above all, mine is a love story.
And like most love stories, this one involves chance, gravity, a dash of head trauma.
It began with a coin toss.
The coin came up with tails; I was heads.

Sixteen years old Naomi Porter fell from the stairs on her school after taking a camera at her yearbook office. She passed out for a while. And then.. she woke up just to found herself forgetting the last four years of her life.

In a nutshell, this book tells you the story of Naomi Porter in her amnesiac days and how she faced all her lost memories. After she woke up, every information were confusing to her. From her stepparents divorce (yes, she’s adopted), her father’s plan marrying a dancer named Rosa Rivera, her relationship with her mom who she barely met, her sisterhood with her stepsister Chloe who annoyingly called her ‘Nobody’ instead of ‘Naomi’, her relationship with a social butterfly tennis player in her school named Ace Zuckerman who set questions to Naomi why she loves him at the first place, and else.

Fortunately, Naomi has a best friend who’s so kind-hearted and loyal to her, Will Landsman. They both used to be the co-editors of the school’s yearbook. Trying to bring his best friend on her feet again, Will told Naomi everything, everything about things she should catch up and who she used to be.

Being told by someone about what we should do sometimes annoying though we know that he or she is just helping. And that’s how Naomi eventually felt to Will. Will told Naomi that James Larkin (the one who brought Naomi to the hospital after she fell down) is one of those creepy guys who she shouldn’t date with while Naomi fancied him a lot. Stuffs like that happened, Naomi felt annoyed by Will’s presence and warnings and advices. Couldn’t hold her anger longer, Naomi went overboard. She ended their precious friendship for catching up with James. The broke up tore both hearts but it tore Will’s deeper. Naomi hadn’t knew yet what’s actually between them before she’s an amnesiac.

When Naomi was having a French lesson in the middle of her date with James, she somehow got her lost memory back! She then remembered what happened between her and Will, they kissed the night before she fell. And that made everything crystal that Will really do have feelings for her, even after he has a girlfriend. She came to know why did she loved working in a yearbook (she quit after she ended her friendship with Will) and why did Will became her best friend. She came to know everything, everything. And Naomi questioned, what will happen if instead of choosing James and Ace, she chose Will? Will their friendship ended like that or ended in another beautiful ending?

Well, first thing first, a few weeks ago, my aunt gave me 5 books. From those 5, I chose to read Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac first because something from the cover tells me that the book is special. And yes, this book is something.

In short, I can tell what Gabrielle Zevin wants us to know from this book: give yourself a second chance. This whole book is about giving ourselves a second chance. It’s crystal. After Naomi became an amnesiac, Will is right there to lead her to her past. But then, Naomi refused to be what she used to be. Instead of staying in the yearbook, she quit and rebelled. Instead of being with the school’s heart-throb Ace who she knew from the tennis club, she dated a creepy guy named James. She changed her self by simple things, like cutting her hair short, a motion most girls do when they’re getting rid of their old self. And when she gained her memories back, she’s also in the crossroads of her destiny: will she still be the rebellious girl who dated a creepy guy or will she be the sweet Naomi Porter she used to be? Even though she can be a different Naomi (in a bad way), she didn’t be that girl. She chose to give herself a second chance to be the sweet Naomi after considering what’s so bad about being a bad Naomi. I like that. Even though it is kinda a waste of time creating a character that doesn’t really developed in the end compared to what she is in the first pages, the journey itself is pretty and educating.

I love this book because it speaks what most people need which is giving themselves a second chance. Nowadays, when people are so depressed, instead of giving themselves a second chance to start a new life, they committed suicide. And that’s not cool.

This book also tells us that we should always give people in our life second chances. Naomi used to hate her mom for having an affair, Naomi also used to hate Rosa Rivera. But when she became an amnesiac, she learned what made she hated them and try to find a spot, a part of them, which is worth to be loved. And Naomi did give them a second chance to be loved by Naomi.

Overall? This book is a MUST-READ for people who is still concerned whether should they give themselves and other people a second chance or not 😉

Title: Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
Writer: Gabrielle Zevin
Publisher: BloomsburyGabrielle Zevin - Memoirs of A Teenage Amnesiac

Book and Movie Review – The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

This is a story about the amazing Sutter Keely.
He’s the boy you want in every party. Well actually, he’s the life of every party.

Sutter Keely is a senior high school boy. His mom ditched his dad because he is so irresponsible. Sutter is not an ordinary boy, as I told you before, he is the life of every party. He doesn’t have good grades, though, but he is so social, if you know what I mean. He befriends with everybody. He never thinks about his future, he devoted his self as the one who lives in the now.

Sutter has a beautiful girlfriend named Cassidy who had stayed with him two months longer than Sutter’s ex-girlfriends. Cassidy is a social girl who planned her future, not like Sutter, of course.

One day, Sutter tried to hook his best friend Ricky with someone since he never had a girlfriend before. On the weekend, Sutter hooked Ricky with Bethany. While accompanying Ricky and Bethany on their first date, Sutter had a chat with Bethany’s friend named Tara. Tara said that she was celebrating the day his step dad got ditched by her mom and Sutter said he had his dad ditched too. In fact, he boasted that his dad is a successful businessman who worked on the top of Chase building, which was actually a lie. He didn’t know where his dad is. All he could do is to get drunk and missed him.

When Sutter had a talk with Tara, Cassidy suddenly approached them. She thought that Sutter cheated on her -which is obviously not- and she broke up with him. She once told him to think about her feelings but she said he couldn’t and they broke up. Though they still love each other, Cassidy decided to say goodbye to him. I think that what she had done is right. Sutter isn’t supposed to be with Cassidy, he’s just an obstacle to Cassidy’s bright future.

Well, Sutter is a party-man, so it wasn’t too shocking if he got drunk every day and every single time. One morning, he woke up alone at a stranger’s lawn after partying all night. His eyes met Aimee Finecky’s, the girl who woke him.

Aimee Finecky is a total nerd. She never had a boyfriend. She’s a madly fanatic lover of comics, sci-fi, space, horses, and else. She always eat at the canteen -which is a nerdy thing from Sutter’s eyes. However, she got good grades and she wanted to be a worker at NASA.

When Sutter found out that Aimee delivers newspaper on early morning to pay half of the bill and never stand for herself, Sutter decided to be her savior. Sutter taught her to be more social and brave enough to defend her self. He also taught her how to party, how to hook up with boys, and how to get drunk.

One day, Ricky asked him about the “What if she falls for you, Sutter?” thingy. Sutter said that she won’t and he won’t. Aimee is not the girl he’s going to date with, he thought. But he is absolutely wrong. Somehow, Aimee’s smoothness and care were able to bring the best side of Sutter’s out, like he is a different good guy. And somehow, Sutter fells in love with Aimee.

Sutter really thought that he was the savior of Aimee’s life but he was wrong. He turned Aimee to be a bad-girl-to-be. She was now an alcoholic and she easily swear to everyone. Ricky and Cassidy tried to make him understand about what he had done, but Sutter is so stubborn. Until one day, Sutter found out that his real dad is someone who can only take a somebody’s bright future. He realized that he was bad for Aimee. He realized that he was taking Aimee’s bright future.

When Aimee asked Sutter to move in with her in her new apartment when she’s in college, Sutter said yes while the fact is he won’t be going. When they shared their last kiss, Sutter thought that he did have a future to be given to Aimee, but not the one which includes him.

At the end of the story, he said goodbye, to everything, to his dad, to the past, to the future, and to Aimee and Cassidy. He said goodbye as he disappeared to the middle of his spectacular now.

I must say that I love this story so much! It sure is a heart-breaker novel, but it has A LOT OF moral values in it. Tim Tharp made a lovable character named Sutter and he somehow made Sutter as a wise man in a way. Here’s some of the line I love the most from this novel:

Here’s my problem with the public display of affection-it’s undemocratic. It’s like here’s this couple and they’re reigning over their own little universe and no one else is invited. My universe is way too vast for that. Once I get a girl alone, it’s different, but until then I’m like, Come on, come all! Bring your cousins, bring your dogs. No one’s excluded. But here’s my best friend, practically building a border fence to keep the rest of us out.

I go, “Embarrassment’s a waste of time. Now, where’s the hot tub? I need a hot tub. I’m an injured man.”

Life is an ocean, an most everyone’s hanging on to some kind of dream to keep afloat. Me, I’m just dogpaddling on my own, but Aimee’s lifesaver’s a beauty. I love it. Anyone would if they could see the way her face beams as she clutches that thing with all her strength.

Tim Tharp also mention some true facts about life which is so true. Here’s one:

I don’t know why calling someone Mister is supposed to underline the seriousness of a situation, but it seems to be a pretty common tactic among adults.

Aaand back to the topic. Why do I say that his novel is a heart-breaker? Because this novel is so honest. At first, Sutter’s purpose is to save Aimee. She’s too naive and a girl shouldn’t be like that. At least a girl should have fun, right? I think his purpose is good. But, however, the execution of his purpose is in a bad way. I don’t thing that making a girl alcoholic is a good thing. Sure, it may gives fun, but it’s wrong. Both Sutter and Aimee didn’t know it, but both of them were together going to be a much worse person. Until one day, one of them -Sutter- realized that he’s not good for her and he loved her very much so he tried to keep their distance. I feel that it’s just a sweet, sweet sacrifice. It’s like you love someone, but you’re too bad for someone, and you should let them go if you want them to reach their happiness. It’s just so sweet and heart-breaking!

And for the movie, it’s so FANTASTIC! Miles Teller (Sutter Keely) and Shailene Woodley (Aimee Finecky) are able to brought the characters perfectly. There’s a scene when Sutter said that he was bad for Aimee in the car and it’s so emotional, and Miles and Shailene acted perfectly!

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However, the ending is different. In the novel, Sutter gave up to his life. But in the movie, he didn’t give up. Instead, he realized his wrong doings and he became a good person. In the movie, he ended following Aimee to college. Though it gives a less feels, but I think it’s alright. It seems that the scriptwriter (Michael H. Weber) emphasizes the moral value than the feels. It’s great actually, I don’t have to cry all night long, hehe 🙂

So, overall, this novel and the movie are worth to read/watch and highly recommended (especially to those who get lost in their teen age)!

Title: The Spectacular Now
Writer: Tim TharpTim Tharp - The Spectacular Now

Book Review – Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Plus Praise For The Divergent Trilogy)

The most heartbreaking novel I have ever read! Best dystopian novel ever!
This is a story about Beatrice Prior (nicknamed Tris) who finally revealed the secrets beyond the fence around the futuristic Chicago which was deadlier than the secrets she revealed before.

While Chicago had some governmental system changes because of a revolution to defy Jeanine Matthews (a tyrant in Chicago), Tris and her boyfriend Tobias Eaton were hungry to see what’s beyond the fence of their city. To leave their city to build a brand new life, Tris and Tobias were helped by an alliance called Allegiant which is lead by Johanna Reyes (the ex-leader of the faction Amity) and Cara (an Erudite born girl). followed by their friends : Christina (Tris’ bestfriend), Uriah (Tris’ bestfriend), Tori, Cara, Peter (Tris’ nemesis), and  Caleb (Tris’ brother who had betrayed her).

Lead by Johanna, they went to The Bureau of Genetic Welfare. There, Tris and Tobias found out that actually Chicago was just an experiment to restore people’s humanity. The Bureau of Genetic Welfare completely controlled Chicago and other experiment cities. They also controlled every cameras on Chicago. That made Tris hated them since she thought that The Bureau was cruel by controlling people’s life.

Tris and Tobias also found out that the word “Divergent” actually referred to people whose genes are ‘genetically pure’, which means they had complete humanity. People who weren’t a Divergent were they whose genes are ‘genetically damaged’, which means they still had bad things in them. And there, due to Nita and Matthew’s laboratory check of Tris’ and Tobias’ genes, Tris and Tobias found out that Tris was a GP while Tobias was actually not a Divergent, he’s a GD.

Feeling depressed because he kinda lost his identity, Tobias made wrong choices. One day, Tris and Tobias were offered to join Nita’s rebel group. It was a rebellion towards The Bureau of Genetic Welfare who was likely to consider the GDs as sick peoples. Tris knew that behind Nita’s explanation about the plan, there was another dark purpose. But Tobias didn’t saw it that way. He thought that Tris was jealous of Nita’s beauty.

On the day when the rebels rebelled, Tobias prepared a bomb to open a door and that caused death to Uriah who got hit by the bomb. Tris got mad to him, she even said that she probably couldn’t ever be able to look at him the same way again.

Tris and Tobias had a break on their relationship. When they weren’t together, both Tris and Tobias learnt about what a relationship is. They realized that forgiveness wasn’t the key of a relationship (since Tris and Tobias fought a lot). They realized that what’s important about a relationship is whether they were still good for each other or not.

Tris and Tobias’ relationship got better and the fellows from Chicago planned to fight against David, the head of The Bureau of Genetic Welfare, who was going to reset the memory of Chicago residents. To succeed the plan, there must be someone who sacrificed his or her life to enter the Weapon Lab. At first, Caleb was the one who should go in. But Tris, even if she still hated him, she loved him and thought to sacrifice her life instead of Caleb’s. Tris entered the Weapon Lab, survived the death serum, but she got shot by David. Tris died with her believes in self-sacrifice, the thing her parents always told her to have.

OKAY. Seriously, I cried when I read this novel. It left me emotionally wrecked after I read this (that’s why I post the book review late while I actually have finished reading it weeks ago).

This book,well, THE WHOLE DIVERGENT TRILOGY, is about family, love, human relation, moral, humanity, bravery, selflessness, etc. Even the book contains a lot of actions and some love story, Veronica Roth managed to tell clearly what she want the readers to know.

What I really like from this novel is that Allegiant is different from other books which contains fighting couples. On other books, the fighting couples often get together again because of irrational reasons without any clear arguments. But here, in Allegiant, there are a lot of arguments to think and that kinda makes me understand some meanings of life issues (if you understand what I mean). For examples (here’s about relationship) :

“If we stay together, I’ll have to forgive you over and over again, and if you’re still in this, you’ll have to forgive me over and over again too,” I (Tris) say. “So forgiveness isn’t the point. What I really should have been trying to figure out is whether we were still good for each other or not.
(Chapter 36)

Since I was young, I have always known this: life damages us, every one. We can’t escape that damage.
But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other.
(Epilogue)

See?

Here on Allegiant, I (and you probably) can learn to feel how people feel. For example, at the end of the book, Tris died and Tobias WENT INSANELY EMOTIONALLY WRECKED (so do I). I cried and so did the whole Divergent fandom. We learn to feel what Tobias felt.

So, I actually kinda sad to announce that Allegiant is the last book on The Divergent Trilogy. Honestly, the trilogy have changed some of my opinions about life and my perspective to face life. I also felt that Tris actually live in a parallel world (?).
Ah. So, if you read the book and you can’t stop crying, check this out: http://cutalima.tumblr.com/post/64959546474/praise-on-allegiant-and-how-to-move-on-from-allegiant. I made that to make me stop weeping on this trilogy.

Overall? This book is A MUST-READ.

Previous book : Insurgent

Title : Allegiant
Writer : Veronica Roth
Publisher : Katherine Tegen Books/Harper CollinsVeronica Roth - Allegiant

Book Review – The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

This is a story which reminds us that we won’t know our future.
This is a story which reminds us about the power of fate.
Set over a twenty-four-hour period, this story will makes you appreciate your life more.

Hadley Sullivan. She’s a seventeen years old girl who lives in Connecticut. She has a dysfunctional family because of her parent’s divorce 1,5 years ago. Her dad moved to Oxford, leaving his family behind. Hadley had been avoiding her dad ever since.

One day, Hadley’s dad invited her to his wedding in London. That idea disgusted her. But after her mom persuaded her, she half-heartily agreed to go to London and come back as soon as possible.

It seems that she had a bad luck. She missed her plane just because of 4 minutes late. Who ever heard a plane leaving on time anyhow? And who would have guessed that 4 minutes could change everything?

While she was waiting for the next flight to depart, Hadley met a handsome British boy named Oliver. Oliver, eating a sugar-powdered doughnut in his blue shirt, offered her a help to carry her belongings which was too heavy for her. Since they would be in the same flight, Oliver was willing to accompany her anywhere. They had a long talk about family, love, fate, and another random stuffs.

When they were getting in the plane, Oliver had a seat in 18C while Hadley had a seat in 18A. Assuming that Hadley and Oliver were couples, the old woman who supposed to sit at 18B allowed Oliver to swipe seats with her. This made Hadley and Oliver could chat for 7 hours. They were having a long conversation about family -again. Hadley told him how she hated her dad for leaving her and her mom behind. Oliver also helped her in some of her problems, like giving advice to get rid of her claustrophobic side. They both fell in love just in a 7 hour emotional and funny conversation. They were flirting in the cutest way in the flirting history (?)! :*

When Hadley and Oliver arrived in Heathrow, they had a farewell kiss in the customs. Without asking for each other phone numbers or anything, they separated. Hadley desperately wanted to meet him again and have another long conversation with him, but she lost him on the airport. She finally got a taxi and then she went to his dad’s wedding.

Hadley had a rough time on her dad’s wedding. I can’t describe it, but when I read it, it seemed like I did really felt how Hadley felt. She really missed her dad though she also hated him for leaving her. After a long and emotional talk with her dad, she finally managed to forgive her father for what he had done.

When things in her family and her heart was getting better, Hadley finally realized that Oliver was attending his dad’s funeral in Paddington. She didn’t realize that before because in the plane, Oliver seemed completely fine. She went to Paddington and she had a small chat with him. She tried to cheer him up but she failed because Oliver hated his father really bad. After they had a short farewell kiss, Hadley went back to her dad’s reception.

After having another emotional talk with her dad, things got more better between them. Beyond her expectations, Oliver came to Hadley’s dad’s reception to meet Hadley. They talked about what just happened with them : Hadley with her dad’s wedding, and Oliver with her dad’s funeral. Everything got better. And then they danced and had another kiss, which was unquestionably a kiss that indicates the beginning of something.

Honestly, this is a spectacular simple story! It only tells us about a twenty-four-hour journey on a plane and London, but Jennifer E. Smith wrote this book with a spectacular way. This is also only a love story, but the plot isn’t cliché.

This is a story about love and family connections. I really suggest this book for parents who divorced or going to divorce. It’s like a diary from a girl who has a divorced parents. Hadley really shows us how she felt when her dad left her. The bond between dad and daughter seemed to loosened. And honestly, the way Hadley missed her old family life made me cry. I can’t describe how emotional this book is, but it is worth to read.

After reading this book, I realized that anything could happen. It really is a heart-warming reminder of the power of fate (there I quote The New York Times Book Review on this book). I used to didn’t believe about illogical and irrational things, but after I read this, I know that everything can happen. It reminds me that God really controls our life and fate.

And for the characters, OMG, I really love Oliver and Hadley. Oliver has a brilliant funny jokes. Like how he answered Hadley about what was he studying.

” What kind of research?”
” I’m studying the fermentation process of mayonnaise.”
” You are not,” she says, laughing, and Oliver frowns.
” I am,” he says. ” It’s very important work. Did you know that twenty-four percent of all mayonnaise is actually laced with vanilla ice cream?”

Or..

” But what are you really studying?”
A man bumps hard into the back of Hadley’s chair as he walks past, then moves on without apologizing, and Oliver grins. ” Patterns of congestion in U.S. airports.”

Oliver and Hadley also had another funny talks. It’s so amazing how they managed to get along really well just in a few hours. I can’t describe it to you how I smiled and laughed when I read their conversations, hehe, I’m not crazy tho 🙂

Overall, I really love this book! The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a must-read! I recommend it for anyone who has a family problem, and for anyone who doesn’t believe the power of God and fate.

Title : The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Writer : Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher : PoppyJES1

Book Review – Sun(ny) by Achi TM

Ini sebuah cerita tentang bagaimana setia memapah cinta.
Ini sebuah cerita tentang perjuangan sepanjang masa.

Cerah Ceria. Nama yang unik, bukan? Seperti mengimplementasikan namanya, Cerah adalah orang yang selalu periang. Ia adalah gadis yang selalu up beat karena ayahnya selalu mengajarkannya untuk bersyukur kepada Sang Maha Kuasa.

Hingga suatu saat, ia kini telah lulus kuliah. Ia melamar pekerjaan dimana-mana, akan tetapi ia selalu berujung pada penolakan karena kekurangannya : buta parsial warna biru. Ia selalu melihat warna biru sebagai warna hijau gradasi. Ia pun begitu merindukan warna biru karena ia sering menghabiskan waktunya di suatu pantai di Jogja.

Galau mencari pekerjaan, Cerah menjadi terobsesi pada seorang pengarang bernama samaran Samudera Hujan. Samudera Hujan adalah Niki, sahabat Mendung. Mengikuti obsesi dan kata hatinya, Cerah merantau ke Jakarta untuk belajar menulis pada Niki.

Sesampainya di Jakarta dan bertemu dengan Niki, Cerah diuji Niki; pantaskah dia menjadi murid Niki? Sebuah ujian mengenai kesabaran itu mampu dilalui Cerah berkat tekadnya yang kuat. Setelah itu ia belajar menulis bersama Niki. Niki juga memperkenalkannya pada Mendung dan Awan. Akan tetapi, karena akan segera melahirkan, Niki meninggalkan Cerah di Jakarta dan segera menuju Medan, tempat rumahnya berada.

Niki bukanlah orang yang lari dari tanggung jawab. Niki mempekerjakan Cerah di EO Writing Event, sebuah event organizer yang digawangi oleh Mendung dan Awan. Kebetulan, kantor Writing Event berada di atas toko buku Wo(r)ld dimana dulu Mendung pernah bekerja.

Pada resepsi pernikahan Mendung dan Awan, Cerah diajak berfoto bersama seorang laki-laki sebagai pasangan agar dapat memotong antrean masuk gedung. Beberapa saat kemudian, setelah laki-laki itu pergi, Cerah mengejarnya karena ia ingin mengembalikan dompet laki-laki itu yang tertinggal. Meski ia salah orang, Cerah berkenalan dengan laki-laki itu. Laki-laki itu adalah Biru Matahari.

Suatu saat, ada sebuah pesanan untuk Writing Event dari seseorang untuk membuat picture book. Awan memilih Biru -yang ternyata temannya- sebagai ilustrator picture book tersebut. Biru pun memilih Cerah sebagai asistennya. Saat itulah Cerah mulai jatuh cinta pada Biru, meski kenyataanya cintanya bertepuk sebelah tangan.

Ketika sedang menguntit Biru untuk meminta maaf atas suatu kesalahan, Cerah mendapati Biru sedang berada di toko bunga. Ternyata pemilik toko bunga itu adalah Krisan, calon istri Biru. Remuk redamlah hatinya. Akan tetapi, keramahan hati Krisan mampu menahannya untuk berada di toko bunga itu. Bahkan Krisan menjadikan Cerah asistennya sekaligus sahabat baiknya.

Akan tetapi, naasnya, beberapa bulan sebelum pernikahan Biru dan Krisan, Krisan meninggal dunia. Biru terpuruk dalam kesedihan, bahkan ia nyaris gila. Akan tetapi, Cerah yang bukan siapa-siapa, bertekad mengembalikan Biru dari kesedihannya. Proses itu tidaklah cepat. Bahkan Cerah rela menjadi istri Biru meski Biru tidak mencintainya.

Tetapi, apakah seseorang itu akan selamanya rela untuk hidup bersama seseorang yang mungkin tidak menginginkannya? Apakah Cerah bisa mengeluarkan Biru dari bawah bayang-bayang Krisan? Apakah Cerah dapat menjadi bahagia?

Bingung mau bilang apa. Rasanya seneng banget bisa baca Sun(ny). Dibandingkan dengan novel sebelumnya, Cloud(y), novel ini jauh lebih mengalir dan lebih hidup. Bahasanya pun sudah enak untuk dibaca. Alur ceritanya sama sekali tidak mengecewakan.

Mbak Achi TM menyuguhkan dua tokoh utama yang berbeda di novel-novelnya. DI novel Cloud(y), ia memperkenalkan Mendung Megasari sebagai tokoh utama. Ia pekerja keras yang terjebak dalam kesedihan. Di novel Sun(ny), ia memperkenalkan Cerah Ceria sebagai tokoh utama. Ia seseorang yang tak pernah patah arang dan selalu senang. Akan tetapi, Cerah adalah seorang pemimpi. Ia tidak seperti Mendung yang realistis. Bagiku, ia lebih gegabah ketimbang Mendung meski ia lebih hidup.

Selain itu, bagiku Mbak Achi TM juga berhasil menguliti tokoh lain yang bernama Niko. Bagaimana Mbak Achi TM menuliskan cerita di Sun(ny) ini mampu membuat pembaca memandang Niko dari sudut pandang yang berbeda. Niko adalah saudara Niki yang pernah mematahkan hati Mendung. Di novel Cloud(y), aku mendapati kesan Niko sebagai orang yang mau bebas dan tidak bersalah besar terhadap Mendung. Toh sejak awal perkenalan, Niko sudah terlihat hanya akan menjadi penghibur Mendung dan tidak memberi harapan cinta padanya. Akan tetapi di novel Sun(ny), entah bagaimana kesan Niko berubah menjadi sangat buruk. Niko seakan-akan benar-benar mematahkan hati Mendung yang telah ia beri harapan besar (jika kau paham maksudku, hehe). Aku begitu takjub dengan cara Mbak Achi TM melakukannya. Padahal kedua novel sama-sama mendekati Niko dari sisi Mendung, tetapi kesan yang diperoleh begitu berbeda!

Nilai moral yang terkandung di novel ini banyak. Seperti yang sudah kukatakan, novel ini menceritakan tentang bagaimana kesetiaan itu dapat memapah cinta. Betapa pentingnya menjadi setia. Novel ini juga mengingatkan betapa besarnya kuasa Tuhan. Sangat inspiratif!

Meskipun begitu, pada cetakan pertama yang saya beli, terdapat beberapa typo. Selain itu juga terdapat kecacatan cetak buku. Hehehe.

Jadi bagaimana, berniat untuk membaca novel ini? 😉

Buku sebelumnya : Cloud(y)

Judul : Sun(ny)ATM2
Pengarang : Achi TM
Penerbit : Sheila