[Review] Years After by Orizuka

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Pingsan di hari pertama MOS jelas bukan cara yang lena inginkan untuk memulai masa putih abu-abunya. Apalagi untuk kesan pertama yang baik jika ingin diterima di The Regals, klub bisbol di sekolah barunya itu. Dan yang lebih parahnya lagi, penolongnya tak lain adalah Segara, bintang utama tim bisbol SMA Menara Bangsa.

Berkat bantuan Jessa, ketua tim sofbol putri, Lena berhasil selangkah lebih dekat dengan mimpinya. Diterima jadi manajer tim, mendapat seorang sahabat, dan sosok wanita yang mampu mengisi kekosongan hatinya. Sayangnya, tak seperti kisah dalam dongeng, semuanya tidak berjalan lebih mudah sejak saat itu. Puncaknya adalah ketika teman-temannya merayakan hari ulang tahun Lena. Hari yang tak pernah Lena rayakan sejak tiga tahun lalu…. Continue reading “[Review] Years After by Orizuka”

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[Review] The Moon and More

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Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo’s sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline’s mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he’s convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she’s going? Continue reading “[Review] The Moon and More”

[Review] Lock & Key

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Ruby, where is your mother?

Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she’s been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.

That’s how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn’t seen in ten years, and Cora’s husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future; it’s a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?

Best-selling author Sarah Dessen explores the heart of a gutsy, complex girl dealing with unforeseen circumstances and learning to trust again. Continue reading “[Review] Lock & Key”

[Review] Along for the Ride

along for the rideIt’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.

A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend. Continue reading “[Review] Along for the Ride”

[Review] Lucky in Love by Kasie West

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Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment—
She wins!
In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun…until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.
Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret? Continue reading “[Review] Lucky in Love by Kasie West”

[Review] It’s not Summer Without You

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Hari-hari untuk bermalas-malasan bagi Isabel (Belly), telah usai. Musim panas panjang yang hangat di rumah pantai sahabat keluarganya, telah berakhir. Musim panas kali ini, menjadi musim panas yang berbeda.

Conrad, lelaki impian seumur hidup Belly, yang kepadanyahatinya selalu tergetar, tidaklah mudah direngkuh. Suatu ketika, lekaki itu menghilang begitu saja. Membawa serta hatinya. Sementara Jeremiah, adik Conrad yang rupawan, selalu menjadi sahabat terbaik Belly. Namun, benarkah persahabatan sudah cukup baginya? 

Tak ada yang lebih diinginkan Belly selain kerinduan agar segala sesuatunya tidak pernah berubah. Namun, kenyataan hidup berbicara lain. Tak terelakkan baginya, Ia harus milih dan menempuh persimpangan jalan.  Continue reading “[Review] It’s not Summer Without You”

[Review] The Summer I Turned Pretty

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Setiap kali musim panas tibaa, Isabel (Belly) dan keluarganya menghabiskan waktu bersama keluarga Conrad dan Jeremiah di rumah musim panas mereka di Cousins Beach—sejak mereka masih belia. Tahun demi tahun berlalu. Namun musim panas kali ini, Conrad dan Jeremiah telah menjadi pemuda-pemuda yang mencuri hati para gadis, sementara si anak bawang Belly telah menjelma menjadi seorang gadis remaja yang rupawan.

Belly telah memuja Conrad semenjak ia dapat mengingat hal itu. Namun, Jeremiah lebih lugas dalam mengutarakan isi hatinya. Di antara keduanya, hadir Cam—seseorang yang muncul dengan perhatian mendalam di masa kecil mereka.

Akankan musim panas kali ini menjadi musim panas berbeda yang akan mengubah segalanya? Continue reading “[Review] The Summer I Turned Pretty”