Monday, July 17, 2017

Book Review: Sad Girls & Breakfast at Tiffany's

Assalamualaikum and hi.

I was reaching the last page of Sad Girls when I was in flight back to kk.. wrong move! It made me nauseous the rest of the night.

Title: Sad Girls
Author: Lang Leav
Price: RM 89.95
Pages: 362 pages
Shop: Popular

Do you ever felt like choosing a movie but you already watched most of what's on the showtime and the only that suits your timing is some Russia or Netherland movie? Somehow throughout the movie it gave you a very odd feeling. It's like a regular movie, but the actors, accent, places are just unfamiliar.

Yep, that is what I felt when I read this book. Now amigos, save your time from connecting the dots and diving into your conclusion saying that I hate the mainstream of Leav's work. 

We owe Leav's work a lot for bringing, opening way for so many poetry books to be put on front shelf of a book store. I decided to buy this, because of well.... Lang Leav. I'm a fan.. more like a follower of her work. I have my favourite.

Coming back to the book discussion, as I get more into the stories, I cannot help but perceived it as chaos. Yes.. at one point I even starting to guess what genre is this book? Romance? Teen fiction? Definitely feeling like this is a thriller at some point.

The focus point of this story almost non existent. SPOILER ALERT. At another point, the good coincidences became funnier (to me) (thus adding so many extra plot and characters).  Tiba-tiba dapat rumah, then mak bagi pindah, mak pula hilang dari plot. The climax of this story was none. The building plot is slow. I feel bad writing this... Ughh.. this is why I never have guts to write review in amazon or goodreview. I feel like I'm lacking some empathy or writer-reader's conscience. Sorry Leav's fans.

Maybe my two cents were affected by my previous reading-The sun is also a star by Nicola Yoon, because it was excellent. I'm still recalling the conversation in that book. I gotta give Yoon's work another try...will definitely try to read Everything, Everything. Maybe I have so much expectation in Leav's debut novel. I don't know...but this book is not in my read-again list or my top 50, or something I recommend to my future children.

So Leav's fan... I'm sorry not sorry. I love her, I do. But not this one.

"It's amazing what people create using their pain. Work that is touched by melancholy has its own unique and beauty. "

"It takes time to find out who you really are. I think it's important to get that part right before anything else."

"Life has a way of working itself out, you'll see."

Rating: 2.8/5 

Title: Breakfast's at Tiffany
Author: Truman Capote
Price: RM 42.54
Pages: 157 pages
Shop: Kinokuniya

Do you know how bad I wanted this book. I first saw it in a book enthusiast instagram acc a year ago. I really want this version with Audrey Hepburn on the cover (well it's the cheapest version juga).

I found it on Kinokuniya website but I tell ya that online service was such a pain. One, you can only use credit card. Two, the shipping price can go up to RM40. Three, my last purchase was unsuccessful and making my payment float ( I don't know what is the proper term for this). Fortunately, the customer service was very helpful, few calls were made and they helped me to explain and resolve it. Hats off!

Coming back to this book, I bought it in the store itself. There's only one copy available. Tapi dari publisher lain masih banyak. The book comprises of 5 stories, Breakfast at Tiffany's, House of Flowers, A Diamond Guitar and A Christmas Memory. I love all these classic. I got to compare the movie and story, true! (referring to book reviewers) that there are distinct differences (the tone of the book, the characters and the end where orange cat was never reunited with Holly).

"I suppose you think I'm very brazen. Or très fou. Or something."

"Anyone who ever give you confidence, you owe them a lot."

“It may be normal, darling; but I'd rather be natural.” 

Rating:  4.5/5

Always, N.

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