#101 When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me | Rebecca Stead | Ebook | 208  pages | Published July 14th by Wendy Lamb Books | Age range: 12 y.o (Grade 6) up | Literary awards: Newbery Medal (2010), School Library Journal Best Book of the Year (2009), New York Times Notable Book (2009), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award Nominee (2011), Parents’ Choice Gold Award (2009) IRA Children’s and Young Adult’s Book Award for Young Adult–Fiction (2010), Indies Choice Book Award for Middle Reader (2010), ALA’s Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults (2010), Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction and Poetry (2010), Goodreads Choice Nominee for Young Adult Fiction (2009) |

4-star-rating

Four mysterious letters change Miranda’s world forever.

By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner.

But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda’s mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then Miranda finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper:

I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own. I must ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter.

The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late. (Goodreads)

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Susah buat saya ngebuat sinopsis sendiri untuk buku ini. Mungkin karena cukup lama saya mengesampingkannya. Tapi ah, tidak juga, sepertinya alasannya adalah karena saya cukup dibuat ‘melongo’ sama buku ini. Sampai saya kehilangan kata-kata. Saya menyelesaikan buku ini di awal Desember tahun lalu. Jadi, kira-kira review ini berselang satu bulan!

‘Time Travel. Some people think it’s possible.’

Saya ingat, menutup buku ini saya merasa seperti Miranda yang syok untuk sekaligus menelan kenyataan yang sangat sulit untuk diterima logika. Miranda harus menelan kenyataan bahwa ternyata perjalanan lintas waktu (time travel) adalah sebuah ‘kemungkinan’. Dia harus menerima bahwa temannya, Marcus dalam wujud dewasa dan berasal dari masa depan, datang ke kehidupannya demi memperbaiki kesalahan masa kecil di mana nyawa Sal (sahabat baik Miranda) menjadi taruhannya. Please stop here, the next line i spoiler! Marcus, yang dikenal Miranda sebagai seorang jenius yang memukul wajah Sal dengan laki-laki tua gelandangan di blok rumahnya ternyata adalah orang yang sama!

Bahwa ternyata lelaki tua yang terlihat tidak waras itu, melalui pesan-pesan dalam notesnya, berusaha berkomunikasi dengan Miranda agar ia membantunya menyelamatkan nyawa Sal. Tapi Miranda hanya lah seorang anak yang saat itu, selain mengurusi hubungannya dengan Sal yang retak, juga mengurusi hal lain seperti sahabat baru; menyukai laki-laki sebayanya; dan menghadapi ibu yang repot dengan acara quiz yang hendak diikutinya.

Saat akhirnya Miranda merasa bahwa ia terlambat mengungkap pesan lelaki tua dari masa depan itu, saat itu juga saya merasa ‘oh please, rewind this. slowly. i need to catch my breathe and save my brain from being damaged by the twist.’

Pantas saja buku ini menyabet  Newbery Medal. Oh twist-nya! Kejutan sekali! Lalu tentang bagaimana Miranda melalui itu semua; juga tentang Miranda yang belajar tentang persahabatan. This book is so good. So Newbery worth!

“Mom says each of us has a veil between ourselves and the rest of the world, like a bride wears on her wedding day, except this kind of veil is invisible. We walk around happily with these invisible veils hanging down over our faces.

The world is kind of blurry, and we like it that way. But sometimes our veils are pushed away for a few moments, like there’s a wind blowing it from our faces. And when the veil lifts, we can see the world as it really is, just for those few seconds before it settles down again. We see all the beauty, and cruelty, and sadness, and love. But mostly we are happy not to. Some people learn to lift the veil themselves. Then they don’t have to depend on the wind anymore.”

Indiva Readers Challenge 2014

Indiva Readers Challenge 2014

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