Oh how can I not love you Kiwi, I've been in love with a poem from 10 Things movie, yes that all time favorite poem. You are right, I'm talking '10 Things I Hate You' poem, I remember the very moment I heard Julia Stiles reading it with almost teary eyes, I can't help myself to remember Shakespeare's Sonnet 141 one of my all time favorite by Shakespeare, and how I was moved by the poem that Julia read, one of the simplest and sweet poem I ever heard. So when we talked and Kiwi said that she's just making a new novel, I'm so excited to read it. Even more I so can't wait, I asked her for the pdf just so I can read it right away. And oh yes, she also send me the book ( I don't know why, I actually love books much much more than pdf, there's something different about it.)
The very minute I have my eyes on trinkets I'm in love... finally a great novel that we muggles can relate to. It's been a while since The perks of being a wallflowers that I'm able to enjoy teenagers life story. It feels good, you know that feeling when you read a sentence and thinking, hey I've been there! I know the feeling, that familiar feeling. ( I would kill to have that familiar feeling when I watch Harry cast his spell, but you know... I'm a muggle... so yeah...)
Let me share a little about the story, it's about 3 teenage girls who share same school, same age but know nothing about each other, never even talk to each other before, different background. They are so different yet so similar. Let me introduce you to Tabitha the popular one, the one you will always be jealous with, the one you always wish to trade or switched body whenever there's a falling star with. Coolest friends, handsome boyfriend, rich family let me just say she's the reason some girls cursed why life is so unfair. And there's Moe, a burnout girl, a rebel one with her cherry (bad) red hair, always hanging with the worst people in school, she's someone you won't having trouble with ( not just she so scary but also because she got scary friends). Last but not least there's Elodie the wallflower, the new girl in school, the one who pretty much keep everything inside as long as she can feel save and secure, someone who dying to fit in. She's kinda person who her existence always unnoticed whether she's there or not you wouldn't care much.
Of course they don't know or make friends with each other (until something happen and they finally they know each other) cliché I know, but that's the reality. I would love to say to you that in real life people like them hang out together, but they didn't. It's right what they said Birds of a feather flock together. They just do.
It's funny how I can found a little piece of me on 3 very different girls. I found a little piece of me in Moe, I understand the feeling when sometimes people scared to come close to you because people you all mysterious and scary, how sometimes people avoid making contact with you and you know that is because they found you different and weird. I know exactly what Elodie feels, I was the new girl in school before so I know exactly the feeling, how you feel like alien and have no one around. How no one seems to care about you and how you'll give anything to have friends and be noticed. Or as simple as I want to be fit in, to not feel like lost stranger. I also know what is like to be Tabitha, it's funny how people assume me to be so perfect and all that, without knowing that I'm no different than anyone else. I'm also broken inside.
What thing can all the three girls have in common that makes them finally become friends? They all my friends.... turn out to be more than meets eye. Who would've thought they will have this one thing to connected them, they all are shoplifters, yes shoplifters... you can accept that from Moe, but Tabitha? Elodie? who would have thought? The story gets more interesting when they finally make friends with each other on AA meeting for shoplifters and start to challenge each other with twisted game. I won't share the details here, I know there's nothing a book lovers hate more than spoilers. So I will just share things that I love about this book and a little bit about the girls. I make something called mugshot, this is how imagine how they will act in front of the camera when police catch them. Oh yes of course I also making a photo shoot based that 3 girls character
Aside from the girls here's why I love the novel so much, this is some of it :
--- Remember when I said I can relate to this book? I found that in so many scenes, but this part is the best one, some people maybe will miss it but someone who been through same kind situation will understand it. I do. I love Kiwi for putting the small details in this part. It's part when after the first meeting in AA Tabitha and Moe crossed at each other in school hallway. They only take a glimpse of each other and share secret smiles but on Tabitha line she said that it’s the only thing that gets her a little bit closer to feeling better. I've been there, I know the feeling. I have my own broken friends, we share same shrinks, our connection probably not build on AA meeting, but on waiting room in our shrink office, we just know we all troubled, we need to be fixed. We don't talked too much but there's a moment when we do and shared so many thing about our self, when Tabitha, Moe and Elodie compete about who have the finest moment on shoplift, we compete about who's bullied the worst or who's the weirdest.
About that scenes, I've been there. I was at the mall with bunch of my friends and there he is, in another crowds with his friends, one of my broken friends ( hahaha don't worry they won't get mad even they read this, that is how we called our self it's some kind of our inside joke, we called our self a broken toy) so back to story, we through passed each other and only share a little smile on each other. It barely a smile, it's more like a smirk. But trust me at that moment I feel that he's the closest person I have and all my connection with bunch my of friends are nothing, not deep like what I have with him. Funny when you think about it, someone who just passed you and barely smiled at each other is probably the one who know you more than anyone in that entire big concrete building. I remember I wish we bumped with each other again, but sadly we're not.
When we meet again in the waiting room I sat next to him, he was reading a book as always and I kicked his foot and asked why didn't he say hi when we crossed each other at the mall the other day, he keep his eyes on his book and said "I don't want to explain to my friends how we know each other or how we meet" a little harsh, simple answers, no sugar added that how pretty much we talked to each other. And no hard feeling whatsoever, because I know it's honest answers. I would give the same answer. When you meet friends who pretty much been through the same sh*t you would understand that deep connection
--- A witty, catchy words that you can find in many pages, Kiwi definitely can play with words and here's two of my favorite ( it's no fun if I give you too many)
about friends you’ve only had for four monthsis that they aren’t going to stand over you
and protect you with their branches
and photosynthesize carbon dioxide for you;
they aren’t going to shelter you from the sunand shield you from the rain;
they’re going to throw you over for a guy they barely know"
PS : Elodie carrying camera around because she happen to take care year book project.
So who the one you connected the most with? who are you? Tabitha? Moe ? or Elodie?