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Book Review : Eleanor and Park

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The story is set around 1980s with Eleanor and Park as the main characters (of course they are). Eleanor is a quite unfortunate girl with big red hair and likes to dress in menswear.  Her life is a tough one. She shares a tiny house with 4 younger siblings, her mother, and an abusive step father that treat his family badly (how can a father calls his daughter a cunt?). She's also been bullied for the rest of her life because of her overweight body and physical appearance. Despite her horrible life, she finally find something that at least brighten up her days.

Her meeting with  Park Sheridan on the school bus is a life changing experience. Park is half-korean and unlike Eleanor, his life is more normal compare to hers. He comes from middle-class family just like the rest of the community in his neighborhood. He lives close to Eleanor's house with a veteran father, korean mom, and younger brother named Josh. Although it may seems that Park has a normal life, in fact, He strugg…

Kerja, Kerja, Kerja

Ada pengalaman unik saat melakukan interview kemarin. Salah satu dari dua orang pewawancara bertanya tentang tugas akhir saya.
P : (sambil membaca cv saya) tugas akhir kamu itu tentang.... S : tentang rute sepeda 
Sesaat setelah mendengar jawaban saya, raut wajah pewawancarapun berubah seperti ingin tertawa tapi ditahan. Kedua pewawancara saling pandang dengan ekspresi spontan yang sama. Ekspresi tersebut seakan mengatakan
"what? rute sepeda?" "ngapain bahas gituan buat skripsi?" "emang ada gunanya?"
Kemudian sang pewawancara bertanya kembali, "Nanti tesisnya mau tentang apa?" dengan mantap saya menjawab bahwa saya akan melakukan penelitian tentang ojek daring yang sekarang lagi ngetren. Tanpa berkomentar, ekspresi yang sama seperti pertanyaan sebelumnyapun keluar dari pewawancara.
Mungkin terbilang aneh, tapi saya memang sempat terpikir untuk mengambil tema tersebut. Saya mau melihat perubahan pola travel behavior dari pengguna jasa tersebut, …