Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Summer Bird Blue

Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying she doesn’t have the answers to everything. What to eat, where to go, whom to love. But there is one thing she is absolutely sure of—she wants to spend the rest of her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea.Then Lea dies in a car accident, and her mother sends her away to live with her aunt in Hawaii while she deals with her own grief. Now thousands of miles from home, Rumi struggles to navigat...

Details Summer Bird Blue

TitleSummer Bird Blue
Release DateSep 11th, 2018
PublisherSimon Pulse
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Lgbt, Fiction

Reviews Summer Bird Blue

  • may ➹
    4.5 starsokay. I cried. and I rarely cry over any bookAkemi always writes the most beautiful, personal, meaningful, hard-hitting stories and this is just another one of them. this one in particular means a lot to me because I have a younger sister and seeing Rumi go through the loss of her sister made me so emotionalthis is truly truly beautiful and I can’t wait for all of you to read it 💙💙(note: Rumi is mainly questioning throughout the ...
  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    Wow, I am so glad to finally be posting this review! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC pretty far in advance and devoured it immediately, because I loved Starfish so much, but I gotta tell you guys, this book? It blows Starfish out of the water. This was one of the most heartbreaking, gorgeous stories I have ever read, and there is so much diversity I could honestly yell about it forever. “I don’t want to hold hands, or flirt, or… kiss....
  • Alice Oseman
    This is a crucial book on loss. Raw, real, and deeply hopeful, SUMMER BIRD BLUE follows Rumi Seto on her path to healing in idyllic Hawaii with the help of a grumpy old man and a bubbly new friend. This book has solidly secured Akemi as one of my favourite contemporary YA authors - I will read anything Akemi Dawn Bowman writes.The stand-out element of this book for me was the aro-ace representation in Rumi, the likes of which I have never seen be...
  • Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
    Thank you Simon Pulse for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.Akemi Dawn Bowan wrote the most beautiful and heart wrenching book I think I have ever read. When I read the synopsis I immediately requested the book. I hardly ever read contemporary books but something about this one drew me. Probably the best decision of my life.The most amazing story ever written. I felt so many emotions when I read this book. There was...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    A wish is a wish after all. Summer Bird Blue is an emotional journey of anger, grief, loss and healing. After unexpectedly losing her sister and best friend Lea, Rumi Seto is angry at the world and doesn’t know how to move on. Moving to Hawaii for the summer wasn’t part of the plan, but she’s determined to find a way to honor Lea’s memory and move on at the same time, so Rumi turns to their shared love of music and discovers a power she ...
  • R.F. Kuang
    When I read Akemi Dawn Bowman’s debut novel Starfish, I was blown away by the vivid imagery, the painfully accurate portrayals of mental illness and broken families, and the intense rollercoaster of emotions that had me riveted from start to finish. Bowman’s Summer Bird Blue is even better.Summer Bird Blue is first and foremost novel about grief, loss, and healing. Rumi and Lea Seto are sisters with a beautiful relationship; they laugh, they ...
  • Rae
    Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman is an emotional story of loss, life, and music. When Rumi's sister, Lea, dies in a horrific car accident, Rumi is left to pick up the pieces of her life. Abandoned by her mother, Rumi spends her summer in Hawaii with her aunt, trying to figure out how to live without her sister. Along the way she befriends the neighbors--Kai, the boy next door, and Uncle George, an elderly man who has experienced his own sha...
  • Rachel Strolle
    I'm a f*cking mess right now I cried so much reading this and cried even harder in the last fourth oh my heart
  • Julie
    I've finally read the book and I had so many emotions????This isn't an easy read. Rumi is angry and hurting and she lashes out a lot at people who love her. If you're not into "unlikable characters," you won't like Rumi. But this exploration of grief was really beautiful and honest - how often do we wonder why it THAT person had to die and get mad about it? And I loved the way she looked back on her relationship with her sister and the regrets we...
  • Claudie Arseneault
    tw (which i forgot in my coffee-less state this morning) : car accident, sibling death, grief, panic attacks, drowningThis was fantastic. A bit of a slow start, but by the end I couldn't let go. I loved Rumi's relationships with her two neighbours, but especially with Mr. Watanabe. 💜 Oh and the descriptions of music are just amazing? Really nice.Massive props for the asexual rep, too. It's woven throughout the story as an important part of Rum...
  • ❈ laura ❈
    “Well, maybe it doesn't matter. Maybe you don't have to know everything about yourself right this second. Maybe you're still figuring out.” ✰✰✰✰✰Rep: multiracial (hawaiian, japanese and white) aro/ace mc who is dealing with depression, biracial side and minor characters (many of them speak hawaii pidgin english), set in Hawaii.TW: car accident, death of a sister, depression, parental abandonment, loneliness.Wow, can somebody teach m...
  • alice (arctic books)
    Of course it was amazing. Full RTC!
  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    ♦ Video Review ♦Summer Bird Blue is an intense Contemporary novel that deals with grief in a way I've never seen before. “Because to Lea and me, music wasn't only about sounds. Music was scenery and smells and tastes and magic, too. But it doesn't feel like magic anymore – it feels like I'm being haunted.” Before I get into my thoughts and feelings (there's a lot of them) first something about the representation.The main character, ...
  • Tasha
    another masterpiece. there are still remnants of mascara tears on my face from finishing this book. i can't form any coherent thoughts right now.
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Rumi and her sister, Lea, dreamed of a life on the road, making music together. This dream was shattered in a heartbeat, when Lea's life was lost in a car accident. Though Rumi and her mother both survived, they had stopped living. Summer Bird Blue told the story of Rumi's summer of "goodbyes", and her trying to find a way to live without Lea.• Pro: The emotional impact of this book was unreal. I am sort of crying a little right now as I write ...
  • Lauren
    4.5 starsI am quietly crying right now and covered in goosebumps. RTC
  • Marianna
    You can find this review and many more on my blog Marianna's Corner! Summer Bird Blue is a wild ride. It’s a novel you don’t just read; it’s a novel that grabs you from start to finish and doesn’t let go until you’ve experienced every feeling possible.Essentially Summer Bird Blue deals with grief. The story follows Rumi, a 17 year old girl as she tries to come to terms with the fact that her sister and best friend died in a car crash an...
  • madeline h. ✶ (semi hiatus)
    [4.5 stars] i really loved this. this has to be some of the best multi-racial rep i've seen. like eVer. not even kidding, there were about 5-6 on page mixed race characters!!!! which is a huge deal to me!! the overall diversity was fantastic. (and i have a lowkey crush on hannah now, one of the side characters. she was giving me sapphic vibes tbh)and also, this was unexpected but the aroace-rep was so damn relatable, even though i didn't previous...
  • no
    well it's noon and i'm sitting on the sofa bawling my eyes out
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Content warnings: car accident, death of a loved one, grief, depressionAkemi Dawn Bowman’s debut, Starfish, was one of my favorite debuts of 2017. So, naturally, I knew I had to pick up her follow-up, Summer Bird Blue (even though I knew going in that this book would...
  • nick
    Akemi Dawn Bowman's debut, Starfish, is one of the best books I have ever read. It captured anxiety and teen emotions so brilliantly so I couldn't wait to read everything and anything by her. Summer Bird Blue, her sophomore novel, was just as gorgeous. Be prepared to be emotionally eviscerated with this one. I'm not quite sure how Bowman does it, but her characters always feel real to me. She is a star at meticulously fleshing out her characters ...
  • Blodeuedd Finland
    Why do I keep listening to emotional YA books? I have no idea, and here I am again. Another powerful book.Rumi was in a car crash and now her sister is dead and she can not deal. She is angry at the world, at her mother, at everyone. She is depressed and she keeps thinking that she should be dead instead of Lea who had it all figured out. Because Rumi does not have it all figured out. She does not know what she wants to do with her life, she does...
  • Sarah (TLCC)