Summer Bird Blue

· Sold by Simon and Schuster
4.3
6 reviews
Ebook
384
Pages
Eligible

About this ebook

“A lyrical novel about grief, love, and finding oneself in the wake of a tragic loss.” —Bustle
“Gorgeous prose and heartbreaking storytelling.” —Paste Magazine
“Grabs your heart and won’t let go.” —Book Riot

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

Three starred reviews for this stunning novel about a mixed-race teen who struggles to find her way back to her love of music in the wake of her sister’s death, from the author of the William C. Morris Award finalist Starfish.

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 navigate the loss of her sister, being abandoned by her mother, and the absence of music in her life. With the help of the “boys next door”—a teenage surfer named Kai, who smiles too much and doesn’t take anything seriously, and an eighty-year-old named George Watanabe, who succumbed to his own grief years ago—Rumi attempts to find her way back to her music, to write the song she and Lea never had the chance to finish.

Aching, powerful, and unflinchingly honest, Summer Bird Blue explores big truths about insurmountable grief, unconditional love, and how to forgive even when it feels impossible.
4.3
6 reviews
A Google user
Gorgeous cover, I enjoyed this one but I loved Starfish more. I enjoyed the setting of Hawaii and the Hawaiian Pidgin. Rumi is not my fave character but she grew on me. Kari was my fave in this book. So ready for Harley in the Sky.
A Google user
This was an interesting read for me, as an only child I I learned something about the range of emotion that Rumi had as she started to work through her grief for a sibling that she felt so close to ...
A Google user
Rumi and Lea are teen aged sisters who write songs together. Rum plays piano and Lea plays guitar. One day they and their mother are in a car accident. Lea is killed. Unable to handle her grief Rumi's ...

About the author

Akemi Dawn Bowman is a critically acclaimed author who writes across genres. Her novels have received multiple accolades and award nominations, and her debut novel, Starfish, was a William C. Morris Award Finalist. She has a BA in social sciences from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and currently lives in Scotland with her husband and two children. She overthinks everything, including this bio. Visit Akemi online at AkemiDawnBowman.com, or on Instagram @AkemiDawnBowman.

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