Summer Bird Blue

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 Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying she doesn?t have the answers to everything. What to eat, where to go, w...

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Title:Summer Bird Blue
Author:Akemi Dawn Bowman
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Genres:Contemporary
ISBN:1481487752
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:375 pages pages

Summer Bird Blue Reviews

  • Kelly
    Nov 18, 2018
    A lovely, powerful, and raw book about grief and loss. Rumi's sister and best friend Lea dies in a car accident, and Rumi is sent to live with her aunt in Hawaii while her mother grieves alone. Rumi is angry -- both because Lea is gone and because she believes her mother abandoned her....
  • Rae
    Aug 24, 2018
    Summer Bird Blueby 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...
  • Julie
    Aug 05, 2017
    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...
  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    Dec 09, 2018
    *3.5/5 ...
  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    Aug 26, 2018
    ? 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 anymo...
  • Tasha
    Aug 04, 2018
    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. ...
  • ✨    jamieson   ✨
    Nov 30, 2017
    Starfish is one one of the BEST books I've read in 2017 and I could not be more excited to see more from Akemi Dawn Bowman ...
  • C.G. Drews
    Jun 16, 2018
    It feels a bit too early for a review, soooo! Let's just have a quick list of what to expect: ? story about sisters! ? and very heavily features the grieving process ? not everyone is "nice / likeable" but they're complex and realistic ? set in Hawaii! ? THE COVER IS G...
  • Alice Oseman
    Aug 08, 2018
    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 w...
  • ❈ laura ❈
    Sep 10, 2018
    ?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 chara...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    Jan 22, 2018
    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 heartbreakin...
  • Marianna
    Sep 02, 2018
    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 Summ...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Aug 23, 2018
    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 "g...
  • Sana
    Jan 27, 2019
    another buddy read with my fave, Maggie because Starfish made us cry and I know for a fact this one will too. Can't wait to have my heart ripped out and stomped on. ??? ...
  • Kathy - Books & Munches
    Feb 03, 2019
    After reading and loving Starfish to pieces, I REALLY NEED THIS IN MY LIFE. And the LGBT-aspect? Consider me done for. ...
  • Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
    Sep 10, 2018
    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 boo...
  • R.F. Kuang
    Sep 12, 2018
    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 eve...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    Aug 20, 2018
    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 p...
  • Claudie Arseneault
    Sep 21, 2018
    tw (which i forgot in my coffee-less state this morning) : car accident, sibling death, grief, panic attacks, drowning This 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....
  • alice (arctic books)
    Aug 14, 2018
    Of course it was amazing. Full RTC! ...
  • julianna ➹
    Aug 20, 2017
    pls be as good as Starfish // canceled buddy read with the brit ? bc neither of us could access the file through our computers rip ...
  • Rachel Strolle
    Feb 24, 2018
    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 ...
  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    Dec 20, 2018
    I read this as part of Riveted Lit's 25 Days of December promotion! Wow. Wow. Wow. Having read and loved Starfish by the same author, Summer Bird Blue is one of those books that will hit your emotions hard. My advice? Grab a box of tissues and have a hot drink handy. A powe...
  • Lauren
    Oct 11, 2018
    4.5 stars I am quietly crying right now and covered in goosebumps. RTC ...
  • Lance
    Jan 05, 2019
    ?Some people are meant to be forever, like Lea and me. And other people come into your life for a reason? you help each other figure shit out and come to terms with complicated feelings that you can't process on your own.? 4.5 Stars. Honestly the audacity of Summer Bird...
  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    Apr 17, 2018
    Bowman literally has the best cover designer, hands down ...
  • MyTimeOutShelf
    Jan 12, 2019
    Wow! This one?s heavy but so wonderfully written. Starfish has a special place in my heart so this was an auto buy for me and I was not disappointed. Rumi loses her sister/best friend in an instant and then is sent to her Aunts while her mother handles her own grief. Rumi feels...
  • may ➹
    May 10, 2018
    4.5 stars okay. I cried. and I rarely cry over any book Akemi 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...
  • Frank
    Jul 10, 2018
    Akemi Dawn Bowman might just be my favorite contemporary author. She's written some of the most relatable books I've ever read. I'm not sure how she does it, with this and Starfish I couldn't relate to the main character at first until they said one line that made me fall completel...
  • Iris
    Jul 24, 2018
    Wow. This book was stunning. It took my heart and shattered it into a million pieces, and then it healed it again. This book was gorgeous and amazing and I'm just completely blown away. I don't even know how to review this book. I don't think I am capable of reviewing this book. ...