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

  • 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...
  • ✨    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 ...
  • Ashley
    Apr 16, 2019
    This was heartbreaking and amazing and I think you should read it. This is a story about family and sisterhood and finding people and friends to help you exactly when you need them in your life. I LOVED the old man neighbor and Rumi's relationship with him so so much. I didn't real...
  • 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...
  • Charlotte May
    Apr 23, 2019
    Library copy available for pick up ...
  • Jes Reads
    Feb 16, 2019
    Summer Bird Blue, oh where to start. Things I loved about this book: Rumi and her pain. Yes, I found her unlikeable and even I (someone who likes unlikeable characters) struggled to truly enjoy her. But her grief was real and I'm so glad Akemi didn't try to sugar coat any of her. N...
  • 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...
  • Sana
    Jan 27, 2019
    I want to cut this lump out of my throats because what the fuck, Bowman, I didn't sign up. Actually I did but HDJJDDJFJF IM SAD. this book is amazing and bye no review IM SAD ---- another buddy read with my fave, Maggie because Starfish made us cry and I know for a fact this 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...
  • Emma
    Feb 25, 2019
    This story deals a lot with grief and how to cope after a tragic death that occurs to someone close to you. I think Rumi's feelings were described perfectly and to me they felt extremely valid and realistic. Her grief process was totally understandable and I very much appreciated how i...
  • 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...
  • may ❀
    Feb 18, 2019
    book #9 done for the contemporary-a-thon under the challenge of: read the most recent contemporary book you purchased/acquired. ? pros - rumi is an unlikable character, she is brash and blunt and i appreciated how unique her character is - the writing is very easy to read thr...
  • Lauren
    Oct 11, 2018
    I am quietly crying right now and covered in goosebumps. ...
  • Schizanthus
    Mar 30, 2019
    ? UGLY CRY ALERT! ? Sorry in advance for the ramble. I?m still an emotional wreck from this book so this review may not be overly coherent. I knew I?d have to read everything Akemi Dawn Bowman ever writes when I fell in love with Starfish, which I reviewed here. With ...
  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    Apr 17, 2018
    I hope Akemi Dawn Bowman has a good life and her flowers are watered and the sun shines down on her, because she?s such a gorgeous writer. This book made me both smile and cry, and it was really wonderful. It?s about grief, but it?s not harrowing to a point of overall depression,...
  • 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...
  • Kiera
    Mar 11, 2019
    Summary from Goodreads 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....
  • 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...
  • 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. ...