Summer Bird Blue
"Raw, real and deeply hopeful" – ALICE OSEMAN
Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying. What to eat, where to go, who to love. But one thing she is sure of – she wants to spend her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea.
Then Lea dies in a car accident, and Rumi is sent to live with her aunt in Hawaii. Now, miles from home, Rumi struggles to navigate the loss of...more
“I don’t want to hold hands, or flirt, or… kiss. And I don’t feel like I’m somehow less whole because I...more
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 loss of her sister made me so emotional
this is truly truly beautiful and I can’t wait for all of you to read it
(note: Rumi is mainly questioning throughout the book. at the end, she figures that she would likely identify ...more
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 GORGEOUS JUST LOOK
asexual rep for the protagonist! (possibly #ownvoices?)
Kai is so chill, he is just the absolute chillest (also lowkey picture him as David from Lilo & Stitch)
Rumi is the "grandpa friend" and this is so funny sometimes ...more
The stand-out element of this book for me was the aro-ace representation in Rumi, the likes of which I have never seen before (the only ace rep I've found in contemporary ...more
This was an emotional read, but so full of love and hope.
Rumi and her sister Leah are best friends, they both love music and plan to spend their future forming a band and making music together.
Their plans are destroyed when Leah dies in a car accident. Suddenly Rumi is lost. Why Leah? She was so much more likeable than Rumi, what was the point?
Rumi’s mother can’t cope and she sends her away ...more
I strum my fingers, the familiar sound of Lea’s guitar filling the street like the scent of gardenias when I first landed in Hawaii. Mellow. Sweet. But with all the heart of an island.
I close my eyes and sing.
I woke up alone...more
abandoned in this space you left.
I tried to find you
and fill the hole inside my chest.
I wanted you to stay;
I tried to find a way,
and I did.
I trapped you here
with all my pain.
We became a monster
I couldn’t explain.
I needed you to stay;
I had to make you stay,
so I did.
“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.”
I picked up this book as a recommendation by Noura for my 10 bloggers, 10 recommendations challenge. I should be honest that this is a review you may want to take with a grain of salt because I ...more
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 one will too. Can't wait to have my heart ripped out and stomped on. ...more
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 sadness, anger, pain and love. A book that ...more
- 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 through, it's captivating without being excessively wordy or prose-y
- the way the grief was expressed felt AUTHENTIC, it may have even hurt my heart to read sometimes
- i love the relationship between rumi and lea :(
- it takes ...more
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 didn’t know existed.
Things I Liked
I loved Rumi. I ...more
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, Rumi, is multiracial (Hawaiian, Japanese and white). There's a ...more
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 fight, and they bond through their music. (My own ...more
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 Summer Bird Blue Akemi has confirmed her place as one of my favourite authors.
Rumi is one of the most acerbic characters I’ve loved in a long time. She’s angry, she’s confused, she’s mean, she feels guilty as hell. Lea, the good ...more
I don't even know how to review this book.
I don't think I am capable of reviewing this book.
Summer Bird Blue is a masterpiece. It's heartbreak, and it's healing. Its beautiful. Really truly beautiful.
Akemi Dawn Bowman is an amazing writer. The writing is spectacular! Really really spectacular.
And the characters ...more
The whole novel actually made me very nostalgic for Hawaii - the warm air and the scent of lingering flowers and the sand between your toes and the lapping waves. The ...more
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 ...more
My goodness, what amazing piece of ...more
I didn't like it, simple as that. I didn't connect with the story, especially because I hated Rumi so much... She is so angry at everything... ok girl, I get it, your world just turn upside down, but it was necessary to be that mean, selfish and asshole to everybody? And the worst is not that you can think "ok, she's grieving, she has right to be mad", NO, she was mean, angry, selfish and bad with everyone before the accident. And then she's "oh poor me, I was mean with my sister, I don't ...more
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 abandoned and she takes her anger out on everyone around her. Her anger and selfishness don’t always make her the most likable character but it felt like a realistic portrayal of how a hurting teenager would react to such a ...more
Something else I appreciated was Rumi's friendship with Kai. He was a sweet boy who totally understood Rumi and respected her choices and every thing she had to endure.
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. 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 Rumi (rather than 'mentioned one then never again'). At ...more