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Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
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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 managed to bring all these emotions through the pages. I loved the writing style. It felt so light but also lyrical. I loved the pauses in between the story so we could visit memories from the past. I loved how contrasting the sisters were. I loved how involved the author made me feel in their lives. Learning even the simple things about their personalities.

I felt so much of Rumi’s emotions. She was often conflicted and often expressed how she felt through anger. Her emotions were all over the place but I felt the need to understand them. Her development throughout the book was definitely a favorite. She came to realize so many things. So many important things that helped her manage her feelings, understand them, and shape her understanding of herself.

Music was such a huge part of who she was. I often felt the struggle when she couldn’t get herself to play an instrument or listen to the music. I especially loved the way she managed to take herself back to it. Even if it took her a long while to figure out how to do that.

I adored all the characters in this book. Kai was such a joy to read about. He made everything so laid back. He also helped Rumi come to terms with many things, including her identity. He was always there to support and help her. I loved all the other side characters as well. Mr. Watanabe added so much to the book. He had his own losses and I felt like him and Rumi got along in their own way. I kept looking forward to the chapters that he was in. Her aunt was also so extremely patient with Rumi. She never left her side even with things got harsh.

This story was just the most wonderful thing ever. I loved how complex everything felt. I was constantly drawn to the story. It made me cry by the end of it. Heavy tears and that’s probably my favorite part. To have been able to just let go after going through all that. I’m officially on the lookout for any book by Akemi Dawn Bowman. Would recommend this book with all my heart.

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Reading Progress

August 22, 2018 – Shelved
August 22, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
August 22, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018-releases
August 22, 2018 – Shelved as: contemporary
August 22, 2018 – Shelved as: young-adult
August 22, 2018 – Shelved as: arc
September 3, 2018 – Started Reading
September 3, 2018 –
page 50
13.02% "Really liking this so far!"
September 3, 2018 –
page 82
21.35% "I feel like I'm flying through this book. Loving it so much! 😍"
September 6, 2018 –
page 102
26.56%
September 10, 2018 –
page 200
52.08%
September 10, 2018 – Shelved as: 5-star-reads
September 10, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018-reading-challenge-list
September 10, 2018 – Finished Reading
October 19, 2018 – Shelved as: favorites

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