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 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.

Title:Summer Bird Blue
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781481487757
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About Akemi Dawn Bowman

Akemi Dawn Bowman is the author of Starfish (a William C. Morris Award Finalist) and Summer Bird Blue (out September 11th, 2018). She’s a proud Ravenclaw and Star Wars enthusiast, who served in the US Navy for five years and has a BA in social sciences from UNLV. Originally from Las Vegas, she currently lives in Scotland with her husband, two children, and their Pekingese mix. She is represented b


    Summer Bird Blue Reviews

  • may ?

    4.5 starsokay. I cried. and I rarely cry over any bookAkemi always writes the most beautiful, personal, meaningful, hard-hitting stories and this is just another one of them. this one in particular me...

  • destiny ? [howling libraries]

    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...

  • C.G. Drews

    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 / likea...

  • Alice Oseman

    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. Th...

  • Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)

    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 ...

  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    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...

  • ?    jamieson   ?

    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...

  • julianna ?

    pls be as good as Starfish// canceled buddy read with the brit 💖 bc neither of us could access the file through our computers rip...

  • R.F. Kuang

    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...

  • Rae

    Summer Bird Blue by 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. Abandon...