Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday [@exrpan @LittleBrownYR]

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

My pick for this week:



THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER by Emily X.R. Pan

Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.

Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.

Alternating between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love.


published March 20th by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

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Why?

The first part of this book's description had me intrigued: why was Leigh certain that her mother became a bird? And how is that certainty connected to her travelling to Taiwan?

Then, once there was more said about not only what she discovers in her search but also about what Leigh was doing when her mother died, I really wanted to read The Astonishing Color of After. I love that this is a book about family secrets and history and ghosts (be they metaphorical or literal)  but it's also a book about a girl grieving the loss of her mother (not to mention whatever kissing her best friend throws into the mix).

"Alternating between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair. The Astonishing Color of After is a novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love." That right there? Sounds so much like a book I should read.

That's my pick for this week, what's yours? Tell me in the comments and/or link me to your own post!

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