Title: Summer Bird Blue
Author: Akemi Dawn Bowman
Publisher: Ink Road
Published: April 4th 2019
My Rating: ★★★★★
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the publisher, all opinions are my own.
Thank you Ink Road Books for sending me an copy of this book to review and I’m excited to be a part of this blog tour!!
Today is my turn on the blog tour for this book and I’m not sure I need to say anything beyond this gif for my feelings on the book…
This was just a heartbreaking but beautiful read, I got attached to the characters in chapter one and got my heart shattered in chapter two however this was my own fault as I don’t actually read blurbs very often and if I had I would’ve known!
Our main character Rumi loses her sister in a tragic car accident leaving Rumi and her mum to grieve over the loss of Lea. But Rumi’s mum is struggling to cope and sends Rumi to live with her aunt for the summer in Hawaii where she learns how to cope and survive with the loss of her sister.
Rumi and Lea both loved music and writing songs together and when Lea died, Rumi lost all sense of hope of who she is being abandoned by her mother and music being absent. Throughout the summer, Rumi makes friends with boys next door, ones a teenage Kai who loves to surf and the other is the elderly neighbour George Watanabe. In different ways they both help her come to terms with her grief and help her with finding how to play music again and to finish a song ‘Summer Bird Blue’ that Rumi and Lea never got to write together past the title.
Akemi Dawn Bowman has written such a beautifully sad masterpiece, I think that she deals with grief so well that I rarely cry at books but this one tugged on my heartstrings and I had to pause every so often to get ahold of myself and try and stop myself from sobbing! Her first book, Starfish was one of my favourite contemporary reads of 2018 and now she’s done it again and Summer Bird Blue is going to be my favourite contemporary read of 2019 as I’ve got no idea if anything will be able to top it!
The only thing that I struggled with at first was some of the speech, it was Hawaiian Pidgin but I didn’t know that until I decided to go and look at her Acknowledgement section, it just kept reminding me of how chav’s speak in the UK and I have to admit it did irk me a little bit but I got used to it eventually.
I highly recommend this beautiful book, it’s now officially out in the UK so go and order your copy and if you haven’t pick up Starfish either I suggest you buy that too 😉 I’m really looking forwards to all of Akemi Dawn Bowman’s other books that are in the works at the moment shown on Goodreads.
Below is a list of my fellow bloggers so go check out everyone before me and keep an eye out for the next ones! 😊