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....
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The Astonishing Color of After Reviews
I cannot put into words how much I absolutely loved this book. Love is not even the correct word here. It’s more like staring obsessively at this book all day, tweeting about it, letting it claim my heart, thinking about it all the time, wanting to own a thousand copies of it.
This book just makes my whole body feel alive, it feels like the balance between good sunny weather with a gentle breeze, it’s like those childhood memories you treasure that are so close to your heart and i fricking love t ...more
Some books you read because they’re not unpleasant or you don’t have a choice in the matter.
Other books you read because your body naturally gravitates to them, and for the sake of your sanity, you simply give in.
This is one of those books. The writing is so evocative that you will feel the intensity of everything the main character goes through to the marrow of your bones and be able to picture it all in your mind like a movie.
Normally, a story this long and slow would take me aroun ...more
”Everything fades. Everything in the physical world, like paper and furniture, but also things in the mind. Memories, emotions. Life. Friendships. Those fade, too. It’s just a matter of time.”
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Okay, so this book gave me multiple existential crises, so I hope you enjoy reading this review while I sit here and ponder the nature of my existence.
Okay, so the first thing I notic ...more
“There's no point in wishing. We can't change anything about the past. We can only remember. We can only move forward.”
ok, so I was super nervous going into the book, the blurb didn't sound like something I would like and I wasn't sure on the writing - I was wrong. this book was absolutely beautiful, I loved everything from the characters, to the setting and especially the writing. it was just so magical and lovely and I totally want Emily X.R. Pan to narrate my life!!!
thank you to netgalley & ...more
can't decide on a four or a five, but like... that should say something either way?? cathartic, emotive, and gorgeously written, with a lead protagonist I absolutely adore. review to come!
Once upon a time we were the standard colors of a rainbow, cheery and certain of ourselves. At some point, we all began to stumble into the in-betweens, the murky colors made dark and complicated by resentment and quiet anger. At some point, my mother slid so off track she sank into hues of gray, a world drawn only in shadows.
Contemporary and magical realism, a strange combination that does not happen often. First book I ever read that included magical realism was Like What For Chocolate but ...more
The Astonishing Color of After is a well-written book filled with culture, emotion, and family. It also holds heavy focal themes such as suicide, mental illness, and grief. The story follows a confused daughter, Leigh, in the aftermath of her mother's suicide, and the author incorporates magical realism into the story as Leigh tries to make sense out of this life-changing event.
From the perspective of a young girl trying to deal with her grief, this young-adult book was interesting to follow, e ...more