Monday, April 02, 2018

REVIEW: The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

Book Blurb: 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.

My Review: So I went into this book a bit skeptical that I was actually going to like it. Magical Realism is how I've constantly heard it described but I've also heard that it's an amazing book. All the hype for this was well earned and this is only the author's debut book. She did an amazing job. This book deals with both depression, suicide, and the aftermath of the deceased's family very well and doesn't make light of it. This book could have been a little shorter but I speed right through it in less than twenty-four hours so it's not that big of a deal.

I recommend this book to everyone that's how great of a book I think it is. It's definitely one of my top picks of 2018 so far.

Rating: 4½ stars out of 5

1 comment:

  1. Tina,

    I enjoyed your review. Magical Realism wouldn't normally be my thing but I would consider reading it as I've heard good things about it. A GR friend of mine read it recently and gave it 5*. Think I'd want to be in the right mood for it though.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts.