Summer Bird Blue review

Ebook, 375 Pages
YA/ Contemporary
By: Akemi Dawn Bowman
Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

โ€œSome people are meant to be forever, like Lea and me. And other people come into your life for a reasonโ€” you help each other figure shit out and come to terms with complicated feelings that you can’t process on your own.โ€

๐ŸŒŸ I picked up this book as a recommendation by Noura for my 10 bloggers, 10 recommendations challenge. I should be honest that this is a review you may want to take with a grain of salt because I found out that as an emotional person, those sad books are kind of hard for me to read! So it is definitely a me not the book problem! I will be objective as possible here.

๐ŸŒŸ I read Akemi’s debut Starfish and enjoyed it more! I think I enjoyed the writing style in that one more too! Not that it was bad here but the memories were kind of abrupt and the transition was not that smooth! I also did not highlight many quotes as I did with her first book.

๐ŸŒŸ Rumi is the hardest kind of characters to review! She was annoying and childish and she should have been more mature. But does that mean it was bad written? Not at all! I think the author did a great job in writing a realistic kind of person that unfortunately have traits I do not like in real life! I just wanted more character development and I do not believe Rumi develops significantly till the end, she had many wonderful opportunities to do so though! I also liked the LGBT rep, maybe Rumi does not want to be labelled and that’s OK, but I kind of was irritated by the sudden changes she had when meeting the guy in the story!

๐ŸŒŸ The story is sad and the pacing is just right for that! I did not cry and did not feel many emotions while reading it. I saw many reviews about readers getting emotional and crying but I am kind of a cold but emotional person and this was hard for me to connect to.

๐ŸŒŸ Summary: Summer Bird Blue was a fairly good book that I personally could not connect to. I can’t think of something specific to improve the story. I just think it is not a perfect book for me but it is perfect for someone looking for a book about loss and grief and an Aro Ace rep!


  1. Great review! I’m glad to hear that you think Starfish is a slighlty better book because I own that and have yet to read it lol!

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  2. Great, honest review! I’m sorry that this one wasn’t quite as good as Starfish for you! I haven’t read anything by Akemi yet, but I’m planning to pick up Starfish some time this year! It’s so difficult to really love a book when you can’t connect with or enjoy the main character, so I can completely see why you had a few issues with this one. I hope your next read is more enjoyable! โค

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