Ebook, 375 Pages
By: Akemi Dawn Bowman
“Some people are meant to be forever, like Lea and me. And other people come into your life for a reason— you help each other figure shit out and come to terms with complicated feelings that you can’t process on your own.”
🌟 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.
🌟 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.
🌟 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!
🌟 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.
🌟 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!