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
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
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
This book hit home for me. From Leigh losing her mom to how she had to grow up being biracial. Just a beautiful and heartfelt story.
Trigger warning: Depression and suicide
I have seen this book everywhere. When I heard that part of the book would be taking place in Taiwan, I was ecstatic! Blissfully my library had a copy. Unfortunately this didn't work out for me.
In the beginning I was hooked. Leigh's emotions instantly pulled me in. After some time the book started to fall flat for me. I simply couldn't bring myself to continue.
I do still recommend. I'm positive plenty of readers will connect with Leigh's str ...more
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I hadn’t heard much about THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER before I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this gorgeous novel in my mailbox. After I read the synopsis, I became so excited to read this, especially because it features a Chinese-American protagonist, written by an #ownvoices author.
THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER follows Leigh, whose Chinese mother committed suicide. As a result, she is pushed to go to Taiwan to meet her ...more
There is not a single thing in this book I did not love. The lush writing. The use of color. The exploration of family secrets and stories. Of culture. Or belief.
But the thing that hit hardest was the way depression is rendered. This is a book about grief in the wake of suicide that comes from a depressive episode (or series of them, in this instance). There is no "reason" here. There's no boogeyman moment, wherein we get the why of suicide. Rather, we're forced, like Leigh is, to wrestle with ...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
Beautiful and heartbreaking. Easily one of the best books I’ve read this year, and definitely a new favourite.