Waiting on Wednesday | #81


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating. Click on the cover for the link to its Goodreads page.

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Summer Bird Blue

It is expected to be released on September 11, 2018, by Simon Pulse.

#OwnVoices for Ace rep MC, Asian author, and Multiracial MC.

I haven’t read Starfish but I have heard it is so good. I have it on my kindle and it’s on my priority TBR list. This novel is focusing on serious topics such as grief, family, and music. Whenever I read a contemporary novel, I usually read fluff and happy. Rom-Com stuff. I don’t really narrate into these serious topics. It is very rare. 

I love the cover. It fits perfectly with Starfish. I love how it shows water and the artwork. It’s so beautiful. I love the different shades of blue. I’m unsure on the typography. I don’t know if that certain style works well or it needs to be simple or a bit more flowery. What do you think?

Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying she doesn’t have the answers to everything. What to eat, where to go, whom to love. But there is one thing she is absolutely sure of — she wants to spend the rest of her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea.

Then Lea dies in a car accident, and her mother sends her away to live with her aunt in Hawaii while she deals with her own grief. Now thousands of miles from home, Rumi struggles to navigate the loss of her sister, being abandoned by her mother, and the absence of music in her life. With the help of the “boys next door” — a teenage surfer named Kai, who smiles too much and doesn’t take anything seriously, and an eighty-year-old named George Watanabe, who succumbed to his own grief years ago — Rumi attempts to find her way back to her music, to write the song she and Lea never had the chance to finish.


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