Review – Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman

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October 27, 2019 by ceresbooksworld


Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman


Publisher : Simon Pulse

Publication date : September 11th, 2018

Source : Paperback

Rating : Evil Love




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.3


Rumy lost her sister who was also her best friend, her confidante. She finds herself in Hawaii, to her aunt’s house, where she will have to face the pain and learn to live without Lea again.

I really loved this story, I was saddened by Rumy and her reactions are more than understandable. She is sad, she cannot overcome her grief and her mother is not there to help her. She preferred to send her away to live away from her until she could recover herself.

Rumy will meet Kai, her neighbour who will try to become friends with her, he will have to face her fears but also her bad temper. She will also make friends with Mr Watanabe, another neighbour, lonely and as grumpy as her. It is mainly him who will help her to find herself and move forward. Kai is going to be the fun part of the story.

Akemi has a gift for writing stories with characters that touches me particularly, each time the heroine is quite lonely, withdrawn and on many sides of my personality.

I can only advise you to read this story in order to get to know Rumy.

Quick word: A story about the loss of a loved one and life after.


Rumy a perdu sa sœur qui était aussi sa meilleure amie, sa confidente. Elle se retrouve donc à Hawaii, chez sa tante, où elle va devoir faire face à la douleur et réapprendre à vivre sans Léa.

J’ai vraiment adoré cette histoire, j’ai été attristée par Rumy et ses réactions sont plus que compréhensibles. Elle est triste, elle n’arrive pas à surmonter son chagrin et sa mère n’est pas là pour l’aider. Elle a préféré l’envoyer vivre loin d’elle le temps de se remettre.

Rumy va rencontrer Kai, son voisin qui va essayer malgré tout de devenir ami avec elle, il va devoir affronter ses peurs à elle mais aussi son mauvais caractère. Elle va aussi se lier d’amitié avec Mr Watanabe, un autre voisin, solitaire et aussi bougon qu’elle. C’est principalement lui qui va l’aider à se retrouver et à avancer. Kai va être la partie amusante de l’histoire.

Akemi a un don pour écrire des histoires avec des personnages qui me touche particulièrement, à chaque fois l’héroïne est assez solitaire, renfermée et à beaucoup de côtés de ma personnalité.

Je ne peux que vous conseiller de lire cette histoire afin de faire la connaissance de Rumy.

En bref : Une histoire sur la perte d’un être cher et la vie après.

About the author

Akemi Dawn Bowman is the author of William C. Morris Award Finalist STARFISH, SUMMER BIRD BLUE, and HARLEY IN THE SKY. Her upcoming sci-fi series, THE INFINITY COURTS, is set to release in 2021, followed by her middle-grade debut, GENERATION MISFITS. A proud Ravenclaw and Star Wars enthusiast, she has a BA in social sciences from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She currently lives in Scotland with her husband and two children. She is represented by Penny Moore of Aevitas Creative Management.


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