The Astonishing Color of After Read Online Free - 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.
|Title||:||The Astonishing Color of After|
|Number of Pages||:||472 pages|
March 30, 2018
Depression, I opened my mouth to say, but the word refused to take shape. Why was it so hard to talk about this? Why did my mother’s condition feel like this big secret?
“She’s forgotten how to be happy,” I told him.
As you can see from the picture I shared on instagram, this book was so quotab...
February 20, 2018
TW: suicide, depression
Such a beautiful debut! The writing was exquisite, I really cared for the characters, and I loved learning more about Chinese/Taiwanese culture! It was a fully immersive read that was definitely heartbreaking, but beautiful overall. The magical realism/religion element was...
April 17, 2018
can't decide on a four or a five, but like... that should say something either way?? cathartic, emotive, and gorgeously written, with a lead protagonist I absolutely adore. review to come!
April 03, 2018
I guess I should maybe give my own book five stars?
THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list and the Indie Bestseller list!
It also was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top twelve books of the season, was #5 on the INDIE NEXT list, a Junior Lib...
April 04, 2018
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.
March 21, 2018
I'm proud of my Asian heritage. That said, there are some things upon which the Asian culture can improve in general, and one of the major issues is how we treat mental illness. It is a stigma. It is ignored until one explodes. Even in the US, Asian-American women have a high rates of suicide bec...
December 12, 2017
Beautiful and heartbreaking. Easily one of the best books I’ve read this year, and definitely a new favourite.
March 19, 2018
There's no point in wishing. We can't change anything about the past. We can only remember. We can only move forward.
Last December, many K-pop fans (myself included) were distraught when SHINee's Jonghyun committed suicide. Following this tragedy, EXO's Baekhyun was criticized for saying that he...
April 02, 2018
My mother is a bird. This isn’t like some William Faulkner stream-of-consciousness metaphorical crap. My mother. Is literally. A bird.
First of all, I love the quote above; such a phenomenal and humorous way to start a novel.
Wow, okay, this book went through so many ups and downs. But it d...
April 07, 2018
Basically, I ditched all my would-be current reads and everything else in my life for this book (with Hamiltrash #1’s blessing), and it kind of (?) lived up to being one of my most anticipated 2018 releases. (rtc)
Pretty, pretty please, let me love this.
A COPY OF THIS BOOK FOUND ITS WAY INTO MY H...