By: Akemi Dawn Bowman
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Length: 369 pages
Summer Bird Blue follows a teenager names Rumi Seto. She and her sister Lea have always shared a deep bond over their love of music and song writing. But when Lea is killed in a car accident, Rumi's life changes forever. Rumi is sent away to stay with her aunt in Hawaii over the summer. There, she meets many new people that help her to realize new things about herself and encourage her to accept who she is. Throughout all of this, Rumi continues to struggle through the grief that came from her sister's death with the goal of finishing the last song that the two had started together.
This book was written beautifully, and it explored so many strong and important emotions. Furthermore, it talked about one's identity and the questions that some people may ask about themselves. The theme of family that was used in the book was also very touching and brought up the message of unconditional love. Overall, Summer Bird Blue was a great book and I definitely recommend it.
Reviewed by Samantha, 2024