The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan has an expected publication date of March 20th, 2018 by Little, Brown Books. Synopsis: 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.
About the author: Emily X.R. Pan lives in Brooklyn, New York, but was born in the Midwestern United States to immigrant parents from Taiwan. She received her MFA from NYU, where she was a Goldwater Fellow. She is a co-creator of FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology, and a 2017 Artist-in-Residence at Djerassi. She logs the books she reads in an Excel spreadsheet and a secret other Goodreads account.
My thoughts: Inside this beautiful cover is a story that is so magical yet realistic with lovely words and a touching story that is sure to stay with you long after you read the last page. The Astonishing Color of After is a young adult novel that will captivate you and consume you with each page you read. Pan writes with such a loving and beautiful touch that is so descriptive yet heartfelt. I got lost in this story that is sprinkled in magic yet deals with love, grief, compassion, and family. This book knows no bounds! I really reading the journey that Leigh takes has she grows and heals from the grief that she has in her heart. I recommend The Astonishing Color of After to anyone who loves a good young adult novel that is fulling of meaning. ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.**