The Astonishing Color of After
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.

The Astonishing Color of After Details

TitleThe Astonishing Color of After
Author
ReleaseMar 20th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139780316463997
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Magical Realism, Fiction

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The Astonishing Color of After Review

  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful and heartbreaking. Easily one of the best books I’ve read this year, and definitely a new favourite.
  • Emily Pan
    January 1, 1970
    I guess I should maybe give my own book five stars?NEWS:THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER was chosen for the Indies Introduce list! Check out these amazing bookseller blurbs:There are already blurbs from some incredible authors, too:“Emily X.R. Pan's brilliantly crafted, harrowing first novel portrays the vast spectrum of love and grief with heart-wrenching beauty and candor. This is a very special book.”— John Green, bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles All the Way Down“Magic I guess I should maybe give my own book five stars?NEWS:THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER was chosen for the Indies Introduce list! Check out these amazing bookseller blurbs:There are already blurbs from some incredible authors, too:“Emily X.R. Pan's brilliantly crafted, harrowing first novel portrays the vast spectrum of love and grief with heart-wrenching beauty and candor. This is a very special book.”— John Green, bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles All the Way Down“Magic and mourning, love and loss, secrets kept and secrets revealed all illuminate Emily X.R. Pan’s inventive and heart-wrenching debut.”—Gayle Forman, bestselling author of If I Stay and I Was Here“This book mesmerized me from page one. With its lyrical writing and heartbreakingly real protagonist, The Astonishing Color of After provides a poignant reminder of grief’s power and the transcendence of love. Emily X.R. Pan utterly transported me to a world reminiscent of Isabel Allende. Haunting at every turn, this is a glorious debut.”—Renée Ahdieh, bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn“The Astonishing Color of After is an elegant, poignant journey that crosses an ocean of memory and great loss to face the ghosts of the past and find vivid love. An extraordinary debut from a fiercely talented writer.”—Nova Ren Suma, bestselling author of The Walls Around Us"This beautiful, magical journey through grief made my heart take flight.”— Holly Black, bestselling author of The Cruel Prince and The Darkest Part of the ForestMy editor also wrote a beautiful letter about the book that's printed inside the ARC 😭😭😭:Soon I'll be launching my newsletter. For all the sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes updates, PLUS to get in on any exclusive giveaways, subscribe here.
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  • Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)
    January 1, 1970
    A character who is half-Asian and half-white... LIKE ME. *cries*
  • Bri
    January 1, 1970
    It. Is. EVERYTHING.
  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    5* genuinely feels inadequate.This book is simply incredible. I absorbed it into my soul and cried like a baby when I finished it. There is literally nothing I can say right now without sobbing again and I have to go to work. So review to follow.Everybody read this book.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    I DEVOURED this book on the plane. The writing is absolutely exquisite and heart-wrenching, and the characters well-rendered and humanly flawed. A truly moving portrait of grief, complicated family relationships, and the secrets we keep even from our loved ones. Maybe especially our loved ones. Keep an eye on this beautiful book! I predict it will win many awards and accolades in addition to the ones it already has.
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  • Shenwei
    January 1, 1970
    😍😍😍
  • K.A.
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come. But know this: I am drunk on beauty and language and color and my heart being wrung out on the floor after reading this wonder of words. This has taken a very rare place on my all-time favorites list as one of my most beloved and cherished reads. Somehow my heart and past are tangled up in the pages of this story. For now, THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER is a masterpiece. Totally blown away.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    This book is SO GORGEOUS (yes, the cover is beautiful, but the writing is insanely beautiful). I was mad every time I had to put it down because I wanted to immerse myself in it so fully. I loved the way the past and present (and memories and a little magic) are woven together as Leigh struggles with the loss of her mother. Leigh is an artist and this was brilliantly captured in the way that art and color are imperative to how she sees the world and tells her story. While this book deals with da This book is SO GORGEOUS (yes, the cover is beautiful, but the writing is insanely beautiful). I was mad every time I had to put it down because I wanted to immerse myself in it so fully. I loved the way the past and present (and memories and a little magic) are woven together as Leigh struggles with the loss of her mother. Leigh is an artist and this was brilliantly captured in the way that art and color are imperative to how she sees the world and tells her story. While this book deals with dark topics like death and suicide, there is still light and color, and that juxtaposition brought so much depth to the page.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    DNF'd at around 100 pages. While I like the magical realism aspect of the novel, I just didn't connect with Leigh. I think the story will definitely resonate with other readers, but for me the pacing and subject matter weren't for me.