Y’ALL. THIS. FREAKING. BOOK. I can’t even articulate how good this book is.
Never before have I felt so SEEN. My Asian brothers and sisters, y’all need to read this. Now.
Sarah’s Sucky Summary: Leigh Chen Sanders, a half white and half Chinese teen, struggles to process her grief after her mother’s suicide. Mostly because instead of being dead, Leigh believes her mother is a bird, and is desperate to find the meaning of the things she left behind. So, she travels to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time, uncovering family secrets while balancing between reality and someplace else.
Rating: 43095748023/5 stars
If you liked: The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz, or The Girl from Everywhere/The Ship From Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig, you’ll love this book.
I’m a mixed kid myself, so all of Leigh’s struggles had me like “okay did this author read my nonexistent diary or something”. Literally, from her language struggles, reservations about visiting the homeland, racial ambiguity, all of it.
Plus, I’ve never seen things like praying with incense, removing shoes in the house, or leaving food out for the dead in any other book before. Asian superstitions seem pretty universal, too.
Plus, I related to Leigh’s mother’s struggle, as I also suffer from depression that can become quite debilitating, and I know its hard for other people to understand. But the book takes it a step further and I feel like it removes some of the stigma surrounding mental illness, which can affect anybody.
This book is written in the most beautiful, eloquent language that is an artist’s study in words. If a painting were in words, it would be this book.
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