The Astonishing Color of After (Spoiler Free!) Review

“Once you figure out what matters, you’ll figure out how to be brave.”

-Emily X.R. Pan

Hi everyone! Last month I read The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan, which was sent to me by the lovely people at Orion (thank you!) It was more magical than I’d expected for a contemporary and I adored it!

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Here’s the blurb:

Leigh Chen Sanders is sixteen when her mother dies by suicide, leaving only a scribbled note: ‘I want you to remember’. Leigh doesn’t know what it means, but when a red bird appears with a message, she finds herself travelling to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time.

Leigh is far away from home and far away from Axel, her best friend, who she stupidly kissed on the night her mother died – leaving her with a swell of guilt that she wasn’t home, and a…

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