The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Publication Date: 22nd March 2018
“When Leigh’s mother dies by suicide she leaves only a scribbled note – I want you to remember.
Leigh doesn’t understand its meaning and wishes she could turn to her best friend, Axel – if only she hadn’t kissed him and changed everything between them.
Guided by a mysterious red bird, Leigh travels to Taiwan to meet her grandparents for the first time. There, Leigh retreats into art and memories, where colours collide, the rules of reality are broken and the ghosts of the past refuse to rest …
But Leigh is determined to unlock her family’s secrets.
My Thoughts & Review
The Astonishing Colour of After is a beautifully written book, which follows a young girl called Leigh, who travels to Taiwan after her mum took her own life. We follow Leigh as she tries to reconnect with her Taiwanese family and to find out more about her mum’s life before she got married and moved away. It is deeply moving and I have to admit I really enjoyed it even though the plot is based on the topics such as metal health, suicide, loss and grief just to name a few which can be very difficult to read about.
The character Leigh was by far my favourite, she came across as complex with some flaws which made her character come across as very realistic.
I only have one thing that I didn’t like about this plot and that was the romance aspect of the book. I really don’t think it was necessary in this particular plot, as personally I was more interested in Leigh’s journey.
Apart from that one little romance niggle, I really liked reading this book, and I would definitely recommend you give it read if you haven’t done so already. If you do decide to read it I do suggest you keep some tissues handy because if you’re the type of person that cries while reading then this one will definitely bring tears to your eyes.
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