Books to read if you loved summer, I became beautiful

Pan’s debut YA follows a girl’s journey as she struggles with the loss of her mother. Like Summer, this book is told in a non-linear timeline, and there is also a very tender love story. Half white and half Taiwanese, Leigh recently lost her mother to suicide, but she is sure of one thing: her mother has turned into a bird. In search of answers, Leigh travels to Taiwan to visit her maternal grandparents for the first time and, while there, searches for her mother (the bird) while revealing family secrets. Pan writes a brilliant, lyrical, heartfelt and astonishing debut about grief, love and the complexities of family relationships.

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