#BookReview: The Astonishing Color of After

The Astonishing Color of After

5 stars

Genre: YA magical realism


  • Addresses the complexities of grief
  • Provides multiple cultural references
  • Uses sensory poetic language


  • Repeats color themes that may be distracting

What an amazing and heart-wrenching book! I’m really glad I picked it up. It ties in cultural significance with the accuracy of feeling like an in-between girl straddling two worlds. 

I love how real the novel gets about grief and the ways we have to process it. Sometimes the imagery is so fantastical, and there’s a very poetic feel about the whole novel. You just have to enjoy the beauty of it all. 

I also thought the romance was a cute side plot. Though I figured out what the main issue was pretty much in the beginning, I liked getting trapped again in the ambiguity of the teenage years.

The only minor drawback I found was all the mentions of colors, which became overloaded to me. 

A solid book that explores despair and family ties.

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