Wow. That's all I can say after reading this book. "The Astonishing Color of After" is incredibly written, so poetic and original and thought-provoking. There are sad things, like how Leigh's mother died by suicide, and happy things, like the connections the characters made and rebuilt between each other.
As an artist and pianist, I can relate to Leigh and Axel--how they see the world through artists' eyes and how Axel creates music from the art he creates. I can also relate to Leigh--how she felt out of place being biracial when she went to visit her all-Taiwanese grandparents. (For me, it's being ethnically all-Chinese in an all-White family).
I highly recommend this book, please read it!