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The Meaning of Birds
The Meaning of Birds | Jaye Robin Brown
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Not to be missed by fans of Nina LaCour and Becky Albertalli, this powerful novelfrom the acclaimed author of Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruitpaints a poignant portrait of love in the past, grief in the now, and the healing power of art. Before: Jess has always struggled with the fire inside her. But when she meets Vivi, everything changes. As they fall for each other, Vivi helps Jess deal with her anger and pain and encourages her to embrace her artistic talent. And suddenly Jesss future is a blank canvas, filled with possibilities. After: When Vivi unexpectedly dies, Jesss perfect world is erased. As she spirals out of control, Jess pushes away everyone around her and throws out her plans for art school. Because art is Vivi and Vivi is gone forever. Right when Jess feels at her lowest, she makes a surprising friend who just might be able to show her a new way to channel her rage, passion, and creativity. But will Jess ever be able to forge a new path for herself without Vivi? A beautiful exploration of first love and first loss, this novel effortlessly weaves together past and present to tell a profound story about how you can become whole again when it seems like youve lost the most important part of yourself.
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rachelsbrittain
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A moving story about love, grief, and recovery. It's obvious based on the premise alone--alternate timelines, before & after Jess's high school sweetheart abruptly dies--that its a tearjerker, & it is at times but it's really more focused on the effects of grief and finding a new equilibrium in the aftermath of loss.

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rachelsbrittain
The Meaning of Birds | Jaye Robin Brown
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Getring in some evening reading, because I just found out this library book is due back in a few days 😅

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rachelsbrittain
The Meaning of Birds | Jaye Robin Brown
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Pretty sure this one is going to be a heartbreaker

Cailey_Mac Ooo is that the book naked under the dust jacket? I love that sea foam teal color! 8mo
rachelsbrittain @Cailey_Mac it's actually my kindle cover! It's a very worn edition of peter pan that was repurposed 😅 8mo
Cailey_Mac @rachelsbrittain oh that‘s so cool! 💕🙌🏼 8mo
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Mem_ugh
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I decided to only read books with queer characters/by queer authors/both, for the month of June, cause Pride month y‘all. 🌈 Firstly was this gorgeous, tender, sad but hopeful YA novel about 2 high school girls who are quite clearly in love. When one dies the other isn‘t sure she‘ll be able to continue on. Loved it, but tired of the troupe of queer people dying as a major plot point, can we just not die.

BookHoarder32 I agree! No more dying! 8mo
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Chasingmermaids
The Meaning of Birds | Jaye Robin Brown
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Idk I just struggle getting into this authors books. Yes we deserve a heartbreaking grieving story but it touches too close to the “bury the gays” trope to be comfortable.

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bookishkris
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I sat down to read and post about this, and I started reading and the next thing I know, 50 pages have gone by. I loved Georgia Peaches, and so far this is surpassing that bar.

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MidnightBookGirl
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I really loved Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruits, and The Meaning of Birds did not disappoint. Main character Jess is dealing with the sudden loss of her longtime girlfriend, and losing the control she had gained on her anger management. Alternating between her past with Vivi, and her present where she must discover a new future for herself.

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MidnightBookGirl
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I loved Jaye Robin Brown's Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruits, so I snapped this arc up om Edelweiss.

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