Hey guys! Today I’m bringing you a special post for the Starfish Blog Tour. Starfish is a very near and dear to me kind of book, and I’ll explain why in a moment. But for today’s post, I’ve got a music playlist that I curated on top of my usual review. A lot of these songs are from artists mentioned in the book itself, but I’ve also added a few other songs that I thought matched the tone of the book. These are great songs to listen to while reading the book!
So, whats Starfish about? Its about a a girl named Kiko, a biracial girl who is an artist and dreams of going to a prestigious art school. She struggles with the relationship she has with her mother, and to top it all off, her abusive uncle moves back into her house. But then her childhood friend comes back to town and before you know it, shes on a roadtrip to California that changes her life. This is a beautiful book that explores some the experiences of being biracial. (TW: sexual abuse, suicide attempts, emotional abuse, parental abuse) If you want to know more about the book or purchase it, I’ve included links at the top.
I mentioned this book being special to me. When I first heard of this book, I knew that I needed to read it. If you didn’t know, I’m a biracial Filipino/White American. I’ve spent most of my time in the US, but I do have dual citizenship and spent some time in the Philippines. Growing up, I never read books that featured characters like me. I never read of characters that struggled like I did with two cultures that sometimes clashed with each other. At times, I felt like I belonged to neither culture. But since I never read books with characters who experienced the same struggles, I figured I was alone in this thinking and was just something I had to deal with. I just really wish teenage me had this book. I couldn’t put the book down. I kept nodding in agreement with a lot of the sentiments that Kiko had about being biracial. Once I did finish the book, I emailed the author immediately just to basically say thank you. I have never related to a book so much in my life, and I am so grateful for this book. And I’m so grateful Akemi Dawn Bowman wrote this book. I’m so glad this book can get into the hands of biracial teens.
If you haven’t added this book to your tbr, you definitely should. The writing is beautiful. Kiko is an artist, and I felt like I could imagine her art just perfectly thanks to Bowman’s writing. Theres heartache, theres love, and theres so much to explore in this book. I cannot wait to see what else Akemi Dawn Bowman has in store for us in the future.
Now, as for the Playlist. I spent a lot of time trying to pick the perfect songs that reminded me of this book. Some of these songs are from artists mentioned in the book, like I said before. There weren’t any specific songs mentioned, so I perused a lot of their albums. This playlist is perfect to have playing in the background while reading. I hope you enjoy!