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The Meaning of Birds [PDF / EPUB] The Meaning of Birds Before, Jessica has always struggled with anger issues, but come sopho year that all changes when Vivi crashes into her life As their relationship blossoms, Vivi not only helps Jess deal with her pain Before, Jessica has always struggled with anger issues, but come sopho year that all changes when Vivi crashes into her life As their relationship blossoms, Vivi not only helps Jess deal with her pain, she also encourages her to embrace her talent as an artist And for the first time, it feels like the future is filled with possibilities After In the midst of senior year, Jess s perfect world is erased when Vivi suddenly passes away Reeling from the devastating loss, Jess pushes everyone away, and throws out her plans to The Meaning Kindle - go to art school Because art is Vivi and Vivi is gone foreverDesperate for an escape, Jess gets consumed in her work study program, letting all of her dreams die Until she makes an unexpected new friend who shows her a new way to channel her anger, passion, and creativity Although Jess may never draw again, if she can find a way to heal and room in her heart, she just might be able to forge a new path for herself without Vivi.

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  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages
  • The Meaning of Birds
  • Jaye Robin Brown
  • English
  • 28 April 2019
  • 0062824449

About the Author: Jaye Robin Brown

Jaye Robin Brown, or JRo to her friends, has been many things in her life jeweler, mediator, high school art teacher but is now living the full time writer life She lives with her wife, dogs, and horses in a sweet house in the NC woods where she hopes to live happily ever after She is the author of NO PLACE TO FALL, WILL S STORY, GEORGIA PEACHES AND OTHER FORBIDDEN FRUIT and THE MEANING OF BIRDS.



10 thoughts on “The Meaning of Birds

  1. says:

    this cover is the gayest thing i ve ever seen in my life, it even perfectly represents the fashion style of 97% of the sapphics I know Including Myself

  2. says:

    this book is gay culture, and so am i that s it thanks for coming to my ted talk.

  3. says:

    This book was so hard to read Not because it was bad, but because it dealt with grief and the aftermath of loss Jaye Robin Brown writes a really emotional, moving story about dealing with compounded grief which is, like, really hard to deal with.I related to Jess so much, honestly I don t struggle with anger management, and I ve never lost a girlfriend or close friend But I can understand her reactions and lashing out and isolating herself because I ve been in such a similar place before This book was so hard to read Not because it was bad, but because it dealt with grief and the aftermath of loss Jaye Robin Brown writes a really emotional, moving story about dealing with compounded grief which is, like, really hard to deal with.I related to Jess so much, honestly I don t struggle with anger management, and I ve never lost a girlfriend or close friend But I can understand her reactions and lashing out and isolating herself because I ve been in such a similar place before The Meaning of Birds doesn t skimp on how Jess struggles with everything after losing Vivi, and I could sympathize entirely with how hard it is to readjust to normal life and how Jess feels like she shouldn t be happy without Vivi A lot of the side characters frustrated me, though it felt like they were pressuring Jess to just move on from Vivi s death, Levi especially.I really adored Jess and Vivi s relationship, though they were incredibly cute, and I felt Jess s love for Vivi and how painful it was for her to lose Vivi Usually I m not fond of books that constantly go between the past and the present, but I think it worked really well for this book It showed Jess s life with Vivi and how happy they both were, and contrasted it to after Vivi and Jess learning to find her way without Vivi Here, I feel like the flashbacks addedof an emotional punch to the book than if it had just been divided into two sections.One thing I liked is that The Meaning of Birds showed compounded grief, which is when a person experiences loss without really recovering from previous loss, and it isn t something that you see in YA too often Jess s father had passed several years before Vivi, and her feelings about both get tangled up I definitely think there are teens out there who might find this book helpful in knowing they re not alone Losing one person can dredge up old feelings, and I don t think that s talked about enough, in YA or anywhere The book doesn t prescribe some deeper meaning to death Sometimes people die for no reason at all, seemingly out of the blue, and there s no pretending otherwise in this book.Another part that I felt was really important was how art was talked about as something that was both painful yet a way to cope Jess is an artist, but after Vivi s death, art is too painful for her to do, so she turns to blacksmithing instead as another art form, which was really neat I also loved Greer and Eliza they were probably my favourite side characters We love adorable supportive lesbians But Jess s blooming interest in blacksmithing shows that it s possible to find new, healthy things you enjoy after a loss I really understood Jess s feelings around art after Vivi died, and it was good to see her accept that it s okay to grow and change.There were a few things I felt were a tad questionable that took away from my experience of reading it A couple off hand comments about asexuality, bi pansexuality, and trans women that rubbed me the wrong way, for example These comments are not directly a bi trans phobic, but it struck me as a bit iffy, especially because some of Jess s views were never really addressed or challenged, and they were casual comments that didn t add much to the story altogether.Yes, this is a tragic book about a young lesbian losing her girlfriend, but it shows her learning to cope with it, even if there s no getting over it I think a lot of teens dealing with loss of all types could use this book However, anyone who reads this should definitely have some tissues nearby, because as you d expect it is horribly sad.content warnings death of a parent, death of a loved one, griefThanks to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review BLOG TWITTER INSTAGRAM

  4. says:

    First THE COVER.Second It is about queer love and is sapphic and the world needsof those.

  5. says:

    VIDEO REVIEW The Meaning of Birds is a really beautiful, atmospheric Contemporary about first love, grief and how to continue life after losing the person you thought you d be with foreverMaybe I m wrong Maybe the point is not to stop doing the things that remind me of Vivi, but to find a way to ensure she lives through me, even if the future we painted together has been permanently gessoed overI loved the way the story was structured We get the story of how Jess and Vivi fa VIDEO REVIEW The Meaning of Birds is a really beautiful, atmospheric Contemporary about first love, grief and how to continue life after losing the person you thought you d be with foreverMaybe I m wrong Maybe the point is not to stop doing the things that remind me of Vivi, but to find a way to ensure she lives through me, even if the future we painted together has been permanently gessoed overI loved the way the story was structured We get the story of how Jess and Vivi fall in love, alternating with the chapters after Vivi s death I really loved that the story was structured like that because it gave us a chance to really experience the development of the relationship between Jess and Vivi, seeing them fall in love and their everyday life, while also fulling diving into the grief that Jess experiences.And I thought it was very nice that the book chronicles basically their whole relationship to the point when Vivi dies It almost felt like we were reflectiong and processing all of this along with Jess.When I finished this book, I immediately thought that this has got to be inspired by a recent experience the author went through, which got confirmed in the author s note And you could really feel that The way Brown wrote about grief, living with it, trying to forget it, wallowing in it, all those different stages you go through were brilliantly written and really made you feel for the character.I love stories about people grieving and trying to redefine their relationship with something that they loved and that connected them to the person they re grieving Jess is struggling with drawing because Vivi was the person to really motivate her to take artseriously and even pursue it professionally The development of this aspect was really lovely, as it showed the reality of it being so hard to still enjoy that thing while also showing that there are ways to rediscover your love for it and eventually even use it to help you deal with the griefPart of me wants to tell him the truth, that drawing, creating, is Vivi, is me, is life, is death, is everything all rolled away like a rock over a crevice I m not ready to let her go yet And if I start to find a way to live, to work on the work of moving on, she might truly disappearWe have a diverse cast of characters that I really loved There s several people of colour and queer characters, one side character is a spec but doesn t wanna use labels The queer aspect is ownvoices.There are so many different kinds of characters that we get to know during this story and all of them really add something important to Jess s storyline I especially loved the two gay women that Jess ends up working with Having this gay married couple be such an important part of the storyline gave me all kinds of feels.Jess as a main character is amazing and so, so flawed She has anger issues and was in therapy for it but after Vivi s death this really flares up again So we see her cope with her grief in some not so healthy ways, also including alcohol and weed, and just some other impulsive actions but I loved this aspect It was so realistic, valid and relatableAs I start grinding the ivory paint off the metal, I feel a few of my own layers shed away Stepping forward doesn t mean I let her go It means I take her with me Every piece I create can contain some piece of the Vivi I knew and lovedOverall I d highly recommend this book I know for many it is hard to read about queer grief and pain but I thought it was handled very well If you like sad contemporaries that still leave you with a good message, this is the book for you.Trigger and content warnings for homophobia, grief, loss of a loved one, suicidal thoughts, sexual assault, transphobia Booktube Channel Twitter Instagram I received an ARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

  6. says:

    Stepping forward doesn t mean I let her go It means I take her with me This is the type of story that will stick with you for many moons after you ve finished reading the last of its beautifully crafted words The Meaning of Birds is a story about love, loss, grief, and emotions Lots and lots of emotions Going on this journey with Jess was a journey that I won t be able to forget for quite some time It was filled with sadness, but evenso it was filled with a lot of hope That noStepping forward doesn t mean I let her go It means I take her with me This is the type of story that will stick with you for many moons after you ve finished reading the last of its beautifully crafted words The Meaning of Birds is a story about love, loss, grief, and emotions Lots and lots of emotions Going on this journey with Jess was a journey that I won t be able to forget for quite some time It was filled with sadness, but evenso it was filled with a lot of hope That no matter how you deal with grief, you can and will be okay It won t happen overnight, that s for sure, but it will be a step by step process in which grief will show that in the end, everything will be okay This story shows you how to treat grief as an old friend Acknowledge it, even hug it if you have to, but tuck it away and find the hope you need to be okay I highly recommend this if you need something that will make you feel emotions, but also guide you towards knowing that no matter what you ve had to deal with, you re here fighting the fight and you can make it through anything Jayne Robin Brown believes in you, and so do I.

  7. says:

    full review on my blog ARC kindly provided by Harper Teen in exchange for an honest review. Content warning homophobia, grief loss of a loved one, sexual assault, repetitive use of the d slur, transphobiaI was apprehensive about picking this up because the author s other novel, Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruits, had ableist themes that went ignored by a lot of reviewers However, I was willing to give Brown another chance since I want to continue supporting sapphic novels and the s full review on my blog ARC kindly provided by Harper Teen in exchange for an honest review. Content warning homophobia, grief loss of a loved one, sexual assault, repetitive use of the d slur, transphobiaI was apprehensive about picking this up because the author s other novel, Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruits, had ableist themes that went ignored by a lot of reviewers However, I was willing to give Brown another chance since I want to continue supporting sapphic novels and the stunning cover doesn t hurt either The Meaning of Birds has alternating chapters before when Jess meets and falls for a girl named Vivi and after where Jess is drowning in grief after Vivi unexpectedly passes away This story deals with grief and how certain individuals cope with it after a loved one leaves them.Jess story is heightened by her anger issues, where she lashes out and is subsequently unapologetic After losing Vivi, Jess pushes away her mother, sister, and best friend who are only trying to help her move on from this tragedy.I d recommend this to fans of John Green since this is essentially a sapphic version of his books I know this has a deeper meaning to it where people push their loved ones away and lie in bed when they re dealing with grief, but this was just uneventful and stale

  8. says:

    4 READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG provided from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review thank you HarperTeen HarperCollins here s the gist of it, guys and gals The Meaning of Birds is everything History is All You Left Me wanted to be, but better and also sapphic I love everything about this book I love that it s about a realistic and complex journey through grief, I love the genuine growth we see in Jess from the first chapter to 4 READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG provided from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review thank you HarperTeen HarperCollins here s the gist of it, guys and gals The Meaning of Birds is everything History is All You Left Me wanted to be, but better and also sapphic I love everything about this book I love that it s about a realistic and complex journey through grief, I love the genuine growth we see in Jess from the first chapter to the last one, I love that we get those alternating chapters where we learn about her s and Vivi s story but that the book doesn t entirely focus on the romance, I love that at one point or another Jess questions her sexuality because sexuality is a spectrum and life is confusing and surprising sometimes , I love that Jess doesn t take on her grieving journey alone and that we actually see her engage in activities that will help her come out of her funk alongside characters who are not all teenagers, I love that she finds happiness in unexpected places and unexpected people I LOVE THAT THIS IS GENUINELY A BOOK ABOUT GRIEF AND GROWTH AND NOT ABOUT ROMANCE this book is emotional and Jess is messy and flawed but she s HUMAN and I love that about her Jaye Robin Brown did an amazing job with The Meaning of Birds after reading her author s note and finding out that this book came partly from her personal experience, I can t help but look at her characters and her writing and admire her all thefor it in my eyes, everything about The Meaning of Birds book is stunning thanks again to HarperTeen and HarperCollins for providing a free copy of this book

  9. says:

    Short but full review can be found here Short but full review can be found here

  10. says:

    cw transphobia, homophobia, loss of a loved one, grief, death, alcohol use, drug use, sexual assault, fat shaming, ace arophobia, The story So there were a bunch of things I liked about this book and also a bunch of things I did not like The general concept of the story and the writing structure was super good to me Basically, this story is about Jess and her relationship with her girlfriend Vivi Vivi unexpectedly dies from an illness and this story follows two separate timelines before and cw transphobia, homophobia, loss of a loved one, grief, death, alcohol use, drug use, sexual assault, fat shaming, ace arophobia, The story So there were a bunch of things I liked about this book and also a bunch of things I did not like The general concept of the story and the writing structure was super good to me Basically, this story is about Jess and her relationship with her girlfriend Vivi Vivi unexpectedly dies from an illness and this story follows two separate timelines before and after The before timelines starts when the two meet in class and the after timeline is maybe a week after Vivi dies It s about Jess grieving both her relationship and the girl she loved for years It s heartbreaking and hard to read at times I really liked how this story was written and specifically the structure of the dual timelines You read back and forth every couple chapters and it really givesdepth to their relationship and the main character What I liked I haven t experienced a loss anywhere near was Jess experienced, so I didn t directly relate to this experience, but from my perspective this depiction of grief was really good and definitely hard to read at times Jess moves through her grief in slow stages She makes some bad decisions and definitely does some intentional self sabotaging Jess has anger issues and this is definitely affects how she makes decisions and how she lives her life I don t know if this is an accurate representation of anger issues to this degree, but to me it never seemed outrageous or fake She has a hard time moving through the grief and tries to hold on to it as long as she can It definitely affects the relationships in her life negatively There was a very diverse set of characters in this book and I think it added a lot to the story Jess is a lesbian and latina with anger issues and Vivi is probably either bi or pan with asthma Jess s friend Chayenne is probably aspec, but it wasn t exactly confirmed on page There is another mention of a trans character, but they aren t included in any of the scenes There s another f f relationship with one of the characters being a mentor for Jess and I loved their relationship I loved the depiction of art and artists in here I especially loved how Jess used creativity and art to calm her anger impulses Both her therapist and Vivi pushed her to putinto her art, and after Vivi was gone she couldn t find the strength to open up that part of herself again I really liked how the theme of art moved through the story and changed with Jess as she moved through her grief I think a really interesting part of this book is how apparent it was how much she relied on Vivi in their relationship She really shut down after Vivi died and decided to close off all the parts that reminded her of Vivi Vivi calmed her down when she was angry, so she fought instead Vivi encouraged her to pursue her art, so she decided she was done Because Vivi was gone, she decided to stop because she wasn t willing to move forward without her As she moves through her grief she learns how to relyon herself which is really cool I know she didn t really have a choice in the matter, but I was happy when she made it to the other side and was able to live again What I didn t like Ahhh there were so many unnecessary and triggering things in this book Yes, I know that some books deal with upsetting content and that is totally fine I really don t have a problem with that and I think those books are important There were just some statements in here that made me feel kind of gross while reading them At one point the main character really wants to have get physical with her girlfriend when her girlfriend is obviously not ready and has said so multiple times While this is going on she s thinking something along the lines of I ll try to finagle some consent Ahhh I really felt weird about it when I read it Like, yea she uses the word consent but finagle To me that sounds like trying to elicit verbal consent when she s already firmly said no I don t know if that s how the author meant it to sound, but to me it was really weird and I did not like it at all Later on in the same scene, she says she s willing to wait and there s no pressure to do anything, but the previous comment really struck me and it s all I could think about I did read an early copy, so hopefully this was taken out, or the wording was changed to make it sounds less gross When the main character is grieving later on in the book she ends up kissing another male character The way it read made it seem like she was okay with it specifically because she was a lesbian and he was a boy so she wasn t cheating on her dead girlfriend Like I get this is complicated and that grieving makes you do some weird things, but the idea that that s not cheating because she s only into girls is so messed up I get that she wasn t cheating regardless because her girlfriend has since passed, but just writing that then never addressing it again later seems really weird and gross to me On multiple levels.They do reference what she did was wrong, but they framed it like it was wrong because she was leading on the male character not because of any other reason I don t know maybe I m thinking too deep into this, but regardless not my favorite part of this book There are some other instances of messed up comments that include transphobia, fat shaming and ace arophobia I understand a lot of these issues are not necessarily bad in books I look book that tackle hard topics The real problem for me in this case is that they were mentioned or said, but never really addressed or unpacked Like they would happen and they re obviously messed up, but the story would just continue and it was never brought up again I think it s important to address issues like these because if there are young teens reading this book they might take those statements to heart and, ultimately it could be harmful Some of the people who said these messed up statements were even main characters or side characters, so it s not like they are necessarily the villains of this story Yes, people have issues and people mess up 100% true But if you re going to write these things in, they should be held accountablethan just I was being a bitch Like No I read another review of this book saying they thought it was messy and I completely agree The overall structure is so so good There are just some problematic things in there that could have been omitted or even just addressed, and it would be 100x better in my eyes I feel like there wasI could have said about this one, but I ve already word vomited far too much Read if you like The depiction of griefDepiction of anger issuesComplicated relationships with friends familyHeartbreaking love storyDiverse cast of charactersBooks about art artists

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