This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki & Mariko Tamaki

This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki & Mariko TamakiThis One Summer by Jillian & Mariko Tamaki
Published by First Second Books on May 6, 2014
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Friendship, General, Girls & Women, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Source: I borrowed this book from my local library.
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Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It's their getaway, their refuge. Rosie's friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. One of the local teens - just a couple of years older than Rose and Windy - is caught up in something bad... Something life threatening. It's a summer of secrets, and sorrow, and growing up, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other. This One Summer is a tremendously exciting new teen graphic novel from two creators with true literary clout. Cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, the team behind Skim, have collaborated on this gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about a girl on the cusp of childhood - a story of renewal and revelation.

Summer friends Rose and Windy are in that awkward tween stage; one foot still in childhood, another becoming curious about boys and looking forward to being a teenager. The two are only a year and a half apart, but there are times when you are acutely aware of how vast that difference can be at this stage in life.

Rose’s parents (her mom in particular) are obviously dealing with something, but like our young protagonist, you don’t know exactly what until the very end. This particular thread was both realistic and very touching.

The illustrations in this graphic novel are so amazing. While there is a distinct style that is consistent throughout, there is also so much variety. Some panels are simple, right when they need to be. Others are detailed, yet never so detailed that you feel overloaded. Then there are the pages that are simply stunning, showing off Tamaki’s full artistry.

Enjoyed this family drama/coming of age story.

  • Wow! This cover is amazing! I can only imagine what the interior illustrations must look like and the story sounds really good, as well. Thanks so much for the review, Monika!

  • I sure loved this book. I thought the Tamakis’ other book, Skim, was good, but This One Summer really blew me away. The art was gorgeous, and I thought it was brilliant at capturing what it’s like to be a teenager.

  • Cassie Rauk

    The combo of the art and story are so great, I loved this book so much!

  • I loved the art and story in this one, too. I feel like all the pieces just fit together so well and there was a great sense of awareness (of age, difference, bodies, etc.)

  • chrisa511

    I absolutely LOVED this one. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of it and I don’t think I’ve stopped thinking about it ever since I’ve read it.

  • I really need to read this one!

  • So glad you liked this one, too! I can’t wait to read SKIM.

  • Sounds cute! I enjoyed your review 🙂