Thursday, June 15, 2017

This One Summer

This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki, 319 pages.

This graphic novel was written and drawn by Canadian cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. I had recently read Jillian's outstanding SuperMutant Magic Academy and really enjoyed it. This graphic novel was quite different, though good in its own way. Rose and her family vacation at a cottage on Awago Beach every summer. Rose is fourteen and Windy, her friend and companion every summer, is a little younger. The two girls spend the summer observing the problems that others are having; an older boy on whom Rose has a crush may have gotten his mysterious girlfriend pregnant, and Rose's mother and father are in the middle of a long-simmering bad spell. The characters believable and relateable and the drawings are consistently well-done. Overall an interesting YA graphic novel.

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