Title: This One Summer
Author: Jillian Tamaki & Mariko Tamaki
Pages: 320 pages
Source: Borrowed from library
My Rating: 2.5 stars
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. It’s a summer of secrets and sorrow and growing up, and it’s a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.
In This One Summer two stellar creators redefine the teen graphic novel. 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 her teen age—a story of renewal and revelation.
I had never heard of this graphic novel before. I was browsing at my library and thought is sounded good so I brought it home. The artwork is stunning but I would have loved it even more if it was in color.
Unfortunately I was expecting so much more from this. It touches on some hard hitting subjects which I think is good but nothing is really resolved. I think this definitely had potential but unfortunately it fell flat for me. Sorry I don’t really have much to say about it, it was just boring to me but it was a quick read.