Monday, July 28, 2014

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

This One Summer
by Mariko Tamaki (Author)
Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator)

Find out more about this book and authors:
Blog: Mariko
Twitter @marikotamaki

Website: Jillian
Twitter @dirtbagg

Just released: May 2014
Publisher: First Second
Genre: Graphic Novel, MG
Paperback: 320 pages
Rating: 4

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.

My two-bits:

Perfect read for the summer - or if you are feeling summer-ish.

The illustrations in this graphic novel are tinted in blue which matches the sentimental nostalgic mood of the story - which is not of the warm fuzzy-feeling kind.

The story portrays the innocence and fun times of two tweens who have spent time family vacation times together. One particular summer exposes some horrors of reality in more ways than one.

However, overall a sweet read and loved the visuals.


* image source: dance panel

* added this to my Bookish Bingo challenge

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