Tuesday, April 14, 2015

This One Summer | Book Review

Title: This One Summer
Author: Jillian Tamaki & Mariko Tamaki
Series: Standalone
Publisher: First Second
Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Graphic Novel
Pages: 320 (Paperback)
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.62/5
My Rating: 4/5
From Goodreads: Rose and her parents have been going to Awago Beach since she was a little girl. It's her summer getaway, her refuge. Her friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had, completing her summer family. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and Rose and Windy have gotten tangled up in a tragedy-in-the-making in the small town of Awago Beach. It's a summer of secrets and heartache, and it's a good things Rose and Windy have each other. 

A lot of people didn't really like this novel so I was pleasantly surprised.

The art was gorgeous. It was very detailed and pretty and really drew the reader in. Many people felt that there wasn't much plot but that's what I liked about the book. It's more character and emotion-driven rather than plot-driven. The subtlety of the book created a lot of feeling. There were a lot of panels that only had drawings and no text which allowed the reader to feel what the character was feeling rather than being told what she felt. It's a very quiet book and the action is observed instead of told.

This was a very sweet and quick coming-of-age story and I definitely recommend it.


  1. Sweet and quick sounds nice esp needing a summer read

    1. It really is! Hope you like it:)