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This One Summer

by Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator)

Other authors: Rob Steen (Designer), Colleen AF Venable (Designer)

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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 thing Rose and Windy have each other.… (more)
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This One Summer offers a poignant portrait of the impermanence of childhood and reality of navigating familial relationships as well as the sweetness of summer. ( )
  mbellucci | Apr 10, 2021 |
Absolutely gorgeous artwork but the story falls quite a bit short. There is a raw honesty about being a preteen and trying to grow up though not understanding what that means. I found that aspect reminiscent of the authors' previous book Skim, and loved it. However, I agree with other reviews that there really isn't a plot, nothing is resolved, and the protagonist doesn't seem to learn anything. I would have hoped for some glimmer of growth or change or understanding from Rose, and never really felt it.

One an unrelated note, I don't think is Young Adult either. I know that's how categorized, but it feels more like an adult look at being a preteen and trying to grow up. It is so subtle and quite a bit of the story is very adult and left unsaid. In the same way I think Craig Thompson's Blankets is an adult story, this should be as well. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
This graphic novel eloquently captures the joy and hell of adolescent transition in a young woman's life. She is constantly on the cusp, but never quite part, of something. The authors capture these fractured feelings well. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
Interesting how many coming of age stories happen in summer -- is it the leisure time to think more deeply or notice change or is it thrown into relief by the comparisons of previous summers and how they were spent? This YA graphic novel features Rose and her parents' return to Awago Beach just like every summer. Except this one is different. Her best summer friend, Windy is a year or two younger and it is starting to show in her lack of maturity and the different interests the girls now have. Also Rose's parents are fighting -- her Mom is clearly unhappy and possibly clinically depressed due to her inability to have more children. Meanwhile there is drama among the "townie" teens that Rose and Windy observe -- Dunc, the boy who runs the corner store may have impregnated Jenny, whose reputation is less than stellar. The girls try to figure out exactly what that means as they see and overhear arguments and make-out sessions and other "grown-up" activities. I am not usually a graphic novel reader but this is well-done and the pictures provide a whole different subtext that contrasts the glory of summer freedom with something a little darker. Though YA, graphic language and mature content definitely push this toward high school readers. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
Why do all the moms look so sickly? ( )
  smiteme | Aug 20, 2020 |
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Tamaki, Marikoprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tamaki, JillianIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Steen, RobDesignersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Venable, Colleen AFDesignersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hohl, TinaÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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 thing Rose and Windy have each other.

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Jeden Sommer verbringt Rose mit ihren Eltern die Ferien im selben Haus am See. Dort trifft sie ihre Sommerfreundin Windy. Sie ist für Rose die kleine Schwester, die sie nie hatte. Doch in diesem Sommer ist alles anders. Roses Eltern hören nicht auf, sich zu streiten, und auch zwischen Rose und Windy hat sich etwas verändert. Rose kann den kindlichen Spielen von früher nicht mehr viel abgewinnen, vielmehr beobachtet sie fasziniert und verstört zugleich die älteren Teenager, die schon erste sexuelle Erfahrungen machen.

Eine flirrend leichte Sommergeschichte über die Zeit zwischen der Kindheit und dem Erwachsenwerden – voller Geheimnisse, Sorgen und Erwartungen. (Verlagstext)
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