Review: This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki

This One Summer

From Groundwood Books: Rose and Windy are summer friends whose families have visited Awago Beach for as long as they can remember. But this year is different, and they soon find themselves tangled in teen love and family crisis.

Every summer, Rose and Windy head to the cottage with their families. But this summer, Rose’s parents aren’t getting along and there’s something going on with the teenagers who hang around the convenience store. Things are changing at Awago Beach, and for Rose and Windy that means growing up whether they’re ready for it or not.

For me, This One Summer, a graphic novel by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki, was mostly hit with a few misses. The storyline is good—honest and a bit depressing—though not exceptionally memorable in my opinion. It did feel very lifelike, reminiscent of my own summer experiences—playing MASH, watching movies we probably shouldn’t have, beaches, expectations… The use of “uh” and “like” in the dialogue definitely wore on me, though, feeling clunky. I get that people speak that way, but it doesn’t mean I want to read that way.

The illustrations are really what this book is all about. Jillian Tamaki’s illustrations are incredibly detailed and full of emotion. They make you want to stop and marvel at all the detail. I especially loved the images with water. It’s amazing what can be done with only one colour.

It’s a fast read, easy to breeze through, but I definitely recommend slowing down to fully appreciate the artwork.

 ♥ ♥ ♥ (3/5 hearts)

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2 thoughts on “Review: This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki

  1. I haven’t had a chance to finish this yet, but I love when Jillian and Mariko team up. Skim, from what I remember, was excellent. Although I would agree with you that the storyline is a bit depressing. But that’s life sometimes, right? Especially as a teen.

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