This One Summer

This One Summer

3.69 (76,091 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.69 (76,091 ratings by Goodreads)

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Every summer, Rose goes with her mum 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 mum 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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 156 x 216 x 28mm | 468g
  • First Second
  • New Milford, United States
  • English
  • one color illustrations throughout
  • 159643774X
  • 9781596437746
  • 5,858

Review quote

"*This book is poignant and melancholy, and it will be swiftly recognizable to those who only recently hovered at the cusp of adolesence." --BCCB, STARRED REVIEW

"*This captivating graphic novel presents a fully realized picture of a particular time in a young girl's life, an in-between summer filled with yearning and a sense of ephemerality." --School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

"*A summer of family drama, secrets and change in a small beach town . . . Keenly observed and gorgeously illustrated - a triumph." --Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"*With a light touch, the Tamakis capture the struggle of growing up in a patchwork of summer moments . . . Wistful, touching, and perfectly bittersweet." --Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

If I worked at a bookstore, I'd be hand-selling it to customers who adored Raina Telgemeier's graphic memoir Smile but are now ready for more complex themes...This is a lovely book. --The New York Times

[This One Summer] manages to evoke the nuances, the confusions, of a pair of characters on the cusp. --Los Angeles Times

"Mariko's strengths as awriter lie in her subtlety and her ability to convey whole worlds of feelingwithin a few lines of dialogue." --National Post

"I loved it." --Craig Thompson

"Jillian's art is simply gorgeous, and the perfect companion to the beautiful--and sometimes painful--truth behind Mariko's every word." --Stephanie Perkins

"This One Summer is so vivid and beautifully told, that I saw, heard, and felt every moment. This tender and oh-so-true story of one girl's pivotal summer is a stand-out." --Deb Caletti

"A rare treasure of a book, like a summer caught and pressed between the pages." --Svetlana Chmakova

"I read this in July, and spent the rest of the summer thinking about it. Every bike on a dusty road and gleefully swimming kid made me think about this book, and how it so eloquently and perfectly captures the feeling of summer-- slow, lazy and somehow hectic and astounding and full-- that we spend every year after the age of 18 trying to remember. " --Lucy Knisley

"This One Summer is a precisely written, exquisitely illustrated exploration of the moment when childhood tips over into adolescence. For the second time the Tamakis have raised the bar for young adult comics." --Hope Larson

"The most beautiful thing I've ever seen." --Faith Erin Hicks

"This One Summer is a beautiful, relatable story of that summer everyone has had, where things happen around you but nothing happens to you." --Julie Halpern

"Read this and remember that time. Read this and feel the innocence and the intimate, wrestling out at the beach. Read this and keep it like a secret, or let it run wild like a bonfire night. Read this for the joy and the grit, the tears and the sunburn, what you can't remember and what you'll never forget. Read This One Summer and swear you were there." --Daniel Handler
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About Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki is a writer of comics and young adult novels. Her books include the graphic novels Skim and This One Summer with Jillian Tamaki, and Emiko Superstar with Steve Rolston. Her upcoming works include a YA novel, Saving Montgomery Sole, and a comic about teen lez heartbreak.

Jillian Tamaki is an illustrator and comics artist. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she teaches at the School of Visual Arts and makes illustrations for magazines, newspapers, websites, and books. She is known for her embroideries on the Penguin "Threads" cover series, as well as the acclaimed graphic novel Skim, co-created with Mariko Tamaki.
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Rating details

76,091 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
5 27% (20,614)
4 33% (24,734)
3 27% (20,530)
2 9% (6,995)
1 4% (3,218)

Our customer reviews

Ugh. What to say? This story did nothing for me in fact, I didn't like it in parts and found it ho-hum the rest of the time. The art is amazing and is what kept me reading this over 300 page book. The entire book is done in blue and the graphics are splendid making for a beautiful presentation. But the story of two girls who know each other by spending the summer at the same cottages each and every summer since they were little is full of conflicts that go nowhere. I don't mind this kind of plot most of the time but I also didn't find the mother's behaviour realistic at all. And in general I found the story to be entirely so blatantly feminist and left wing that it really was unpalatable to me. Of course, there are plenty of the target audience and my opinion will be unpopular with more
by Nicola Mansfield
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