This One Summer

Tamaki, Mariko

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
This One Summer
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.
Publisher: New York :, First Second,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 159643774X
Branch Call Number: ygn TAMAKI 2014
Characteristics: 317 pages :,chiefly illustrations ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Tamaki, Jillian 1980-


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Every year Rose and her parents spend part of the summer at the lake. Her friend Windy, who she thinks of as a younger sister, is always there too. Things are different this summer though. Rose's parents keep fighting, and Rose and Windy get caught up in local teenage drama of the small town. Wan... Read More »

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Dec 16, 2014
  • samdog123 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book won the 2014 Governor General's award for children's illustration. It's a graphic novel from the writer of 'Skim.' Rose and Windy have been coming to Awago Beach for a long time. This year 'tween aged' Rose picks up on the local teen aged angst and copes with her parents rocky relationship. Very well done--you can feel those awkward adolescent moments all throughout the book. And the illustrations are wonderful, capturing the many nuances of summer at a cottage.

Dec 02, 2014
  • tegan rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I was slightly disappointed in this book. It felt like rather than the story focusing on the two central girls, Rose and Windy, that it focused on stories that were happening around them to other characters.

Nov 29, 2014
  • TGPretender rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It's hard to describe this book. It's very well written and the illustrations marry well to the story in general. The characters feel real and genuine. Definitely a coming of age type thing, and more of a snapshot of it than the full experience. I ended up reading it in one go and I think that's how it should be read. Very enjoyable.

Sep 13, 2014
  • SkycycleX2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a perfect combination of story, words and art. It's perfectly paced and a very observant and insightful graphic novel. Hard to believe these characters and place are fiction. The Tamaki's evoke summer and mood and capture a time and a place so well that, like the characters, I didn't want to leave. It's nostalgic yet very grounded.

This book is well illustrated and written. I would definatly reccomend you check out this book. The illustrations are unique given they only use mostly blue. The blue I would say definatly gives it an emotion and allows the story to give of different impressions. As for the writting I would definatly say this book is very realistic but also a fun summer read.The experiences the characters go through are very relatable and seem as if they were real life but also the story creates suspense,sorrow,and happiness are just a few emotions the book could give you. This book well describes what it is like to be a teenager and having friends.
I would definatly reccomed this book for teens and adults.

Aug 01, 2014
  • Nintendork723 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A perfect summer read! The story is a very realistic look at two girls' transition to adolescence. Both the main story and sub-plot contain mature themes that many teens or pre-teens could relate to (i.e. fighting parents, unplanned pregnancies, responsibility, etc.). Without giving away spoilers, the story is really engaging, fun, but also sometimes gritty and sad. The blue-ink artwork is gorgeous and really bring Awago Beach and the hard-hitting emotion to life as the pages turn. Overall, I highly recommend this book not just for graphic novel-lovers but for pre-teens just entering middle school.

Jul 16, 2014
  • rebekahgordon1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Missed my stop on the train reading this book. Can't think of a higher recommendation than that.

Jul 09, 2014
  • maroon_falcon_3 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The characters were very realistic. By the end of the book, I felt like I really understood them.

Jul 08, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A subtle, quiet, poignant look at some of the harsher realities of growing up. Reflecting its setting of a lazy, minimal summer spent in a cabin at a lake beach, the story has a leisurely surface of the mundane, with very little apparently happening. Underneath Rose's humdrum existence lies a quiet desperation, though, as she observes through furtive observation and eavesdropping that every older person in her life she might view as a role model is seemingly overwhelmed by simmering conflicts. The book is a marvelous depiction of her inner turmoil as it leaks out through her actions and interactions. Its tone captures her mood of listless angst, both with the understated storytelling and the brilliant art.

Jun 30, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is for anyone who had a summer where childish things were set aside in favor of the exciting, sometimes disturbing world of teenagedom and adulthood.

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Aug 01, 2014
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Aug 01, 2014
  • Nintendork723 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Sex isn't actually depicted, but it's discussed frequently among the two heroines. An unplanned pregnancy plays a very important role to the sub-plot and the father and his friends treat the pregnant girl cruelly. Birth control is also frequently mentioned.

Aug 01, 2014
  • Nintendork723 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Stronger language than the typical teen graphic novel (including F- and S-words) but it's used realistically.


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