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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Mar 30, 2015
  • mvkramer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a lovely little slice of life that puts the reader, intimately, into a summer in the life of a young teenage girl. She's on vacation, hanging out with her friend, getting a crush, and dealing with her mother, who is depressed and standoffish even though she doesn't know why. Great visuals.

Mar 10, 2015
  • danielestes rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This One Summer starts out on the airy side but eventually, once it finds its voice, grows ever more complex. There's not much happening early on other than teenage Rose acting all detached and, well, like a teenager. She travels with her family to Awago Beach for a family summer vacation, a spot they visit every year, and once there she immediately catches up with her longtime friend, Wendy. This year though is unlike the others because Rose is moving through that confusing time of life where childhood falls away and adulthood makes itself known, often brutally so. Not only is there some family drama going on between her parents, which adds to Rose's feelings of aloofness, but she also discovers that she has a budding crush on an older boy named Dudley, AKA "The Dud." He's a clerk at the local convenience store, and somewhat of a jerk. But he's not a jerk to Rose—he's several years older and barely notices her at all—so she's content on eavesdropping from afar.

The illustrations are crisp and stunning. It's one of the best things about This One Summer. Recommended for YA audiences.

Feb 19, 2015

This One Summer is a gorgeously-crafted coming-of-age graphic novel about loss of innocence. Rose’s family has been visiting Awago Beach for years, but this time her parents have been fighting non-stop.
Rose turns her attention to the ongoing drama between a few older teens in town. She is curious about entering the world of dating and boys but does not yet know what she wants from those experiences.
This is a quietly tense story, full of nuance thanks the gentle, textured illustrations which earned the book a Caldecott Honor. This One Summer is one to remember.

Jan 24, 2015
  • Chapel_Hill_StephenA rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is definitely a quieter story, but the characters are incredibly well drawn (pun mostly unintended) and I couldn't help but root for them. Definitely recommended.

Jan 24, 2015
  • MichaelRD rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I was really looking forward to this title because it seems to be wildly popular and was on the New York Times’ Bestsellers List, but I’m sorry to say that the book just didn’t resonate with me. I couldn’t seem to identify with any of the characters or their motives, nor were they intriguing or engaging in any way. All the characters seemed relatively flat and one dimensional. By the end of the book, which thankfully was a fairly quick read, I was left wondering what the point of the book was rather than just being a glimpse into an average 'tweenage' summer vacation. It was too bland to be attractive to adults/young adults, but it contained adult-like themes of sexuality and had swearing, making it inappropriate for juvenile readers. So, I might be in the minority, but I felt like this was a book without an appropriate audience.

Jan 23, 2015
  • KateHillier rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

There is a lot of familiarity here. The place may be imagined but I recognize the area that this beach is based on (I have been to that heritage site before for sure) and the feel of cottage holidays where you're doing some stuff but there's also a lot of just hanging out. That's the primary appeal of this book to me, really. That and the art which helps with that feeling a lot. The story is a bit of an afterthought, a way to connect with the feeling and the familiarity more than anything else. Windy and Rose do most kid stuff at the cottage while in the backdrop there are a lot of adult issues going on. Rose's parents have hit a rough patch and then there's this thing involving a teenage pregnancy involving the boy who works at the corner store that Rose appears to have a bit of a thing for. Windy and Rose's reactions to what they think is going on is also rather telling of a difference between the two.

So the story is not really anything to write home about but it's still a great little bit of summer and cottage fun to read over the winter.

Jan 08, 2015
  • SarahLynnMyers rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

good for older teenss, im 19 and i enjoyed it.

Jan 06, 2015
  • WindowGrass rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found this book engaging and touching - simply but powerfully done...when I was compiling a top ten or 2014 list, I definitely had to include this one - my description from the list:

"During summer vacation, two tween girls discover the joys of horror-movie watching and uncover the secrets behind the local teen drama and their parents’ problems. A heart-breaking coming of age story."

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.

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Jan 08, 2015
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Oct 07, 2014
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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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