This One Summer, Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

this one summer

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  1. bachbooks Says:

    This One Summer tells the story of Rose and Windy, two tween friends who reunite each summer when their parents spend time at cottages at Awago Beach (in Ontario, Canada). The friends spend their days entertaining themselves playing at the beach and in the woods. In the evenings, they venture to the local store to rent horror movies. Their trips to the store bring them into contact with the local teens and the girls catch glimpses their dramatic world of sex, drugs, and drinking. Rose develops a crush on a boy who refuses to take responsibility for his pregnant girlfriend, and she has to deal with the emotional strain of her parents’ troubled relationship.

    What a summer! Who would want to read this? People criticized the 2015 Printz Award winner, I’ll Give You the Sun, for being “too beautiful.” It’s a beautiful story of beautiful people and their beautiful lives. This One Summer earns the opposite report. While some of the landscape illustrations portray a stark natural beauty, most of this book focuses on ugly relationships between (intentionally) ugly characters in ugly situations. It probably doesn’t help that I read Smile and Sisters right before this book, so the contrast between Telgemeier’s bright hope and Tamaki’s bleak despair could not be more stark. I don’t mind reading bleak stories of grim despair, but I do like them with a side of hope.

    Rating: 2 stars

    Recommendations: Smile, Sisters, Drama, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, The Road, Maus

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