This One Summer

This One Summer

Book - 2014
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Winner of the Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration

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. From the creators of Skim comes an investigation into the mysterious world of adults.

Sure, Rose's dad is still making cheesy and embarrassing jokes, but her mother is acting like she doesn't even want to be there. Plus, being at the cottage isn't just about going to the beach anymore. Now Rose and Windy are spending a lot of their time renting scary movies and spying on the teenagers who work at the corner store, as well as learning stuff about sex no one mentioned in health class.

Pretty soon everything is messed up. Rose's father leaves the cottage and returns to the city, and her mother becomes more and more withdrawn. While her family is falling to pieces, Rose focuses her attention on Dunc, a teenager working at the local corner store. When Jenny, Dunc's girlfriend, claims to be pregnant, the girls realize that the teenagers are keeping just as many secrets as the adults in their lives.

No one seems to want to talk about the things that matter. When the tension between Dunc and Jenny boils over, Jenny makes a desperate and destructive move and Rose's mother is galvanized into action. In the aftermath, nothing is completely resolved, but secrets have been aired, which means that things are at least a bit better for everyone. For Rose and Windy, the end of summer brings the realization that, while Awago Beach might always be the same, they have both been changed forever.

From Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki, creators of the multi-award-winning graphic novel Skim, comes a stunning and authentic story of friendship, illustrated with subtly heart-breaking moments and pure summer joy.

Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9781554981526
1554981522
Branch Call Number: GRFX FIC Tamak
Characteristics: 317 p. : ill.
Additional Contributors: Tamaki, Jillian 1980-

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mslighthearted
Apr 27, 2017

Wow! Just wow!! This is my first foray into the world of the graphic novel and I was not left disappointed. I've never had the urge to read graphic novels. Why would I, as an adult, read what could only be described as a souped-up version of a very expensive Archie comic. Boy, was I ill informed- and wrong... oh-so-wrong!

Why would someone as closed minded as myself pick this book up in the first place? Because it topped the American Library Association's Top 10 Most Challenged Books for 2016. That's why. I may have assumed that a "comic" would never be worth my while and I would have been happy to leave it at that EXCEPT when I learn that a book is banned I feel compelled to pick it up. Banning this book? It must be great! It will likely challenge my ideals. It may possibly cause me to *gasp* think. Maybe it contains some naughty words. Or some nudity. Or some violence. Or perhaps it just contains ideas that move beyond the Disney-fied version of the world and will make me simply FEEL.

Sure, there are some mature topics. Absolutely there are a few "naughty" words that some parents may not want their 10 year old reading (though I would wager that most 10 year olds hear them in real life each and every day.) Those may be reasons to not read this book but you will be doing yourself a disservice if you let a few curse words prevent you from picking up Tamaki's book. The artwork is stunning. The themes are compelling. The characters are real.

This book goes way beyond the "comic" status I was willing to afford it. This book is poetry. Mariko and Jillian Tomaki have created a book where the silences are just as moving as the language. This book is so dynamic. It is true. It is wonderful. It makes me proud to be a Canadian.

debwalker Apr 13, 2017

Number one on the list of banned books in America. Interesting that in times when any child can view the worst of human depravity on the Internet the thought police still pick on books. Soft targets?

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missreadingrobyn
Nov 26, 2016

This One Summer really captures the experience of a young girl who is growing up and losing some of the blissful ignorance you only have when you are young. The colouring and line work in is remarkably beautiful. Each page was so full of detail that the art drew me deeper into the story.

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amelia_9997
Aug 26, 2016

This comic book leaves at cliffhangers and tense moments between an unlikely bunch of characters. The art work is simply beautiful and simplistic and writing just grabs you into this dramatic sort of way of showing what happens when you pay attention to other people's struggles and lives. Hope there's a sequel!

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Sohama
Aug 23, 2016

This One Summer was an entertaining book, however I was left confused at times. Since the book was mostly in the point of view of one of the main characters, it was a little hard to follow along with the feels of the other characters. Near the end of the book things started to make sense because the book finally dived into the other characters too.

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brumiranda
May 29, 2016

Amazing graphic novel! The artwork is beautiful and creates a perfect setting for this contemporary story. Even though it's a YA story I'm sure people at all ages can enjoy it's simplicity, beauty and depth.

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Bill_SDPL
Jan 20, 2016

What a lovely book! It captures what life is: a collection of moments. Anyone looking for a sweeping narrative will be let down, but that's not the point of the book. Instead, it simply gives glimpses of life as it unfolds. How we make sense of the world around us during our pre-teen/teen years in large parts results in who we become as adults. In that sense, This One Summer presents an experience most readers should be able to relate to. It doesn't hurt that the artwork is beautiful, either. A treat.

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ReadingRainBro
Oct 13, 2015

I enjoyed the art and story of "This One Summer. The content I feel would be slightly lost on a Juv. audience and also young boys. Even though I enjoyed it, I don't think tweens or teens would as much.Fantasy seems to do better than realism for my kids.

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chrismcd1
Aug 25, 2015

i didn't fully get this book was werid didn't like it at all

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DeltaQueen50
Aug 05, 2015

Deceptively simple, I thought this book conveyed so many emotions and family dynamics. Effortlessly capturing a young girls transition from child to young lady over the course of one summer, both the artwork and the writing are exceptional. This book managed to touch me, even though much of the emotion and growth was internalized.

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Nintendork723
Aug 01, 2014

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.

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

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Belauthor
Jul 09, 2015

Two young teens reunite for another summer vacation, only with this vacation, they experience darker tones coming from older teens and adults around them.

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