Monday, November 2, 2015

This One Summer

Jillian and Mariko Tamaki's This One Summer has a lot of buzz, often being compared to Raina Telgemeier's books. Not even close. Telgemeier's books are engaging, funny, and relatable. This One Summer was grim, uncomfortable, and nostalgic for a time that didn't seem very good to begin with.

Rose's family goes to Awago Beach, where she spends time with her younger friend, Windy. Unfortunately, this year, her parents are arguing, Windy seems immature, and the only excitement is watching a romantic drama play out between two teenagers. That's about it.

There is a lot of discussion of female bodies, some slut shaming, a bunch of horror movies, and familial sadness. This leads me to wonder who the audience is, as it is certainly not Raina Telgemeier fans!

The art is beautiful and I love the choice to make everything blue in the book, but that's not enough to make me recommend it to someone. This is a great example of "Don't judge a book by its cover." This is nothing close to the summer fun that the cover promises.

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