Book review: This One Summer #bookaday

This one summer bookcoverby Jillian Tamaki; illustrated by Mariko Tamaki
Young adult graphic novel
Caldecott Honor Book: 2015
Michael L. Printz Honor Book: 2015
Interest level: Grades 8-11
Reading level: Young adult
4 out of 5 stars


The artwork in this book is absolutely amazing! The thing about reading graphic novels is that the good ones really make you slow down and read the pictures as well as the words, which are minimal in this work. The story is about a young girl, who is at that awkward stage between childhood and young adult. She is forced to grapple with some very adult themes during her summer beach getaway — teen pregnancy, a crush on an older boy, troubles in her parents’ marriage, and her mother’s overwhelming battle with depression. This is an intense book, but if you savor the artwork as you read, it is a wonderful, deep, realistic fiction work.

Oh, and usually I love first lines in books, but this book has one of the best final lines, “Boobs would be cool.”

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