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This One Summer

This One Summer

Graphic Novel - 2014
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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: 9781596437746
Branch Call Number: YA 741.5971 T15T 2014
Characteristics: 317 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Tamaki, Jillian 1980-


From Library Staff

Reasons: banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and certain illustrations

This young adult graphic novel, winner of both a Printz and a Caldecott Honor Award, was restricted, relocated, and banned because it includes LGBT characters, drug use, and profanity, and it was considered sexually explicit with mature themes.

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IndyPL_TammieB Jan 03, 2021

This story addresses several deep issues including coming of age, infertility, teen pregnancy, adoption, and LGBTQ parents. Even death rears its head in this dark drama. The monochrome illustrations add to the dim mood of the story. Windy keeps the story upbeat with her comic true-to-self bigger than life personality.

SAPL_Teens Nov 25, 2020

Rose and Windy are summertime friends. They only see each other once a year, during the summer when their families vacation at the same beach. But this year is different; Rose is 12 now and she’s more interested in the mysterious world of the teens who live nearby than Windy’s childish antics. As the girls continue to explore what it means to grow up they learn more about themselves and the world around them - from the excitement of first crushes to the scary realities of older teen’s lives.

This One Summer is a beautifully illustrated graphic novel about growing up and finding yourself. If you enjoy realistic contemporary books, give this one a try. 5/5 stars - SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

Jul 31, 2020

I think the illustrations are nice, but I didn't enjoy the story. It is filled with harsh language and mature subject matter. I don't recommend.

Jul 30, 2020

I feel like I'm really undetermined on this book. I didn't completely love it, but I didn't completely hate it either. I think I'm just neutral when it comes to this graphic novel. This book centers around 2 girls who are 'Summer Time Friends." They only meet up during the summer while their families vacation at their lake cabins. The two girls have spent many summers together, but this is the first summer where the girls are 'coming of age,' their bodies are changing and they are starting to notice boys for the first time. They are a little bit older and a little bit more aware of things, like their parents fighting and societal views of women. This graphic novel was very unique in the fact that it's told from a child's eyes on the cusp of being a teenager, which I haven't really seen done in this particular way before. Although I did think this graphic novel was unique, I didn't really feel like it was groundbreaking or anything that really left an impact on my life. I know this graphic novel has won a Caldecott Award and a Micheal L. Printz award. I think I need to reread this book, I feel like I missed an important message in this book, since it has won multiple awards! Let me know in the comments if you've read this book, what did I miss? I really wasn't impressed enough to say this book deserved multiple awards.

JCLFlanneryC Mar 19, 2020

"This One Summer" captures the frustrated feelings of early adolescence, when everything happens around you but nothing happens to you. A slow and subtle book elevated by Jillian Tamaki's illustrations which communicate so perfectly what it's like to listen, to watch, and wait. Her attention to the elements, the passage of time, etc., all give this book the lazy, sun-drunk feeling of summer, and the nowhere, no-one feeling of being thirteen and absolutely hating it. This may disappoint readers hoping for something high drama but if you can stand it, "This One Summer" has the languorous pace and moody mise en scene of a French new wave film. Lovely and highly recommended.

JCLBrittanyC Nov 01, 2019

The summary of this graphic describes Rose and her family heading to a
beach house each summer, but this one is unlike the rest. Rose’s parents are
constantly fighting while she finds herself caught up in a small beach town
tragedy. Now, when I read that, I was fired up; oh the drama, what could it
be! But in actually reading the graphic, I was quite disappointed. It didn’t
quite have the drama I was hoping for, and the parts that did grab my
attention left me wanting more. I would say you could skip this one if you had
it on your list.

Oct 17, 2019

Wonderful art, well written. I too think it's a great summer read. I enjoyed it a lot and would read it again.

Oct 09, 2019

The art in this novel was beautiful and did a great job of transporting you into Awago Beach. I felt really disappointed that there was barely any plot, turning points, or climax. So much was set up in the beginning but then barely anything happened?? I liked how the book brought up how everyone has their own problems, some being harder than others. You don't know what others are going through and how deeply it affects their actions.

Aug 16, 2019

I loved both the story and the illustrations in this graphic novel. The subject matter was heavy, but the author handled it beautifully and created a captivating narrative. The beautiful artwork drew me in, and the story kept me going to the end. The story had swearing, the difficulties of parenting, the hardships of teens and the sorrows of miscarriage, and I recommend this book to teens of all ages.

Jun 28, 2019

When I first saw this book, I thought that it would be a boring read. In truth, it was incredible. This is the first graphic novel that I read with swearing and mature subject matter. It captures those awkward years, and difficult family issues, with a seasoning of humour. And in the end, Rose and Windy's summer does not become a bummer after all.

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IndyPL_TammieB Jan 03, 2021

Every summer Rose visits the beach with her mother and father and stays in their cottage. Tis year, though, is different. Something is wrong with her mom and her dad and mom are constantly fighting. Rose’s friend Windy is always at the beach with her grandmother, and she is like the little sister Rose never had. Rose and Windy are navigating growing up into teens and stumble into a whole new type of drama with he local kids.

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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Aug 01, 2014

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

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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IndyPL_TammieB Jan 03, 2021

"I wanted to have this perfect picture of Aswago in my head. Which I guess is the picture of Aswago in the summer. Kind of just like this."

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