This One Summer

This One Summer

eBook - 2014
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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 spend 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 Rose's father leaves the cottage and returns to the city, and her mother becomes more and more withdrawn.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: 9781554987061
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Tamaki, Jillian 1980-- Illustrator

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From Library Staff

This book is equal parts dreamy-summer-cabin and hard truths. Rose and her parents arrive at the same lake house they stay at every summer, where Rose and her best friend Windy spend their months together riding bikes, swimming and being nosy around the older local teens who work at the general s... Read More »

A Caldecott Honor-winning graphic novel about a summer filled with secrets, risks, and heartache.

List - 2015 Printz Awards
SFPL_Teen Mar 19, 2015

2015 Printz Honor - One special summer in Rose's life.

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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.

ArapahoeChrisP May 21, 2019

Really enjoyed this one! Captures awkward adolescence pretty well. Good for both boys and girls.

Feb 08, 2019

This book really seemed to capture the feel of being 11. The artwork was gorgeous.

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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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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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