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This One Summer Paperback – May 6, 2014
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I have only one caution. The age range is 12-18. The subject matter is such that it may not be appropriate for some 12 year olds:
1)references to porn, oral sex, and blow jobs and 2) language.
You will have to decide if this is appropriate for your child. My older child can deal with it, but my younger one (still with in suggested age range) wanted nothing to do with it.
I was actually surprised at how difficult the story was. There was hope and joy, but so much sadness. The cover artwork is so joyful that I didn't expect it to be quite so heavy. I know it hinted at issues, but I was still not prepared.
Rose’s mom, Alice, is dealing with depression in the aftermath of a failed pregnancy, and this leads to conflict with Rose’s kindly (and slightly immature) dad. And as this conflict progresses from tension to acrimony to reconciliation, Rose finds her attention drawn—first as an observer, and then as a sort of spy—to a parallel drama playing out between a convenience-store clerk (and subject of a minor crush) and his apparently pregnant girlfriend. Her attention caught by these two stories, Rose seems to be pondering what role she can take on as an adult, and which one of the two roles that present themselves—familiar, beloved, but withdrawn mother, or emotional, liberated, but tragic teenage girl—lie closest to how she sees herself.
Also in the mix is Windy, Rose’s younger friend, who serves as a foil for Rose’s dilemma. Windy is full of slighting references to the teens’ drama, and whether this stems from sincere disdain or a desire to keep them at a safe distance, she gives voice to perspectives that are both younger and older than Rose’s. In this way, she serves as a representation of the ways in which the community around an adolescent can be both comforting and alienating.
Summer ends with these conflicts largely resolved.Read more ›
Rose and her parents go to their summer cottage on the beach where Rose hangs out with her friend Windy. They talk about boys (of course) and sex (of course), two topics about which they know little. They swim and watch scary movies and bond. They're surrounded by adult drama that they often don't quite understand. Rose's mother is unhappy and is doing her best to make her unhappiness known to the world, creating tension in Rose's summer, particularly after her father returns to the city. Rose takes a keen interest in a scruffy 18-year-old boy from the corner store although she doesn't know how to deal with her curiosity about him. Fortunately, she hasn't entered the raging hormone teenage years. The boy has, of course, and his raging hormones have gotten him into a messy situation.
I love Rose's attitude. Here's her take on Sex and the City: "Like, so they're 40 and they're having sex. Who cares?" Rose is always trying to puzzle out the meaning of adult behavior, even the behaviors of those who are only a few years older. Mariko Tamiko captures that uncertainty perfectly.
I also love the way the art nearly always conveys a sense of action, even if it's just a bird in flight or a blowing leaf. As they should be in a graphic novel, many panels are free of words.Read more ›
There are a lot of surprisingly poignant moments in this thoughtful book. It covers so many issues as young Rose deals with her parents fighting, her mom's depression, and the teen pregnancy drama that is playing out with the older teen crowd. She and her friend Windy find themselves without much supervision, wondering at times where the magic of summer has gone, and at other times finding it in scary movie marathons and giggle filled speculation about the nature of oral sex.
The art in this graphic novel perfectly complements the thoughtful, contemplative mood of the text. Emotions are clearly portrayed, which add unexpected layers to the drama. The writing is compelling, encouraging the reader to zip through this book, however I would encourage any reader to slow down and examine the art. The payoff is huge as many will see themselves in moments of hurt and confusion, and also joy and love.
This One Summer is a fantastic example of what constitutes a great graphic novel and is an enthusiastic recommend for readers ages 14 and up.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this for my 12 year old daughter-only to find out it talks in graphic terms about oral sex, "sluts" and 15 year olds having sex, and a suicide attempt & an... Read morePublished 8 days ago by sweettomatogirl
By the style of the cover and the Caldecott Honor, one would think this book was great for kids. However, after reading it, I felt the story was more for a 14+ age group. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Rural Mom
Sure it has some racier topics but the graphics and words take you back to the time between child and teenager in a vivid way. Recommend for, 8th grade on up.Published 25 days ago by dakotadazed
I loved the artwork in this graphic novel and I'm a sucker for the subject, a "coming of age" story in a sleepy vacation town, yet this story just never took off. Read morePublished 1 month ago by stutron
I heard about this book from a friend who tolerable her hometown school's library pulled it from their shelves. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ryan M. Neely
As many of the reviewers mentioned, this book has cursing and complaining, it talks about sex and the use of the word "slut", it explores postpartum depression, suicide,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Her Ladyship
Jillian Tamaki is one of the best illustrators in comics right now. The story flows effortlessly through her brushwork.Published 4 months ago by Murdock
This has a cool story and great art, but I feel like the interesting stuff going on with the parents wasn't explored enough and the main character was apathetic and selfish that... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Natalia Vasconcellos