This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

This One Summer

Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It's their getaway, their refuge. Rosie's friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. It's a summer of secrets and sorrow and growing up, and it's a good thing ...

Details This One Summer

TitleThis One Summer
Release DateMay 6th, 2014
PublisherFirst Second
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Young Adult, Comics, Fiction, Contemporary

Reviews This One Summer

  • Leigh Bardugo
    I rarely write GR reviews, but I almost didn't pick this up because of some of the reviews I've seen, so I wanted to add my five stars. This is a quiet book. Much of the action is observed rather than experienced by the protagonists, but the impact it has on them is deeply felt. If you're looking for grand resolutions or "boy did I learn my lesson" closure, you won't find it here. And that's exactly as it should be. This One Summer beautifully an...
  • Cristina Monica
    There is almost nothing that I would have found enjoyable about this story, if it weren't for the beautiful graphics that brought it to life.Which is weird, because drawings are something I find quite agreeable to look at and, in graphic novels, it’s usually the only thing that I really demand, along with a passable to good plot.But there was no plot in this.Rose and her parents, as every summer since a young age, are spending the season at Awa...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    A very low-key, beautiful story with amazing artwork. Also very Canadian.
  • Nick
    Me the whole time: Me the whole time:
  • Hannah Garden
    The huge bummer of the graphic novel is that someone labors for ages over their creation and then you sit down with your pint of Chubby Hubby and make mincemeat of the both of them within the hour. I always feel a little awful about it, and this is probably the kind of thing the French have a word for--the sorrow of beauty’s brevity.Anyway it’s hard to imagine a [French-word-for-the-sorrow-of-beauty’s-brevity] more hollowing than the end of...
  • David Schaafsma
    7/10/19 Reread with a small group of students focused on coming of age stories. So good.6/23/17 Reread update, after reading it with my YA Comics/Graphic Novels class this summer. The way all great novels can be, better each time you read it, and it is always a privilege to experience reading with others who also like/love it, especially (for me) people who have never read anything like it before. Most of them have never read graphic novels. So m...
  • Steph Sinclair
    This One Summer is worth a read for the breathtaking artwork alone. Check it out:Unfortunately, the story didn’t do much for me. I really liked the idea of a summer of firsts and lessons, but when it was all said and done, I don’t really think the main character learned anything. There’s some slut-shamming done and she never understood why it wasn’t okay to say certain things. Though her friend did correct her a few times, she seemed to j...
  • Ariel
    This was a tiny bit of a disappointment :(The thing about graphic novels is that you have TWO giant elements: the writing AND the art.The art in this book was phenomenal. Absolutely wonderful. I have not a single complaint. There was a giant combination of different types of panels - squares, rectangles, splash pages.. and all of them were gorgeous. And it was all purple! I loved that it was all purple. Very moody and lovely.The writing/story, ho...
  • Nat
    This story follows Rose's yearly summer trip with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It's their getaway, their refuge. Rosie's friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. This One Summer felt like a great summer read. And even though the plot wasn’t the most exciting, it still kept me flipping page after page. Plus, the friendship and banter between the two main characters ...
  • Heather
    Artwork: 5 starsPlot: 2 starsThe artwork was STUNNING in this book but that's where my love ends. I felt this could have told a bigger story and made a bigger impact but it felt very open ended honestly. I did resonate with the mother so very much ( you'll know once you read the book)But I wanted more plot, more depth.The artwork though? A++++
  • Julie
    Will it embarrass you if I gush?Aw, hell, it doesn't matter.Here I go. I'm going to gush.I'm going to gush, going to tell you that, as far as graphic novels go, this is best in show.I didn't only turn the pages of this illustrated story with great enthusiasm, I experienced moments of great reflection here (held my breath a moment or two, too).This book knocked me out.The writer/illustrator team of This One Summer, Jillian and Mariko Tamaki, are C...
  • Blue
    Everyone has said it. I concur, the art is superb.What I don't understand is how people thought nothing happened in the book... Hmmm, I suppose things didn't blow up, and there were no car chases, and true there were no explicit sex scenes. So nothing like that happened, I agree. But a lot of things that may seem insignificant to adults or to anyone other than the few children, teenagers, adults involved in the story happened. A lot happened in t...
  • Kayla Dawn
    3,5* - I can see why this is not that popular but I really enjoyed it. The art style is absolutely beautiful and I love the subtle messages this book tries to send.
  • Elyse Walters
    The marriage between the story & the graphics are a beautiful relationship!!!You couldn't have the graphics without the story, and you couldn't have this story without the graphics. The story is bittersweet, powerful, charming, and sad.....a coming of age young adult gorgeous graphic......dealing with real issues. Two young girls are dealing with their own set of problems while adults in their lives are also struggling. Lots of details hidden in ...
  • Sam Quixote
    Two boring teen girls spend their summer hanging out at the beach with their families. Nothing happens for 300 pages and then something does to give the narrative an unearned sense of purpose. This One Summer? This one sucks. It really is surprising how little happens in this book. Mariko Tamaki writes a convincing portrayal of some teens’ summer holiday experience except is it worth writing when it’s this banal? She has nothing to say about ...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    I wish there was a clearer evolution of charcter development but this is the first graphic novel ever where i've been able to relate to a character and I adored the art and plot!
  • Sesana
    This book is so incredibly, wonderfully beautiful that it almost hurts me to give it two stars. The art is all but perfect, with exactly the right level of detail. The individual characters are drawn as exactly that, individuals, and I never doubted who I was looking at. The expressions are also very clear. Best of all, the art is reproduced in the same lovely, smokey shade of blue as on the cover. If this had been a wordless book, I think I woul...
  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    This was a unique and very different graphic novel but I really, really liked it.I read this in one sitting which shouldn’t be surprising as it’s a graphic novel but I couldn’t put it down. I think with this one, readers will either love it or hate it. The reason I say this is because as much as there is stuff going on within the story, there isn’t much resolution. I know I am still left with unanswered questions but I still feel content ...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: StarsLet’s play a little bit of catch-up. I mean, not the type that I actually need to do which are the 40 other books I have yet to review ranging all the way back to the beginning of the year, but the type where I half-ass talk about a graphic novel I read last week for . . . . Basically, This One Summer is about just that – one summer. The summer in question is the final o...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    This is a hard graphic novel to rate for me. There's a lot of poignancy and well-meant subtext surrounding girls discovering what society is like for women and how easy it can be to fall prey to internalized misogyny and tearing each other down, but at the same time, I don't think any of it is addressed clearly enough for the target demographic. If this were a graphic novel geared towards adults or the older YA range, I wouldn't think twice about...
  • K. Elizabeth
    The ending was so disappointing! Nothing was solved in terms of the mother's depression, Rose's romantic interest, etc. I wish things could have been more developed. This One Summer felt like a story entirely made of fluff, which was fine, I guess. Not all books need to have huge plotlines or twists and turns. So, it wasn't so much that I minded the simplicity; rather, I would have liked some closure towards the end. Otherwise, the story feels un...
  • Wendy Darling
    Great artwork, lovely mood...but I think I just wanted more from this story.
  • Matt
    Garbage.Half a star for tricking someone into publishing this, and one star for the fantastic five-star artwork. Tragedy to have such great art with this dung heap narrative. Almost no plot, no conflicts, just a sour, artsy-liberal meditation with admittedly well-executed tone and very soft themes you have to really dig to find. Almost, ALMOST nothing really happens.And the last lines, you ask? "maybe I will have massive boobs. Boobs would be coo...
  • Julie Ehlers
    I was a fan of these authors' previous collaboration, Skim, but I had resisted this one because I've generally found First Second's YA comics kind of unsatisfying. I should have known this one would be head and shoulders above the rest. In addition to having beautiful, fabulous artwork, This One Summer reminded me of the 1970s YA novels I'd check out from the library as a kid: slightly risque, with a main character on the cusp of puberty and a be...
  • Eilonwy
    Three and a half stars, rounded up. This is a very quiet, subtle story that other reviewers seem to either embrace or find very annoying because "nothing happens." The Weird: This book is awkwardly unclassifiable. So far as I can tell, it's being promoted as a YA story, but main character Rose is too young for YA, as she seems to be around 12, and her friend Windy is a year and a half younger, so she's about 10. Then, much of the story is actuall...
  • Antoinette
    This is my first graphic novel! I decided to read this book for Freedom to Read Week as this book has been banned in certain states in the U.S. Some libraries in Florida as well as a school in Minnesota have banned it because of some profane language. This book is marketed for 12-18 yr old.We meet Rose and Windy, both pre teens, who always reconnect at the cottage over summer. This is a different summer though- it is not happy go lucky as per the...
  • Carlos De Eguiluz
    3.5Bastante rápida de leer. Trescientas veinte páginas y un arte bastante bonito. La lección de que la interpretación de las cosas varía según el espectador. Un verano real, sin locas fantasías y amores fugaces. Estoy satisfecho.Recomendable."—It feels good. Floating. It feels like flying.""—We couldn't figure out what to bring you so we brought cupcakes and wine. And Balloons.""—I'm a zombie. I have these crazy toughts. Like, I wish...
  • Stacey (prettybooks)
    This One Summer was the third book I picked up for my (unofficial) summer reads challenge. I spontaneously bought it a few months ago while paying a visit to Foyles, Charing Cross Road. I love the large graphic novel section in the shop and I bought This One Summer along with Through the Woods – and I'm happy to say that I really enjoyed both!I was expecting a cute and fluffy, picture perfect story about two girls and their summer friendshi...
  • Liviania
    Cousins Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki brilliantly capture the liminal time between being a teenager and being a child in their new graphic novel, THIS ONE SUMMER. Rose and Windy are friends who hang out every summer when their families visit Awago Beach. They like swimming and buying candy and renting R-rated videos, which they can get away with since the teenage clerk doesn't really care.They're at the age where they're starting to clue into ...