Review: This One Summer

This One Summer


This One Summer

by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki

Find it at: Your Local Library | Your Local Bookstore

Published: First Second Books (May 6, 2014)

Recommended Reading Age: 12 & up

In a nutshell: I read this book in one sitting. This One Summer is funny and honest and heartbreaking and beautiful.  Every summer, Rose vacations on Awago beach with her parents, as does her spunky summer bud, Windy, with her mother. The two have been palling around each summer since they were little kids, but this summer growing pains start kicking in. Rose’s mother seems to be in a strange funk, and both Windy and Rose become fascinated with a summer romance between two teenage townies.

The Tamaki sisters have captured life as a preteen girl like no other book I’ve ever read…. The unknowns, first crushes, friendship, the endless days.  I have a strong inkling it’ll be a very popular pick among the older middle school and high school kids this summer, but really it’s the perfect read for grown up types too. Rose and Windy are unforgettable and the artwork is…

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Add it to your must-read list. Ideally, read on a warm summer evening. Lemonade and gummy candies optional.

Extras: Visit Jillian Tamaki’s website and Mariko Tamaki’s blog.

Source of book reviewed: Review copy sent by the lovely people over at First Second Books!


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