Monday, July 25, 2016
Graphic Novel Review: "This One Summer" by Mariko Tamaki
There really isn't a major plot in this book, rather it is more of a summer adventure, or an overview into the lives of those who surround us as well as our own (or Rose's) life. The truth is that we can never fully understand what someone may be going through. Rose's mother is all but consumed by her secret hurt, and while she confides in certain trusted friends and family, Rose is left out and frustrated. Everything comes to a head in a very emotional climax, and things are not drawn into a neat and tidy conclusion, keeping it feeling very real.
The art in this graphic novel is incredibly beautiful. I really enjoyed each and every panel. This is the first graphic novel I've read digitally (and while at the beach - very appropriate!) I absolutely loved the art and how it supported and completed the emotional aspect of the story. It is easy to see why this book has won so many awards!
This One Summer
by Mariko Tamaki
First Second, 2014