This One Summer

this one summer cover imageThis One Summer

by Mariko & Jillian Tamaki
Middle Readers/Graphic Novels
First Second Books
Paperback, 320 pages
$17.99

This One Summer, a collaboration between cousins Jillian and Mariko Tamaki, discusses and illuminates sensitive issues facing contemporary teen readers. At the center of the graphic novel is the friendship between Rose and Windy, two girls just entering their teen years and who spend every summer together on Awago Beach, where their families have summer homes. Rose and Windy soon find their friendship being challenged as they confront serious questions regarding sexuality, pregnancy, and mental illness.  Along with an engaging plot, Jillian Tamaki’s illustration style is striking and rhythmic with splashes and hues of indigo invoking a vibrant and whimsical tone.  This graphic novel is no run-of-the-mill comic— This One Summer will resonate with teens and adults alike.