Wednesday, June 4, 2014

REVIEW: This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki

Rose and Windy are friends who only see each other on their annual summer vacation at Awago Beach. Here they become sisters for a few weeks and experience the lackadaisical life of a kid on vacation. Windy is pretty much the same, dancing like no one is watching (one of my favorite two page spreads) and talking of experiences of the eccentric gatherings her masseuse mother dragged her to during the year. Rose is a year and half older than Windy. She is becoming more and more rooted in the ground of the realities we face as we age while Windy is still a breeze of imagination and freedom. Rose's parents have been fighting and there is a distance growing between the two of them and now her. Her father leaves for a few days leaving her at Awago Beach with her ever reclusive mother. As all this is happening Rose is developing a crush on the slacker who works at the general store. There she and Windy borrow movies that are rated R and overhear conversations of older teenagers who are discussing their own summer mistakes. The navy blue on white drawings leave you seeing the pages like a kid who has been in the sun for far too long and then has to go inside. An iridescent vision of summer days. While cloudy in some spots when the story is trying to get to the meat of the problems at hand it accurately portrays the thoughts and moods of two preteens who are moving towards becoming full fledged teenagers. It is a quick read with depth. Let This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamamki wash over you like the strong summer sun.

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