Hey guys! So it’s been a busy week here at this mishmash blog and I think we’ll be ending with this book for now, unless I get some last minute inspiration for another post, lol
The major reason I picked this title up was because I’d seen it before and heard good things about it. The second reason is that the art felt very manga-like and not comicy (there is a difference in my eyes! lol). It was the style that made it feel like this to me but also the fact that it was in monochrome, using just the one bluish, purple tint in everything. And speaking of the art, I already mentioned I liked how it felt like a manga, but I also really liked how fluid and free and expressive the characters were, especially Windy. Plus the attention to detail in the illustrations!
But what is this book about? Basically what the title says: This One Summer. I found this to be sort of lacking but also very nice. We have Rose, who has gone back to Awago Beach with her family and is hanging out with her best friend Windy, and is also finding herself in the middle of her parents constant fighting and some Awago drama. That’s all. There is no actual plot or even moral of the story, which could turn some people off but the story that we get is very explicit
It’s kind of like a coming of age story since we have preteens Rose and Windy starting to take notice of their bodies and saying they want big boobs, and even noticing the opposite sex and feeling attraction, possibly even jealousy of existing relationships. We have them taking notice of the different types of relationships guys and girls can be in and what they can imply (friends vs. lovers, the term slut). The book also touches upon topics like suicide, abortion, protection, miscarriages, and the different relationships a child can have with both parents based on omitted information (and that it isn’t always sunshine and rainbows)
In a sense, we just have two teens being teens and being exposed to certain topics and how they come to deal with them. They’re not always the right way and I like how this book doesn’t judge the characters. It’s a sort of “it just is” feel, which made me like it even more
Overall, I ended up giving this book a 4.5. The reason I didn’t give it the full 5 stars is because, while a great read, I also felt like I needed more. Did Rose and her parents ever talk about the issues that plagued them? Did the Awago drama ever get solved? How did Rose grow as a character? But like the title says, this is about the one summer. We don’t really get the after. And if it wasn’t clear, I definitely do recommend this book