This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki

This One Summer - Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki

There were a few things about this graphic novel I has a problem with. For example, the art. Whilst I love the landscape and ocean spread-outs, I was not a huge fan of how the characters were drawn. Not that I didn't like the realistic representation of different people (that was actually a highlight for me). I just wasn't a fan of how they looked in general. Just wasn't pleasing to my eye. But that might just be personal preference.


Another thing I wasn't a huge fan of was the main character, Rose. She was prone to slut-shaming and being bratty and a pretty shitty friend to Windy. I was holding out hope that by the end of the graphic novel, she might have grown as a character. Unfortunately, we do not get to see this. She is still the same by the end as she was in the beginning. It was her character that really ruined the book for me.


Whilst I understand what the book was trying to say, that life isn't always going to be sunshine and rainbows, I really wanted a little more from it.


Not to say I disliked the book entirely. I did like the subplot of Jenny and Dunc... even though Dunc is a douchenozzle and deserves to be kicked in the balls. I was engaged with their story and am glad we got to have a bit of closure on that.


All in all, it's not a bad book. It has its weaknesses but I think if you like contemporary reads being told in a visual format, you may enjoy this book.