Review: This One Summer
Cory Doctorow reviews Jillian and Mariko Tamaki's brilliant coming-of-age graphic novel for young adults.
This One Summer is a beautiful, haunting young-adult graphic novel by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki, cousins from Toronto whose work spans media from prose to film to comics.
It's the story of Rose and Windy, a pair of adolescent girls who are "summer friends," meeting every year in a lakeside cottage-town where their families rent adjacent summer places. This year, Rose and Windy's lives are in the liminal state between girlhood and adolescence, something they're both painfully aware of, but unable to readily admit.
The Tamakis spin a story that is every bit as bittersweet as the great coming-of-age stories, a modern Stand By Me or Breakfast Club. Jillian Tamaki's art is spectacular in an understated and finely controlled way, an economy of line that reveals deep emotion and movement through hints and glimpses. And Mariko Tamaki's writing manages to wind together a small-town love-story, a parental marriage on the rocks, and the weird world of sexuality seen from the near side of puberty into a whole that is both dreamily nostalgic and immediate and sharp.
This One Summer is one of those books with the power to change young peoples' lives, to become a guidebook and a touchstone through adolescent turbulence. It's wonderful.
This One Summer
Writer/artist Ingrid Burrington has published a book called Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure, which sketches the physical extrusions of the internet into New York City’s streets and buildings, and makes especial note of how much of that infrastructure has been built as part of the post 9/11 surveillance […]
High-end printers began decorating the edges of books as the craft developed, including dyeing and gilding the edges, but in the 17th century, artisans began creating fore-edge paintings that could only be seen when books were fanned. Below is another example:
Since 2015, our family has been in love with Dana Simpson’s Phoebe and Her Unicorn books, a kind of modern take on Calvin and Hobbes, only Calvin is an awesome little girl, Hobbes is a unicorn, and the parental figures can see and interact with the unicorn, but are not freaked out because she generates a SHIELD OF BORINGNESS. Now, the insanely prolific Simpson has released the fourth collection in the series: Razzle Dazzle Unicorn: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure.
If you own a dog, you’ve most likely heard of BarkBox – the monthly subscription box for dogs. What started as a simple idea to try out the subscription model on pet owners has since developed a cult following of dog lovers. If you haven’t given it a try yet, this one month free deal is the […]
With the iPhone headphone jack having gone by the wayside, we’re excited about the addition of the FRANKLIN Bluetooth Headphones in our store. These headphones are foldable so they’re easy to carry around, but most importantly, they pack impressive sound. Our biggest struggle with Bluetooth headphones is the worry of them dying at the worst moment. This pair lasts an impressive 8-10 […]
Evan Kimbrell, founder of the digital agency Sprintkick, recently released a series of online courses that feature some of the best advice we’ve come across. These courses are well worth your time, and will save you from making many typical mistakes down the line if you ever want to start your own business.With this Business […]