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  • Review: This One Summer

    Review: This One Summer

    Cory Doctorow reviews Jillian and Mariko Tamaki's brilliant coming-of-age graphic novel for young adults.

    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.

    One Summer


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