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This One Summer: 09/13/15
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki is a graphic novel about a strained family trip. Every year Rose and her family go to Awago Beach. It's usually a chance for Rose to connect with her best friend Windy but this summer's different; Rose's parents aren fighting and it's taking a toll on her friendship with Windy.
Told in beautiful shades of blue, Rose's story is one that unfolds like a series of overheard conversations. They are the ones that are heard unexpectedly in awkwardly public places. They are the ones that teenagers hear and are finally old enough to understand. They are in the arguments shouted loud enough for neighbors to hear.
And then there are the quiet moments to take in the surroundings of Awago Beach. Were this a Japanese film, these spreads would be the pillow shots.