For every book we read during the book club, one of our book club members will write a review. This way anyone who couldn’t be there, can still join in with the fun! Our thirteenth YA book is This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki and the review is written by Muriël de Kroon.
I’m just going to be honest. This One Summer was kind of the first graphic novel I ever read (not counting regular comics like Donald Duck and stuff). It was my first real book-thing. But right, the arty person I am, I’m gonna tell you that I really like the drawings. I like the way they’re drawn and everything.
The story on the other hand, it didn’t really say something, I guess. It’s an easy read, but there’s not really a story inside it. It had no meaning to me, and call me old-fashioned or whatever, but I like it when a story has a meaning. I fully believe that with some parts, like the one with her mother, you could get so much more out of it. I think it’s a loss really, because I think that if you would look at the story again and make it less flat and more meaningful and more worked out, the book would be so awesome. I mean with the cool drawings in it and then also a nice story, that would be just kinda perfect.
So I would recommend the book for people who like drawings and to just look at that and don’t really care about the story inside it, for people who, like me, also care about a good story, I guess there are a lot more awesome graphic novels with a better story. If you know any, I would like to hear it.