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Anime Night

December 2 | 6:30-8:30 pm

Do you love anime, manga or cosplay? Then this event is for you. Join us for an Anime viewing where you vote on the Anime we watch.

This One Summer

(2014)

I read This One Summer in one sitting. With no bathroom breaks! For a 320 page graphic novel, that’s really saying something.

The story is about a pre-teen girl named Rose and her parents taking their yearly summer trip to their lake house. This is something Rose normally looks forward to, but the tension between her parents is disturbing. Something is haunting her mother and it can’t be dispelled, even by her father. Rose doesn’t seem to have much refuge, even finding herself arguing with her slightly younger friend/neighbor on the beach Windy. The two are suddenly at odds, with Rose now interested in doing “grown up things” like watching gory movies, while all Windy wants to do is be a kid. The girls find themselves intrigued by a local drama between teenagers in the small town, but often disagree about what conclusions to draw about these “adult” events, which eventually become life-threatening.

This is a story with a fascinating slow boil to an intense conclusion, with everything coming to a head almost at once. Despite this, the story doesn’t feel contrived or too neatly tied up for real life; it remains very realistic and authentic the whole way through. This story doesn’t sugar-coat or preach, despite presenting some excellent life lessons when the characters have to deal with true problems. The writing is excellent, as is the art, which is done in an airy style and filled with purple melancholy tones. The art really suits the feel of the story, which is all about the bittersweet experience of growing up; although there is excitement at what lies ahead, many things are also left behind.

This is a great read for an older teen and up. For teens, this story would likely be very relatable and for adults, it immediately summons the nostalgia of adolescence. The Tamakis’ work has some serious literary merit, and that is definitely clear in Summer, which reads like a classic.

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