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Banned Book Review: This One Summer

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

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This One Summer

This One Summer

By Mariko Tamaki

Reviewed by Jen Solis, Cheyenne, WY

This charming coming-of-age graphic novel introduces its young protagonist to some of the realities of adulthood.

The main character watches her mother struggle with depression and tension in her marriage. She also hears the teens in the community refer to a pregnant teen as a "slut" and sees her shunned by the alleged father of the child.

When the pregnant teen tries to drown herself in the lake, The main character's mother saves her, and confesses her depression was caused by a miscarriage she experienced while swimming in the lake the previous summer. She had been suffering in silence, as many women in that situation tend to do.

While the characters in the book deal with some difficult things, the thread of a young girl navigating the space between childhood and adolescence remains.


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