on May 6th 2014
Genres: graphic novels
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Powell's • Indiebound
Am I the only person that did not have a ‘summer friend’? Surely not. But whenever I read a story about that special friendships kids have for 3 months, it makes me a bit wistful. The only creatures I had in my life for summertime was the pigs I raised to show at the county fair.
This is the story of one summer in the life of Rose and Windy’s, whose families rent summer houses on the same stretch of beach. We meet the girls in the throws of the awkward tween years. There are changing bodies and secret crushes. Rose’s Mom is depressed and fighting with her dad. The dialogue is spare, sometimes it is up to the beautiful illustrations to tell the story. They are beautiful in both their simpleness and their detail.
The book evokes the confusion and angst of growing up and not knowing your place in the world.
Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It’s their getaway, their refuge. Rosie’s friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose’s mom and dad won’t stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. It’s a summer of secrets and sorrow and growing up, and it’s a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.