This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki

An almost painfully realistic story of youth, “This One Summer” is captivating from start to finish. The story follows teenager Rose who is visiting Awago beach for the summer with her family. They always go there, but this year is different because Rose’s parents are having issues, which are only explained later on. Rose looks forward to this vacation every year since it’s the only time she gets to see her friend, Windy, who is younger and more spontaneous than Rose. Conflict between Windy and Rose arises and Rose tries to befriend Duncan, who is much older and a bad influence. Rose has to deal with her parents’ troubles as well as her own, and is forced to choose what kind of life she wants to live. 

Review by Lisa, Teen Reviewer