Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2018
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: All Teens
A coming-of-age middle-grade graphic novel about summer and friendships, written and illustrated by the Eisner Award–winning and New York Times–bestselling Hope Larson.
Thirteen-year-old Bina has a long summer ahead of her. She and her best friend, Austin, usually do everything together, but he's off to soccer camp for a month, and he's been acting kind of weird lately anyway. So it's up to Bina to see how much fun she can have on her own. At first it's a lot of guitar playing, boredom, and bad TV, but things look up when she finds an unlikely companion in Austin's older sister, who enjoys music just as much as Bina. But then Austin comes home from camp, and he's acting even weirder than when he left. How Bina and Austin rise above their growing pains and reestablish their friendship and respect for their differences makes for a touching and funny coming-of-age story.
Hope Larson always writes great books. All Summer Long is the perfect summer read for teens. I enjoyed the art, which did a great job of expressing Bina’s feelings - boredom, loneliness, hope, awkwardness. I think that people who enjoyed Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson will love All Summer Long, too.