Reading this coming-of-age middle-grade graphic novel about summer and friendships back-to-back with Vera Brosgol’s Be Prepared made for a great reading experience, since both revolve around similar adolescent themes that naturally occur with the peak of summertime.
Thirteen-year-old music-loving 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.
I’ll start off by noting that I was a tiny bit thrown off from the start with the author’s choice to include “Infiniflix” and “Filtergram” (aka Netflix and Instagram) as I personally prefer not to have social media in books if it’s made up names. But once I gradually got used to it, I was yet again left scratching my head upon seeing Bina rip CDs from her friend… Does Spotify not exist in this world then??
Aside from that minor hindrance, I did have an enjoyable time reading about Bina’s summer adventures, so I’d like to highlight some of the noteworthy moments (both random and not) that I gathered from All Summer Long:
A band called “ASMR” was worth it all.Bold artwork that shows itself in show-stopping panels like the above.
I highlighted the above because having Bina call someone out on their act by acknowledging the important distinction between being nice and appearing nice was grand.
He probably got fired from Del Taco because they got a new thing called FR E SH A VOCA DO.
And true to the comparison I presented at the start of my review with Vera Brosgol’s Be Prepared, this graphic novel ended on a sweet note for more and more.
ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Expected publication: May 1st, 2018