Graphic novels are something I’ve really come to enjoy! So when I heard of My Last Summer with Cass I was really excited. Today is my spot on the book tour hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. Today I want to tell you about My Last Summer with Cass and what I thought. Keep on reading to find out more!
A big thanks to the publisher for providing me with an e-arc to read and review.
My Last Summer With Cass by Mark Crilley
Genre: Young Adult Graphic Novel
Publishing Date: March 16, 2021
This One Summer meets The Edge of Seventeen in this poignant coming-of-age YA graphic novel about two childhood friends at a crossroads in their lives and art—from the author of Mastering Manga. Megan and Cass have been joined at the brush for as long as they can remember. For years, while spending summers together at a lakeside cabin, they created art together, from sand to scribbles . . . to anything available. Then Cass moved away to New York.
When Megan finally convinces her parents to let her spend a week in the city, too, it seems like Cass has completely changed. She has tattoos, every artist in the city knows her—she even eats chicken feet! At least one thing has stayed the same: They still make their best art together.
But when one girl betrays the other’s trust on the eve of what is supposed to be their greatest artistic feat yet, can their friendship survive? Can their art?
Friendship is a big part of our lives and especially so when we’re teenagers. Not many YA stories are about friendship and I loved that this graphic novel followed two friends. The artwork is stunning and the style had me looking at all the details as I was reading. I was loving it so much that I read My Last Summer with Cass in one sitting!
We follow the friends Cass and Megan. It starts off with them seeing each other every year during the summer. Things happen and one summer that stops. When they’re 17 they get together in New York and I think My Last Summer with Cass really shows how friendships evolve. Time away from each other and changes in a family can really influence the friendship. Even though we don’t want to grow apart from each other, sometimes it’s inevitable or decided by choices we make.
The characters are well developed and the author really made me feel for them and what was happening. The only thing I had issues with was the pacing. I know it’s a graphic novel, but it was rather fast. I feel like a little more depth and time with the characters and events that take place would’ve given this story the little bit more I was looking for! Other than that, I have to say I really enjoyed My Last Summer with Cass. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this author for more books in the future.
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About the Author
Mark Crilley was raised in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from Kalamazoo College, he traveled to Taiwan and Japan, where he taught English for nearly five years. It was during his stay in Japan that he created the Eisner Award–nominated comic Akiko on the Planet Smoo, which spawned a series of graphic novels and prose novel adaptations. In 1998, Mark Crilley was named to Entertainment Weekly’s It List of the 100 most creative people in entertainment.
Books that have a friendship as main theme aren’t something that I find often. And that’s sad, because I really like when a friendship is such a big part of a story. What’s your favorite friendship themed book? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.