Skim & This One Summer Review [cc]

Skim & This One Summer Review [cc]


♫ It’s a godawful small affair ♫ To the girl with the mousy hair ♫ Two weeks and I’m still singing that. Get your act together, woman. (exaggeratedly clears throat) Hi Guys, I’m Shelly, and today I wanted to talk to you about two books that have rocked my world in the last couple of months. And they are by an author
named Mariko Tamaki, and an illustrator named Jillian Tamaki. And they are cousins, and they write the most beautiful books together. And I’m here to tell you about them. Both these books are graphic novels. They are written by Mariko and illustrated by Jillian. And the two of them together, they have this perfect pairing. The illustrations match
the dialogue in such a way that I have never seen. They depict teenage
life, teenage thoughts, puberty, family dynamics so well. I have fallen in love with these books, so I’m going to start talking about Skim, which is the first one that I read. Skim is a 16 year old teenage girl who goes to a private school. And she has recently become interested in goth and Wicca. She has a new teacher in her school who is all kind of
Bohemian and Wicca like. He’s taken to her and sort
of started idolizing her, and has formed a crush on her. And this is about Skim’s
story about how she evolves as a person. I will start with a quote straight away that is just perfect. It just sums up everything. “Being 16 is officially the
worst thing I’ve ever been.” And it’s true. When you’re 16 years old and stuck in those teenage years, and you can’t see your way out, it is the worst possible
thing in the world. The artwork of that particular moment, she’s just kind of slamming
out of the high school door. And it’s just, look at these drawings. They’re beautiful. They sum up the grumpiness and the fuzz that you live
in when you’re 16 years old. What I love about this
book is the reality of it. With many YA books, and with many coming of age books, teenagers talk about their feelings, they get things done, they get the sudden urge of something, and they go and have an adventure. In real life, what do we do? We spend the whole weekend, 3 or 4 days, just sat on our bed,
mulling over something. We get obsessions about
the smallest things, whether it be fandom, whether it be a particular genre of music, whether it be something. We grab hold of something to give ourselves an identity. And this is what this book is about. Skim spends days just sat on the sofa, dealing with her own head, and the fact that she
has a crush on somebody. She is obsessed with Wicca, and that is her way of
trying to find an identity. Mariko’s writing in the
story has such a basis in the reality of becoming a teenager. I love this book. I love the self-expression of it. I love the artwork of it. It’s so beautiful. It looks at the fact
that Skim may be bisexual or a lesbian, or she is
dealing with her sexuality. There’s a part of the review on Goodreads that kind of wraps up this book perfectly. “It deals with suicide, depression, love, “being gay, not being gay, “crushes, cliques, finding
a way to be your own “full human self.” And I related to it so, so much. The artwork is beautiful,
the writing is beautiful. And so because I fell
in love with this one, I then went on to order from the library the second book that the
cousins did together, which is This One Summer. It’s done in these kind
of blue dull colors, but at the same time you have these gorgeous landscape moments because it is based on the summer holidays of these two girls. This is Rose and that’s Windy. Every summer holidays their family go to the same beach. And they have this friendship going on which is truly Mag-Freaking-Nificent. They’re both about 13
I think in this book, 12, 13, I’m not really sure. Instead of looking at
the later years of 16, 17 when you’ve already kind
of gone through puberty, this is from the start. And this is the look of a friendship while these two girls are
going through puberty. Again, it’s so based on reality. The family dynamic in
this book is brilliant. Rose’s family is kind of
dealing with some problems. And the way they do it, instead of having a big row, they get on with their daily life, and they push through, and they do what they
have to do to get through. And that is so real life to me. There’s a surprising plot in this as well about slut shaming. One of the local girls at the
beach has become pregnant. Everybody’s having a go at her, and nobody is having a go at
the guy who got her pregnant who is completely ignoring her. So it’s a great look at sexism, and slut shaming, and how we blame the
woman for being pregnant when the guy is right there and should be taking
responsibility as well. She’s carrying your baby, you doofus. It has a look at body image, it has a look at growing up
and getting crushes on people. And the kind of weird thing
that comes between friendship when one has a crush on somebody, and the other one doesn’t
really know about it, or doesn’t really approve of it. I have this kind of
weird feeling about Windy that there is a backstory there. And that’s what I love about the books. You can see different aspects of the lives of all the
different characters just veering off. You just get little glimpses that they have whole lives, that they are whole people, they are whole characters. Ah man, I’m rambling so
much about these books, but I have loved them. I’ve 5 stared both of them. I mean, just look at that artwork. It is stunning. I cannot wait to see what these cousins come up with next. I think that their collaboration together is just going to get better and better. And I will be collecting
the rest of their books. So that was Skim and This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. I hope you guys enjoyed my
rambling about these books. And maybe you’d like to come talk to me about them in the comments. Thanks for watching, and
I will see you guys soon. Bye. Mariko Tamaki. Say this right, for the
love of ……. Monkey Dust.

6 thoughts on “Skim & This One Summer Review [cc]

  1. I just love how you talk about books that no one else is talking about on BookTube. Your reviews are smashing, and not rambly like you think.

  2. I love your Shelly-randomness! Needless to say, you've made these books sound amazing – oh, no! I'm one of those people!!! You know, the one's who state the obvious like, 'it's raining' when everyone is getting wet. Anyway, totally agree with you 16 sucks – but I'd say anything pre-23 sucks too.

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