All Summer Long, by Hope Larson

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Bina thought her summer was all planned out. Sure, she's thirteen now but does that mean summer has to change?

According to her best friend Austin it does. He says says they’re too old to do the Summer Fun Index. Worse he’s going to soccer camp for an entire month.

Without Austin around Bina has a lot of free time. More than she can fill with streaming TV, her guitar, or music.

Bina finds an unlikely companion in Austin’s older sister. But in a summer where everything is changing Bina isn’t sure if she’ll be able to hold onto either of them or if it’s time to let them go in All Summer Long (2018) by Hope Larson.

All Summer Long is Larson’s latest standalone comic. It’s a perfect summery read down to the vibrant orange and yellow palette throughout the interior pages.

Larson manages to create a dynamic and fast-paced story even while focusing on Bina's own introspection as she tries to figure out who she wants to be friends with and maybe even who she wants to be.

Bina's summer soul searching is interspersed with a tentative new friendship, babysitting adventures, music, and her family's growing excitement as her older brother and his husband prepare to adopt their first child.

All Summer Long is a frothy, fun graphic novel. Perfect for music lovers, musicians, and anyone who is still trying to figure everything out.

Possible Pairings: Pashmina by Nidhi Chainani, Two Summers by Aimee Friedman, All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson, Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly, Infinite in Between by Carolyn Mackler, The Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes, Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

*An advance copy of this title was provided by the publisher for review consideration*

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funny lighthearted fast-paced


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This was super cute and fun. It was honest and sweet, the art was good, and the characters felt very real.

CW: Minor sexual innuendo

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One summer, one friendship, and tons of things that will be changing.

I have been meaning to read this one since before it came out, and I am very delighted that I finally have a chance to do it. And it was quite fun!

I will be making a good/bad review as I do want to write a review.

-Male/Female relationship without the possibility of romance. Thank you. I am always happy to see this in books as many others turn a fabulous friendship in romance. Girls and boys can have a friendship without any romance. I have had and still have quite a few of those.
-The art!
-The fact that eventually Bina found other things to enjoy and to do when her best friend wasn't there. Like babysitting, going to concerts, becoming friends with her best friend's sister (eventually), making music.
-That shew as able to meet her idol.
-I loved that she was able to make music and that she practised hard on her guitar skills.
-That they, up till this year, had a book with all sorts of fun things and how much points it was worth.

-That Austin didn't even think to just talk to her normally about things. Instead he decided on ignoring her and sending as little texts as possible. Which I found a dickmove. I get that he was worried about his campmates, but this was just mean. Bina was totally confused about things and it made her very unhappy to have her best friend just dump her like that. This was something that made me like the story less. And then it took him ages before he finally confessed why he was acting all weird. Like I say with other books, people need to freaking talk more.
-That Bina would just climb into her best friend's home because she lost the key. What? I get he is your best friend, but you can't just break in.
-That she let herself be bossed around by her best friend's sister. Yes, she was kind, but there were moments that I just wanted to shake the girl. Leaving someone alone with a tiny kid while she has no experience in babysitting is a giant big no no.
-When she met her idol, I was very happy but it became a bit cringy quite fast. I am sorry, but your idol is still talking to you and you just walk away? Awkward!
-I did think it was a bit sad that, without Austin, Bina just didn't know what to do with her life. Um? That is not good.
-Oh, and that Bina just goes into Austin's room when he isn't there. Girl, privacy? Please?

As you can see there are good and bad. I still had fun reading it, but it wasn't as good as I had hoped.

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emotional hopeful


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lighthearted relaxing fast-paced

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funny lighthearted relaxing fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


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lighthearted reflective fast-paced


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Friendships, differences, getting along well with others, growing up

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emotional funny hopeful lighthearted fast-paced