Saturday, July 7, 2018

[Graphic Novel Review] All Summer Long by Hope Larson

Graphic Novel Review of All Summer Long by Hope Larson

All Summer Long by Hope Larson is a heartwarming and very relatable graphic novel about a thirteen year old girl who finds her true self over the course of just one summer.

Let's dive in!

All Summer Long by 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.

My thoughts:
This was the perfect read for a warm summer day!

I loved how realistic this story was! While I'm far outside of the target demographic here, I really connected with the main character, Bina. A lot of what she went through reminded me of things that I dealt with at her age.

The other characters in the story were interesting, even if they weren't the nicest to Bina. There were quite a few times where I wanted to shout, "Be nice to Bina! Being thirteen is hard!"

There was a fun level of humor in the novel as well that made me chuckle from time to time. This was one of my favorites:

This is totally the mom I want to be:

The overall storyline was wonderful! I really enjoyed the musical element and I loved watching Bina grow as a character. I would definitely like to see another edition or two so we could see her again in eighth grade and high school!

My favorite passage:
Lots of people spend forever looking for something they care about. Sometimes they never find it. But you already have, and you're doin' it, and you're gonna be great.

My final thoughts:
I really enjoyed this! I would definitely recommend it simply based on how realistic and humorous it is! This is definitely one I would highly recommend to middle grade graphic novel fans, and especially to eleven, twelve, and thirteen year olds!

Thanks for reading!
What is your favorite graphic novel set in the summer?


  1. You had me at heartwarming and relatable!

    1. :-D It's so cute! I'd love to see your thoughts!

  2. I really liked this one too! It's really easy to relate to Bina, and it's a fun one for summer.


  3. I’m not a huge fan of the artwork but it looks like it’d be a really fun read.

    1. Me either, it was a bit too... sketch-ish. If that makes any sense.