Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for My Last Summer with Cass by Mark Crilley. I was so excited when we scheduled this tour and couldn’t wait to start. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.
Thank you to Mark Crilley and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for providing me with an ARC for this review.
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.
About The Book
Title: My Last Summer with Cass
Author: Mark Crilley
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: March 16, 2021
Page Length: 256
Genre: Graphic Novel | Contemporary
Age Range: YA
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?
Content Warning: full frontal nudity (depicted in artwork)
I loved My Last Summer with Cass. It was a cute, simple story about friendship and how strong it is. It has been a long while since I have read a story about just friendship – childhood friendship, especially in YA. Usually, the friendship turns into more, but I’m so glad that Mark didn’t go that way in this story. It also deals with the concept of artwork and the socialization of it and how it is expressed. This deals with self confidence, security, and dealing with expectations (family’s, friend’s and society’s). There were many points in the story that I was near tears – both because of the narrative and the art style.
The art style was beautiful. The character’s faces were full of expression and details. Mark managed to make the characters “soft” in art, but still strong and opinionated in personality. I loved the use of colour and how each panel had a dominant tone to it – some blue, golden, green, purple – all depending on the emotions, characters, or environment.