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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 t 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 now! 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?


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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 t 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 now! 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?

30 review for My Last Summer with Cass

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest This is one of the best graphic novels I've read in a while. The whole time I was reading, I kept thinking about how much it felt like a movie, envisioning the soundtrack, mentally casting my favorite actors for the roles. The emotions, the story, the characters-- it was all so vivid and well done. Also, I loved the way the author wrote and drew the two female characters. Dude authors get a lot of criticism for the way they write women-- Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest This is one of the best graphic novels I've read in a while. The whole time I was reading, I kept thinking about how much it felt like a movie, envisioning the soundtrack, mentally casting my favorite actors for the roles. The emotions, the story, the characters-- it was all so vivid and well done. Also, I loved the way the author wrote and drew the two female characters. Dude authors get a lot of criticism for the way they write women-- sometimes justifiably so-- but this was just a beautiful portrayal of two artists' coming of age and I loved it. Told in three parts, it's about the friendship between Megan and Cass. Megan is kind of an obedient girly-girl and Cass is more of a rebellious tomboy but they are both aspiring artists who come from small Midwestern towns, reuniting every summer at a shared cabin in the woods because their parents are friends. In part two, they are both teens going off to college but Megan has the opportunity to stay with Cass in New York. New York is a swoop of color and culture for Megan, who gets to experience art and life in a totally new way. This portion felt like a love letter to big cities, and to art, and how sometimes defining who we are as people means chipping away at uncomfortable boundaries and experiencing growing pains we might not be ready for. This proves to be the case for Megan, who ends up pushing herself too far and freaks out, resulting in a calamitous incident that might just be the end of her friendship with Cass forever. ...Or is it? Seriously, this was such a beautiful graphic-novel and so life-affirming. It captures how I felt as a teen so well, and I think the author did a really fantastic job just letting his characters speak for themselves without any kind of authorly agenda. I hope this does end up as a movie one day because I would totally watch it. The ending moved me to tears because of how it brought everything back full circle. Anyone who loves art, big city life, and female friendships should read this book. It was so, so good. Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review! 5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I received an ARC of this book for free from The Novl in exchange for an honest review. I give this book 3.5 stars which rounds up to 4. The strongest part of this book was how it portrayed a complicated friend dynamic. It explored their past as childhood friends, then their last summer together in New York, and then finally revisited them a few years later. It really highlighted the highs and the lows of their friendship well. Since this is a graphic novel, I have to talk about the artwork. I ha I received an ARC of this book for free from The Novl in exchange for an honest review. I give this book 3.5 stars which rounds up to 4. The strongest part of this book was how it portrayed a complicated friend dynamic. It explored their past as childhood friends, then their last summer together in New York, and then finally revisited them a few years later. It really highlighted the highs and the lows of their friendship well. Since this is a graphic novel, I have to talk about the artwork. I had an ARC so the art was not in full color. But I did look through the book preview on Amazon and saw it in full color and the coloring was amazing! However, I wanted a little bit more from the story. The plot is incredibly basic and I would have liked for it to have been more nuanced. It’s also very fast paced and would have benefited from a slower pace, especially after the main conflict happened. It jumped from the main conflict to three years later so fast. I would have liked to seen the aftermath of it play out more (most of it happened off page), especially in regards to Megan and her parents. Overall, I enjoyed this graphic novel, but ultimately was left wanting more. If you like art or are an artist yourself, you may like this one!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paige Green

    Disclaimer: I received this arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: My Last Summer with Cass Author: Mark Crilley Book Series: Standalone Rating: 4/5 Recommended For...: graphic novel readers, ya readers, contemporary lovers Publication Date: March 16, 2021 Genre: YA Contemporary Graphic Novel Recommended Age: 12+ (losing a friend) Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 256 Synopsis: Megan and Cass have been joined at the brush for as long as they can remember. For y Disclaimer: I received this arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: My Last Summer with Cass Author: Mark Crilley Book Series: Standalone Rating: 4/5 Recommended For...: graphic novel readers, ya readers, contemporary lovers Publication Date: March 16, 2021 Genre: YA Contemporary Graphic Novel Recommended Age: 12+ (losing a friend) Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 256 Synopsis: 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? Review: I really liked that this was a graphic novel book. The artwork is absolutely gorgeous and I loved how the author drew the two girls. I thought the story was pretty good. The characters were pretty well developed as well and this is a super quick read if you’re in a time crunch! The only things I felt could have been better was the pacing (it was too quick for me to get attached to the story) and the character development, which I think suffered because of the quick pacing. I also felt like the book didn’t have a solid conflict. I understand losing a friend all too well, but maybe I’m at an age and place in my life where that doesn’t affect me anymore or as much. However, I can see where that can be a worldending event for teens and I totally recommend this for teens who have went through this or who fear this thing happening. Verdict: It’s a solid friendship novel.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    3.5 Stars 2021 Popsugar Challenge - A book by a blogger, vlogger, YouTube personality, or other online personality

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    My last summer with Cass is a thought provoking book about friendships, how much they shape us, what they mean to us, and how much you have to work for them. The art in this is beautiful and the color pallet was very soothing. I loved the development of both girls, and how both had flaws to work though. I received a free copy from Netgalley for my honest opinion.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cracked Spines

    ARC Review CWs: underage alcohol use, mild peer pressure. OVERALL: My Last Summer With Cass is a really cute graphic novel about friendship and art. It’s a quick, easy read, but tackles some important discussions and made me think about some things. I think this book is targeted towards the younger end of YA but I really enjoyed it! PLOT: Overall I loved the plot. I liked seeing Cass and Megan’s friendship evolve. The only thing I didn’t like was the pacing; it felt a bit too fast. I would’ve prefe ARC Review CWs: underage alcohol use, mild peer pressure. OVERALL: My Last Summer With Cass is a really cute graphic novel about friendship and art. It’s a quick, easy read, but tackles some important discussions and made me think about some things. I think this book is targeted towards the younger end of YA but I really enjoyed it! PLOT: Overall I loved the plot. I liked seeing Cass and Megan’s friendship evolve. The only thing I didn’t like was the pacing; it felt a bit too fast. I would’ve preferred the book to be a bit longer and the pacing slowed down a bit. ART: The art style was really pretty, and the style combined with the soft colors was really soothing! THEME: I’m an artist so reading a book about artists was really fun. Throughout the book, both Megan and Cass’s art styles changed as they grew older, and Megan especially struggled to find her artistic voice. There is also some discussion of peer pressure in this book, which I liked a lot. For a while I thought it wouldn’t be addressed, but it was, and the specific situation in the book made me think a lot about what really counts as peer pressure and when peer pressure is okay. The line between positive and negative peer pressure is pretty blurry and this book walked right on it. CHARACTERS: Both main characters (Megan and Cass) were really interesting characters with a lot of depth. They were both very dynamic as well. I liked the side characters a lot too, and actually wish we’d gotten to see more of them. I understand why that wasn’t possible because of the POV of the book, but it would’ve been nice to incorporate them a bit more somehow!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christany

    I really loved this book! It's a graphic novel about art and friendships, about following your passions and finding your own voice, and the importance of keeping promises. The art and colors are as lovely as the story. I think this book resonates especially strongly with me as someone who's had a childhood friend I've grown up with into my adult years. I recognized the push and pull of best friends shifting from a seemingly single organism into two distinct people who suddenly see the world in di I really loved this book! It's a graphic novel about art and friendships, about following your passions and finding your own voice, and the importance of keeping promises. The art and colors are as lovely as the story. I think this book resonates especially strongly with me as someone who's had a childhood friend I've grown up with into my adult years. I recognized the push and pull of best friends shifting from a seemingly single organism into two distinct people who suddenly see the world in different ways, but still have a certain connection from all those years spent together. Maybe I'm biased, but I thought this was a really lovely and emotionally satisfying read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Burton

    Thank you Novl, for the free ARC of My Summer With Cass! This was a very sweet book about adolescent friendship and art. Cass and Megan are both artists but with very different upbringings. They spend their 17th summer together in NYC exploring their art and identities. I really like the art in this book, and can’t imagine how beautiful it will be colored in.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sara (A Gingerly Review)

    I liked this one. FRTC. **I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review**

  10. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    My Last Summer with Cass is a sweet coming of age and friendship story. Cass and Megan are childhood friends who have a love of art together. The story begins with them as small girls then skips to their teens and ends with college. It’s a quick read and the art is really beautiful.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Catrina

    I LOVED the artwork... so beautiful!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Peoria Public Library

    Katy rated it 4 stars.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Briana

    Source: ARC from giveaway Review to come

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alissa

    There will be (mostly) no spoilers here. There WILL be teasers, though... But everyone loves teasers. One way to ensure I'll read your graphic novel? Or at least have it catch my interest? Make it about art. Think The Sculptor, which was fan-fucking-tabulous in so many ways! Also, market it as a read-alike for This One Summer, another book I adored so much I bought my own copy rather than count on my library to have it on the shelf whenever I wanted to revisit the story. That's because not only a There will be (mostly) no spoilers here. There WILL be teasers, though... But everyone loves teasers. One way to ensure I'll read your graphic novel? Or at least have it catch my interest? Make it about art. Think The Sculptor, which was fan-fucking-tabulous in so many ways! Also, market it as a read-alike for This One Summer, another book I adored so much I bought my own copy rather than count on my library to have it on the shelf whenever I wanted to revisit the story. That's because not only am I a sucker for Cute Friendship Stories, but I'm also an artist. I'm not quirky like Taja or edgy like Cass or even experimental to the point all my art looks as though it was sculpted out of Gak and cat vomit (like the gallery show the girls visited). I just like to paint the sea and the clouds and the moon...and I use far too many bright colors for anything to even be considered remotely realistic. And sparkles. Loooooove the sparkles. I don't have a gallery, but I have fun and that's all that matters. So I love to read stories about artists. Especially graphic novel stories about artists. Because that just seems the appropriate genre/medium for the subject matter. Anyway... This story really resonated with me. Growing up, I was Megan. My parents were very strict and kept me on such a short leash it took me years after I moved out on my own to truly step out of that shadow of "My parents are gonna KILL me" and become who I was supposed to be. Or start becoming, since I believe the evolutionary process is a lifelong experience. But I know if I had a friend like Cass, one who tried to force me out of my shell before I was truly ready, I'd resist too. Because I'm stubborn like that. Although I doubt I'd have gone as far as Megan did to make my point. Then again, Cass kind of did have her pretentious little head pretty far up her ass for a while there. For all her talk of "honesty," she sure didn't want to hear the truth about how her friend felt. And, to be fair, Megan did try to make her point before resorting to such extreme measures. Not that I agree with what Megan did. Not that I agree with Cass either. Guess both girls were wrong. But they were both right too. Anyway... A wonderful story about friendship and forgiveness and being true to yourself. What more could a reader ask for? Oh! And the art was pretty fantastic too. The ending was cute and gave me the warm fuzzies. Some may say it's too pat, too perfect, that life never works out like that (especially after that kind of betrayal...on both girls' parts) and the ending should have been less of a Happily Ever After thing. But I loved it. Of course (view spoiler)[Megan still has to fix things with Molly when she gets back to college, so maybe not such a perfect ending after all. (hide spoiler)] p.s. What Megan did... That's Performance Art, man! Raw and angsty and edgy and totally in the moment. In a way... I dig it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Saniya (sunnysidereviews)

    My Last Summer with Cass was a heart wrenching story on how when life changes, so can relationships. It's a lovely coming of age that beautifully depicts life's ups and downs. Here's what I liked about the book... 1. The Friendship Anyone who has been through a friendship breakup or has had conflict with their close friends will deeply relate to what Megan and Cass go through. The kind of bond the two share is so incredibly precious yet so hard to come by. The novel displays their relationship in My Last Summer with Cass was a heart wrenching story on how when life changes, so can relationships. It's a lovely coming of age that beautifully depicts life's ups and downs. Here's what I liked about the book... 1. The Friendship Anyone who has been through a friendship breakup or has had conflict with their close friends will deeply relate to what Megan and Cass go through. The kind of bond the two share is so incredibly precious yet so hard to come by. The novel displays their relationship in such a heart-wrenching way, and it was very interesting to see how it would play out. 2. The Exploration of Different Art Styles My Last Summer With Cass features unique characters, with even more unique art styles. One person only uses two different shades of one color! Another creates their art very abstractly. However, my most favorite art pieces are the ones Megan and Cass create together. You can really see their different art styles work together in such an interesting way! 3. The Setting The story takes place in the bustling city of New York. In my opinion, the city Cass lives in (New York City), really resonates with her personality perfectly. It’s busy and creative, just like Cass. I thought the setting was depicted in such an intriguing way, and I really do believe that the author draws the best atmospheres I’ve ever seen. They create scenes that draw you in, and only let you go once you’ve finished the book. 4. The Captivity My Last Summer With Cass is a graphic novel that you won’t want to put down. As mentioned early, the way the art is drawn is so incredibly intriguing. It allows the readers to feel as though they are in the story, and to me, that’s incredibly beautiful. 5. The Colors The author uses colors that I’ve never seen any artist use consistently throughout graphic novels. I liked how their wasn’t much use of black. It was very refreshing to see. To top it all off, purple and blue are used quite a bit, and are used in such different emotional context as well. The colors were used in a way that portrayed every emotion the characters where experiencing in such intriguing ways. What I didn't like... 1. The Way the Conflict Was Resolved The way their friendship evolved, made me think that they were both at fault. However, I feel like the ending made it seem as though their friendship problems were all Megan's fault, which to me, wasn't necessarily fair. The Bottom Line... I recommend My Last Summer with Cass to anyone looking to read a relatable story about friendships, or to anyone looking for an emotional summer read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    MY LAST SUMMER WITH CASS is a graphic novel with themes about friendship and art. Cass and Megan have been friends since they were little, and their parents would vacation with them each summer. It was on one such vacation when they drew all over the walls that their parents realized they should enroll them in art classes (thanks to a kind landlord). As the years go by, things begin to change. The biggest change is when Cass's parents get divorced and they stop coming to the family vacations. Cas MY LAST SUMMER WITH CASS is a graphic novel with themes about friendship and art. Cass and Megan have been friends since they were little, and their parents would vacation with them each summer. It was on one such vacation when they drew all over the walls that their parents realized they should enroll them in art classes (thanks to a kind landlord). As the years go by, things begin to change. The biggest change is when Cass's parents get divorced and they stop coming to the family vacations. Cass moves with her mother to NYC, and Megan convinces her parents to let her stay with Cass while they vacation on the east coast. Megan is introduced to Cass's magical world with artists and city life. They begin to work on an art project together that is planned to be in a show. However, when push comes to shove, Megan is not ready to defend herself and her art, steering their friendship astray. What I loved: The art here is great, and the characters really come to life through the book. I appreciated that the images do most of the storytelling and this suits with the theme of the power of art perfectly. Teenagers will find that the themes of independence vs. social pressures really resonating. Megan is dealing with what her parents and others around her expect against what she feels and wants. Her character shows a lot of growth in the book, and I appreciated the ending resolution. What left me wanting more: The story is really quite simple, and I would have liked to see more of the turmoil and challenges that led to the main conflict - as well as what happened afterwards. We skip some of the fall-out as we go to the third part which is years in the future, but I feel like more of this would have been important to get a deeper dive on how this critical moment has shaped her future and changed her. Final verdict: Overall, MY LAST SUMMER WITH CASS was an intriguing graphic novel about art and friendship that will resonate with young readers. Please note that I received an ARC. All opinions are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Living My Best Book Life

    My Last Summer with Cass is a beautiful graphic novel about art and friendship. It brought a smile to my face and gave me a deeper appreciation for graphic novels. The story follows the friendship between Megan and Cass through the years. They meet at a cottage on vacation when they are about five years old and become fast friends. They discover their love for art and are hooked. Every summer they return and look forward to creating artwork together. But things start to change as they get older. C My Last Summer with Cass is a beautiful graphic novel about art and friendship. It brought a smile to my face and gave me a deeper appreciation for graphic novels. The story follows the friendship between Megan and Cass through the years. They meet at a cottage on vacation when they are about five years old and become fast friends. They discover their love for art and are hooked. Every summer they return and look forward to creating artwork together. But things start to change as they get older. Cass is dealing with her parent's divorce and it gives her a new outlook on life. And she is living in a new town. Cass and her mom move to Brooklyn and Megan wants to visit as soon as she can. But her parents are on the stricter side. Megan's dad in particular doesn't think a career in art is feasible so always tries to push her to a safer and steadier career. Megan does some pleading and her parents agree to let her visit Cass for three weeks. When Megan is in Brooklyn, she is fascinated by everything. The place, the culture, and the food are so different than anything she has experienced before. And her art is getting better. She loves that she finally feels free but sometimes it feels like Cass wants to make her change to be a person just like her. These friends go through life together and share so much. They face a few obstacles that could change their friendship forever. I give My Last Summer 4 stars. It's artistic, nostalgic, and about the beauty of friendship. The graphics are stunning and make it feel like a storyboard for a movie or show. It really added to the story and I feel like so many readers will enjoy the drawings. Megan and Cass are so different and yet their friendship and art always bring them together.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    My Last Summer with Cass is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Mark Crilley. It centers on two lifelong friends, having a summer in Brooklyn that alters them and their friendship forever. Every summer until the girls were thirteen, Cassandra's and Megan's families vacationed in the same Michigan cottage, where the two early on discovered their artistic talents. That last summer Cass' father didn't show, and Megan worried about how different Cass seemed since they used to be so much alike. My Last Summer with Cass is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Mark Crilley. It centers on two lifelong friends, having a summer in Brooklyn that alters them and their friendship forever. Every summer until the girls were thirteen, Cassandra's and Megan's families vacationed in the same Michigan cottage, where the two early on discovered their artistic talents. That last summer Cass' father didn't show, and Megan worried about how different Cass seemed since they used to be so much alike. A few years later, an ecstatic Megan has convinced her controlling parents to let her visit Cass and her now-divorced mom in Brooklyn. Cass shows Megan around her version of New York, highlighting the stark contrasts between the two girls. Cass seems determined to shock sheltered, Midwestern Megan into becoming as bold and hardened as she is. Despite Cass’ intensity, Megan opens herself to the excitement of the city and begins her journey of finding out who she is separate from her parents’ wishes. Near the end of Megan's trip, the girls collaborate on a piece that pushes Megan’s boundaries, causing her to make a decision that could cost their friendship. My Last Summer with Cass is written and constructed rather well. Through subtle, realistic lines and nostalgic, watercolor-style art, including several charming full-panel landscapes, the author creates an immersive story that will resonate with readers. Although the story is told from Megan's perspective, Cass is very much a fully realized character in this tribute to honest, authentic, creative expression. All in all, My Last Summer with Cass is a beautiful coming-of-age story about art and friendship.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Randi (Rampant Reading Reviews)

    I received an advanced copy of My Last Summer With Cass from Novl so I could share my review with you! Megan and Cass have been summer best friends since childhood. Each year, their families vacation together, giving them a blissfully short reunion once a year. As the pair grew, they discovered a mutual talent and passion for art, strengthening their bond even further. But, as the years stretch on, Cass and Megan find themselves pushed apart by circumstances beyond their control. Megan and Cass r I received an advanced copy of My Last Summer With Cass from Novl so I could share my review with you! Megan and Cass have been summer best friends since childhood. Each year, their families vacation together, giving them a blissfully short reunion once a year. As the pair grew, they discovered a mutual talent and passion for art, strengthening their bond even further. But, as the years stretch on, Cass and Megan find themselves pushed apart by circumstances beyond their control. Megan and Cass reunite for one last summer together in New York, exploring where their art will take them, even if it ends with tears rather than laughter. You can get your copy of My Last Summer With Cass on March 2nd from Little Brown and Company. As a young artist, I distinctly remember checking Mark Crilley’s, “Mastering Manga” out from my local library. When I learned that he would be publishing a young adult graphic novel this spring, I was extremely excited to see how his art style would blend with a narrative. I was not disappointed, as My Last Summer With Cass was beautiful in both its writing and illustration. My favorite part of this book was its central focus on friendship and growing up. So many friendships feel like they will last forever, even when that is rarely the case. My Last Summer With Cass perfectly captures the growing pains that accompany any childhood friendship in a stunning graphic novel format! My Recommendation- If you enjoy quick reads with manga-like illustrations, you should check out My Last Summer With Cass! This book would be a great pick for fans of character-driven narratives!

  20. 5 out of 5

    bookishly izzy

    my last summer with cass (out march 16, 2021) that centres around the close knit friendship between aspiring young artists, megan and cass. during one fateful summer, megan convinces her parents to let her stay with cass in new york city for three weeks. as small town girl megan experiences the city with cass and her new friends, she feels like a fish out of water and cass has changed so much in both lifestyle and art. cass challenges megan to break out of her shell, but it quickly becomes too m my last summer with cass (out march 16, 2021) that centres around the close knit friendship between aspiring young artists, megan and cass. during one fateful summer, megan convinces her parents to let her stay with cass in new york city for three weeks. as small town girl megan experiences the city with cass and her new friends, she feels like a fish out of water and cass has changed so much in both lifestyle and art. cass challenges megan to break out of her shell, but it quickly becomes too much when their friendship falls apart after a devastating betrayal. the book explores themes of friendship and finding your inner voice. i really loved and appreciated how the book incorporated and discussed what it's like to lose a best friend, and it was extremely relatable and well-executed. i had to physically put down the book at one point because it felt so raw and real. the emotions are so vivid, and i think that mark crilley also really used the graphic novel medium to his advantage in the angles and pacing of the book's more emotional moments. also the illustrations and line work are so beautiful, and i enjoyed how the section headers were stylized. i also appreciated the role that art played into the book: both of the main characters are artists, and you can actually see them creating art on the page. going to art galleries. seeing their art styles evolve with age and experience as they discover their styles. being an artist isn't treated as throwaway one-liner.it's a clear part of the characters' identities and each character's art reflects their unique personality. the only thing i didn't really like about the book is the pacing is a bit fast, and i would have liked it more if the characters reflect in their feelings longer. however, i understand that it's quite time consuming to draw comics, and i don't think it particularly detracts from the experience too much. i really enjoyed my last summer with cass and i'm excited to see how the final art will look!! (note: the arc is black-and-white but the finished copies will have full-colour illustrations.) thank you so much to @littlebrown for sending me an ARC of this book!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristie

    "A good friendship is like a work of art." Megan and Cass have been friends forever. Their families vacationed together since they were young, and the two girls could count on seeing each other every summer at the lakeside cabin their parents rented. It was during their time there that Megan and Cass discovered their shared love of art, and it's where they had their first collaboration and were discovered and encouraged by a woman with an eye for talent. As the girls get older, their lives change "A good friendship is like a work of art." Megan and Cass have been friends forever. Their families vacationed together since they were young, and the two girls could count on seeing each other every summer at the lakeside cabin their parents rented. It was during their time there that Megan and Cass discovered their shared love of art, and it's where they had their first collaboration and were discovered and encouraged by a woman with an eye for talent. As the girls get older, their lives change dramatically, and their summers by the lake are just memories. With college choices on the horizon, Megan manages to convince her parents to let her visit Cass in New York City for a couple of weeks, and that time changes how both young women think about themselves, their friendship, and their art. MY LAST SUMMER WITH CASS by Mark Crilley is gorgeous. The characters have depth and beauty, the art is fantastic, and the story is one that will resonate with both teens and adults. I love Crilley's illustrations because he manages to tell so much about a character in subtle ways, and this book shows that he's equally adept with words. I don't want to go into too much detail about the plot, but I encourage you to pick up this book. You can read it in one sitting, and then start it all over again to it to immerse yourself in the illustrations to fully appreciate the beauty of that part of the work. That's certainly what I did. I'll be buying MY LAST SUMMER WITH CASS for the art-loving teens in my world--in part because I don't want to part with my own copy--and I hope that this departure from his normal style isn't Crilley's last.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jill Jemmett

    Cass and Megan met when their families would rent cottages for the summer in the same town. They both loved to create art, and even got in trouble for drawing on one of the cabin walls together. When they were in high school, Cass moved to New York City with her mom. Megan went to visit her one summer, and she got a taste of Cass’s mature artist lifestyle. Cass insisted that Megan act like her, by drinking, going to parties, and painting more mature subjects. Cass and Megan decide to collaborate Cass and Megan met when their families would rent cottages for the summer in the same town. They both loved to create art, and even got in trouble for drawing on one of the cabin walls together. When they were in high school, Cass moved to New York City with her mom. Megan went to visit her one summer, and she got a taste of Cass’s mature artist lifestyle. Cass insisted that Megan act like her, by drinking, going to parties, and painting more mature subjects. Cass and Megan decide to collaborate like they did when they were children, but the sudden appearance of Megan’s parents causes her to make a decision that could ruin their friendship. This was a great story about growing up and growing apart. Cass and Megan had a lot in common when they were kids, but their lives changed when they grew up. Megan was still very much controlled by her parents, whereas Cass had a lot of freedom to do anything she wanted in New York City. Even though the two friends had similar childhoods, they ended up on very different paths in life. I loved the art in this graphic novel. The characters had very expressive faces. The drawing style reminded me of Disney princesses. This story makes a perfect graphic novel, since it’s about two girls who are artists. I really enjoyed this coming of age graphic novel! Thank you Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and TBR and Beyond Tours for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    I received an arc from a giveaway by the Novl. The arc is in black and white and is not finished, but I can still tell that the art is really good! I'm excited to see it in full color! This book follows two childhood friends, Megan and Cass, who spend every summer together with their families and creating art together. As the get older, they start to drift apart and Cass moves to New York. When Megan manages to convince her parents to let her visit Cass, Cass seems really different: she has tatto I received an arc from a giveaway by the Novl. The arc is in black and white and is not finished, but I can still tell that the art is really good! I'm excited to see it in full color! This book follows two childhood friends, Megan and Cass, who spend every summer together with their families and creating art together. As the get older, they start to drift apart and Cass moves to New York. When Megan manages to convince her parents to let her visit Cass, Cass seems really different: she has tattoos and seems to know everyone in the city. One thing has stayed the same though, Megan and Cass still create the best art together. But one friend betrays the other. Will their friendship and their art survive? I was really excited to receive this book! Art and friendship are two of my favorite themes in books and seeing them combined was really cool! I think that the overall plot and storyline was pretty good. The pacing was nice as well! The characters were also realistic for their age throughout the story and I was really happy that it wasn't like they were really mature teenagers or really immature adults. It's really nice to read books that have characters acting like they would if they were real people. The story was also realistic and I liked the way that it progressed.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Candyce Kirk

    3.5 stars 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 stop 3.5 stars 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.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    *Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review 3.5 stars *My Last Summer With Cass* was a quick but meaningful graphic novel about friendship, art, and standing up for who you are. I usually don’t get much out of graphic novels and just find them a quick read, but this one was an exception. The art panels were so well done and fit the feel of the story of the two best friends. I thought the representation of art within the graphic novel was so interesting a *Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review 3.5 stars *My Last Summer With Cass* was a quick but meaningful graphic novel about friendship, art, and standing up for who you are. I usually don’t get much out of graphic novels and just find them a quick read, but this one was an exception. The art panels were so well done and fit the feel of the story of the two best friends. I thought the representation of art within the graphic novel was so interesting and really heightened the importance of art in any form. The dialogue flowed so easily between the two characters, which is usually something I find not to be true in graphic novels. This one definitely prioritized the art (as it should) but wasn’t lacking in other areas. The themes and messages were translated so well on the page and I can’t wait to see what the panels will look like in color! Definitely a fast and engaging read; highly recommend!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Oliver Harris

    This was an interesting graphic novel. It definitely wasn't what I was expecting but in a good way. The art style was definitely softer than I was expecting but it had a lovely painted feel which of course matched the novel perfectly. I did wish that color had been played with more in regards to the mood of specific scenes but that is definitely just a me thing. I am a bit anal when it comes to color schemes. The actual story was very good. I really enjoyed that it covered some deeper subjects This was an interesting graphic novel. It definitely wasn't what I was expecting but in a good way. The art style was definitely softer than I was expecting but it had a lovely painted feel which of course matched the novel perfectly. I did wish that color had been played with more in regards to the mood of specific scenes but that is definitely just a me thing. I am a bit anal when it comes to color schemes. The actual story was very good. I really enjoyed that it covered some deeper subjects though I do wish it had taken them a bit deeper in places. The way art was used to depict the girls feelings really worked though. It was a solid story line over all I just wish it had gone a bit deeper in place. As a whole this was a very good graphic novel about girlhood and friendship. I enjoyed a lot of this story and most of the issues I found were just things that bothered me personally. I think this is a book plenty of other reads will enjoy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alice Moon

    Thank you TBR and Beyond and Mark Crilley for the opportunity to read My last summer with Cass because I loved it! The story has a powerful message which I felt really deep because I was in the same situation as Megan when I was younger. Like her dad, my mom wanted all the best for me even if I didn’t want what she wanted. Luckily for Megan, she has a friend who can help her to break through. But her fears are too big. And fear makes us doing stupid things. I think everyone has a parent that does Thank you TBR and Beyond and Mark Crilley for the opportunity to read My last summer with Cass because I loved it! The story has a powerful message which I felt really deep because I was in the same situation as Megan when I was younger. Like her dad, my mom wanted all the best for me even if I didn’t want what she wanted. Luckily for Megan, she has a friend who can help her to break through. But her fears are too big. And fear makes us doing stupid things. I think everyone has a parent that doesn’t understand the difference between controlling someone and doing what’s best for that person. But depends on us if we let them to own our mind or not. Unfortunately I wasn’t good at this so I went 3,000 km to get my freedom. All in all, this comic book is captivating and deserves to be read by everybody. Maybe it is the motivation that you need.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This book. Words cannot even. It was just... amazing. I was imagining this book would be just like all the others with a similar premise: friend A moves to big city and friend B is too lame to be friends with them anymore until they either make up or friend B decides they don't need friend A anymore. But no. This book is not that. It barely resembles that. This book is astoundingly good, with such amazingly realistic characters and a plot that had me going almost from the first few pages. The ar This book. Words cannot even. It was just... amazing. I was imagining this book would be just like all the others with a similar premise: friend A moves to big city and friend B is too lame to be friends with them anymore until they either make up or friend B decides they don't need friend A anymore. But no. This book is not that. It barely resembles that. This book is astoundingly good, with such amazingly realistic characters and a plot that had me going almost from the first few pages. The art is also wonderful, of course (no less than I would expect from Mark Crilley); I loved seeing the subtle changes in the main characters as they grew up. Especially at the climax, this book really had me going, and I loved the resolution and everything that went on in it. Such a good book. 10/10 would recommend.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Opps, I accidentally fell in love with a highly problematic graphic novel character and am now questioning my taste in everything. Personal crisis aside, this was really well done. My Last Summer With Cass is gorgeously drawn and follows two artists who grew up together every summer until their 13th birthday. It takes place in 3 parts, one detailing their lives up to being 13, one when they reunite at 17-ish, and one three years later. I was really worried Cass was going to be portrayed as manic Opps, I accidentally fell in love with a highly problematic graphic novel character and am now questioning my taste in everything. Personal crisis aside, this was really well done. My Last Summer With Cass is gorgeously drawn and follows two artists who grew up together every summer until their 13th birthday. It takes place in 3 parts, one detailing their lives up to being 13, one when they reunite at 17-ish, and one three years later. I was really worried Cass was going to be portrayed as manic pixie and none of her more problematic traits were addressed, but it's very clear that Crilley went into writing her fully aware of her flaws and how he wanted to write them. I absolutely loved the way Cass and Megan's relationship grew and shifted and think this was a really good portrayal of young adults struggling with who they want to be.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amy Noelle

    I immediately bought this graphic novel because, 1. I’ve been following Mark Crilley’s work for years and I’ve always loved it, and 2. Cass is my best friend’s name, and I was pleased to find that the character is very similar to her as well. I genuinely enjoyed this novel. It has beautiful, soft artwork and an uplifting storyline. The main thing that surprised me was when Megan went to a nearly unforgivable length to keep her parents from seeing her and Cass’s collaboration. If I were Cass, I’d I immediately bought this graphic novel because, 1. I’ve been following Mark Crilley’s work for years and I’ve always loved it, and 2. Cass is my best friend’s name, and I was pleased to find that the character is very similar to her as well. I genuinely enjoyed this novel. It has beautiful, soft artwork and an uplifting storyline. The main thing that surprised me was when Megan went to a nearly unforgivable length to keep her parents from seeing her and Cass’s collaboration. If I were Cass, I’d be understandably furious. I would’ve hoped for a less severe chain of events, but it seems that Megan redeemed herself by giving up her Italy trip and booking it to New York to salvage their friendship. I’ll always highly recommend Mark Crilley’s stunning work and YouTube tutorials. He’s inspired me for a long time and will for years to come.

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