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All Summer Long

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  2,470 ratings  ·  505 reviews
A coming-of-age middle-grade graphic novel about summer and friendships, written and illustrated by the Eisner Award–winning and New York Times–bestselling 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 anyw
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
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Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, graphic-novels

Reading this coming-of-age middle-grade graphic novel about summer and friendships back-to-back with Vera Brosgol's Be Prepared made for a great reading experience, since both revolve around similar adolescent themes that naturally occur with the peak of summertime.

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Thirteen-year-old music-loving 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
this was a quick, summery read with really cool/unique/interesting/choose-your-own-adjective art. like a lot of graphic novels, the main cool thing about this was the art, and everything else was pretty meh.

the characters didn't feel full (understandable, i guess - it's a graphic novel - but that seems like a major flaw of the genre???). the story was a lil quick. could get pretty trope-y (claaaassic story of a middle school summer where the protagonist is, gasp, growing apart from her friends!
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm not a big graphic novel reader. However in search for great upper-elementary/YA books for my library's summer reading list I discovered Hope Larson's ALL SUMMER LONG. Is it life-changing? No. But as a casual, beach book it hits the mark.

Summer is supposed to be one of the best parts of the year. But it’s not turning out that way for our main character Bina whose summer begins by being caught breaking into her best friend’s house after locking herself out of her own. Then, her best friend, A
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A book about growing pains with zero plots about boyfriend jealousy or crushes? Oh, heck yes. Instead of dating drama, we get a great story about a girl navigating friendships, finding your "thing" in life, and the switch to high school, where the measure of a truly excellent summer is no longer supposed to depend on how many different cats you got to pet(It totally does, though).

Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier.
Jay G
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
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I was sent this by the publisher in exchange for my honest review!

13 year old Bina's best friend Austin is leaving for the summer to attend soccer camp for a month. When Austin leaves, she begins hanging out with Austin's older sister, Charlie. When Austin returns, he is acting strangely and Bina doesn't know what to do. This is the story of Bina finding herself, and trying to reconnec
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hope Larson realizes all the hopes I had for her and then some since my wonderful experience reading her adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel (which remains the single best graphic adaptation of a novel I've come across) with her new book All Summer Long.

This is a wistful tale of a thirteen year old girl named Bina left to her own devices for the summer while her best friend Austin is off at soccer camp. Not exactly a full blown teenager but no longer a little girl she takes a few
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I’m here for all the transition graphic novels. 13 is an important year! This is a nice celebration of that.
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super cute! I need more!!!
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"For, like, veracity."
"You use a lot of big words."

Thirteen-year-old Bina is looking forward to getting the hang of the guitar, bingeing British TV, discovering indie bands and palling around with her sporto best friend Austin all summer long.

Until it comes to her attention that Austin scored a spot in an exclusive soccer camp and will be gone a whole month of their summer. She's disheartened when Austin thinks they're getting too old for their Summer Fun Index, and when he won't text her back b
Kelly Gunderman
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Hello, perfect summer read!

I'm really loving all of the perfect-for-summer graphic novels that are popping up recently. They're really helping me to get into the mindset for summer (which I typically hate, by the way), with lazy days, friendships, and characters that really pop off the pages. Also, in the case of All Summer Long? There's cats. A lot of cats. And they're all freaking cu
Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it
You're more you every day. That's going to draw people to you, and it's going to scare some away.

I adore Hope Larson. The last books I've read from her were adventures (the fantastic Four Points duology and A Wrinkle in Time), so it was fun to read a slice-of-life story from her.

This middle grade graphic novel is a sweet and heartfelt coming-of-age tale. Larson nails pre-teen realism: the importance of friendship, the blend of confidence and insecurities, the desire to be seen as cool while als
Caitlin Hoffer
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yes. Not a crazy interesting story, not a toooon of drama, but definitely felt really good. I would absolutely pair this with First Rule of Punk.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, children-ya
A breezy and low-stakes middle-grade comic for fans of Raina Telgemeier and others. Larson seems most interested in modelling healthy behavior at the expense of compelling conflict; the parents are all progressive and understanding, and the conflicts between the adolescents are resolved by sitting down and having honest conversations with one another. Perhaps most commendably, Larson depicts single-parent households, same-sex couples, and a gender non-conforming character in an admirably nonchal ...more
If you’re looking to spend a sunny afternoon with a graphic novel, I’d recommend picking up Hope Larson’s latest. This is a slice-of-life story about a 13-year-old girl named Bina who is struggling to find herself. Bina expects that her summer vacation will be spent with her best friend Austin, but when he decides to go to soccer camp instead she’s convinced that she’ll die of boredom. Instead, she spends the next few weeks exploring her growing love of music and making new friends. There’s a wo ...more
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Derek Royal
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it
An innocent look at change during the teenage years, and how that change can be identity defining.
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic
What a super-fun graphic novel! I wish this book had been around when I was a tween. Aside from Bina being just a fantastic, interesting, nuanced character, I love her friendship with Austin, and how realistic it is. Books like this give me hope for the future of young adult literature.
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 a
Thank you to NetGalley for a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Set in the summer before 8th grade, Bina is bored, lonely, and sulking after her best friend goes away to soccer camp. Bina and Austin have always had the best summers, complete with a Summer Fun Index scale and now everything is ruined. All Summer Long is all about how Bina fills her summer after her best friend messes up their plans. It's a fun graphic novel about growing up, summer nights, and letting frien
Shelle Perry
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Austin and Bina have been inseparable friends since they were in diapers. The summer going into the eighth grade everything changes. Austin is headed for soccer camp and Bina has no idea how she is going to fill those, quite suddenly, boring days of summer. This is a coming of age type journey of self-discovery and Bina stretches out of her comfort zone to new experiences and new friendships. She learns to deal with her changing relationship with Austin now that they growing up and she finds a w ...more
Talon (Tiny Talon)
A sweet coming of age story about young Bina and her friend Austin and one long summer. I’m trying to read more middle grade graphic novels for this month and this really hit the spot.

Austin goes to soccer camp and Bina has to deal with her first summer without him. There’s a music element here, with Bina being a guitar player. It’s really a story about that weird summer of just turning 13, just becoming a teenage, and the way that people change.

The art work was super cute and creative, and the
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
A graphic novel about a girl igniting her love for music? Of course, I enjoyed it! I also love how the characters had such distinct voices, especially Bina. Her summer shenanigans were so relatable. I really liked the art too!
Heather Taake
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love it! A #girlpower story about how friendships change as we get older and the power of rock and roll!
Joe M
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A funny, bittersweet, and deceptively wise graphic novel about changing friendships, finding your jam, and growing up over the course of a summer. Hope Larson avoids going straight to cynicism and angst which can be the usual trappings for coming-of-age stories, and focuses instead on embracing transition, individuality, and the power of music. Also refreshing is the ethnic ambiguity and the wide range of the characters' age, race, and orientation that surround Bina. Perfect summer reading!
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, graphic-novel
Such a cute story of a young girl learning about herself over the summer. This refreshing book takes you back to those summers where you had nothing to do but hang out.
I'm not quite sure I understand what the overall point of the graphic novel was about. There seemed to be a random assortment of relationships, action, and exploration on Bina's part that were loosely related but never fully connected back.

Larson showcased a platonic male/female relationship between two middle school kids that have spent summer glued to each other creating a fun index for summer- but they're older and he's going away to soccer camp, leaving Bina directionless. There's a mix of
Over one summer, Bina’s world totally changes. She liked her predictable world and she was feeling left out as everyone around her moved and she stood still. Her best friend went to camp without her and without him, she was lost. Bina tries to find things to entertain her, to make her days eventful, but things just weren’t the same.

I liked how this graphic novel dealt with friendships, both long-term and potential ones. Bina wanted to find some new connections but where exactly would they come
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was really cute!

A lot of the subjects and themes presented in this book were portrayed really well: gay marriage and adoption being presented as completely normal and not creating any drama in the book; friends growing up but not necessarily apart just because their interests aren't the same anymore; feeling like friends are leaving you behind; discovering new music or pouring love into hobbies.

Bina could be a little whiny, but she's 13, and I was super proud of her for calling Charlie out
Ms Threlkeld
Simple but entertaining story with a likable protagonist. Hope there’s a sequel.
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Eigentlich gehören die Sommer Bina und Austin - doch ihr gemeinsamer Spaß-Index zieht dieses Jahr nicht, wenn Austin in einem Sommercamp für Fußballer sitzt. Doch Bina will sich davon nicht die Laune verderben lassen. Nur was tun, wenn der beste Freund meilenweit entfernt ist und sich auch noch merkwürdig verhält? Zwischen Musik, Austins Schwester Charlie und ihrer Familie muss Bina für sich selbst rausfinden, wie sie ihren Sommer unvergesslich macht. Und dabei kommt sie auch dem Erwachsen
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Hope Larson is an American illustrator and comics artist. Hope Larson is the author of Salamander Dream, Gray Horses, Chiggers, and Mercury. She won a 2007 Eisner Award. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
“Okay, but do you know that feeling when you heart a great song, and it's like the song knows you? That's what music's for. Who cares if you don't see how the pieces fit together?" -Bina” 1 likes
“And don't let anyone trick you into playing bass. The world's got enough chick bass players

Seriously, though. Why play bass when you can play guitar?”
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