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My Last Summer with Cass

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  59 reviews
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
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 16th 2021 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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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--
Paige Green
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
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.
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
Kayla Burton
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it
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.
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
I liked this one. FRTC.

**I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review**
Dec 29, 2020 rated it liked it
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.
Dec 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Source: ARC from giveaway

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Saniya (sunnysidereviews)
Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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.

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.
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
bookishly izzy
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"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
Jill Jemmett
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it
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
Candyce Kirk
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*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
Oliver Harris
Mar 13, 2021 rated it liked it
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
Alice Moon
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Rachael Bookfairs
This is a pretty sweet story of two girls who are artists and best friends coming of age, craving independence and searching for their vision. My review was from an early ARC so I can't say how the finished artwork looks in the book. I like that it has the feeling of a buddy story but is featuring young women who are beginning to claim their power and make their way in the world. I didn't feel the level of emotional depth and complexity that I like but that might be due to the sparseness of the ...more
Musing of Souls
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was the first graphic novel I took in my hand and now I have expectations-high from the future graphic novels I read! I just do not know how to throw out the feels I had while reading it. It took me only a few hours to go through all the pictures and the storyline. It was so amazing.

Cass and Megan have been best friends for all the childhood and they have spent their summers by the lakeside cabin but one day when Cass moves away to New-York, Megan is alone! After a few years, Megan convince
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
"Sometimes a friendship isn't just like a work of art. It is a work of art. And it's worth saving. It's always worth saving."

I had entered a giveaway for this one a while back, nothing came of it and it kind of fell off my radar. While at work the other day I happened to spot it on the shelves and decided to flip through it. I am soo happy I did. I instantly fell in love with the artwork and knew I had to buy it! Thankfully, the story was just as good. This is a bittersweet story of friendship a
Dec 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC as part of a giveaway.

This was a fun and fast graphic novel of a somewhat simplistic tale of two friends growing up with an interest in art. The copy I received had black and white drawings which I believe will end up in color in the final product. It wasn’t bad, but it was somewhat predictable and isn’t particularly memorable.
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book, Because it kept me guessing when the friendship might end. They were ups and downs and unresolved threads but that’s the same as life and people. The art was warm and welcoming. I wonder when I want to encourage this type of rebelliousness in my children so I’m not sure when I’d share with them. I think that’s a good thing.
Princess Gomez
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The book was well-paced and has a certain rhythm to the story lines. Skillful writing, realistic as well as unique characters (especially the hero), and a plot full of twists and turns. ... If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on Novel Star, just submit your story to or
Rod Brown
Apr 15, 2021 rated it liked it
A mild but pleasant story about a friendship between two artists -- one a strait-laced rule follower under her father's thumb and the other a more daring rule breaker pushing her friend to fully express herself. It's a bit too angsty, dramatic, and simplistic, but I like Crilley's art and muted colors. ...more
This was okay, but ultimately I felt like it was way too short and neatly tied up at the end. It also didn’t feel as memorable and the main conflict didn’t feel as weighty as it could been. The art is great, at least.
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Mark Crilley is an American comic book creator and children's book author/illustrator. He is the creator of Miki Falls, Akiko, and Brody's Ghost. He is also noted for his instructional videos for drawing in the manga-style. Crilley distributes drawing advice to artists via YouTube videos and his DeviantArt account. In August 2010, he starred in some how to draw videos for Funimation on demand. Mar ...more

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