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  • School’s Out, Almost Summer

    It’s the first day of summer for a lot of Canadian kids today, so we’re turning to comics panels from Sophie Bedard’s Almost Summer (Pow Pow Press) for advice. With a total of four volumes – #2 drops this August – these true-to-life yet still adorable graphic novels about high school romances, friendships, and everything in between are great for teens (or adults who are gluttons for nostalgia).


    One thing’s for sure: Almost SummerVolume 1 doesn’t skimp on the equal parts hilarity and heartbreak that make up being a teenager. Main characters Emily, Mimi (Michelle), and Max contend with their crushes, parties, school assignments, and parents as they hurtle through high school. We’ve cherry-picked some choice moments that would have enlightened us, had we had this book in our own teen years.

    Tip #1: Understand if they’re really “the one”

    Mimi explains her soulmate rating system to Emily (and to Emily’s chagrin).

    Tip #2: Know when to back down

    Anthony’s biggest problem is that he comes on real strong. Here’s what happens when he decides to stick with his nickname for Emily.

    Tip #3: Little white lies are overrated

    Emily really goes for the truth when meeting Anthony’s dog for the first time. He seems to appreciate it.

    Tip #4: Always weigh your options

    Unlike a lot of teenagers, Mimi knows that impulsivity will get you nowhere. She’s also great at conserving her energy.
    * * *Thanks to Luc at Pow Pow Press for sending us this hilarious book to pick tips from. Almost Summer is available now.