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Riot Recommendation: Stories About Family Vacations Gone Awry

Rebecca Joines Schinsky

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Rebecca Joines Schinsky is the executive director of product and ecommerce at Riot New Media Group. She co-hosts All the Books! and the Book Riot Podcast. Follow her on Twitter: @rebeccaschinsky.

this one summerThis round of the Riot Recommendation is sponsored by This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki.

Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It’s their getaway, their refuge. Rosie’s friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose’s mom and dad won’t stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. It’s a summer of secrets and sorrow and growing up, and it’s a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

In This One Summer two stellar creators redefine the teen graphic novel. Cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, the team behind Skim, have collaborated on this gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about a girl on the cusp of her teen age—a story of renewal and revelation.


You don’t need to have accompanied the Griswolds on their ill-fated trip to Wally World to know that family vacations have this way of going kind of sideways. When it’s your family, there’s nothing worse. But when it’s someone else’s family? Well, that’s just golden. In this round of the Riot Recommendation, we want to know: what are your favorite books about family vacations gone awry?