Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review: That Summer by Sarah Dessen

Title: That SummerAuthor: Sarah Dessen
Summary: Read Goodreads Synopsis
Source: Purchased paperback
Buy: Amazon ~*~ Barnes & Noble
Caution: May contain spoilers

My Thoughts:

When I picked this book out for the Summer Romance Challenge, I was under the assumption that it was a romance type book. Don’t get me wrong, there are romantic elements all over in it. Just not how I expected them to be.

Haven’s dad is getting remarried… to the local television weather girl, Lorna. Her sister Ashley is marrying Lewis, this guy that Haven doesn’t think is right for her. Her mother is still dealing with the aftermath of the divorce. And Haven--well she’s in the middle of everything and doesn’t know who she is or what’s going on. Then Ashley’s ex-boyfriend Sumner Lee shows up and Haven is reminded of the summer they all spent together. All the good times, and happy memories. As she recalls these, she doesn’t understand how her sister could have stopped being with him.

The journey that Haven takes in the current summer (when she’s fifteen) is a pretty amazing one. There is a lot of reminiscing of times past, which I think adds a sweet family and friends childhood type element to the story. Haven is going through one of those adolescent moments, unsure of everything you used to be so sure of. By the end of the story, she’s coming to terms with things, and she grows up a little bit more.

I thought it was a very cute story, even though it wasn’t the type of story I am used to from Sarah Dessen. It’s one of those simple books with a good lesson.

My Rating:

Pretty Good... Stay up until your bedtime



  1. This one sounds good. I have only read one sarah dessen book and it was not my favorite, but maybe I will give her another try. :)

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  3. I have to admit I've never read anything by Sarah Dessen before even though she seems to be the go to author for romance amongst the blogosphere. This sounds like a very sweet story though. Spoiler it for me: Does Haven end up with Sumner???

  4. I've only ever read one book by Sarah Dessen...and I thought it was okay...maybe I just picked one of her not so good ones...I should probably give her another chance considering how many people love her! Any good suggestions? That Summer or any other books by her that you've read?

  5. Lan: I'll spoiler it for you in an email. :)

    Natalie: My favorite is Just Listen, because I learned a good life lesson on friendship in it. But that one seems to not always be a fan favorite. The Truth About Forever was a good one. Dreamland is about relationship abuse, but still very good. Each books seems to have a somewhat different type of main character, which is probably why there's such a diversity of fans for each book.


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