Title: That Summer
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publication Date: May 11, 2004 (originally published October 1, 1996)
Source: Purchased ebook
For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She’s nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley’s reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.
Yes, Sarah Dessen has done it yet again. She has given us a fantastic female character who so many people can identify with and allows her to grow into her own throughout the story. I am still in awe that this was the first book Sarah Dessen ever sold…
Haven is a typical fifteen-year-old who has to go through some major crap in her family. She’s obviously hurt, confused, ticked off, and bitter, but along comes Sumner, her sister’s ex-boyfriend, and things start to change a bit. Sumner gives Haven a new outlook on life and reminds her of the times when things were good.
I plowed through this book in just a few hours, making it the perfect summer read for an afternoon on the beach. While the book lacks a beach or bathing suits or glowing tans, it is still a great representation of how much a summer can change your life.
PS – Please ignore the rather awkward cover. It in no way reflects the book.
Be sure to check out the awesome Summer Lovin’ posts from this past week over at GReads!