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Title: That Summer
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Puffin
Publication Date: May 11, 2004 (originally published October 1, 1996)
Pages: 198
Source: Purchased ebook
From Goodreads:
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.
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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.
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Be sure to check out the awesome Summer Lovin’ posts from this past week over at GReads!

  8 Responses to “That Summer by Sarah Dessen”

  1. Thanks for the review. I don’t have that one and gave become an uber fan since Dessen week.

  2. Sarah Dessen always picks the most unique names. Thank you for writing this wonderful review & being a part of Summer Lovin’ Week :-)

  3. hahaha that cover is just a tad awkward isn’t it? I feel like I’m staring at her crotch. Which is weird:) I have yet to read a Sarah Dessen book which I know makes me an epic failure as a blogger. Must change that! Lovely review Tara:)

  4. I’m currently going through Sarah Dessen’s books and I haven’t picked this one up! I’m looking forward to getting it this summer!

  5. This poor book has never had a decent cover. I think I prefer the original cover, but it’s not much better.

    That said, though, this is my absolute favorite Sarah Dessen book, and maybe my favorite contemporary YA book of all time. I adore Sumner, and I loved the way Haven is forced to look at the past in a new light as she starts to grow up. Amazingly good. Glad to see Sarah’s first book is still getting the attention it deserves. :-)

  6. My first Sarah Dessen book! This book made me love her and read all the others. She is such a great writer and I love the places she creates and continues to use through out her books.

  7. I have this one waiting to be read, but hadn’t gotten to it yet! I’m definitely looking forward to reading it! :)

  8. How sad. It really is a craptastic cover. Sarah Dessen, I still love you.

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