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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Review: That Summer by Sarah Dessen

Released: May 11, 2004
Publisher: Speak
Rated: YA
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For 15-year-old Haven, her summer is framed by two weddings--her father's and her sister Ashley's. Nothing seems stable except for her memories of the summer that Ashley dated Sumner Lee, who suddenly reappears in Haven's life, giving her a perfect link to that perfect past--and her future.

What I thought:

 This was different from the other Dessen books I have read. And not in a bad way. In fact, I was so surprised on how different that I kept waiting for the romance. There wasn't one. This was purely a coming of age novel. And it was a great story.

Haven is dealing with a lot. Like growing to be really tall, dealing with her parents divorce, her dad's upcoming marriage and her sisters marriage and how things are changing so much. She can link it back to one specific summer. It was a neat storyline. I, myself, don't have a period where everything seemed to change for me, but it was interesting to read about it for someone who did.

Haven is a misunderstood character in the book. She has a hard time getting people to just understand her and what she is feeling. There seems to be only one person. Sumner. But things don't seem to be as great as she thought they were.

It was a good story. No romance, no relationship troubles, but instead a story telling about the struggles of just growing up. It is a great book worth reading, just don't read it if you are looking for a romance. You won't find even a hint of it in the pages of this one.

My Rating:
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7 comments:

Candace said...

Wow, your really on a Dessen kick! It's good though, maybe it'll push me to finally read one that's on my shelf. So glad you liked it! I think it would be a little bit weird for there to be no romance, but I'm glad it was still good!

Aimee said...

I am on a Dessen kick. But evry book I've read has been really good! I have a few more I just got too I'm excited to read.

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