That Summer by Sarah Dessen

Posted April 18, 2017 by love2dazzle in Features, Promo Blitz, Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Audiobook, My Own in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

That Summer by Sarah DessenThat Summer by Sarah Dessen
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on June 2012
Pages: 208
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audiobook, My Own

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.



That Summer by Sarah Dessen had such a realistic story plot that I was drawn in right away. Haven is gong through so many changes in her life. Her dad left. Her sister is getting married. Her mom wants to sell their house. Haven’s entire life is spinning out of control and she doesn’t have a choice over any of it. I may not have experienced any of the issues that Haven has experienced, but I can relate to how she felt. Haven tries to grasp some point of her life that she loved and hold on to those good memories. I think Haven’s attitude is all because of the changes and feeling like she has no control over her life. Ashley, Haven’s sister gets on haven for her attitude. I think Ashley forgets that she is becoming bridezilla and no one wants to deal with that.
Haven longs to talk to her best friend but she finds out that her best friend has turned into a boy crazy teenager and Haven is not there in her life yet. When Haven accidentally runs into one of her sister’s ex-boyfriends, she ends up confiding in him about how she is dealing with life. I really liked this book because it really explores Havens feelings and thoughts. I think we need a break from romance every so often and remember that are mental health needs to be taken care of too. These characters felt very real so there were times that I liked them and other times that I didn’t. I think Dessen did a great job with this book.

Summer of 1996:

When That Summer was first published, it was 1996. I was 4 years old. I don’t remember much about my summer back then. I am assuming I either spent it with my mom or in day care since I was an only child then and my mom worked. If you have a memory from the summer of 1996, please share below because I would love to hear them.

Life Lessons:

That Summer brings a lot of life lessons to the reader. I could relate to feeling like my life is spinning out of control, because that is how I feel right now. I feel like my entire life is crazy and I don’t know what is going to happen next. When something in your life feels out of control, it starts to feel like everything is becoming out of control. It ends up being a very hard situation. One thing goes wrong and then the domino affect starts and eventually you start to wonder if things will ever go back to normal.

Divorce is hard. I’ve never had to deal with divorce but I have many friends who’ve had too. It isn’t easy on anyone. The kids feel like life is getting ripped apart. What happens when your parents to do get remarried? That is another life adjustment. I think Dessen did great sharing Haven’s experiences with the world.


Get Ready for Once and For All

As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.



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About Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels for teens, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews. Her books have been published in over thirty countries and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for outstanding contribution to young adult literature for her novels: Keeping the Moon, Dreamland, This Lullaby, The Truth about Forever, Just Listen, Along for the Ride, and What Happened to Goodbye. Her newest novel, Once and for All, will be released in June 2017. An NC native, she currently lives in Chapel Hill with her family.

About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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