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 Dessen
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on June 2012
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.
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.
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.