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Nov 16, 2018

Sarah Dessen's book That Summer is a great story on how Haven is dealing with her parents' divorce and her dad's marriage. The only thing that she thinks about is that one summer she was happy. When the guy she thought made that made her happy and that summer memorable comes back to town. Where Haven goes on a long journey finding a lot of secrets along the way. This book is really down to earth and relatable to some. Haven is just a normal girl thinking she is weird because of her height who also is having some struggles at home concerning her parents' recent divorce. Sarah Dessen really outdid herself on this one. I would definitely recommend it to a friend. Five out of five stars.
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May 22, 2018

I love Sarah Dessen novels, this one was good, but not one of my favourites.
What I really liked about this story is that I can relate to Haven very much, her experiences and outlook on situations going on in her life are real.
What I didn't like was I felt that some of the story dragged on at times and some parts of the story were a little boring (ex. the whole Lakeview Models part, Gwengolyn).
Overall, still enjoyable, just not one of her best.

Jun 01, 2017

not the best S.D it was 2 short and, i didn't fall in love with the story it like her other books. :(

Sep 02, 2016

It was a good book. Got a bit confused sometimes but figured it out. It quite sad what happened at the end of the book with sumner and haven.

Jul 23, 2015

Very well written book! Haven was character I could somehow relate to. The plot was realistic.
I actually wished that Ashley would call off the wedding and marry Sumner - that was, of course, before I read the ending. I loved the intense emotion of this book as well as the suspense. Everything was amazing.
I rated this 4 stars because many books are better, but this was still an enjoyable read that I stayed up late into the night reading. :-)

Apr 16, 2014

this book was great but it was sad at the end between Haven and Sumner

Mar 19, 2014

That summer is a novel that revolves around a 5'11 15 year old that deals with trying to figure out who she is as well as trying to figure out how to fix the relationships in her life (with her sister and her dad). Haven is trying to deal with the fact their father is getting married, to another woman, and on top of that she has to deal with the drama of her perfect older sister getting married. For some reason, Haven keeps going back to that time when the five year gap between her and her sister didn't seem that big, when her parents were still together, when she was happy, the summer her sister Ashley dated Sumner Lee. Ashley has had a lot of boyfriends, but that only one who was really special, at least to Haven was Sumner. When Sumner shows up randomly, Haven finally realizes what the past was and she tries to come to terms with the future. That summer is Sarah Dessen's first novel, and in a way you can tell. After reading all of Sarah Dessen's books except for keeping the moon, I felt like this book stood out from the rest. It was a different format all together, not really focusing on a single romance. I adored Sumner Lee, Sarah Dessen has a talent for making the most perfect boys. More than falling in love, this book was about Haven growing as a person, and learning to be comfortable in her own skin, and even though I love Sarah Dessen's romances, this was refreshing to read. Throughout this book, through Sumner, Haven realizes that change is good, that sometimes we need things to change so we can grow as people. Haven recognizes that the past did happen, but it is important to acknowledge that it is the past and we must now learn from it in order to grasp the future and the only way we can accomplish that, is to live in the present.

joseefrenette Feb 03, 2013

I love books sarah dessen, but this one is not its best. I do not fall in love with it as I was with the others.

jk15_0 Sep 15, 2012

I really liked this book! There is a whole series, u can read all of them. Jst like a normal life and how other people would deal with these problems.

JewelMcLatchy Jul 30, 2012

Another great book by Sarah Dessen addressing common "issues" faced by typical teen and young adult girls (body image issues, parents divorced, sister marrying and leaving the house, etc.). Also not my favourite novel by this author, but I think it was her first.

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Sep 18, 2009

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 re-enters 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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Jul 23, 2015

Coarse Language: There are some swears.


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JewelMcLatchy Jul 30, 2012

"I hate her. I hate all of this." There was a crash as something fell to the floor. "I don't need her. I don't need anyone but Lewis and we're going to elope, I swear to God we are." ...

"Call the wedding off," Ashley was saying. "Just cancel it all. I'm not going through with it. I'm calling Lewis right now and we're eloping. Today. I swear to God."

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