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...more
A million things are happening around Haven and too her family, but she kind of does nothing thoughout the book, besides freaking out and throwing a show at some lady and bolting. I just felt like the...more
First- The storyline was boring.
Second- The characters were boring.
Third- The writing wasn't all that great. Very repetitive.
Fourth- I found no story progression and only 80 pages in I was just skimming through the pages hoping it would end soon.
You can definitely tell this was Sarah's first book, because I have really liked all her other books and this one just put me to sleep, as sad as I am to say that. I do no r...more
15 year old Haven is in the verge of life changing situations. Her father (With whom she had always been affectionate to) remarries and is getting ready to start a new family. Her sister (The popular drama queen) is getting married at 21 and is becoming a bridezella as the wedding approaches. Her mother is a sad wreck who's trying hard to pretend to be okay for their sake. Haven is already 5'11''...more
Haven, an almost six foot giant, is the reason I loved this book. She is just like me, except I am more on the...more
Second. All the author can obsess over in thi...more
Starts with our main character Havan she's fifteen and her life is changing WAAAY to fast. She cant keep up with it all. In one summer she faces her parents divorce, her dad remarrying, her sister getting married, s...more
The essence of teenage life is captured beautifully. Haven was not a really fascinating character, but definitely relatable.
This book was much more revolved around her family more than friends and boys. Maybe that is a little bit why it was not as exciting as other Sarah Dessen books, but it still hit the spot. It ended well, although kind of suddenly.
It is a great first novel, and I think the stor...more
At least thats what Haven th...more
I want to believe that this specific story has a special meaning to everyone. For me is about changes. Haven is 15 years teenager who’s life is being put upside down and in the moment Summer Lee, her older sister boyfriends, appears in her...more
As I’ve recently been on a newfound Sarah Dessen kick, I decided to backtrack and begin with her first novel, That Summer, published in 1996. This is the first Dessen novel I’ve read that I was not particularly fond of. Her writing is, as usual, exceptional and very funny, her characters fairly solid, but this book lacked a story. It just felt like I was chasing the main character down a bunch of long roads, all leading anticlimactically to dead-...more
What I don’t like about this book is that Haven doesn’t fall in love with someone. I thought she would find someone-anyone to go out with like in all of her other books but nothing like that happens. Also that the message in this book is clear at times but fuzzy at others, I wish Sarah Dessen was consistent like how she is with her more recent novels. But more importantly, this book was a huge let down for me beca...more
That Summer which was published in 1996 was Sarah Dessen's first novel. The story is based on fifteen old protagonist Haven McPhail over the span of one summer. However, this summer appears different as Haven has to deal with everyone around...more
That Summer Penguin Group., 2004, 224pp., $9.99
Sarah Dessen ISBN-13: 9780142401729
Have you ever felt like an abnormal person anytime during your life? Or have you ever been compared into another siblings? In this book, That Summer; Haven, a fifteen year old teenage girl have to go through many events. At the age of fifteen, Haven is nearly six feet tall, she thinks this is a negative part of her. Haven and her sister, Ashley are very close...more
Haven is the one character I can really relate to. She's insecure about her height and the way she looks. She would rather live in the past when things were perfect...more