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
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I am certain That Summer isn’t one of Ms. Sarah Dessen’s finest but I also know that this is one of her more realistic stories and despite the simplicity of the plot and the plainness of the narration, it was a relatable read. It was easy sympathizing with Haven, a too tall, fifteen year old who is trying to adapt to all the changes going on around her and the people she loves.
Many parts dragged a bit and I could easily point out flaws in the plot and in the characterization but I would do no s ...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
Haven is the steady, responsible younger daughter who focuses more on what everyone else wants than on herself. The story's mostly about her looking to the past at a moment when eve ...more
"This Summer" is about 15 year old Haven dealing with the upheaval in her life over the course of a summer. It's also about her looking back with rose colored glasses on the last summer she sees her family as being happy.
Without much ado, in the first few pages we find out that Haven is going to her father's wedding to a woman he had an affair with. Her mo ...more
I know, I know, you might think that this is crazy. PINKY RATED SARAH DESSEN'S BOOK 2 OUT OF 5 STARS. THE WORLD IS GONNA END, THIS IS CRAZY TALK! I find it hard to believe myself, all the Sarah Dessen books I read so far are so interesting and I love every single one of them, except this one. I know some people loved this book but I didn't enjoy it that much.
“Some things you don't have to tell. Some things, between sisters, are understood. ...more
That Summer wasn’t what I expected at all. The only character I really got to know was the protagonist, Haven, and I didn’t like her very much. I felt bad for her in the circumstances she was in, but there was something about her that just rubbed me the wrong way. I was also disappointed in the ending. I felt like I had waited for something very anti-climactic and didn’t seem true to the characters portrayed in the book.
It was extremely bo ...more
This was such a sweet book. It was Sarah Dessen's first novel, and you can see how much she's matured and grown over the years. This is the only book she's written where the girl doesn't get a guy, and also the youngest mc at fifteen. Instead, That Summer centered around sisterly love, and family relationships, something else Dessen is well known for. I really enjoyed this story, and all the little things that went into it.
My major disappointments were twofold in the climax:
1. There had been so much hype about the sub-plot of Gwendolyn Rodgers, and all that happened was that she and Haven ran into each other in a rainstorm and stared at one another. WTF?
2. I kept feeling like Sumner w ...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
Haven's interactions with others is what makes up the grand portion of this book, but her interactions with each individual person are actually very few. She only sees Sumner a handful of times. Sam ...more
This was my first ever audiobook; and I finished listening to it within 1 day. I speed it up to 1.5x, because I find Americans are quite slow at talking.
A few thoughts on the format itself;
wonderful speaker, however I'm really confused why everybody but Haven had a bloody southern accent??? She had a more western, Valley accent, which left me in hysterics when I heard every southerner accent. Also, when the speaker read the ...more
I did really like That Summer though. It was a little slow at first but it's such a quick, fun read.
I liked the main character, Haven, and I felt really bad for her. She had a lot of difficult things going on in her life that she had to overcome. I couldn't really find Haven relatable at this point in my life because she's like 6 years younger than I am but i ...more
It turned out to be a very realistic slice of life novel about a fifteen year old girl named Haven whose life has been turned upside down. She is adjusting to her parents divorce, her father's wedding to the "other woman" and her sister's impending wedding. She is unable to share any of her feelings with her best friend because she's tur ...more
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. ...more
I found a few mistakes and typos along the way. The characters weren't as relatable and likeable as I remember Dessen's others to have been.
The story itself was a little flat, but as always there were a good amount of quotes that I found to be very honest and hit home.
I could tell this was her first work, but I'm excited to continue on in reading all of Sarah Dessen's books.
I absolutely love Sarah Dessen, and I enjoyed this book more than I was expecting to! Knowing it was her first novel and has a pretty low avg rating, I had low expectations. However, I ended up liking the story and the characters. The first 30-40 pages were very slow and dull, but by the end of the story I was really enjoying it and teared up at the ending. Not her best, but still an enjoyable read!
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