by Sarah Dessen
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Publication Date: January 1st 1996
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
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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. (Goodreads)
With Sarah Dessen's newest book, Once and For All, due to release in just a little over two months, I'm challenging myself to a Sarah Dessen Readathon! My plan is to read ALL of Sarah's books, in order from oldest to newest, over the next few weeks. If I can keep up, I'll be able to read all the books just in time before the newest is released. I'm super excited about this, as I adore Sarah's books, and I'd love the chance to read them all. Some will be rereads, and a few I haven't read before, so I'm excited to get started on those! I plan to make a blog post to share a few thoughts on the books as I read them.
The first book on my list to read was That Summer, Sarah's very first book. I was really excited to finally start this book, as I've had it on my TBR, and on my bookshelf, for way too long. This is one of the few books that I had not yet read by Sarah.
I have to admit, That Summer is definitely not my most favorite book by Sarah, but the story was still really interesting, as were the characters. I remember being the main character Haven's age and having so much happen at once, so I was definitely able to relate to her through that. (Although she did handle things a lot better than I did at that age. *smirk*.)
I figured out where the storyline was going pretty early on in the story. I saw it coming, even though I was also expecting something different. But, the book read very much like a Dessen novel, and I enjoyed that part. The only thing that I missed in this book compared to her more recent books was definitely the romance. Call me a sucker, but I can't resist the romance. Otherwise, I enjoyed this book!
Overall; That Summer was an interesting read, and I'm so glad I finally made time to read it. Now I'm super excited to move on to the next book, Someone Like You, which is another new-to-me book, and I can't wait to finally read it as well!