June 21, 2011
Book Review #29: That Summer
Title: That Summer.
Author: Sarah Dessen.
Published Date: April 6, 2006.
"For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She's nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister&150the always perfect Ashley&150is 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."
All of Sarah Dessen's books have pretty covers! I love going to the beach, I enjoy looking out to the ocean, sitting on the sand, smelling that ocean air, and listening to the waves! This book cover, screams ocean, beach, and summer right in your face, I love it!:D
In That Summer, I felt like there were a lot of great characters from Sumner, to Haven, and her mom. What I liked about Sumner, is through most of the story you think he's this sweet guy that would never do anything wrong, because his always there and so nice. But when Haven figures out why her sister, dumped Sumner during high school, she didn't want to believe it at first.
Sadly, after Haven figured that out the book was almost over and we didn't hear anything else about Sumner.
Its a tie between, Ashley (Havens older sister) or their dad.
How can you cheat on your wife, and than get married to the mistress, thinking everything is ok? At one part of the story, Haven's dad was supposed to take her to the mall so she can get her sister a wedding gift. Every time he comes to pick Haven up, he never comes to the door. This time, he just honks his car horn. When she decides to wait for him to finally man up and come to the front step, he just turns around his car and speeds away.
The only thing that bothered me about Ashley, is she's soooo annoying! Have you ever seen the show Bridezilla? Yeah, she could be on there!
Every single book I've read from Sarah Dessen (which is only like three or four) have all had some sort of romance in it. There's a boy and a girl, and they fall in love, sometimes it works out sometimes it doesn't. This book wasn't really like that.
I felt like this novel revolved more about the family aspect, and I really liked this change in theme(:
If you haven't gotten your hands on a Sarah Dessen novel, you SERIOUSLY should! It does not even matter which one, they all rock!:D