Friday, 13 August 2010

That Summer by Sarah Dessen

Title: That Summer
Author: Sarah Dessen
Published by: Penguin
Publication date: 2nd July 2009
Pages: 240
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Library.

For fifteen-year-old Haven this is the summer where everything changes.

Dad is remarrying. Her sister Ashley is planning a wedding of her own. They're both moving on, but Haven is lost in memories of a time when life was happy and her family was whole.

And then Ashley's ex, the charming and funny Sumner Lee; arrives in town.

He reminds Haven of carefree days gone by, and she can't help but wonder - has fate brought this person back from her past to change her future?

Firstly, I love how all of Sarah Dessens book covers are like a collage. They look amazing and every time you look at it, you see something new. It's interesting, eye-catching....Sarah Dessens books have the best covers I have EVER seen - seriously!

The story was a little slow in places. You found yourself wanting to skip some pages because they were boring, sometimes there wasn't enough....drama.  Other than that, this is a great book to start with if you haven't read anything by Sarah Dessen before!

My favourite character is Sumner Lee. Haven, (the main character), has an older sister called Ashley - Sumner is Ashley's ex boyfriend. He seems really cool, and he drives an old VW Beetle ;)

So....overall, it is worth reading. I'd give it a rating of 3.5/'s good, but not as good as some of Sarah Dessen's other books!


  1. I'm sorry to say you didn't like this more! Sarah Dessen is my author idol and That Summer is one of my favourites! :)

  2. I love Sarah Dessen! She's one of my favourite authors, and this is one of my favourite books of hers. You should try Just Listen- it's great!
    It's a pity you didn't like it that much, but don't give up on her!

  3. She's one of my favourite authors too, and her other books are really good - I just wasn't too keen on this one ;)

    I've read Just Listen, it's fantastic! One of my fave books of hers.

    Thanks for your comments :)