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That Summer Paperback – 1 May 2004

3.3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Speak (May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142401722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142401729
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.5 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,288,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A keenly observant narrative full of witty ironies."

"A keenly observant narrative full of witty ironies." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

About the Author

Sarah Dessen is one of the most popular writers for young adults. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews, and have sold more than nine million copies. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine. Visit her online at www.sarahdessen.com.


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It's no secret that I love the wonder that is Sarah Dessen. I've never been disappointed by one of her books, and I don't think I ever will be.

Characters are the most important part of a story, and this woman can certainly write real, emotional people that I always find myself wishing I could be friends with. That Summer includes a mix of likeable but flawed personalities, and although it's shorter than most of Sarah's books, it's still an engaging and compelling read.

Haven, along with her sister Ashley, are brilliantly written, and I came away from the book feeling like I really knew them. I loved the family dynamic and loyalty between the sisters, and the way Haven and her family all stuck together. Although there's no trademark Dessen romance in That Summer, I didn't miss it. Everthing else is so vividly described that the absence of a main male character is hardly noticeable, and it's nice to just focus on Haven and her soon-to-be-married sister.

No-one writes YA fiction like Sarah Dessen, and I always read her books in a state of excitement. I'm so glad that I finally got to read That Summer, and even though it may not be her best, it's still miles better than a lot of YA out there.
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This is my favourite book. I have read it every three months since I bought it two years ago, not out of habit, but because I still love it, and it gets better every time. Though I have not gone through all of the things that happen to Haven, she seems so like me and perhaps that's why I like it. The feelings and thoughts of Haven are so realistic and any teenager, or any adult who was ever a teenager, will totally identify. The things that Haven experiences (for example her parents splitting up and re-marrying) are just a carrier to show that Haven grows up mentally from a kid to an adult, and realises that nothing is perfect, lasts forever, or what seems good for you was not a perfect for everyone else.
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A pleasant, quick and easy read. I think that the book was well written for a relaxing read without being trashy - it definitely had potential to be longer and for things to be more detailed. To be better, there could've description and history of the parents break up and Sumner's character and story could've certainly been developed more. There was certainly no depth to this book, but it was still a good read for what it was.
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To be honest, nothing really happened in this book. I read cutesy contemporaries because I'm looking for a romance to cheer me up or some emotional change in the protagonist's life that makes me feel something. This one? None of that. Yes, there was a mildly interesting break-down at the end, but otherwise nothing. This girl doesn't seem to react to anything - I mean, your dad remarries and announces he's having a new kid on TV without telling you, and you don't do anything???? I half-hoped that there would be something between Summer and Haven, because for me he was the one likeable character, but he just seems to be this random wise man who can't make his mind up on a job and Haven decides she doesn't really like in the end.
I've enjoyed most of Sarah Dessen's books before, but sadly this was a bit of a disappointment.
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I didn't dislike this book, but it didn't really evoke any strong emotions in me. It was nice enough
and I did relate to a lot of the subject matter, parents divorcing, remarrying, and all that goes with
that, so I did enjoy it. Like I say, it was nice and easy to read, but not amazing.
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Format: Paperback
this book is so beautiful. it really is amazing. the last line of the book sums it all up, i can't say what it is cos that would ruin it. i just lent my copy to my mate, and the reason i wanted her to read it is the last line. if u buy they book don't open it at the last page, it won't make sense, read it, savour it, love it, and understand it. u will, anyone could. the characters are described perfectly especially haven and sumner. when u read it u r them, u understand them, u love them. it's worth reading, it really is. it starts with a poem called at every wedding someone stays at home, which is perfect. i've never read a book like, and i never will again. it is so amazing. read it and see what i mean
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I love The Truth About Forever and Just Listen and expected another romance, cleverly written and beautifully told. Although this story was a nice and quite moving tale of two sisters and their changing relationship, it lacked the depth, and the plot of Dessen's other books. And there was no romance at all. :-(
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I love Sarah Dessen's books, and they're not just for teens. I'm a 21-year-old, just-graduated almost-adult, and I love Dessen's writing style and how relateable and realistic her characters are. A great, light summer read.
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