That Summer

That Summer

by Sarah Dessen
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That Summer by Sarah Dessen

For fifteen-year-old Haven, there's just too much going on. First, there's her father's wedding to Lorna Queen, the local television "Weather Pet." Then, her sister Ashley's wedding to boring Lewish Warsher, who doesn't seem to suit Ashley at all. And Haven can't ignore the fact that she's nearly six feet tall and still growing. Haven can barely figure out who she is anymore, or where she fits in. Then Ashley's old boyfriend, Sumner Lee, shows up and sparks Haven's memories of the summer when her parents were happy, her sister was plucky and carefree, and everything was perfect...or so it seemed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670061105
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/06/2006
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 375,621
Product dimensions: 5.81(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile: 1020L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sarah Dessen is the author of thirteen novels, which include the New York Times bestsellers The Moon and MoreWhat Happened to GoodbyeAlong for the RideLock and KeyJust ListenThe Truth About Forever, and This Lullaby. Her first two books, That Summer and Someone Like You, were made into the movie How to Deal
Dessen’s books are frequently chosen for the Teens’ Top Ten list and the list of Best Fiction for Young Adults. They have been translated into twenty-five languages. Sarah Dessen is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the Young Adult division of the American Library Association.
Sarah Dessen graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with highest honors in creative writing. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine.
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Chapel Hill, NC

Date of Birth:

June 6, 1970

Place of Birth:

Evanston, Illinois


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, degree in English.

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That Summer 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 456 reviews.
readtolive_livetoread More than 1 year ago
This is the first novel Sarah Dessen ever published. It's very short but its a good read. It shows Sarah's style of writing pretty easily. She really dipitcs how a teenage girl thinks and the problems and struggles that goes on in our minds. Like all of her books this one has debth which is very unlike most chick teen novels. There is always a lessen learned at the end of the book. The bad thing about this book is that it's very quick. I could give a quick overview in about 5 minutes and you would know the whole book. Nevertheless it's a good day read. In lyrical and unforgettably graceful prose, Sarah Dessen's first novel is at first glance a dull and unsatisfying story, but the closer you read into it, you begin to see the connections and truths and metaphors hidden within every sentence. The characters are deep and dimensional, and though the plot is rather cliche at first, Sarah Dessen takes us to new heights. A story built solidly, spectacularly, and beautifully.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was okay. It was sort of disapointing after reading someone like you and this lullaby. But it wasnt bad, just not as good at the other books by Sarah Dessen.
wondering_Imagining More than 1 year ago
I understand that this is Sarah Dessen's first book, but this book totally dissapointed me. The whole book is just about her sisters wedding and thats all, there was no relationships at all really, and her sister was really a total jerk and I didnt like the sister as a character at all. Haven is an okay character but she's pretty boring. I made myself read this book since i got it from the media center at my school. I was overall dissapointed with this book since it didnt have an interesting storyline at all. Her other books are truly exceptional and she is my favorite author, but this book was a TOTAL miss for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am obsessed wih sarah dessen and this is just another one of her masterpieces. I read this book in a day and loved it. I strongly suggest readibg this book for short read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! Its wonderful and truly great! I will read it again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
lilmudduckmuffineater More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. It's about 15 year old Haven who's freakishly tall at almost 6 feet and is having a lot of family issues.Her mom and dad are divorced and it's summertime and she attends her father's wedding to the local weather girl that her mom calls the weather pet(who she finds out a month later is pregnant) She has to deal with her bratty older sister(Ashley) who is also getting married that summer.She meets up again with her sister's exboyfriend Sumner(who happens to be her favorite of all her sister's boyfriends) and thinks he's the only one who can make her feel like her life is normal. She goes back in her mind to the summer that her sister and Sumner were together and her life seemed happier. Haven finds herself and learns a few life lessons that summer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very good! The ending was a great surprise. Overall, it is a good book as are most of her writings. I would recommend this book to others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a great book if you like what the subject, myself i'm more of a romance reader, do NOT read this book thinking you are going to get romance out cuz your not, it's just like a sister to sister kind of book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty good, not as good as some of her others. The middle was the best...i know that seems strange but it was kinda slow at the beginning and the end didn't really conclude anything
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Love it
LHSFX48 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much. It's a good quick read if you were going on a trip or something. The book has no errors from what I've read. The title fits the book perfectly and I just absolutely adore the characters. Sarah Dessen's writing style really showed in this book and she did a unique and efficient job. I hope to read the rest of her books soon.
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hrrpenny More than 1 year ago
It is captivating. I could not put it down. Absolutely love it.  
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I loved this book
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This is great book but it could be better
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I think this book is good its not really hooking you in so i dont recommend buying it. IT SUCKED
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