Review : That Summer
That Summer by Sarah Dessen
Pages : 198
Genre : YA, Fiction
My Rating :
From the author’s website :
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.
That Summer was my second book by Dessen, and I liked it almost as much as Someone Like You – and in a similar way, too. Dessen has a way with words that I really enjoy, and she portrays teenage feelings in such a realistic manner! I wish I could have had an author that makes me feel like her words do when I was Haven’s age. My teenage self would have easily related to a lot of what Haven was going through.
For all that happens in this book, I thought the story was a bit short. I would have loved to get to know the characters around Have – her mother, her sister – a little better. The conclusion was a bit of a fast one too, even though I enjoyed it.
Another aspect I enjoyed was how Dessen doesn’t idealize the story and it’s resolution. She’s realistic in the way she portrays teenagers, yes, but also in the way she portrays life : not everything comes easy to the characters, which gives the story depth.
I can only recommend that you pick up one of Dessen’s books, and I can’t wait to read more of her work!