That Summer – Sarah Dessen
From the back cover –
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 Lewis 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.
My thoughts –
I thought this YA novel was just okay. I had read Someone Like You, another of Dessen’s novels, pretty recently and really enjoyed it. Compared to that, That Summer was kind of a disappointment actually. I just didn’t connect to the characters or the story in the same way, and I didn’t find myself caring too much about what happend to anybody or with any situation. I’m pretty sure, however, based on what I’ve heard about Dessen’s other works, that this book (and my feelings on it, specifically) is kind of a fluke in a collection of awesome YA books. I think the fact that I LOVED the other Dessen book I read made me have unreasonably high expectations for this one, which made it less than great in my eyes. I do think that it is a pretty decent YA book, but I was expecting a little more. I will still read more of Dessen’s books, for sure, and I’d still highly recommend her as an author. I’d just suggest reading Someone Like You over That Summer (if you’re only going to pick one).
*I can’t seem to find any other reviews on my Google Reader… if you’ve reviewed this, please let me know and I’ll link to you on this post!