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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Review: That Summer

That Summer That Summer by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

That Summer by Sarah Dessen was a strange and interesting debut novel.

Summery from Goodreads:
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.

This book was missing out on a lot of plot. It was just the story of Haven growing up, and it didn't have much other than the relationship Haven has with her family. Compared to other Sarah Dessen books, this was weird.

There was also very little romance in this book. Haven watches her relatives get married, but only has a little summer fling with a boy named Sumner. He was Ashley's old boyfriend. This romance was not a Sarah Dessen boyfriend, but just a sort of weird and lame romance that didn't go anywhere.

There was also random mentions of this ex model named Gwendolyn Rodgers. I get that she was from Haven's town and stuff, but still. Gwen was just town in the book every once and a while, and she never really showed much except a lesson about how being famous isn't good.

Haven was very moody. She was always whining and complaining, and had no consideration for anyone else. This really irritated me, and I disliked her.

I get that this is Dessen's debut novel, but it is nothing like her other books. I didn't really enjoy it, and the writing style was lame.
It also felt extremely dated. There were old references, and you could tell it wasn't written recently.

Overall this is not the greatest book. I give it 2.5 stars.

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