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That Summer by Sarah Dessen



That Summer by Sarah Dessen had such a realistic story plot that I was drawn in right away. Haven is gong through so many changes in her life. Her dad left. Her sister is getting married. Her mom wants to sell their house. Haven's entire life is spinning out of control and she doesn't have a choice over any of it. I may not have experienced any of the issues that Haven has experienced, but I can relate to how she felt. Haven tries to grasp some point of her life that she loved and hold on to those good memories. I think Haven's attitude is all because of the changes and feeling like she has no control over her life. Ashley, Haven's sister gets on haven for her attitude. I think Ashley forgets that she is becoming bridezilla and no one wants to deal with that.

Haven longs to talk to her best friend but she finds out that her best friend has turned into a boy crazy teenager and Haven is not there in her life yet. When Haven accidentally runs into one of her sister's ex-boyfriends, she ends up confiding in him about how she is dealing with life. I really liked this book because it really explores Havens feelings and thoughts. I think we need a break from romance every so often and remember that are mental health needs to be taken care of too. These characters felt very real so there were times that I liked them and other times that I didn't. I think Dessen did a great job with this book.

Summer of 1996:

When That Summer was first published, it was 1996. I was 4 years old. I don't remember much about my summer back then. I am assuming I either spent it with my mom or in day care since I was an only child then and my mom worked. If you have a memory from the summer of 1996, please share below because I would love to hear them.

Life Lessons:

That Summer brings a lot of life lessons to the reader. I could relate to feeling like my life is spinning out of control, because that is how I feel right now. I feel like my entire life is crazy and I don't know what is going to happen next. When something in your life feels out of control, it starts to feel like everything is becoming out of control. It ends up being a very hard situation. One thing goes wrong and then the domino affect starts and eventually you start to wonder if things will ever go back to normal.

Divorce is hard. I've never had to deal with divorce but I have many friends who've had too. It isn't easy on anyone. The kids feel like life is getting ripped apart. What happens when your parents to do get remarried? That is another life adjustment. I think Dessen did great sharing Haven's experiences with the world.


Get Ready for Once and For All

As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen's thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.



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