That Summer by Sarah Dessen

That summer

“The more things change… As far as Haven is concerned, there’s just too much going on. Everything is changing, and she’s not sure where she fits in. Then her sister’s older boyfriend shows up, sparking memories of the summer when they were all happy and everything was perfect… But along the way, Haven realizes that sometimes change is a good thing.”

This book would be a perfect novel for girls to read that are in high school, and even middle school. With the main character being fifteen years old and dealing with many changes the audience will be able to relate a great deal to her. The changes that she goes through are so relatable at that age, for example divorce and not feeling as though one fits in. Many kids have gone through divorce or been affected by it in some way and it’s interesting to read about a different person’s view on it. Everyone is different in the way that they respond to change and Haven’s response was unique. Haven seemed to bottle up all of her feelings inside until, just like Gwendolyn, she exploded and became an emotional mess. I have read hundreds, maybe even thousands, of books in my life so far and I was about halfway through this novel before I realized that I have actually read it before. Then I remembered that I had read it back in ninth grade. So I was a perfect audience for this novel then. No wonder I really enjoyed reading it. But even now, when I reread it, I still greatly enjoyed reading it. It’s a wonderful story and pretty short compared to many other novels by this author.

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