That Summer by: Sarah Dessen Figurative Language: Hyperbole: "But it wasn't the same: it wasn't bronzed, with pink lips and lashes a mile long.." Pg. Plot summary. I was constantly comparing this book to Sarah Dessen's other books that I really liked. She lives in North Carolina. Haven spends this summer selling shoes at the mall and trying to cope with and digest all the changes that are happening and have happened around her. Before her family life fell apart, Haven had a crush on her sister's boyfriend, Sumner. A modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, SuperSummary offers high-quality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics. It is a summer of growing up and changing roles, as well as connecting with her family in a way she hasn’t ever before. Her sister's marrying the most boring man in the world. About the Author:  Sarah Dessen grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, graduating with highest honors in Creative Writing. Nothing seems stable except for Haven's memories—especially those of the summer when Ashley dated Sumner Lee, who, as part of the backstory, is described as bringing the family together. Critical Evaluation: I listened to the audio book version of this book and would like to initially evaluate the reader of the novel. Bio/Press kit. Age Level: 12+ISBN-10: 0142401722Reader’s Annotation/Teaser: Haven’s summer is one full of change and it seems that she is being forced to change with everything else. Haven wishes Sumner was still with Ashley and it would have been a perfect life, but Haven doesn't know that Sumner cheated on Ashley. She blames her sister for breaking his heart, and begins to fall for him as well. Her best friend's… Plot Summary: Haven has grown to be just shy of six feet tall in the last… Lorna Queen is a weather women who works with Haven's father. While this is not my favorite book of hers, I do like the movie adaptation, and think that Dessen is vital to a collection. Her parents are divorced and her mom is having a midlife crisis. Someone Like You Summary. Ashley finds Haven in the woods, where she tells Haven she had only had broken up with Sumner because he had cheated on her, breaking Haven's illusion of their perfect past. That Summer tells the story of a 15-year-old girl Haven, as she copes with her sister's engagement, her father's remarriage, and her best friend's personality changes. Learn how and when to remove this template message, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=That_Summer_(Dessen_novel)&oldid=958685842, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 25 May 2020, at 05:41. She just wants something to ground her, something allow her to make good memories again. Sumner reminds her of that summer where everything was good; when her parents were still together, when Ashley laughed and was nice to Haven, and when they went away as a family on vacation to the beach. The review of this Book prepared by Rachael High. Other places where the story takes place is in Lakeview Mall which is where Haven works in the shoe (Dessen 2013). Sarah Dessen Booklist Sarah Dessen Message Board. Sarah Dessen. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. A motion picture based on her first two books That Summer and Someone Like You, entitled How to Deal, was released in 2003. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out /  Her father's marrying a woman half his age. ( Log Out /  Title: That Summer Author: Sarah Dessen Page Count: 208 F/NF: Fiction Genre: Young adult Rating: 7/10 Summary: Haven's life is changing faster than she'd like it to. Haven's summer is not going the way she wanted it to be especially when her father is remarrying Lorna Queen. Her sister is getting married at the end of the summer, and thus everything is revolving around the wedding plans. She just wants something to ground her, something allow her to make good memories again. In this book a girl named Haven goes through one summer that changes her life. Her father is getting remarried, and she is constantly taking care of her mother’s feelings. Thanks for exploring this SuperSummary Plot Summary of “Someone Like You” by Sarah Dessen. Click on a plot link to find similar books. Ask readers to describe their perfect summer. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Nothing seems stable except for Haven's memories—especially those of the summer when Ashley dated Sumner Lee, who, as part of the backstory, is described as bringing the family together. That Summer tells the story of a 15-year-old girl Haven, as she copes with her sister's engagement, her father's remarriage, and her best friend's personality changes. That Summer was a pretty good book, but not Sarah Dessen's best by far. Dessen cleverly uses a vent in Haven’s floor to allow her to hear the conversations that are happening in the kitchen. The main setting of the book"That Summer" by Sarah Dessen takes place in Lakeview which is a small town where Haven lives with the rest of the characters from the book. Unlike most Dessen’s novel, Haven’s character seems unrealistically calm with the events that are surrounding her. If one wedding isn't enough how about two weddings? Sumner returns to town and takes on odd jobs. This novel and Dessen's Someone Like You are the basis for the film How to Deal. Book talking Ideas: Read Haven’s description of Ashley’s boyfriends and how they dictate times in their lives. Remember to check out my other blog for a bunch more of these! In this way, we get Haven’s point of view, but also a third person point of view as well. Change ). Why I chose it: I have loved every Sarah Dessen book I have read and I had a long drive to go on, so I jumped at the chance to listen to one of her books on the road. She is the author of several novels, including The Truth about Forever, Just Listen and Along for the Ride. Ask readers if they have ever had a friend who has marked periods of their life. Now Sumner is back in her life and charming her. As Sarah Dessen’s first novel, this book is mostly about the characters around the protagonist, rather than Haven herself. Fed up with the drama in her life, Haven runs away. Towards the end, she does a lot of Coming of Age in a quick burst of teenage angst and then familial love. However, he cheated on her on Halloween night for a girl named Laurel Adams. When she doesn't come home, her family searches for her. ( Log Out /  Haven’s best friend comes back from 4H camp madly in love, with habits and an attitude that neither Haven nor her parents like. Although it was nice to have slightly different voices for the different characters, the readers drawl was slow and made all the characters seem unlikable because of they way she portrayed them talking. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Her eleventh novel, The Moon and More, was published in June 2013. Overall, the characters grow and the plot moves at a good rate, but the depth of Haven’s character, and her lack of romance makes this novel very different than most her other novels. This is a story of Haven's growing up and understanding you can't change some things, like her father getting remarried. 117 Personal Connection: Characters continued.. Setting/Theme I found this book so easy to relate to, it allows you to see that Sumner Lee - Ashley's old boyfriend who is a charming young man. Within the course of the novel, Sumner reappears in Haven's life. That Summer is Sarah Dessen's first novel, published in 1996. Detailed plot synopsis reviews of That Summer; Haven is a teenage girl with lots of family problems. Plot Summary: Haven has grown to be just shy of six feet tall in the last six months and she doesn’t feel like she can fit into the way things are now. Haven feels alone in the world this summer until she comes across Sumner, one of her sister, Ashley’s old boyfriends. Her own sweet Sumner broke her sister's heart when he cheated on her, not the other way around. I have read many Dessen books, which are all mostly set in the same area and have never been so aware of the fact that they were set in the south as in this reading of the book. Haven is six feet tall which makes her feel uncomfortable in her own skin. ( Log Out /  Her mother's planning a trip to Europe. Dessen, S. (2013). Retrieved from http://sarahdessen.com/press-kit/. That Summer Book Summary and Study Guide. Reader’s Annotation/Teaser: Haven’s summer is one full of change and it seems that she is being forced to change with everything else. I have read a lot of Sarah Dessen's books and in this case That Summer got beat out by Sarah Dessen's other books.

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