That Summer

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That Summer

by Sarah Dessen

Speak | May 10, 2004 | Trade Paperback

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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 old 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.
 
“Unforgettable" —Publishers Weekly, starred review
 
Also by Sarah Dessen:
Along for the Ride
Dreamland
Just Listen
Keeping the Moon
Lock and Key
The Moon and More
Someone Like You
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
What Happened to Goodbye

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8.22 × 5.49 × 0.63 in

Published: May 10, 2004

Publisher: Speak

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142401722

ISBN - 13: 9780142401729

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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That Summer

by Sarah Dessen

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8.22 × 5.49 × 0.63 in

Published: May 10, 2004

Publisher: Speak

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142401722

ISBN - 13: 9780142401729

About the Book

For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She's nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister&150the always perfect Ashley&150is 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.

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Chapter One It’s funny how one summer can change everything. It must be something about the heat and the smell of chlorine, fresh-cut grass and honeysuckle, asphalt sizzling after late-day thunderstorms, the steam rising while everything drips around it. Something about long, lazy days and whirring air conditioners and bright plastic flip-flops from the drugstore thwacking down the street. Something about fall being so close, another year, another Christmas, another beginning. So much in one summer, stirring up like the storms that crest at the end of each day, blowing out all the heat and dirt to leave everything gasping and cool. Everyone can reach back to one summer and lay a finger to it, finding the exact point when everything changed. That summer was mine. The day my father got remarried, my mother was up at six a.m. defrosting the refrigerator. I woke to the sound of her hacking away and the occasional thud as a huge slab of ice crashed. My mother was an erratic defroster. When I came down into the kitchen, she was poised in front of the open freezer, wielding the ice pick, Barry Manilow crooning out at her from the tape player she kept on the kitchen table. Around Barry’s voice, stacked in dripping piles, were all of our perishables, sweating in the heat of another summer morning. “Oh, good morning, Haven.” She turned when she saw me, wiping her brow with the ice pick still in hand, making my heart jump as I imagined it slipping just a bit and
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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 old 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.
 
“Unforgettable" —Publishers Weekly, starred review
 
Also by Sarah Dessen:
Along for the Ride
Dreamland
Just Listen
Keeping the Moon
Lock and Key
The Moon and More
Someone Like You
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
What Happened to Goodbye

About the Author

Sarah Dessen is one of the most popular writers for young adults. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews, and have sold more than seven million copies. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine. Visit her online at www.sarahdessen.com.

From the Author

"I was born in 1970 in Illinois, but all the life I remember I’ve spent in Chapel Hill, NC. My parents were both professors at the University of North Carolina: my mom is a classicist (which means she knows everything you could ever imagine about myths, Latin, and words) and my dad teaches Shakespeare (which means I’d seen  As You Like It  about five times by the age of 18.) I have one brother, who is a musician and lives in California with his son and his wife, an artist who designed my personal website. (Thanks, Mariangeles!) "I’ve been writing, in one way or another, for as long as I can remember. I was always a big reader, mostly because my parents were. I used to get frustrated with my mom because she bought me books for Christmas when what I really wanted were the gifts my friends got, things like sweaters and jewelry. But I did love to read. When I was eight or nine my parents gave me an old manual typewriter and a little desk in the corner of our den, and I’d sit there and type up my stories. I was the kind of kid that people always sighed over and said, "She has such a wild imagination," which usually meant "I wish Sarah would try to stick to the truth." I have a tendency to embellish: I think it’s just a weakness of fiction writers. Once you learn how to make a story better, it’s hard not to do it all the time. "In high school, I was lucky enough to have a big group of girlfriends that have really inspired a lot of the s
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Editorial Reviews

"A keenly observant narrative full of witty ironies." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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