Rating: 2.5 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience: Teens...especially girls
High point: The promise of the writing to come
Low point: The angst, the current writing...
Reader maturity: 13+
I fell in love with The Truth About Forever and I enjoyed Lock and Key. That Summer failed to impress me in the way that either of the other two did; however, while it's probably not going to gain a permanent place on my shelf, it's still worth a read.
I read That Summer thinking that it felt younger and less polished than Sarah Dessen's other novels and lo! and behold, it's from the mid-90s. Ms. Dessen has come a long way since then, although she wasn't off to a bad start. It's hard for me to put a finger on what I didn't like, but I think it's this.
- The main character is a little younger than the other two.
- She's less mature.
- She spends a lot of time moaning about what she doesn't like about herself. (I don't know any 15-year-olds who haven't done this, but I'm not yet in that place in my life where I don't mind revisiting that awkward period.)
- She spends a lot of time complaining about her family.
That Summer feels like a good start to some greater works. If you're itching to try a Sarah Dessen novel, this probably isn't a good one to begin with, but if you're a fan, it's worth a read.
Title: That Summer
Author: Sarah Dessen
Genre: Teen Fiction - Romance & Friendship
Book Source: Purchased