Sep 30, 2013

Young Reader Review: THAT SUMMER

We have a great new Young Reader Review today by Kennedy featuring Sarah Dessen’s YA novel, THAT SUMMER. Enjoy!

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Hi Kennedy! Thank you so much for joining us today! Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am 13 years old and in the eighth grade. I live in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. I enjoy hiking, sliding and jumping off rocks, running, and of course reading. I have two siblings and a dog.

I love the mountains, especially in the fall! What types of books do you enjoy reading?

I enjoy reading nonfiction, realistic fiction, mysteries, and some fantasy.

What is your very favorite genre?

It is too hard to choose!

I know that you are an avid reader and that it’s hard to pick a favorite book, but tell us about your current favorite.

My current favorite is That Summer by Sarah Dessen. It is about a girl, Haven, around age 15, whose life is completely changing during the summer. Her father, a local sportscaster, has had an affair with the weather girl, they are getting married, and she soon finds out they are having a baby. Haven has a crappy job selling kids’ shoes, and her best friend is gone for a good chunk of the summer to summer camp and comes back a changed person.  Haven’s sister is getting married to a guy that Haven does not like. Her mother has changed since the divorce, and is thinking about moving out of the house Haven grew up in. Haven also starts seeing her sister’s ex-boyfriend all over the place. He is taking time off from college to work in his hometown for the summer, and she feels like he is the only one she can connect to.

Haven eventually breaks down, but with the help of family and friends, things start to get better. The book is called That Summer because Haven keeps remembering the summer when she, her family, and her sister’s ex boyfriend (the one she keeps seeing all of the time) went to Virginia Beach, and everyone was happy and her parents were still together.

THAT SUMMER sounds like a great book, Kennedy! Are there any kinds of books that you would like to see more of?

I would like to see more realistic fiction books about teenage girls who are athletes.

If you could meet any author in the world, past or present, WHO would it be, and WHY?

I would like to meet J.K Rowling because her story is so amazing and she is an awesome author.

I would also love to meet Ms. Rowling. She is tremendously talented and is one of my all-time favorite authors! know you enjoy writing, as well. What kinds of stories do you like to write? 

I enjoy writing mysteries and nonfiction stories.

I would love to read one of your stories one day, Kennedy! Thanks again for joining us today, and Happy Reading!


  1. I have a fan of Dessen's books at my house also, so thank you, Kennedy. Keep writing.

  2. I haven't read anything of Sarah Dessen's, though I always hear such great things about her work. Great interview Becky and Kennedy(love that name!)!

  3. Great interview! I listened to THAT SUMMER on audio and really enjoyed it.

  4. Excellent review, Kennedy. I haven't read 'That Summer' but you've made me curious and I'll put it on my to-read list. Hope to get a copy of it soon because I'm sure one of my students (a 15-year-old girl) would love to read this!


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