Genre: Novel/Coming of age
Reading Level: Young Adult
Summary: The summer isn't going well for Haven--she's getting too close to six feet tall, her sportscaster father is getting remarried to a weather lady and her sister is getting married to her lump of a fiance Lewis. All Haven wants is to go back to an earlier summer when life was perfect, but when her sister's ex-boyfriend turns up Haven will finally see the past for it was.
Red Flags: PG-13 language
My Rating: B+
Yes, I got back on the Sarah Dessen horse. I blame the nice weather, since these books always take place over summertime. Anyway, this one was her first novel, and I think--both in good ways and bad--that showed. On the good side, the writing felt fresher and more original, and the content was much milder. On the downside, the story seemed a bit underdeveloped. I liked it as I was reading it, but afterwards I thought that there was a real lack of resolution. Some threads seemed altogether pointless and the end was a bit muddled. Also it could have used a bit of editing, as one character is described as divorced on one page and widowed on another.
Overall, though, it was a pleasant, fast read. Nice and summery, with plenty of silly teenage angst. And really, isn't that the whole reason I read these books?