This is basically a New Reads: Sarah Dessen Edition, because I plan on reading as many of her books as possible over summer break since I’ve never read anything from her, which makes me feel like a bad YA book blogger…
A book involving family drama and family weddings? Definitely sounds like an interesting read. Not to mention the title – how can a book called That Summer not be a great book for summer reading?
This involves friendship and teenager pregnancy, another interesting combination. It sounds like it could be quite sad, but at this point I expect 90% of all contemporary books to be at least mildly sad at some point. I may have to listen to Adele’s “Someone Like You” throughout this book, because that’s what I always think of when reading this title, even though it doesn’t have anything to do with the summary.
Eccentric relatives, working at a restaurant with interesting characters, and a possible look at slut shaming? Dessen seems to have a lot of books that have plenty of things that I might like and I have no idea how I haven’t checked her stuff out already.
Despite the love interest’s name being Rogerson (really, is his dad’s name Roger and they couldn’t think of something more original or something?), this sounds like an interesting look at controlling and co-dependent relationships. And I like sleeping and dreaming – that has to count for something with a book called Dreamland, right?
A mother working on Husband Number Five, the quest for a teenage Mr. Right (I doubt there really is one, but what are books for if not for dreaming?), and seeing the significance in love songs? I’m listening… (And no, that was not meant to be a pun, although I definitely see it now)
Hey, working at a library is not boring! Okay, it kind of is, especially if you spend most of your time shelving, as I did, but I won’t hold that against this book’s summary. Wow, Dessen really likes books that take place during summer – I wonder if these all do – but it helps that I’m doing these all during summer break, quite appropriate. Renovating a beach house certainly sounds interesting, as well as quirky caterers and an artistic love interest.
Ooh, a former (or current – summary wasn’t really clear) actress with family issues? And a bad boy – sure, they’re getting to be quite over-rated and end up being jerks rather than decent love interests, but this book is from 2006 so maybe he’s an interesting and not generic bad boy.
A missing mother, an estranged and married older sister who takes in the protagonist, and a boy-next-door love interest? Sounds quite interesting. It’s also interesting to see how private schools get addressed, even if they aren’t always as realistic (and often boring) as they really are.
An insomniac clothes boutique employee spending her summer with her dad in a charming beach town? Yay for more summer and beaches! And as a girl who often has trouble falling asleep at night (I don’t have insomnia but it can feel like it when it’s really late, I’m really tired, and yet still can’t fall asleep) certainly sounds like an interesting protagonist.
OK, this is technically cheating, because this book comes out this year and this is a list of already-published books, but I felt that it needed to be included with a Dessen-centric list, not to mention it rounded out the list to a nice, even 10. This is another summer book (OK, I think that all of her books are summer, but until I read them I won’t actually know, so that’s one more reason to read them) in another beach town, this time involving a girl in the summer before heading off to college – always an interesting time of transition.