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Author: Sarah Dessen Narrator: Mia Barron Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2020 ISBN: 9780062991355
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The debut novel from the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of The Rest of the Story!

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. Her father is getting married to the local weather woman. Her sister Ashley is engaged to a man who’s just...boring. And Haven, at 15, is nearly six feet tall and still growing.
 
Then Ashley’s old boyfriend shows up, sparking memories of the summer when they were all happy and everything was perfect....
 
Or was it?
 
* “Unforgettable” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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  • “A keenly observant narrative full of witty ironies.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maddie | 10/29/2019

    " I love the way she talks. She goes at a nice speed, and doesn't speak like a robot. She expresses the way the book wants her to. She never has a voice change in language, and high to low change. I love this book and I hope that every other reader does to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 2/20/2014

    " Read this ya novel for my library at school. I really liked it and now understand why teenage girls love Sarah Desseb? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 2/20/2014

    " i liked it it was pretty good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 2/15/2014

    " I'm not sure why but this year there has been a rush on Sarah Dessen's books, so I had to read one to find out just why you can never find them on the library shelf. The only one available was "That summer" and I now understand why these books are so popular - they are a really, quick easy read, a little like watching "Home and away" - but with more action and a little more mystery surrounding the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/13/2014

    " Another Sarah Dessen favorite. This story is a bit more lighthearted than some of her other books. Teenage girl, middle child, trying to discover her own identity and place within her broken family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/6/2014

    " A good book! I felt pretty bad for Haven. She just wanted everything to go back to the way they were before her father remarried, her sister marrying someone Haven doesn't think is good enough and to add to that she is still tall as ever. I would recommend this book for any girl. Good book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kindredhearts | 1/26/2014

    " I actually found this book quite different in comparison to the other works by Sarah Dessen. Yes, it did include the broken teen, female character that has great struggle and pains before she realizes her worth; but the plot represented changes that are more noticeable and recurrent in her later works. I rather enjoyed the fact that this novel did not include a love interest for the main character because it gave this character a greater depth that she probably wouldn't have achieved with a romantic interest. Clearly, Sarah's writing continues to grow in talent and skill with every novel; and as this is her first, it comes off as a bit lackluster in comparison to her most recent works. Still, she presents such a strong and moving story that it is no wonder Sarah remains one of the top young adult authors in the US. I give this novel 4 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it to anyone needing a good book to curl up with and get lost in. Well done, Sarah! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samantha | 1/23/2014

    " Not nearly as good as other Dessen books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivia | 1/19/2014

    " An overall pretty good book but in my opinion, it's definitely not Sarah Dessen's best. =) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Theresa | 1/4/2014

    " I was excited for the story line. But the language isn't appropriate. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 12/27/2013

    " Oh my gosh the most stupidest book by Sarah Dessen. I have read only 3 books by her and this would be my least favorite there was no exciting part to it. It was just blah. My friend read only like 11 pages of it and hated it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jesselle | 12/19/2013

    " Finally read my first Sarah Dessen book! I was expecting a lot from this author considering her great reputation when it comes to YA novels. Boy, was I disappointed. I dunno, maybe I just got the wrong book? Haha. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 12/16/2013

    " This book was so good. I was so upset when it ended. I felt like Haven was growing within the book and the ending was unexpected some what. It was very good. It was certainly a page turner and something many girls can relate to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 10/11/2013

    " This was my first Sarah Dessen book but it definitely won't be my last. Beautiful language. Great YA contemporary. Kinda itchy to get my fingers on more of her stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oanh | 10/1/2013

    " YA .. easy read, makes you remember back to those years with all the little hangups and family dynamics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jordan | 6/21/2013

    " This was the only book by her that I've read so far that was just plain boring. Granted, it was apparently her first book, so maybe that was the problem. Wasn't really much of a plot either "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aria | 6/19/2013

    " This was a really great book, although it was kind of slow at the beginning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 4/6/2013

    " this was as good as the other ones by sarah dessen. Now, i'm starting to read 'the truth about forever' also by sarah dessen! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 courtniepaige | 9/22/2012

    " This is the first book I've ever read by Sarah Dessen. This book as ahmazing. Not only did I fall in love with the book but the author as well. I will definately be reading this book again soon. (: "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 9/15/2012

    " Another story about sisters, though not as good as Lock and Key. I love the details Sarah Dessen includes about relationships. I wish there was romance in this book, but I appreciate how she concluded with the main male character in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 5/25/2012

    " Good book for summer reading. Kind of a fun book when you're bored. "

About the Author

Sarah Dessen is the author of more than a dozen novels, including What Happened to Goodbye, a New York Times bestseller. Her first two books, That Summer and Someone Like You, were made into the movie How to Deal. Her books are frequently chosen for the top-ten list for teens and young adults. She is the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her contributions to young-adult literature and the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. She graduated with highest honors in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

About the Narrator

Mia Barron has worked at theaters in New York and around the country. Her film and television credits include The Guiding Light and the independent feature The F Word. She has won an AudioFile Earphones Award, and in 2003 she was awarded the Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award for her audiobook narration.