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Book Review: It’s Not Summer Without You

Posted in Books by Felicia on May 13, 2010

It’s Not Summer Without You, the latest from author Jenny Han, is a true treasure.

The sequel to last summer’s novel, The Summer I Turned Pretty, It’s Not Summer Without You follows the characters we have all grown to love:  Belly, the quintessential Summer Girl; and hottie brothers Conrad and Jeremiah.  All the summers before, the three have united at their summer house in Cousins beach with their families to take part in being lazy, being crazy, and falling in love.  This summer, however, takes a different turn when the three experience a loss greater than anything they have ever known.  The book takes an emotional look at how people deal with grief and the effect it can have on families, relationships, and futures.

I’m not saying that this book is all filled with tears and depressing images; it’s also filled with smidges of romance and summer laughter.  Now that Belly is older, Conrad and Jeremiah are more than just two boys she thinks of like brothers and best friends.  Who will she pick, if any?  Conrad, the one guy she’s ever loved and has had her eyes on forever?  Or sweet sweet Jeremiah?  They make the perfect team and have the cutest memories.  (That’s the other great thing about this book:  the reader gets glimpses into previous summers at the beach house.)

As much as I loved this book, the ending was not my favorite—It was kind of an abrupt, confusing cliffhanger.  Do I still want to read the third and final book in the series, We’ll Always Have Summer, which comes out next year?  Abso-freaking-lutely.   





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