Popular author Jenny Han continues the gripping and emotional story she began in The Summer I Turned Pretty (starred review from Publishers Weekly) and continued in It’s Not Summer Without You.
Belly has only loved two boys, Conrad Fisher and his brother, Jeremiah. Now that she and Jeremiah are on the verge of a permanent commitment, Belly confronts her lingering feelings for Conrad and faces a painful reality. She must figure out which brother is her soulmate—which means someone’s heart will get broken.
©2011 Jenny Han (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
I didn't read the book but the audio edition was awesome
The innocense and well the whole fabulous thing
She done a superb job at all of them
I might be 59 but this is a touching story that anyone 12-100 can appreciate!
Belly and Jeremiah are in college together, trying to act like Belly really wants to be with Jeremiah instead of his brother. Since Conrad made it clear he wouldn’t choose her, she’s convinced herself that she’s content with Jeremiah, though she still has a special place in her heart for Conrad. They’ve managed to make it into something special and Belly’s sure he’s the one. Until he does the unthinkable.
I love the characters in this series, especially in the latter part of the final book. You could really see how they’d all grown over the years, as they’d gotten older and wiser (in most cases). They still made stupid mistakes, but they learned from them. They still had their flaws, of course; Belly was still whiny about Conrad not loving her, Jeremiah was still whiny about Conrad getting all the love and Conrad was still an asshat.
One thing I didn’t like was the direction Jeremiah’s character went. We’ve known him for years, and I felt like his betrayal was completely out of character. He had his reasons (aka his excuses), but it still didn’t feel like something the Jeremiah we know and love would do. There were several chapters told from Conrad’s POV which I think were meant to portray him as a long-suffering good guy caught in a bad situation. While I appreciated finally seeing things the way he did, it was too little, too late. I understand he had problems and issues, but that was no excuse for treating Belly like he did.
Just like the first 2 books, We’ll Always Have Summer was entertaining and fun. I wasn’t expecting the ending, and I can’t say I’m exactly happy with it. But it made sense for the characters and felt true to them.
Though I’m sad it’s over, this was a satisfying conclusion to the series.
The third in the summer series was great--what I expect to close out the trilogy. I gave the story 4 stars for a few reasons: (not really SPOILERS ahead, but just in case, consider yourself warned. )
-Jeremiah seemed to have taken on a new personality--what happened to the sweet kid from the previous installment?
-We are supposed to accept that Belli and Conrad had a much deeper relationship that previous told in the earlier book, so the arc that their relationship takes in this one is a little jarring.
-The story ends a little abruptly. I would like to have known a few more details in the intervening years.
All in all, a great experience, though. I enjoyed the series and would recommend it to any YA....or adult!
This story was the 2nd book in the trilogy. I didn't like how this story took forever to finish.
I loved the narrator. She has a way of making you feel like you are there in the story.
Best series I have read in a while! Heartbreaking moment, happy moments, scary moments...it goes on. In the end it's the laugh, cry, and happy parts that everyone needs in a book. I LOVED IT!
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