It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
Series: Summer #2
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on April 27th 2010
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit, Young Adult
Pages: 275 (Paperback)
Source: Purchased- Paperback
Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?
It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.
But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started–at Cousins Beach.
After loosing Susannah, life hasn’t been easy for the Fishers and Conkins. Since going to Cousins Beach was getting to spend time with Susannah, it’s just not the same anymore. Conrad has simply just stop caring about everything and has gone missing. Jeremiah and Belly try and find him but find him in the one place they always go during the summer- Cousins Beach.
If I had to choose (I’ve finished the trilogy, behind on reviews) It’s Not Summer Without You was my least favorite of the 3. Yes, I really loved it, but Belly was SO conflicted the entire time and she got on my nerves quite a bit while reading. Plus, with the death of Susannah, it made it a sad book and that wasn’t something I was looking forward to.
I really loved Jenny Han’s writing style, there’s just something about it that is so compelling. I can literally play this in my head as if I’m watching TV, it was that vivid.
I liked how she had chapters from Jeremiah’s point of view and getting to see how he was thinking while everything was going on.
“I could feel my insides sink. My knees too. So I sat on the ground, against the wall, letting it support me. I thought I knew what heartbreak felt like. I thought heartbreak was me, standing alone at the prom. That was nothing. This, this was heartbreak. The pain in your chest, the ache behind your eyes. The knowing that things will never be the same again. It’s all relative, I suppose. You think you know love, you think you know real pain, but you don’t. You don’t know anything.” — page 30-31
“How do you regret one of the best nights of your entire life? You don’t. You remember every word, every look. Even when it hurts, you still remember.” — page 114
“I didn’t want to make the same mistake my parents made. I didn’t want my love to fade away one day like an old scar. I wanted it to burn forever.” — page 182
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