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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Series: Summer
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416995560
  • ASIN: B00AK3OY6S
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,120,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 7–10—Belly, 16, lives all year for her summers at Cousins Beach. But when a family friend dies and the beach house tradition is threatened, she faces the season without her second family and without the boy she loves. In this follow-up to The Summer I Turned Pretty (S & S, 2009), Belly is still reeling from the dissolution of her relationship with Conrad, her lifelong love, and the death of his mother. But mourning Suzanne is even harder since Conrad has shut down, refusing to talk to Belly or anyone else. When he suddenly leaves school without explanation, his brother, Jeremiah, recruits Belly to help find and mend him. The trio find themselves at Cousins Beach after all, and the memories and feelings of the past come flooding back. Complicated and fragile, Belly's relationships with the two young men are put to new tests as she and Conrad come to terms with their relationship, and Belly and Jeremiah begin to build a romantic bond of their own. This sequel is as quiet and thoughtful as its companion. The nostalgic imagery of a lifetime of experiences at a serene and magical place like Cousins Beach is alive once again, and the desperation the characters feel when faced with losing a loved one and possibly the beach house, too, is warmly imagined. Fans of the first book will enjoy this continuation in which nothing is easy for Belly, but the end result is worth the heartache.—Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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This book has what every girl wants in a summer -- Sarah Dessen Impossible to put down and I read it in one afternoon goodreads.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I was crying from the first page of this book.
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Belly heart is constantly being broken by Conrad and still she loves him more and more, Jeremiah wishes she would love him the way that she loves Conrad.
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I cannot wait to read the final book in this series, and possibly other books by Jenny Han.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Zaimah Hashmi on March 31, 2011
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I read the first book and this one back to back over a couple of days. I enjoyed the love story in the first one and knew there would be conflict in this one but was waiting for a more satisfying resolution... I felt that the big scene with Belly and Conrad was just not as powerful as the buildup and had to go back and reread it in order to see if I had missed something. And I hadn't-- so I was disappointed a bit. I am looking forward to the final one but just hope that it is better at tying up the loose ends since this felt more a book about the house than the individuals.

Also just as an aside--- in The Summer I Turned Pretty- when Belly is talking to Cam on the beach she whistles and it says that she's proud of her whistle. Yet in this book when Mr.Fisher shows up at the house and she's trying figure out to warn the boys and considers whistling she (belly) says she doesn't know how to whistle. I know i read these back to back and it's a small detail but it annoyed me. I hate it when authors/editors miss the little details especially related to character building!!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John P. Gallagher on April 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Its Not Summer Without You was a wonderful, beautiful, riveting book that i can't get out of my head!! I loved the first book and i wasn't disappointed with the second which blew my mind. The only thing that got me down was how sad this book was, i felt bitter and depressed for Belly and the way Conrad was treating her. But then i'd read an especially touching part between Belly and Conrad or Belly and Jeremiah and it lift my spirits again. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who's looking for a new favorite, trust me it'll be a good decision. Now i have no clue how i will survive a whole year waiting for the final book We'll Always Have Summer and a little worried because honestly, the title sounds sad in itself!! Trust me and pick up this book or the first one, you won't regret it!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MomOfTwo on June 12, 2013
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I was recommended this series by a friend. I read all 3 books and I was mildly entertained throughout. I wouldn't recommend this as a must-read series, but it kept my attention and was mostly enjoyable, aside from how frustrating the characters could be at times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By *Caligirl_08* VINE VOICE on August 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This one was a bit depressing for a summer-beach read. I don't think it's a spoiler to say that Susannah dies and the book prettymuch deals with how Belly, Jeremiah and Conrad are dealing with it (and their teenage hormone love triangle dramaz at the same time.)

I'm pretty hopeful that book 3 will wrap this mess up with a nice tidy bow. Maybe it is good advice to have people buy and read all 3 books back to back! Being stuck after book 2 with no book 3 on hand would suck!

For parents: there's no sex or sexual situations in the book, (a few kissing scenes that are pretty tame) there are some partying and alcohol use as well as bragging about alcohol use as if drinking makes you cool. besides that, a pretty safe book.

Okay, off to read book 3!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Su on April 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I find it very hard to describe why, exactly, I love this series so very much. The story's not that unique, and the plot can drag at times. Nevertheless, I found myself effortlessly lured into Belly's world in this second book in the series. IT'S NOT SUMMER WITHOUT YOU made me laugh, tear up, and swoon, and it is every bit as good as the first book, if not better.

It was impossible for me not to get emotionally invested in these characters. Jenny Han has created marvelously nuanced characters, flawed or troubled or just plain not nice...and yet all endearing. IT'S NOT SUMMER WITHOUT YOU has a gorgeous blend of family/parental tensions, vivid flashbacks, and your plain old-fashioned love triangle done right. The book is dotted with quietly emotional scenes that made me cry or cringe or shout at these characters I love to start treating one another better, darn it. The emotions are agonizing, and thus addicting. You don't want to look away even in the most painful of moments.

Loving this book is an conscious act of devotion. I recognize that these books are not for everyone. Some might find the plot too slow and meandering to be engaging. Others will not feel much sympathy for Belly, who can come off as bland and immature. Those things, of course, did not bother me, for the sheer emotional resonance of this story quite justifiably overcame everything else.

With IT'S NOT SUMMER WITHOUT YOU, Jenny Han cements herself as a supremely talented writer who can avoid the second-in-a-trilogy book slump and make readers fall hard for the characters. Fans of the first book will adore this one, and if you haven't yet read the first, you should definitely do so as soon as possible, preferably on a night when you want to feel emotionally alive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alma on May 25, 2013
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This was an amazing book, finished it in about 12 hours, I love this series. It is a great teen read.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TheRustyKey on December 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
There's been a sea change in the lives of Belly, Conrad, and Jeremiah, the inextricable and love-fraught characters of Jenny Han's `It's Not Summer Without You,' the second installment in her `Summer Series'. And yet while some things are forever lost, the connection between them, the desperate, muddled, lusty feelings they carry for one another endure in this deliciously addicting and maddening follow-up to `The Summer I Turned Pretty'. Clear your schedule for three days before cracking the binding on this one, and read no further if you have not read the first book in the series.

While the story opens with a fantasy, an idealized, crystalline moment of what could have been, what follows when Belly is shaken from her revelry is anything but. This is the first summer that she is spending away from the house at Cousin's Beach, away from her lifelong friends and love objects, Conrad and Jeremiah, and everything has fallen to ruins with the death of the boys' mother, Susannah. As it was Susannah's house that they summered at, the axis around which all the characters orbited has dematerialized, and they find themselves flung into the dark and fearsome void. Belly's mother has gone on a zombie-like autopilot after the loss of her best friend, pouring herself into dealing with Susannah's estate and legal matters. Jeremiah, ever the life raft, is dragging along his remaining family as best he can while trying to stay afloat himself. Conrad, however, already a melancholic and volatile figure, has taken hold of his mother's death as an opportunity for a downward spiraling trip to rock bottom.
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