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It's Not Summer Without You Paperback – Bargain Price, April 5, 2011

4.6 out of 5 stars 175 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Summer Series

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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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Product Details

  • 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: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,983,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By zz 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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*Review posted on Mundie Moms on 8/5/2016*

Soooooooo, let me just say that keeping this review spoiler free is going to be so hard to do, because on page two (PAGE TWO, you guys!) something happens that sets the tension of this book to OMGNOWAY. Yes, you read it right PAGE TWO. The thing that happens (bear with me, I am trying here) is not entirely unexpected, but it sets the tone for the rest of the book.

Okay, let me pause a second to say, that the love triangle will just never go away. In fact, it makes perfect sense. So as you turn pages you will find yourself loving Conrad, HATING CONRAD SO SO SO MUCH, and hoping (sometimes rather desperately) that Belly ends up with one or the other of the Fisher boys for reasons I can't even mention. GAH. I hate writing non-spoilery review when I have too much to discuss.

I guarantee that your emotions will be tugged in all directions with this story. There will be tears or at least a fairly deep sadness (I suggest a sugar rush only Belly would approve of as a remedy) and a sense of relief that maybe, just maybe we will get the ending that we all want. What ending is that, you ask? I don't even know. At the start, I was hoping that she would date Conrad, but by the end, I was hoping that the sweetness of Jeremiah would win her over.

Beyond the love triangle, Jenny writes a story of friendship between girls, Belly and Taylor and she documents the highs and lows all long standing friendships seem to experience. Their story makes you hope they will end up like Susannah and Laurel eventually. The friendships between the girls, the two moms and the boys and Belly are gorgeously written. They feel extremely real, and in Jenny's hands you will feel all the emotions the characters are going through.
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Actual rating 3.5 stars.

I did not enjoy this as much as the first, however it was a great sequel.

Mixed with melancholia, for me personally and for the Summer franchise. Having lost my own mother recently, and experienced my own battle with cancer, the tone of this book resonated strongly with me. The need to hold onto, even if you have to battle hard and risk losing everything else, certain reminders of the love that you have lost. It’s all consuming.

Belly’s love life was annoying – and I’m still not entirely convinced I like it. Not only has her age lent a certain immaturity to the story, but the fact she was a little flippant left me thinking of her as shallow and without strength of character. She was very reactionary and did not give anyone around her cause to accept she was in charge of her own destiny. Maybe it’s my age showing, but behaviour life that, especially in female protagonists rubs me the wrong way.

It does, however, lend to great drama and angst – which we get plenty of.

And just as much as Belly frustrated me, so did Conrad. He really fails to communicate, or get involved in his family despite what he is feeling. It is such a typical masculine trait. This is not a criticism on the novel, but rather, on Conrad himself. His stoicism amped up the drama in this beautiful Summer House setting.

I’ve never read a book with such annoying characters that I enjoyed so much – it is quite a feat – Thanks a bunch Miss Han.

Jenny Han was able to create such a wonderful ambiance with ‘It’s Not Summer Without You.’ As she did in the debut, ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty,’ you can smell the coconut oil and salty afternoon breezes through the narrative without lengthy exposition. Again another quick and easy read that projects all the feels and offers up a few surprises.

I found myself craving for some depth and maturity from this story, but great escapism bringing me back to my teen years…
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This is really an amazing sequel to an already great start , the first novel. Most times in a series, the books start to lessen in greatness as you keep reading but that was not the case this time around. This book definitely earned its 5 stars. It was quite the page turner and I could no name one part that I didn't enjoy. I cannot wait to read the final book in this series, and possibly other books by Jenny Han. The author did a great job portraying characters which make the book even more enjoyable. In addition, this book ended in a sort of mystery type feel which made you want to read on. This book would be most appropriate for the 13-15 age category.
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