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It's Not Summer Without You Paperback – Bargain Price, April 5, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
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!!
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.Read more ›
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…
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book broke my heart. It started with giving me a lot of hope, but then it broke my heart. Conrad broke my heart, Susannah broke my heart, Jeremiah broke my heart. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Prarinthepustakaaley
This was a lot of the good stuff from the first book, with deeper feelings and understanding. I'm thinking maybe Belly was just too young for Conrad and they're not ready for each... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laney Shupe
This series is great. I've read this book in a day and the same with the one before. Once you start you can't stop. It's really good an i recommend.Published 4 months ago by jennifer Dermody
This series and this author was recommended by the library I go to so I am trying to give them a try. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jenn721
Now that Belly has matured a little bit, she wasn't so hard to get along with. I liked this book and will read the 3rd one.Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer