Book Review: It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

Genres: Young adult, romance, contemporary.

Last year, all of Belly’s dreams came true and the thought of missing a summer in Cousins Beach was inconceivable. But like the rise and fall of the ocean tide, things can change— just like that. Suddenly the time she’s always looked forward to most is something she dreads. And when Jeremiah calls to say Conrad has disappeared, Belly must decide how she will spend this summer: chasing after the boy she loves, or finally letting him go.

It’s Not Summer Without You is the second book in the Summer trilogy. This book alternates between both Belly and Jeremiah’s viewpoints, which I really enjoyed. It was interesting to see different points of view on the same situation: Conrad has disappeared from college and so both characters set off to find him and bring him back home. This book is a lot darker than the previous. We see how each character deals with devastating events – love and loss, but it still manages to retain its summery feel. It made me appreciate Conrad a little more but I still think he can be incredibly rude and frustrating (and so I still prefer Jeremiah!).

I gave this book 3.5/5 because while I still liked, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the previous book. I had assumed that some things would be resolved and that Belly would have grown up and become more mature, since a year had passed, but she’s still the same old self-centered Belly that we’ve come to know and love. Even though I knew how stupid and immature Belly’s was acting, I still understood why she acted the way she did and said things she said. Any relationship – romantic, friendship, familial, can be extremely hard and it’s almost impossible to get it right all the time.

The book ends on one hell of a epilogue. It’s extremely short, vague and leaves me thinking “Does this mean what I think it means?” The next book, We’ll Always Have Summer, should be extremely interesting… I’m only disappointed that I need to wait so long for it to be released in the UK.

“I will never look at you in the same way ever again. I’ll never be that girl again. The girl who comes running back every time you push her away, the girl who loves you anyway.”

Thank you Penguin for sending me the book to review!

My Rating: ★★★½

2 thoughts on “Book Review: It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

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