Published: 26th Apr 2011 (USA) 3rd May 2012 (UK)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (USA) Puffin (UK)
Series: Summer (#3)
Readership: Young adult
Genres: Contemporary, romance
We’ll Always Have Summer is the third book in the Summer trilogy, so you might not want to continue reading this review if you’ve not read the first book.
Isabel – previously known as Belly – Conklin has just finished her first year of university when her boyfriend of two years, Jeremiah, proposes. After years of being unsure about her relationship with the Fisher brothers, she’s finally made her decision. She’s happy with Jeremiah. That is, until she sees Conrad again…
We’ll Always Have Summer is my favourite book in the Summer trilogy. There’s just so much drama, so many wrong decisions and events that make me gasp. I couldn’t help but be on edge. Isabel’s the same overdramatic, immature young girl she’s always been but this time I actually felt for her. It’s a standard predicament in YA romance novels: one girl who loves two boys, but since I really liked Jeremiah for the first two books (I called him ‘sweet’ and ‘thoughtful’) and then Conrad for this book, I can hardly blame her. Isabel’s known these two boys her entire life and has shared so many special moments and memories with them so she’s finding it difficult to take a step back and assess what she really wants.
Although at times I wanted to shout at Isabel “You’re 18! Stop rushing everything!”, I also didn’t really want her to as that wouldn’t have made a very exciting summer romance. The previous two books, The Summer I Turned Pretty and It’s Not Summer Without You, focus on deeper issues surrounding death, friendship, and family dynamics, but I felt that this one was dedicated to Isabel alone. We do, however, get to read Conrad’s thoughts as some chapters are from his point of view. It did strike me as a little odd that both boys managed to change personalities so drastically, but perhaps someone can change a lot in two years…
We’ll Always Have Summer is part of a seriously fun series that can be really frustrating, but one I couldn’t put down (you could, if you wanted to, read the entire trilogy in one day!). It’s an intense summer romance that’ll take you to the beach at Cousins, where you’ll never want to leave.
Thank you Razorbill for providing this book for review!