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Review: It's not summer without you by Jenny Han

It's not summer without you by Jenny Han
Published by Penguin
Series: Summer#2
Source: review copy

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

I started this book expecting it to be very similiar to the first book, light and fluffy with a similiar format and storyline but was actually pleasantly surprised by how different it was whilst still capturing the magic of the first instalment.

A year has passed and everything has changed for Belly. I actually think this is the thing that shocked me the most from the outset. Susannah has gone, Belly hasn't seen or spoken to the Fisher boys in a few months and she isn't at the beach house for her summer vacation. These stark changes from book one really threw me right out of my comfort zone from the very beginning.

The most heartbreaking thing for me in this book is the way in which Belly is treated by Conrad and how that treatment of her is seen through Jeremiah's eyes as in this book you get some chapters from his perspective. I don't actually get the whole Conrad thing personally (that said I'm not really one for bad boys often) and I loved Jeremiah in this book even more than I did in the first book.

Another thing I liked about this book is that it showed a really different side to Belly and added more to her a character. She has clearly grown up a lot between books and the way she sees the world has changed somewhat. The emotion in this book was raw and touching especially when it was looking at how Belly dealt with her grief. I also liked how you got a bit more under the skin of the relationship she has with her mother in this book.

The only thing I didn't like was the ending mostly because I need to know now what happens next! The cliff hanger at the end was extremely frustrating and one that I will be dying to know the resolution of.


Bella said…
Oh my gosh that ending was horrible! :L I know what you mean, I NEED the next one now! :) Great review!
I really need to read this series :D First one is on my shelf somewhere lol
I absolutely ADORED this book and the series. And the characters and all the emotion both within the book and the emotion I felt while reading it. What a great series.