Thursday, January 12, 2012
4:29 PM | Posted by Ashley G. |
Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.
But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started--at Cousins Beach.
I read The Summer I Turned Pretty several months ago and loved it. I waited a while to buy It’s Not Summer Without You and the final book, We’ll Always Have Summer, because I had so many books still left to read that I had already bought. However, when I did finally buy them I read the last two books back to back in literally two days. I’m going to try to separate the reviews as much as possible but no promises that there won’t be some crossovers.
It’s Not Summer without You starts out by letting us know that Suzanne has died and this summer for the first time Belly won’t be going to Cousins Beach. Instead, she will be spending her summer at home with her friends there. Belly is less than thrilled about this and it’s obvious to everyone. However, Belly is contacted by Jeremiah with news that Conrad is missing and he needs her help to find him. Soon Belly realizes that she might get to go to Cousins Beach after all.
In It’s Not Summer without You, Han alternates between Belly’s point of view and Jeremiah’s. I thought this was an interesting change. It was nice to get one of the guy’s prospective on Belly. Also, this book revealed the sweet and caring side of Jeremiah. I found myself going back and forth between which guy I wanted Belly to end up with. Jeremiah was so sweet and good to her but clearly Conrad is the one she is in love with.
This book also tackles the difficult issue of dealing with losing someone you care about and just dealing with the issues of being a teenager and growing up in general. I felt like all of the characters did a lot of growing up in this book and took a huge step in becoming who they are meant to be.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a very quick read and the entire time I was dying to know what happened next. Word of advice: Have the final book in the series handy because you are not going to be able to stop until you know how this story ends.
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