Friday, January 13, 2012

Review- We'll Always Have Summer

We'll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3)

Goodreads Description:
It's been two years since Conrad told Belly to go with Jeremiah. She and Jeremiah have been inseparable ever since, even attending the same college-- only, their relationship hasn't exactly been the happily ever after Belly had hoped it would be. And when Jeremiah makes the worst mistake a boy can make, Belly is forced to question what she thought was true love. Does she really have a future with Jeremiah? Has she ever gotten over Conrad? It's time for Belly to decide, once and for all, who has her heart forever
My Thoughts:
I read this book immediately following It’s Not Summer without You. I was dying to know how it ended. Who would Belly chose Jeremiah or Conrad? The boy that was there for her when she needed him or the boy she would always love?
The book starts off with a bombshell. Belly and Jeremiah have been dating for a couple of years now and they are both in college at the same school. Everything is going great until Belly finds out that Jeremiah cheated on her during Spring Break. Belly is crushed and reasonably so. The guy that she thought she could always count on betrayed her. How could she get past it?
Well, she was actually able to fairly easily. She knew Jeremiah was sorry and that he wouldn’t do it again. He was her Jeremiah that she had known since childhood. How could she not forgive him?
I was torn by her decision to stay with Jeremiah after that. I’ve always been one to say that if a guy ever cheated on me it was over. It didn’t matter the circumstances. In my mind, there were no excuses. However, I found myself actually wanting her to give him another chance. He was so sweet and caring in the second book I couldn’t help but want to see him get another chance. That being said, when I first read it I was crushed. I felt like he had let me down as well.
As the book progresses, you realize that Jeremiah isn’t just the sweet guy we have come to love in previous books. He’s a college student. He likes doing what college kids like to do. The further you get into it the more it becomes apparent that Jeremiah (despite how much he cares for Belly) isn’t mature enough or ready for the kind of commitment he’s trying to make. It’s also apparent that Belly still has feelings for Conrad.
In We’ll Always Have Summer, we get a glimpse inside of Conrad’s head. It’s great to finally see exactly what he’s thinking and feeling. For two whole books we have been kept in the dark and never really know where he stands. In this book, we finally find out.
I really enjoyed this series. I was completely torn between the two brothers and I didn’t think it was going to be possible to come up with an ending that I would like and where everyone would end up where they were supposed to be.  Han found a way to do both. I felt the ending was realistic and right for the characters.
Overall, I think it was an excellent series. My eagerness to find out who Belly chooses kept the pages turning at a rapid pace.
Grade: A

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