Wednesday, May 11, 2011

"It's Not Summer Without You" by Jenny Han (Summer, #2)

"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."-goodreads

I really enjoyed It's Not Summer Without You, just as much as I loved The Summer I Turned Pretty. It was just as emotional, if not more so. My favorite addition to the book was probably that rather than the whole book being from Belly's point of view, we also got to see a chapter here and there from Jeremiah's point of view.

The biggest highlight of the whole series is Jenny Han's gorgeous writing, for me, anyway. Still stunningly emotional, this one still avoids crossing the line of what one would probably consider over dramatic. It was all very real. I liked Jeremiah in this one, a lot more than I liked Conrad, which wasn't so in the first book and wasn't in the following one.

Which brings me to the problem. I can't say a lot more in this review. Both because of the general rule of sequels, but also because I read the third book before finishing this review; therefore, I'm finding it difficult to not spoil that one as well! Anyway, great sequel in a fabulous series! Check back soon for my review of the conclusion!

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