Jun 13, 2014

Book Review | It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

It's Not Summer Without You
Author: Jenny Han
Publication Date: April 27, 2010
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Book Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Goodreads

For Belly, the only way to really enjoy summer is if she's at the Cousins Beach, together with her brother, Jeremy, and Conrad. But now that Susannah's gone, and Conrad disappeared without a word, it seems that the promise they made a summer ago was completely forgotten.

Belly's struggle between the two boys continues in It's Not Summer Without You as she and Jeremiah went on a trip to find Conrad. Through Belly's flashbacks, we get to know what happened between Belly and Conrad, as well as the last moments of Susannah.

Belly may still be annoying and immature. She's still pining on Conrad, even though he didn't treat her nicely. I still don't like the idea of her, jumping right into Jeremiah just because they've kissed, and in the process, hurting Conrad, even if she knows that he still loves her.

I'm quite surprised to see the side of the story in Jeremiah's eyes, though it took me a while to get used to it since I get him mixed up with Belly's sometimes. 

Moreover, I just don't get the deal with Conrad as he put in a mask and started to become mean to Belly. He's hot in the first minute, and then cold the next. It's unfair to Belly, who's doing everything she could just to fix her relationship with Conrad. The way Conrad treated Belly, it's just something that I didn't expect.

It's unfortunate that Steven missed all the drama between his childhood friends and sister, and just like what Belly said, maybe the outcome will be different if Steven's there. 

The love triangle keeps on getting interesting as Belly faced her conflicting emotions between the Beck's boys, and it will not be an easy feat. 


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