Hello, fellow readers! Last summer, I binged Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy. I desperately wanted more from those characters, but there are no more books. Instead, I decided to listen to Han’s Summer trilogy, which was written before TATBILB, on Scribd.
Description: Belly looks forward to every summer. Summer means spending the season at Cousins Beach with her mom and brother. They stay with her mom’s best friend and her two sons, Conrad and Jeremiah, at their beach house. Belly has been in love with Conrad for as long as she can remember. And this year, she’s hoping he will finally feel the same.
What I Liked: Jenny Han has a way of making me remember what it felt like to be 16 and “in love.” I enjoyed that nostalgic feeling while reading this book because I remember summer as a teenager and going to the beach with my family. I also really liked that this book was deeper than just teenage love. You get snippets of past summers throughout the book and those flashback chapters really give you a full picture of the dynamic of this “family.” There is some pretty heavy stuff towards the end that really saved the whole book for me.
What I Didn’t Like: Belly was incredibly whiny to be a teenage girl. I get that she feels like the annoying little sister still following the boys everywhere, but if she wanted to be seen as a “grown up,” then she needed to be a little more mature about certain things. I also didn’t like how she treated a character in the book, but I won’t say who because it could be slightly spoiler-ish.
Final Thoughts: I rated this book four stars. I gave an extra star for the final chapters because those chapters made the book feel like more than a typical YA contemporary. This series doesn’t compare to TATBILB, but I still enjoyed the book and continued the series.