Hello, fellow readers! After finishing The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, I decided to jump right in to the sequel since it is also on Scribd. Based on the formula Han followed in her other trilogy, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I expected a love triangle to pop up in this series.
**Spoilers for The Summer I Turned Pretty and It’s Not Summer Without You are in this review.
Description: It has been a year since the summer Belly and Conrad shared their feelings with one another. Now, Conrad’s mother has died and everyone is trying to cope with the loss. Belly is having trouble adjusting to her first summer not spent at the beach house in Cousins Beach when Jeremiah, Conrad’s brother, contacts her. Conrad has disappeared and Jeremiah need’s Belly’s help finding him. Suddenly Belly finds herself at the beach house with Conrad and Jeremiah for one last summer in Cousins Beach.
What I Liked: This book picks up after Susannah dies and everyone is dealing with the loss separately instead of together. I could feel the grief of each character, which is a testament to Han’s writing.
What I Didn’t Like: I never bought in to the love triangle because I didn’t feel like it belonged with this story. I never fully understood if Conrad and Belly truly had a relationship, or if she misinterpreted their interactions as a relationship. I thought Belly made her feelings towards Jeremiah clear in the first book, and frankly I think it is terrible of her to pick Jeremiah only after she realized Conrad is a jerk.
Final Thoughts: Overall, I found this book to be forgettable, as it is a week later and I can barely recall what actually happened. I gave it three stars because of the aftermath of losing Susannah. I don’t really care about the love triangle because I never felt there needed to be one between Conrad, Jeremiah, and Belly. I will continue the series because these books are short and easy to listen to for summer reading.
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