Title: It’s Not Summer Without You
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 27, 2010
Page Count: 292
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
Belly finds out what comes after falling in love in this follow-up to The Summer I Turned Pretty from the New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (soon to be a major motion picture!), Jenny Han.
Belly thought her romance with Conrad was picture-perfect: She was all grown up and dating the boy of her dreams. But things with Conrad were never exactly as she had dreamed (obsessed) about. He keeps getting more distant and distracted, and Belly wishes she could walk away. But when Jeremiah calls her to tell her Conrad has seemingly gone missing, it takes her only seconds to start packing her things. Belly embarks on a journey to find him…no matter how much what she discovers will hurt her.
It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han is the second book of the young adult contemporary Summer series. This one picks up a year after the end of the first book as summer is beginning again.
During the past year away from Cousins Beach Belly and all the boys have gone back to their lives away from one another. Finally however Belly had gotten Conrad’s attention and thought things were looking up when something devastating happens to them all.
After the event that changed all of their lives they begin to drift apart until the day Jeremiah contacts Belly looking for help finding Conrad. Missing his college classes Conrad seems to have run off to the beach house without them so Belly and Jeremiah try to bring him back.
It’s Not Summer Without You was by far a lot more emotional than the first book of the series but in many ways still the same progression. While still following Belly’s coming of age crush on her long time friend the characters grow a lot and deal with a lot in this second installment. Not a fan of the whole triangle angle really but I couldn’t help but be drawn to the direction the story took and feel for the struggles this time leaving me to rate this at 3.5 stars.
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About the author:
Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series; Shug; the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Siobhan Vivian; and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. She is also the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream. A former children’s bookseller, she earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School. Visit her at DearJennyHan.com.