Title: We’ll Always Have Summer
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 26, 2011
Page Count: 321
My rating: 4 star
About the book:
Can Belly make a final choice between Jeremiah and Conrad? Find out in the conclusion of the New York Times bestselling The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy from the author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (soon to be a major motion picture!).
Belly has only ever been in love with two boys, both with the last name Fisher. And after being with Jeremiah for the last two years, she’s almost positive he is her soul mate. Almost. While Conrad has not gotten over the mistake of letting Belly go, Jeremiah has always known that Belly is the girl for him. So when Belly and Jeremiah decide to make things forever, Conrad realizes that it’s now or never—tell Belly he loves her, or lose her for good.
Belly will have to confront her feelings for Jeremiah and Conrad and face the inevitable: She will have to break one of their hearts.
This paperback edition features bonus content, including Conrad’s letters to Belly and an excerpt of Burn for Burn, the upcoming new book from Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian!
We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han is the third and final book of the young adult contemporary Summer series. I started this series several months back and it just shows the popularity of the series that my hold is just now coming in from the library on this last book. Not being a huge fan of the old love triangle, and one with brothers involved at that, I didn’t think I would enjoy this at all when picking it up but I ended up finding it rather compelling and needed to find out just how it all ended.
The series began in the first book by introducing fifteen, almost sixteen year old, Isabelle or Belly as she’s always been known who was ready for yet another summer at the beach. Each year Belly’s mother packed up Belly and her brother and headed to her best friend’s beach house with Susannah and her two sons, Conrad and Jeremiah, at Cousins Beach. The kids grew up together and Belly couldn’t help but have a crush on the oldest, Conrad, for most of her childhood but over the course of the books Belly developed feelings for both brothers.
The story is a bit of a coming of age tale with a side of romance and family dynamics with plenty of emotion infused into the books along the way. With this being a bit out of my normal reading range I think what attracted me the most was it had such a nostalgic feel to it. Belly seemed overly naive and innocent which really doesn’t fit today’s teenagers but what it reminded me of was more of a Dirty Dancing era with families vacationing for the summer. Obviously Belly’s story grew on me and pulled me in over the course of the series and I found the ending rather fitting to the story overall.
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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.