Author: Jenny Han
Series Titles: The Summer I Turned Pretty, It’s Not Summer Without You, and We’ll Always Have Summer
Series Rating: 5 Stars
Overview of all books
Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.
Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach? It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come. But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started–at Cousins Beach.
It’s been two years since Conrad told Belly to go with Jeremiah. She and Jeremiah have been inseparable ever since, even attending the same college– only, their relationship hasn’t exactly been the happily ever after Belly had hoped it would be. And when Jeremiah makes the worst mistake a boy can make, Belly is forced to question what she thought was true love. Does she really have a future with Jeremiah? Has she ever gotten over Conrad? It’s time for Belly to decide, once and for all, who has her heart forever.
Slight spoilers ahead!!!
This series is a perfect quick read for summer. I read all three books in a total of three days. I loved all the characters. I especially love the main characters nickname (Belly) at first I thought what kind of a name is that but it grew on me and I think it is such a cute nickname. Belly is very immature for her age. In the first book she is 15 going on 16. Sometimes her immaturity got annoying because she knew it was the wrong thing to say or do but she went ahead and done it anyways. By the third book she had grown up a lot. I think she was still a little immature but nothing like she started out being. This book is about more than just the love triangle between Belly and the two brothers Jeremiah and Conrad. Yes that is what the majority of this series is about but at the same time its about family, growing up, friends, and loss. In the first book you learn that Jeremiah and Conrad’s mom is sick again. She had cancer then she beat it and then by the end of the book you learn that it came back worse than before. In the second book she has lost her battle. This book shows you how everybody deals with the loss in different ways.
The conclusion of this series was amazing. I wish there was more to the story though. I would have loved to know more of what happened after Belly finally made her decision between Jeremiah and Conrad. In the first two books Conrad was a total jerk toward Belly even though he had feelings for her and she for him. In the last book you get Conrad’s perspective and you learn why he was the way he was at the time. Getting that perspective made me fall for him even more and it made me feel sorry for him. In the third book he finally opens up to Belly telling her how he has always felt about her yes it was completely bad timing but at the same time it was such a romantic thing for him to do. I wish we would have gotten more of the good part of there relationship instead of all the bad parts. This is another favorite series I have read this year.
This is my first time reviewing a series as a whole and I was having a hard time writing this up so I hope you understand what I am trying to say. Please let me know in the comments if reviewing an entire series is something you would like me to do again or if you think I should stick to reviewing them one at a time? I would really appreciate the feedback. Also if you have read this series I would love to know your thoughts on it?