The Summer I Turned Pretty | It’s Not Summer Without You | We’ll Always Have Summer
Series/ Stand Alone:
The Summer Trilogy
Young Adult / Contemporary
2009 – 2010 – 2011
295 – 290 – 290
Book 1 – When each summer begins, Belly leaves her school life behind and escapes to Cousins Beach, the place she has spent every summer of her life. Not only does the beach house mean home away from home, but her favorite people are there: Susannah, her mother’s best friend, and her sons, Conrad and Jeremiah. Belly has been chasing Conrad for as long as she can remember, and more than anything, she hopes this summer will be different. Despite distractions from a new guy named Cam and lingering looks from Conrad’s brother, Jeremiah, Belly’s heart belongs to Conrad. Will he offer his to her? Will this be the summer that changes everything?
Book 2 – Last year, all of Belly’s dreams came true and the thought of missing a summer in Cousins Beach was inconceivable. But like the rise and fall of the ocean tide, things can change– just like that. Suddenly the time she’s always looked forward to most is something she dreads. And when Jeremiah calls to say Conrad has disappeared, Belly must decide how she will spend this summer: chasing after the boy she loves, or finally letting him go.
Book 3 – 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. Conrad has not gotten over the mistake he made when he let Belly go even as 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 a truth she has possibly always known: she will have to break one of their hearts.
Review for Book 1 –
I’d heard many people talk about this book everywhere and was really excited to read it because I read a trilogy she co-wrote with Siobhan Vivian and really enjoyed it.
This book was really fast paced and short. A perfect summer read. It dealt with issues like family, friendship, crushes, love, heartbreak, and was so much more than a typical boy-meets-girl contemporary.
But the characters definitely secured a place in my heart. Belly, the main character was really a fun person to follow as the two guys she had known all her life, actually noticed her as a girl and not a part of themselves for the first time.
Jeremiah was such a funny and cute guy. On the contrary, Conrad was a dark handsome brooding guy.
I wish there was more on Belly’s brother though. He seemed perfectly brotherly and sarcastic. 😀
I adored Susannah and Belly’s mother’s friendship. I wish to be like that in the future.
The setting was great. A summer beach house. Three guys. One girl. Perfect.
I finished it in one sitting and really enjoyed it.
Review for Book 2 –
*Might contain mild spoilers*
My first thought was this book didn’t have the second book syndrome like many other trilogies and series usually have. I felt my heart break when Susannah died and Belly’s mother got hollow and like a living corpse, it just showed how much her best friend meant to her.
In the start, when Conrad and Belly were together, it was like the cutest thing ever, because they were my OTP from the start. But things changed when Belly, being the bitch she is yelled at Conrad at his fucking mother’s funeral. Like, how can someone be so shallow and selfish?
And then because Conrad turned away from Belly after that, Jeremiah being the sneaky bastard he was, grabbed the chance and snogged the girl his brother was in love with! And Belly, being naive, completely let herself get swept over by the affection Jere was showing, not even pausing to think, and thinking that she was totally over Conrad.
When they returned back home, I felt nostalgia seeping into me cause the first book made me fall in love with the beach house.
But when he gave Jere the thumbs up to try out with Belly, like she was a toy he was done with, I felt really bad. That was so stupid.
Jeremiah was a son of a bitch who went to prom 5 times with different dates, and if that doesn’t show you his character, he just wants things he can’t have and things his bother has. Like affection from their father and Belly’s love.
I hate Belly and I hate Jere (of course I realize it later on but still, my feelings are pretty intense)
But I still absolutely adore Jenny Han’s writing and I connected to some of the characters and some scenes. :’)
Review for Book 3 –
Holy shit. This was so unexpected…
I did think Jere would try and date Belly, but what I didn’t know was that they would go to this extent and that Belly would ACTUALLY think that Jere was her soul mate after all.
And my poor Conrad, my heart was just breaking for him, because of the stupid mistake he made while giving Jere the thumbs up.
Now on to the spoiler section-
WHAT. THE. ACTUAL. FUCK?
Wedding? Are you kidding me right now?!
They dated for two years and yet Belly didn’t understand that he wasn’t the right guy? Or maybe she was doing this to get over Conrad…
Conrad did such a great thing when he expressed his feelings to Belly FINALLY.
And that Belly chose him over the asshole who had cheated on her. Even Susannah had known since the start that it would be Con and Belly and I wanted to mentally high five her even though she wasn’t there. Belly’s mom understood Conrad and possibly also liked him more even if she wouldn’t admit it.
When the fathers got involved, shit got real. And seriously, who gets married so early?
The ending was perfect. :’)
I enjoy Han’s writing and devoured the whole trilogy. It just made me yearn for summer!
“Moments, when lost, can’t be found again. They’re just gone.”
“It’s the imperfections that make things beautiful”
“Would you rather live one perfect day over and over or live your life with no perfect days but just decent ones?”
“I wondered if this was the way old crushes died, with a whimper, slowly, and then, just like that—gone.”
“But just because you bury something, that doesn’t mean it stops existing.”