Series: Summer Series, #2
Author: Jenny Han
Release Date: April 27, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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It's Not Summer Without You is the second book in the Summer series by Jenny Han. I don't know about you, but I seriously LOVE when the second book of a series is better then the first. In the first book The Summer I Turned Pretty the characters were pretty immature and selfish, so it was nice getting to see them a little more grown up.
I haven't read many book set at the beach, but out of all the ones that I have read this series is by far the best. The author, Jenny Han has a way with her writing that makes you feel that you're at Cousins Beach with Belly, Jeremiah, and Conrad. It's Not Summer Without You is mainly written in Belly's POV, but there are a few chapters that are written in Jeremiah's. Getting to see what Jeremiah was thinking throughout the whole book was pretty great, but I couldn't help but wish that I was reading Conrad's POV.
So I really liked Belly in the first book, but in this book I liked her on a whole other level. She's really matured and become less selfish since the first book which was really good. There were some definite moments where you could see Belly's immaturity shining through, but those moments were easy to overlook when you look at the overall plot of the book.
The two guys in this book are so freaking amazing, it's a little insane. Conrad and Jeremiah are brother and complete opposites, but their also both competing for the same girls heart. Belly. Conrad is the darker of the two brothers, he's extremely moody and distant, but he's also the guy Belly's been in love with her whole life. Jeremiah is the lighter one of the two brothers, he's always in a good mood and wears his heart on his sleeve. Both these guys are SO amazing in their own ways it's hard to decide who you want Belly to be with. You would think that since Belly likes two brothers it would be kind of strange/awkward, but it isn't. This is definitely one of the best love triangles that I've read in a while.
Okay, so if you haven't read this series yet I seriously recommend it! The first book is alright, but this book is seriously amazing. It's a little slow, but it just works with the type of book this is. The ending is a little shocking (well at least it was to me), so I'm really excited to read the next book in the series!