Series: Summer Series, #3
Author: Jenny Han
Release Date: April 26, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE SUMMER is the third and final book in the Summer series by Jenny Han. It takes place about two years after the events of IT’S NOT SUMMER WITHOUT YOU. Belly and Jeremiah have been dating almost that whole time, but things aren’t as Belly had expected them to be. College isn’t everything she had hoped for and Jeremiah definitely isn’t the perfect boyfriend she had imagined he would be. After a few unfortunate occurrences she finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew, and somehow she finds herself engaged. But is it the right choice?
Okay. Let me start off by saying that this book was everything I had hoped it to be and more. It was the perfect ending to the series, but it wasn’t any easy ending to come to. There were twists and turns, and things you never thought in a million years would happen, but they did. If you have read any of the other books in the series, you definitely won’t be disappointed with this ending! And if you haven’t started this series you should, so you can read how great of a series finale this book really is!
Compared to the other two books in the series, I would have to say this book had the least summery feeling to it. That was probably my least favorite part of this book because what really made me fall in love with the series was the way the setting was depicted by the author. There was definitely a beach like summery feeling to the story, but it was overwhelmed by all the things going on around it. Other then the lack of a summer feel the writing in this book was INCREDIBLE! It was a lot like the other books in this sense with the flashbacks and descriptions, but it was different because the emotions that you feel (at least I did) were completely new for this series. I was seriously so frustrated at one point that I could cry. (I didn’t BTW) Plus we get to see little snippets of Conrad’s POV which was definitely amazing.
The main character, Belly is definitely a more mature Belly than we’ve seen in the past few books. Not to say that she isn’t still incredibly immature, but she is better then she was in let’s say the first book? At times I was so angry with her because it didn’t seem like she was even thinking about the decisions she was making, and ultimately she was too forgiving. (IF YOU’VE READ IT, YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT) Jeremiah and Conrad both made appearances in this book and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Jeremiah isn’t the perfect guy like Belly had expected him to be, he’s kind of the stereotypical jock who parties all the time and is slightly inconsiderate. Despite those bad qualities, it’s hard not to love him because you can see how much he cares for Belly. Then there’s Conrad. Oh geez. Where do I even begin. He’s seriously the definition of a tortured bad boy who isn’t as bad as he seems. I won’t say too much, but nothings as it seems with him and it’s seriously incredible.
(READ MY POST ALL ABOUT CONRAD FISHER)
The thing that I didn’t like about this book was the total 180 there was on this one character. I won’t say who I’m talking about for the sake of not spoiling the book for those of you who haven’t read it, but it was a little ridiculous. In the first two books this character was portrayed as this total sweetheart who wore their heart on their sleeve, but in this book they were...for lack of a better word. A jerk. A twist like this wouldn’t normally bother me, but it seemed forced in this book. It seemed like this character twist was made just for the sake of making you like another character more.
All right. I think I’ve said enough about this book, and if you haven’t noticed already I kind of love it. Perfect ending to the story. Belly ends up with a Fisher boy just like she always dreamed of, and it’s just amazing. If you’ve read the series you know that it’s a little obvious who she’d end up with the whole time, and it you haven’t... Well, you’ll just have to read it now.
I’d recommend this book to anyone looking for a great YA contemporary book.