Thursday, 31 October 2013

It's Not Summer Without You (Summer #2) by Jenny Han

It's Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

It's Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Summer’ series, and kicks off around 10 months after the end of book 1 ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty.’
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’.**
Things weren’t really settled between Isabel (sorry, I really cannot call her ‘Belly’) and her boys Conrad and Jeremiah at the end of book 1, but now things are different. Susanna is dead, and Conrad and Isabel aren’t speaking.
What happened at Isabel’s prom? What happened at Susanna’s funeral? And what happened between Conrad and Isabel?

I waited a while to read this because I thought the first one was only okay, but boy was this a million times better!

Belly was much more grown up and mature in this book. Susanna’s death had really affected her, and she almost a different person. She actually considered other people, didn’t whine like she did in the first book, and when she made mistakes she knew that she had made them, and knew what she had done wrong.

The storyline in this was so different from the first book, because the whole thing was tainted by Susanna’s death. The emotions in this book were just beautiful and heart-breaking, and it was really evident the impact that the loss of Susanna had had on everybody.
The romance in this story was different too, even though once again Isabel and the boys had a bit of a triangle thing going on, things were different because there had been something between Conrad and Isabel, and because Jeremiah was finally man enough to admit that he wanted Isabel, and to actually fight for her.

The thing about this book that I really liked though was the fact that barely a chapter went by without something significant happening, and I was constantly needing to read more to find out what would happen next! I felt like I was constantly saying ‘OMG!’, and wanting to squeal.
The ending of this was also pretty special. Things weren’t really sorted until right at the end, and then the epilogue left us with a massive teaser, and I really have to read the next book as soon as possible!
Overall; brilliant sequel, much better than the first, and I totally want the next one right now!
9 out of 10.

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