From Goodreads: “Belly has always lived for the summertime because it means all her favorite things: swimming, the beach and the Fisher boys, Conrad and Jeremiah. She has spent every summer with them at Cousins Beach for as long as she can remember. She has always been in love with Conrad and finally, one summer, it seems like he might have feelings for her too. But it turns out, so does Jeremiah.
As the summers go on, Belly has to choose between two brothers who love her as she comes to the realization that she will have to break one of their hearts.”
**Warning: This review may contain spoilers! I tried super hard not to give too much away but the second and third books focus so much around certain aspects of the story that its hard not to mention them. You’ve been warned.**
My one goal while picking up this trilogy is to find a story that captures summer so well I can feel the sun beating down on me as I read. These books accomplish that and so much more! The Summer I Turned Pretty is a summer love story told by the main character Belly as she swoons over one brother while the other only has eyes for her. Deciding between a first love and a best friend is a choice no girl wants to make especially when someone’s heart will be broken in the process. The first book focuses on their last summer at the beach house with Susannah (Conrad and Jeremiahs mother) who is battling cancer. As the summer goes on Belly falls even more in love with Conrad and it seems like the feelings may be mutual.. but Conrad isn’t easy to read nor good at expressing his feelings. This summer is filled with a rollercoaster of up and down emotions where feelings are just too complicated to deal with.
It’s Not Summer Without You centers around the relationship with one of the brothers. Everything about it is unstable. A death in the family rocks the boat and causes a whirlwind of anger and misplaced emotions to lash out at the couple. This causes them to sink so deep that nothing seems to help their situation. The only logical next step is to end it. But.. with heartbreak comes the revelation that someone else may have feelings for Belly and want to step up to make her happy. Not wanting to ruin their chemistry Belly is hesitant at first but she cannot deny the feelings she holds for this boy. And then their story begins…
We’ll Always Have Summer is definitely the book that causes the reader to stressfully hold her breath until the end. SO MANY EMOTIONS! Belly’s first year of university is coming to an end and things are getting serious with her boyfriend. So serious that wedding bells may be in the near future. Unfortunately, even if someone seems perfect there are bound to be flaws and these flaws could be a breaking point to their relationship. Can love turn a blind eye to mistakes? Does Belly want to forgive and forget? Is she making the biggest mistake of her life? What about her first love? Is he only just a memory of her past or are there still feelings? Jenny Han answers all of these questions as she wraps up the trilogy with an ending I was incredibly happy with!
This trilogy is a super light read that is perfect for the summer. Sun, romance, cute boys, and family bonding are all rolled in to this series along with anger, emotions, fights, and lots more! Jenny Han knows how to keep her readers hooked with the double love interests of her characters. Who will she pick? WHO WILL SHE PICK? I seriously shook this book wondering who she would end up with. You get so invested in these characters that you hate the fact that a choice even has to be made. Can she not be with both of them? hmm.. that would probably be a little too kinky for a young adult book. Be prepared to laugh, cry, and feel your heart crush as things don’t go the way you hope for them.
Rating – 3.75/5