Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
Belly finds out what comes after falling in love in this follow-up to The Summer I Turned Pretty from the New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (soon to be a major motion picture!), Jenny Han.
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.
If I had to describe “It’s Not Summer Without You” in one word it would be wow. Wow because I have never read such a good book with such good emotion. I have never cried so much during a book (mainly because I try to avoid books that make you cry).
Something about this book just pulled me in and I felt that it’s the emotion that really made this book so great whether it was sad, happy, or even funny, it just worked perfectly.
The first few paragraphs of this book made me smile and then the next just hit me so hard. It was such a surprise to me, it was so intense that I could feel it in my chest and I think only a really good book can do that to you.
This book is a love triangle! Love triangles are always so intense and enjoyable. What I enjoy most about love triangles is you never really know who the main character will go for and it just keeps you guessing to the end! And best of all, this love triangle is between two brothers and the girl who has been in their entire life.
Book Boyfriend Rating: 3 stars
Conrad and Jeremiah, the 2 brothers both do things that make you really like them, but then they also do things that make you hate them. It’s so hard to decide if they would be on my book boyfriend list just because they both have a soft side to them and then of course a terrible side to them. But one of the great things about them and what make this book so amazing is that they both fighting for Belly.
Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars
The butterflies weren’t consistent, but there were definitely parts in the book that gave me butterflies.