**Warning! If you haven’t read The Summer I Turned Pretty which is the first book in the Summer trilogy by Jenny Han, there will be spoilers ahead. You can read my review of the first book instead if you haven’t started the series yet!**
It’s Not Summer Without You is the second book in the Summer trilogy by Jenny Han. This book picks up almost 10 months after the events of the first book and we spend the majority of it living the current consequences resulting from past events which are often relayed via flashbacks. Your thrown into a world where many things have changed since The Summer I Turned Pretty ended and because I waited between books (it’s been almost a year since I read the first – also during BookTube-A-Thon!) I initially thought I had forgotten a major thing that happened. I really enjoyed this book, much more than the first despite how sad it is.
Belly is still immature and a bit annoying but after what happened, I felt more for her. The sibling love triangle is in full force in this book which is one of the only aspects that I really didn’t like from the first book, but I feel like it was developed more thoroughly and that it worked better in It’s Not Summer Without You. At the end of the first book Conrad and Belly appear to be living happily ever after but everything basically falls apart in this installment. We see the cruel ways Conrad has been treating Belly, his hot and cold behavior, and their awful prom experience. There’s one major factor that I do not want to spoil, but it’s a huge reason for his behavior. While it’s understandable that he would be affected by this event, he definitely uses this as a scapegoat in my opinion. Belly’s brother Steven was mostly absent from this book and her bossy best friend Taylor continually got on my nerves.
Final Thoughts: While I enjoyed It’s Not Summer Without You much more than the first book in the Summer series, it was not without its faults. This is a heartbreaking book to read but I felt that Han truly created and built upon some beautiful relationships in this installment. As I stated before, the main character, Belly, is still immature and annoying but I definitely forged more of a connection to her. I’m looking forward to reading book three (much sooner than it took me to get to this one!) and seeing how the story concludes although I am extremely worried that my ship will be sinking.
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. ( via Goodreads)