It’s Not Summer Without You


How did I get it?:
It was a gift from my ex-colleagues!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Burn For Burn
Fire With Fire
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
The Summer I Turned Pretty


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.


I thought I’d squeeze this book in as I said goodbye to summer. I enjoyed The Summer I Turned Pretty, but I didn’t love It’s Not Summer Without You as much. I think it’s because it felt like it took a long time for the action to get going. When it did, the book was very much enjoyable and I fully intend to read the last book in the trilogy.

The book starts with Belly dreaming of Cousins Beach, where she used to spend each summer. After the death of Susannah, Belly’s mother’s best friend they don’t spend the summer at Cousins Beach. Everything is changing, and Belly doesn’t like it. Without Susannah, the glue that held the family and friends together, the summer just wouldn’t be the same.

Belly seems more grown up in this book, which I appreciated. I love that she still wants to keep in contact with Conrad and Jeremiah. She still has feelings for Conrad. I loved how Belly was always there for the boys, even when Conrad wasn’t being particularly nice to her. I could understand why Conrad wasn’t being the nicest. He was suffering after the loss of his mother. I loved Jeremiah. He seemed to be dealing with his grief in a strong way. He’s adorable.

Again, I was surprised at the deeper issues in this book. The cover suggests a lighter read, but it’s really not all light. It feels very real, the characters feel like people you know going through very tough times. They’re very well developed.

I really like Jenny Han’s writing. It’s straight-forward and simple and her characters are relatable.

Would I recommend it?:

Deeper than you’d expect, this is a good second book in a decent young adult contemporary series!

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