Monday 7 June 2010

Review: It's Not Summer Without You

Title: It's Not Summer Without You
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Reading Level: Young Adult
Other titles in the series: The Summer I Turned Pretty

Rating: 4/5

Publisher's Summary:
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've been waiting forever for this book to arrive in the post. When I got home from work, there it was. I opened it and read it in ONE sitting. I love doing that. I feel like I get all the facts and feelings without stopping. I can fully immerse myself in the story. I love it.

This book was just what I was hoping for, but more. I really wish I had summers like this growing up. Wouldn't it be so fun to have a beach house and stay there ALL summer long?

Everyone is grieving over Suzanah's death and this is the first summer of Belly's life that she won't be at the beach house. How will it feel like summer? Belly is growing up and Conrad and Jeremiah are starting to look at her as more than just the younger sister type they grew up with at the beach house every summer. But then Conrad gets into some trouble and Jeremiah asks Belly to help him find Conrad, it leads them to the beach house. Can they save the summer?

I was upset at Belly and Conrad and how they treated each other though. Come on guys! Just figure it out! Do you want to be together or not?! But, I was secretly rooting for the underdog Jeremiah. Come on Jer, get the girl!!

GREAT summer read. When I read these Summer novels by Jenny Han I feel like I'm living a summer I've always wished for. I'm caught up in Belly becoming a woman, and I'm wishing and hoping that she picks the right boy. So good. Enjoyable read. You won't be disappointed.

Note to Parents: There is teen drinking in this book.


  1. Love, love, love these books. Some of my favorites!

  2. I really loved this book! It makes me dream of lovely summers and boys.

  3. Just added this to my list of books to read! I love the cover.

  4. Awww, I love the sound of this. <3 It sounds like a YA novel that would be right up my street. Exactly what I'd want to read. Thanks for the review. :)




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