The Summer I turned pretty
Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.
It’s not summer without you
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.
We’ll always have this summer
It’s been two years since Conrad told Belly to go with Jeremiah. She and Jeremiah have been inseparable ever since, even attending the same college– only, their relationship hasn’t exactly been the happily ever after Belly had hoped it would be. And when Jeremiah makes the worst mistake a boy can make, Belly is forced to question what she thought was true love. Does she really have a future with Jeremiah? Has she ever gotten over Conrad? It’s time for Belly to decide, once and for all, who has her heart forever.
The first book in the series, the summer I turned pretty, works with a lot of flashbacks to previous summers. This helps create a feel of what summer used to be like for Belly before she turned pretty, but now things are changing because Belly herself has changed. The flashbacks also helped to show the relationships between all the characters in the book. In general this book feels like it’s setting the scene for the books that are to come.
It’s not summer without you is the second book in the trilogy. This whole book has a completely different feel to previous one. This is partly due to the activities that take place during the summer in comparison to previous one. But it also has a lot to do with the fact that certain chapters were being told from Jeremiah’s perspective. While Belly does feel more grown up in this book there are still moments when she acts childish. I have to say that I kind of got bored by Belly being in awe of Conrad. I just really couldn’t understand her attraction to him. I’m also not a huge fan of the love triangle.
The third book in the series, We’ll always have summer, takes at least two years after the second. This time difference makes a lot of change possible within the characters. It gave them room to grow up more. In this book we definitely get to see different sides to Conrad and Jeremiah’s character. But because we’ve never seen these sides of them before it feels slightly forced and just kind of condenses their characters into the traits they are showing in this story.
In general I really enjoyed these books in a very breezy, light kind of way; but whenever I really stop to look at the characters and storylines, I feel let down. It’s not that these books were bad, it’s just that they could have been more. I feel like we are being pushed to feel certain ways about characters in the books, by only showing certain sides of them in certain books. And I guess that only seeing people during summer will hide certain aspects of one’s personality, because summers away from home might make one behave slightly different than one would at home. But after all these years, shouldn’t Belly know these boys better than she does?