Belly has only ever been in love with two boys, both with the last name Fisher. And after being with Jeremiah for the last two years, she’s almost positive he is her soul mate. Almost. While Conrad has not gotten over the mistake of letting Belly go, Jeremiah has always known that Belly is the girl for him. So when Belly and Jeremiah decide to make things forever, Conrad realizes that it’s now or never—tell Belly he loves her, or lose her for good.
Belly will have to confront her feelings for Jeremiah and Conrad and face the inevitable: She will have to break one of their hearts.
This paperback edition features bonus content, including Conrad’s letters to Belly and an excerpt of Burn for Burn, the upcoming new book from Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian!
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When it’s finals week and you’ve been studying for five hours straight, you need three things to get you through the night. The biggest Slurpee you can find, half cherry, half Coke. Pajama pants, the kind that have been washed so many times, they are tissue-paper thin. And finally, dance breaks. Lots of dance breaks. When your eyes start to close and all you want is your bed, dance breaks will get you through.
It was four in the morning, and I was studying for the last final of my freshman year at Finch University. I was camped out in my dorm library with my new best friend, Anika Johnson, and my old best friend, Taylor Jewel. Summer vacation was so close, I could almost taste it. Just five more days. I’d been counting down since April.
“Quiz me,” Taylor commanded, her voice scratchy.
I opened my notebook to a random page. “Define anima versus animus.”
Taylor chewed on her lower lip. “Give me a hint.”
“Umm . . . think Latin,” I said.
“I didn’t take Latin! Is there going to be Latin on this exam?”
“No, I was just trying to give you a hint. Because in Latin boys’ names end in -us and girls’ names end in -a, and anima is feminine archetype and animus is masculine archetype. Get it?”
She let out a big sigh. “No. I’m probably going to fail.”
Looking up from her notebook, Anika said, “Maybe if you stopped texting and started studying, you wouldn’t.”
Taylor glared at her. “I’m helping my big sister plan our end-of-year breakfast, so I have to be on call tonight.”
“On call?” Anika looked amused. “Like a doctor?”
“Yes, just like a doctor,” Taylor snapped.
“So, will it be pancakes or waffles?”
“French toast, thank you very much.”
The three of us were all taking the same freshman psych class, and Taylor’s and my exam was tomorrow, Anika’s was the day after. Anika was my closest friend at school besides Taylor. Seeing as how Taylor was competitive by nature, it was a friendship that she was more than a little jealous of, not that she’d ever in a million years admit it.
My friendship with Anika was different from my friendship with Taylor. Anika was laid-back and easy to be with. She wasn’t quick to judge. More than all that, though, she gave me the space to be different. She hadn’t known me my whole life, so she had no expectations or preconceptions. There was freedom in that. And she wasn’t like any of my friends back home. She was from New York, and her father was a jazz musician and her mother was a writer.
A couple of hours later, the sun was rising and casting the room in a bluish light, and Taylor’s head was down, while Anika was staring off into space like a zombie.
I rolled up two paper balls in my lap and threw them at my two friends. “Dance break,” I sang out as I pressed play on my computer. I did a little shimmy in my chair.
Anika glared at me. “Why are you so chipper?”
“Because,” I said, clapping my hands together, “in just a few hours, it will all be over.” My exam wasn’t until one in the afternoon, so my plan was to go back to my room and sleep for a couple of hours, then wake up with time to spare and study some more.
I overslept, but I still managed to get another hour of studying in. I didn’t have time to go to the dining hall for breakfast, so I just drank a Cherry Coke from the vending machine.
The test was as hard as we had expected, but I was pretty sure I would get at least a B. Taylor was pretty sure she hadn’t failed, which was good. Both of us were too tired to celebrate after, so we just high-fived and went our separate ways.
I headed back to my dorm room, ready to pass out until at least dinnertime, and when I opened the door, there was Jeremiah, asleep in my bed. He looked like a little boy when he slept, even with the stubble. He was stretched out on top of my comforter, his feet hanging over the edge of the bed, my stuffed polar bear hugged to his chest.
I took off my shoes and crawled into my twin, extra-long bed next to him. He stirred, opened his eyes, and said, “Hi.”
“Hi,” I said.
“How’d it go?”
“Good.” He let go of Junior Mint and hugged me to him. “I brought you the other half of my sub from lunch.”
“You’re sweet,” I said, burrowing my head in his shoulder.
He kissed my hair. “I can’t have my girl skipping meals left and right.”
“It was just breakfast,” I said. As an afterthought, I added, “And lunch.”
“Do you want my sub now? It’s in my book bag.”
Now that I thought about it, I was hungry, but I was also sleepy. “Maybe a little later,” I said, closing my eyes.
Then he fell back to sleep, and I fell asleep too. When I woke up, it was dark out, Junior Mint was on the floor, and Jeremiah’s arms were around me. He was still asleep.
We had started dating right before I began senior year of high school. “Dating” didn’t feel like the right word for it. We were just together. It all happened so easily and so quickly that it felt like it had always been that way. One minute we were friends, then we were kissing, and then the next thing I knew, I was applying to the same college as him. I told myself and everyone else (including him, including my mother especially) that it was a good school, that it was only a few hours from home and it made sense to apply there, that I was keeping my options open. All of those things were true. But truest of all was that I just wanted to be near him. I wanted him for all seasons, not just summer.
Now here we were, lying next to each other in my dorm-room bed. He was a sophomore, and I was finishing up my freshman year. It was crazy how far we had come. We’d known each other our whole lives, and in some ways, it felt like a big surprise—in other ways it felt inevitable.
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Reading Group Guide
A Reading Group Guide to
The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy
by Jenny Han
ABOUT THE BOOKS
For Belly, summertime means all her favorite things: swimming, the beach, and the Fisher boys, Conrad and Jeremiah. She has spent summers with the Fisher family at Cousins Beach for as long as she can remember. Belly has always been in love with Conrad, and finally, one fateful summer, it seems like he might have feelings for her, too. But it turns out, so does Jeremiah.
Belly soon realizes she has to choose between the two brothers who love her, and in doing so, will have to break one of their hearts.
Against the backdrop of growing up, changing family dynamics, laughter and loss comes a poignant and relatable trilogy about a girl learning what it means to love.
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
1. The Summer I Turned Pretty begins with a short scene prior to the first chapter. How did you interpret it? Why do you think Jenny Han introduces the book this way?
2. We get a great feel for the house at Cousins Beach in the very first chapter. How does Jenny Han use all five senses to describe the novel’s setting? Describe similar examples of writing craft throughout the book.
3. What does “pretty” mean, with respect to the title of the book? How would Belly define “pretty”? How do you define “pretty”? Is there a difference between “pretty” and “beautiful”?
Consider these references:
· “She shook her head like she was in awe of me. ‘You’re so pretty, so pretty. You’re going to have an amazing, amazing summer. It’ll be a summer you’ll never forget.”
· “It was the summer I turned pretty.”
· “This was Cam, a real guy who had noticed me even before I was pretty.”
· “‘No.’ Cam ran his hand through his hair. He wouldn’t look at me. ‘It’s because I thought you were really pretty. Like, maybe the prettiest girl I’d ever seen.’”
· “Cam looked perplexed. ‘Why? Your nose is cute. It’s the imperfections that make things beautiful.”
· “He was the first boy to tell me I was beautiful.”
4. The Summer I Turned Pretty is told in the first person from Belly’s perspective, apparently in retrospect. When is the “now” from which she’s narrating? How do you know? How might the story have been different if Jenny Han had written the novel in third person?
5. Chapters alternate between past and present—between significant memories from earlier summers and current experiences. What purpose do these flashbacks serve?
6. In what ways does each person in the house (Jeremiah, Conrad, Susannah, and Laurel) play a particular “role”—in the story, overall, and in Belly’s life? How does the dynamic change when Steven leaves? How might the atmosphere have been different if Mr. Fisher had visited, or even Belly and Steven’s father?
7. “I was getting older too. Things couldn’t stay the same forever.” What do you think Jenny Han is suggesting here? Recall a time in your life when you realized you were growing up, and how that felt.
8. Belly and the boys love playing “Would You Rather.” Borrowing Jeremiah’s example, “Would you rather live one perfect day over and over or live your life with no perfect days but just decent ones?” What do you think? How do these competing scenarios relate to the issues Belly faces? If asked again at the very end of the summer, do you think Belly would stick with her original answer (for just decent days)?
9. What is the turning point in Belly and Conrad’s relationship? Were you surprised by the direction it took?
10. When did you start to think there might be something seriously wrong with Susannah, and/or the family’s situation? What were the signs?
11. Explain Belly’s feelings for Cam over the course of the novel. Did she ever really like him? What stopped her, ultimately, from falling in love with him?
Consider these examples of Belly’s observations about Cam:
· “But there was something about him that seemed safe and comfortable.”
· “He’d probably meet some random homeless guy and become best friends with him, and then he’d tell me the man’s life story the next day. Not that there were any homeless guys on our end of the beach. Not that I’d ever seen a homeless person in Cousins, for that matter. But if there was, Cam would find him.”
· “I ran up to the front door, and I didn’t have to turn around to know that Cam would wait until I was inside before he drove away.”
· “Here I had this really great guy who actually liked me.”
12. What’s the point of including Belly’s childhood friend, Taylor, in The Summer I Turned Pretty? How did Jenny Han use Taylor to help the reader get to know Belly better?
13. “The old pull, the tide drawing me back in. I kept getting caught in this current—first love, I mean. First love kept making me come back to this, to him. He still took my breath away, just being near him. I had been lying to myself the night before, thinking I was free, thinking I had let him go. It didn’t matter what he said or did, I’d never let him go.” Do you identify with Jenny Han’s powerful description of first love? Discuss the difference between crushes and love. How might Belly differentiate the two?
14. Susannah jokes about her cancer. What was the effect of this comedic moment on the characters in the novel? How did it affect you, as a reader?
15. Which of Belly’s three love interests in The Summer I Turned Pretty did you like best—Conrad, Jeremiah, or Cam? Compare and contrast, then come up with a list of qualities for an ideal summer romance!
16. Discuss the ending. What’s happened? What do you think will happen from here?
It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
1. It’s Not Summer Without You opens on a sad note. We learn that Belly and Conrad are not together, and that Susannah has passed away. How were you affected by this beginning? In what way did Jenny Han continue Belly’s story from The Summer I Turned Pretty, and in what way did she introduce a whole new story in the sequel?
2. We see much more of Taylor in It’s Not Summer Without You. How would you characterize Belly’s friendship with Taylor? What role does Taylor play in Belly’s life? Where do you see their friendship going from here—do you imagine them staying friends like Laurel and Susannah or have they already outgrown each other?
Consider these references:
· “But for better or worse, Taylor Jewel was a part of me, and I was a part of her.”
· “I knew that Taylor meant well. She thought she was doing me a favor. Giving up her platform sandals for the night was altruistic, for Taylor. But I was still mad.”
· “Taylor was a crappy friend, not me. She was the selfish one. I was so angry, my hand shook when I put on my eyeliner, and I had to rub it off and start all over again. I wore Taylor’s blouse and her shoes and I pulled my hair all to one side too. I did it because I knew it would piss her off.”
· “But those things she said, they hurt. Maybe they were true. But I didn’t know if I could forgive her for saying them.”
3. Unlike in The Summer I Turned Pretty, we’re presented with a point of view other than just Belly’s—several chapters are written from Jeremiah’s perspective. How does this change your experience as a reader? Do you look at characters or situations any differently, hearing Jeremiah’s side? Why do you think Jenny Han chose to show us Jeremiah’s point of view, and not Conrad’s?
4. How do Belly’s experiences in The Summer I Turned Pretty and in It’s Not Summer Without You represent her coming of age? Is Belly a child, or an adult? Can she be both at one time? At what point does she grow up? What factors have accelerated or delayed her entry into adulthood?
Consider these references:
· “The only person I wanted was Susannah. She was the only one. And then I had a thought, clear as day. I would never be somebody’s favorite again. I would never be a kid again, not in the same way. That was all over now. She was really gone.”
· “So I took [a beer] and walked back outside with it. I sat back down on my deck chair and popped the top off the can. It snapped satisfyingly. It was strange to be in this house alone. Not a bad feeling, just a different one. I’d been coming to this house my whole life and I could count on one hand the number of times I’d be alone in it. I felt older now. Which I suppose I was, but I guess I didn’t remember feeling old last summer.”
· “I waited for him to call me a baby for calling my mommy the second things got scary. He didn’t. Instead he said, ‘Thanks.’ I stared at him. ‘Sometimes you surprise me,’ I said. He didn’t look at me when he said, ‘And you hardly ever surprise me. You’re still the same.’”
· “My mother and Mr. Fisher were drinking coffee the way grown-ups do.”
· “‘You want an old lady like me around?’ she asked. ‘Sure, I’ll be back whenever you have me.’ ‘When?’ he asked. He looked so young, so vulnerable my heart ached a little.”
5. When Belly sees the infinity necklace in Conrad’s drawer, she takes it—impulsively—and puts it on. Why did she do this? Would you have taken the necklace, if you were Belly? What did you think about Belly for doing this?
6. Whereas The Summer I Turned Pretty took place exclusively at Cousins, the events of It’s Not Summer Without You take place in several different settings; Cousins, Belly’s house, Jeremiah and Conrad’s house, and Conrad’s college. Furthermore, the house at Cousins has a very different feel this summer, than it has for the characters in the past. How important is setting, in fiction? How important is setting to this story?
7. How has your opinion about Belly evolved, after reading this sequel? In what ways do you understand her better? In what ways are you disappointed, supportive, surprised, or confused by her actions in the sequel, as compared to The Summer I Turned Pretty?
8. How has Belly’s relationship with her mother changed or remained the same in It’s Not Summer Without You? What are your thoughts and feelings about Laurel, as Belly’s mother, but also as a character in her own right?
Consider these references:
· “I wanted to scream at her, to tell her how insensitive, how cruel she was, and couldn’t she see my heart was literally breaking? But when I looked up at her face, I bit back the words and swallowed them down. She was right.”
· “Everything was wrong, and most of all me. Suddenly I just wanted my mother.”
· “Her words stung me so badly I wanted to hurt her back a million times worse. So I said the thing I knew would hurt her most. I said, ‘I wish Susannah was my mother and not you.’”
· “I looked over at Conrad, and he said in a low voice, to no one in particular, ‘Laurel is amazing.’ I’d never heard anyone describe my mom that way, especially not Conrad. I’d never thought of her as ‘amazing.’ But in that moment, she was. She truly was.”
9. Belly acknowledges her unrequited love for Conrad; “It wasn’t like how it was with Conrad and Aubrey. He’d loved her. Once upon a time, he’d been crazy about her. He had never been that way with me. Never. But I had loved him. I loved him longer and truer than I had anyone in my whole life and I would probably never love anyone that way again. Which, to be honest, was almost a relief.” What does Belly mean here? Do you believe her?
10. Belly and Jeremiah’s kiss was passionate, intense, and immensely meaningful to both of them. Describe a time when you’ve felt like “the earth stopped turning.”
11. Belly returns the infinity necklace that she’d taken from Conrad’s desk. What did this moment signify to Belly? To Conrad? Discuss the symbolism of the necklace.
12. Who is the “you” in the title of the book?
13. Like in The Summer I Turned Pretty, this next book in the series ends with a mysterious preview of what’s to come. “A couple of years later” gives us a snapshot of Belly’s wedding day. Whom do you think she will marry? Why does Jenny Han conclude the novel in this way?
We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han
1. We can tell a lot about a person by the company she keeps. In We’ll Always Have Summer, we’re introduced to Belly’s friendship with Anika, in addition to her ongoing friendship with Taylor. How are the friendships similar? How are they different? What roles do Taylor and Anika play, respectively, in Belly’s life, at the time when the novel takes place?
2. When Belly tells Anika about Jeremiah’s infidelity, Anika replies, “Keeping a secret like that from the person you love is probably the worst part.” We learn of several secrets in We’ll Always Have Summer—Jeremiah’s, Belly’s, Conrad’s. How much of what happens in this third novel is influenced by secrets? Is it ever okay to keep secrets? Is it ever okay to keep secrets from the people you love, in particular?
3. We’ll Always Have Summer is the most nostalgic of the three books in Jenny Han’s series. The title evokes the warmth and comforting permanence of memories. Belly is particularly touched by her memories of growing up at Cousins Beach, especially as represented by the images she recalls of Jeremiah and Conrad. Discuss Belly’s reaction to her realization that she’s had the story of Rosie, the dog, all wrong in her memory: “What else had I remembered wrong? I was a person who loved to play Remember When in my head. I’d always prided myself on how I remembered every detail. It scared me to think that my memories could be just ever-so-slightly wrong.” How much of Belly’s love for Jeremiah and Conrad is based on memories? How much weight can we assign to memories, as a foundation for current relationships? What kind of value does Belly put on her memories?
4. Belly’s conflicting feelings for Jeremiah and Conrad come to a head in We’ll Always Have Summer. As Belly grapples with determining how she’s feeling, she’s simultaneously struggling to control her feelings. Is it even possible for people to control love? Discuss what the following quote means to you, and the extent to which you agree that feelings can be safely tucked away.
· “I’d thought my feelings for Conrad were safely tucked away, like my old Rollerblades and the little gold watch my dad bought me when I first learned how to tell time.”
5. Describe your first love. How has this first experience shaped who you are today? Discuss the significance of first love, versus “last” love, as movingly articulated by Belly:
· “Maybe that was how it was with all first loves. They own a little piece of your heart, always. Conrad at twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, even seventeen years old. For the rest of my life, I would think of him fondly, the way you do your first pet, the first car you drove. Firsts were important. But I was pretty sure lasts were even more important. And Jeremiah, he was going to be my last and my every and my always.”
6. Taylor insists, “You should have everything you want, Belly . . . You only get married once.” Describe your ideal wedding. What would you prefer to have, but could do without, when push comes to shove? What features of your dream wedding are “deal breakers”—what do you consider absolutely imperative?
7. One of the hardest parts about going away to college—or moving, or simply starting a new school, for that matter—is making friends. Belly is tremendously relieved to be invited to her hallmate’s room to hang out with the girls. She confides, “maybe these were my people.” Who are your people? What qualities do you look for in new friends? What advice would you have shared with Belly for making friends that first semester of college?
8. Belly’s feelings for Conrad are profoundly conflicted throughout the three books in Jenny Han’s series. In regards to whether or not Conrad would attend Belly and Jeremiah’s wedding, Belly admits, “I think I was afraid. Afraid that he was coming and afraid that he wasn’t.” What does she mean by this?
9. Finally, after hearing Belly’s point of view, and then Jeremiah’s beginning, in It’s Not Summer Without You we have a window inside Conrad’s mind. How did your impression of Conrad change at this point? Why do think Jenny Han chose not to feature Conrad’s point of view until now? Why show shifting points of view (besides Belly’s) in the first place—what effect does this have on how you interpret the story?
10. We see Belly’s relationship with her mother evolve throughout the three books in the series. In We’ll Always Have Summer, we’re privy to a compelling power dynamic between mother and daughter that hasn’t been as evident in the past. What is this power dynamic, and to what do you attribute it? How would you characterize the nature of Belly and Laurel’s relationship?
Consider the following examples:
· “And she was bluffing. She had to be bluffing. No matter how upset or disappointed she was in me, I couldn’t believe that she would miss her only daughter’s wedding. I just couldn’t.”
· “Alone in my car again, I cried loud, ragged sobs. I cried until my throat hurt. I was mad at my mom, but bigger than that was this overwhelming, heavy sadness. I was grown up to do things on my own, without her. I could get married, I could quit my job. I was a big girl now. I didn’t have to ask for permission. My mother was no longer all powerful. Part of me wished she could be.”
11. How important is it to you that your family accepts your significant other and the choices you make with him/her? Furthermore, how important is it for you to have your friends’ blessings?
12. Although she attempts to convince herself otherwise, Belly is wrought with guilt following her subtle yet dramatic encounters with Conrad: first with the peaches and then when she nurses his surfing wound. Is Belly’s guilt justified? Why do you think these moments carry such significance for Belly?
13. Conrad asks his former employer and dear friend, Ernie, “Do you really believe in that? That people are meant to be with one person?” How would you answer this question? Do you believe in soul mates, or is it possible to love more than one person over your lifetime? Is it possible to love more than one person at the same time? Belly considers this possibility, when she realizes that she has feelings of love for both Jeremiah and Conrad. How would you explain this?
14. Jenny Han gives us plenty of opportunities to compare and contrast Jeremiah and Conrad—who they are as individuals, as well as who they are as they relate to Belly. Belly is constantly evaluating the two brothers. A few times in We’ll Always Have Summer, she even confuses the two—like when she realizes that it was Conrad who found the dog, Rosie, and not Jeremiah. A similar mix-up occurs at the very end of the book, when Jeremiah opens his letter from Susannah, only to realize that the letter inside was really for Conrad: “My mom must have mixed up the envelopes. In the letter she said she only got to see him in love once. That was with you.” Can you think of other similar mix-ups? What do we learn from these mix-ups?
15. Explain the title of this third book in the series, We’ll Always Have Summer. What does this mean, to you? Who is the “we” referenced? How would you define “summer,” in this context?
16. Finally, after three wonderfully suspenseful and poignant novels, we learn which brother Belly ends up with. Do you think Belly made the right choice? Were you surprised by her choice? Are you satisfied with this ending to the series?
Discussion Questions for the Trilogy
1. On the final page of We’ll Always Have Summer, we learn which brother Belly chooses to spend her life with. Think back to The Summer I Turned Pretty and It’s Not Summer Without You. What clues do you see, in retrospect, which pointed to this end result?
2. Discuss the titles of the three books in Jenny Han’s series. Who is the “I,” “you,” and “we’ll” referenced, respectively? What does summer symbolize to Belly? To you?
3. Which character changed the most over the course of the three books? Which character surprised you the most? With which character do you most closely relate?
4. Contemplate Belly’s experiences from when we meet her in The Summer I Turned Pretty through the final book in the series. How would you characterize her journey, overall? When faced with a tough choice, did she always do the right thing? What were her biggest mistakes? Her greatest successes?
5. What elements of writing craft do you think Jenny Han demonstrated particularly well? How would you characterize her writing?
6. What effect did presenting this story over three books have on you, as a reader? Would the story be any different if it were compressed into one, comprehensive novel?
7. Explore how you think Belly’s life will play out, going forward.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE SUMMER picks up two years after IT'S NOT SUMMER WITHOUT YOU. Belly and Jeremiah are still in love, attending college together, and taking finals at the end of Spring Semester. Their relationship is genuine, real, and fun. The perfect portrayal of young love. But then Belly uncovers a shocking secret: During their first real fight a few months earlier, Jeremiah went on Spring Break with his fraternity brothers and cheated on Belly. The discovery turns her world upside down. Jeremiah was the one boy she never thought would hurt her. Jeremiah vows to spend the rest of his life making it up to her, and he pulls out an engagement ring. In a completely believable, teenage, not-well-thought-out plan, the two young lovers become engaged. ENGAGED! An end of summer wedding is planned and the first hurdle is telling their families at a ceremony honoring Susannah where they will all be gathered together. Including Conrad. Through a beautiful dual character POV, we discover Conrad has been away for two years because of his love for Belly. The Conrad that I've been waiting two books to see is revealed, and it is well worth the wait. Jenny Han does an awesome job of subtly revealing which brother is truly right for Belly. I must say, though, that I fell completely in love with Conrad in this final chapter of their love story, and the boy delivered some amazing lines. He reveals why he let her go years ago, and the turmoil that watching his brother 'marry his girl and not being able to do anything about it' brings. Jenny Han's dialogue is spot on and heart wrenching, captured beautifully in Conrad's confession toward the end of the book. "It's impossible. . . I love Jere more than anybody. He's my brother, my family. I hate myself for doing this. But when I see you two together, I hate him too." His voice broke. "Don't marry him. Don't be with him. Be with me." Ugh, glorious pain, right? Belly spends the rest of the book completely torn between her first true love, the boy she is certain she will never be able to let go completely, and her best friend, the boy who loves her unconditionally, makes her feel like a princess, and would never walk away from her. While I am Team Conrad obviously, both boys are amazing and the way Jenny has crafted them, I honestly believe Belly would be happy with either of them. That being said, I won't tell you who she picks-I can't go and spoil the whole thing for you-but I will reveal for anyone worried about her making a mistake and advocating teenage marriage, Jenny handles this beautifully. I can also say that there is a place, between chapter fifty-seven and the conclusion of the book, where I wish I could curl up between the chapters and live in the in between. Ah . . .
O.M.G I cant tell you how much i loved loved the 2 books before. I loved the setting Cousins beach. Its a bout a summer any girl could only dream about. My favourite is Conrad Fisher because he is so dark and secretive but loves belly so much its heart-breaking to see her with Jeramiah. He's different, he is her best friend and they love each other but in a family kind of way and conrad is perfect for her. They would make the best couple. They have such a strong bond and connection and that makes them the best. I just pray conrad and belly end up together.!! Cant wait for may 2011 summer to read this book i would recommend the 2 books before to anyone.. I promise you, you wont be disappointd. xxxxx
This third book in the summer trilogy is amazing. I don't care what people think about this book, it's what i think of it. So here it goes: Belly and Conrad's relationship fizzles out completely when he tells Jeremiah it's okay if he wanted to be with her. Two years later, in college, the two are happy and have a healthy relationship. Until Jeremiah did the worst thing a boy could ever do to hurt a girl. Now, Belly and Jeremiah's trust is tested when Belly goes to Cousins, their summer house, and catches up with Conrad. Now, she isn't sure what she feels for Jeremiah or Conrad. When Belly returns, Jeremiah pleads for her to come back by proposing to her, promising he will never do a mistake like that again. After a few weeks of debating whether they should tell anyone yet, they finally let it out and everyone is totally surprised - including Conrad. The love Belly and Jeremiah have in this novel is strong and real. But what Belly had with Conrad is different. Conrad is her life long love; Jeremiah is her best friend. When Conrad opens up to her and says he still loves her, she is at a loss. What now? Read the book to find out what Belly's descision is. (: Who would you choose? - - - Jeremiah loves you all along. He is your best friend. Sweet, kind, and compassionate. Oh, and don't forget fun and outgoing! Conrad plays you like a violin whenever he wants. You have loved him since who knows how long! He doesn't let anyone in, refuses to break down the wall to open up, and is a complete heartbreaker. If you ask me, I would say that I love Jeremiah. He isn't afraid to say or do anything stupid. But if he ever did what he had to me, I would be confused on who I truly loved. I would say Conrad was a close friend whom I loved deeply and never wanted to let go. If he hurt me as many time he hurt Belly, I probably wouldn't like him as much. Overall, I would probably have to choose . . . Conrad. I mean, I could love him for my entire life, date him, and soon marry him. I recommend this book to anyone who loved a summer romance! :)
I loved reading this wonderful book! It has a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
Like always Belly can't chose until the end of the book. I love how real the feelings of the golden three were. Its like real life, but better. Its a great book.
1. The summer i turned pretty ----> i fell in love with Conrad Fisher 2. It's not summer without you----> i fell in love with Jeremiah Fisher 3. We'll always have summer-------> i'm double-minded i RANDOMLY chose the first two books in a book store.. and then when i read them, i was like,'what if i didnt buy these books...i wouldnt be what i am right now..' ... i filled me :) .. i know this sounds sooo boring but its the truth... i wish jenny han wrote more books on Belly, Jeremiah, Conrad, Steven, Susannah & Laurel... FOR THOSE WHO HAVENT READ ANY OF THEM 'dude! catch-up!! reading books might not be fun, but this isnt a book, its ..its love..written love!!'
OK, i know everybody says that this book is so happy and a fairy tale love story- its the complete opposite. This is a real life love struggle,and how belly should be in love with one person, but fate is pulling her towards another. Ever since belly was a little girl, she has loved Conrad fisher to death, and would do anything to satisfy him. When she finally realizes that Conrad " doesn't want her", she gives up and "lets go" of him. That's not the case- for belly nor Conrad. In this book, Conrad finally realizes that what he did was wrong, and sets out to seek belly and tell her the truth- that he is madly in love with her. On the other side, belly is in college, Jeremiah at her side, engaged. This book was so amazing- i couldn't put it down, and i finished it in two days. I won't go on and spoil it for you, but believe me- its heart wrenching, relate able, and so beautifully written that i cried at the end. READ IT!
I am almost embarrassed to admit how many times I've read these books.
Amazing! ABSOLUTE GREATLY written books :) I always liked Conrad durring the very beggining. The ending was shocking, I actually cried, LOVE THESE BOOKS!!!
I love thesebooks the are the best things ever i love jenny han and she is amazing! i have read all the reveiws of the third book and i think that it sounds amazing. i love the way jenny han puts in the twist how jeremiah cheats on belly! this puts the doubt in bellys mind. My biggest worry for this book is that she might pick Conrad. she thinks he is right for her but i want her to be with JEREMIAH!!! THIS BOOK WILL BE AMAZING FOR ALL READERS EVERYWHERE!
i have loved the last two books of this series and i can absolutely NOT wait until this book comes out!! Jenny han has written the best books of all time and i can already feel that this book will be just as perfect!! JENNY HAN is my favorite author of all time: shug was also one of my favorite books ( my other favorites are: the summer i turned pretty and its not summer without you basically all of jenny hans books!!) so if you enjoy reading a sweet romance book READ THE SUMMER SERIES!!!!!! DO IT! jenny han thank you soooooo much for writting the summer series and of course shug. you made it easy to find love in a book! SO TAKE IT FROM ME AND BUY THE BOOK!!
I loved this book so much. Actually i loved all the books. This trilogy was a perfect summer read! I could absolutely picture myself reading these books over and over again. I related to the characters easily. It felt so real! I personally thought Belly should end up with Jeremiah because he was her best friend and would never leave her, but feelings aside, these books are worth purchasing and reading. :)
I'm just dying. Completely. This is my favorite series. HANDS DOWN. I love this book, I have never once wanted to laugh while I cried my guts out, until I read this series. Jenny Han is an amazing writer and this is an amazing series. I felt like I was Belly. Throughout the whole series I felt like I was falling in love with Conrad. I felt like he loved me back too, which is so weird because he's not real. I wish he was. And I wish he loved me like how he loved Belly. I felt like I was in Belly's shoes through everything. I felt like it was me who got proposed to, who was in love with two boys at the same time. And last of all I felt like I was the one who was in the beach house at cousins every summer, falling more in love with it, and the people in it. I love this series. Jenny Han, you are an inspiration.
She chooses ...........................................haaha im not gonna tell you!
When i read the whole series, i nearly cried on some parts. A must-read book!
OMG!!! This book is probably one of the best books that i have ever read! The ending nearly made me cry. SUPER SWEET BOOK!!! <3 IT!!!!!
Okay, dont get me wrong i loved this book. It was one of the bes i've ever read. In this book you see another side of jeremiah not the one that stays with belly when shes sick, but a boy who is always partying and gets obnoxious after a while. Is was always team conrad, so when i read the ending i was super happy! But i wasnt happy with the actually ending. This book was way to short and i was so sad when it ended! The ending was really quick and i wasnt peepred for it. His bok also makes me feel kind of hollow inside, like ill never find as god a man as belly has:( i love this book but hate it for how it makes me feel in the end. Wheres my conrad?
i first read the summer i turned pretty after a trip to the libray i could not put it down and when i found out there was a sequel i was so excited, i finished its not summer without you and all i can say is i love these characters so much. belly is a girl just going after what she wants,falling in love is hard enough but faling in love with two boys brothers non the less is more difficult. i cant wait to read we'll always have summer, and i hope belly ends up with the boy she loves the most and meant to be with.
I wouldn't have asked for a better ending. Heart wrenchingly beautiful.
I read this for six hours straight and finished it in one night, best six hours of my life!
This book definetley makes my top list. It takes place after two years since the last book. Jeremiah and Belly end up getting engaged, and the last book is mostly about their engagement and the decision Belly has always had to face...who really has her heart.
I love it so much! I was crying at the end, i felt it was right who she ended up with, even though they both love her so much. I highly reccomend this book. It shows how much a first love really means to you.
Oh my goodness! This was so good! As soon as I finished it I kept thinking about it. Jenny Han created an excellent book that made me fall in love with Jeremy and Conrad. The way that she shapes the characters and leads the books to this final book and moment was outstanding! I would definitely recommend this to people looking for a good book. Thank you Jenny Han for completing this series with such an amazing ending. Please write more about Belly, Jeremiah, and Conrad. Thanks again!
MOST AMAZING SERIES! jenny han did not disappoint me! cryed throught most of the book! if you looking for a book close to nicholas sparks here it is all three of the book were amazing. i readed this book in one day and could not let it down. i feel in love with this book! cant wait for jenny han to write more young adult books!
I love jerimiah and if she didnt wanna marry him I WILL