Monday, September 27, 2010
Review: It's Not Summer Without You
Author: Jenny Han
Date Released: April 27th, 2010
Rating: 4 out of 5
Last year, all of Belly's dreams came true and the thought of missing a summer in Cousins Beach was inconceivable. But like the rise and fall of the ocean tide, things can change--just like that. Suddenly the time she's always looked forward to most is something she dreads. And when Jeremiah calls to say Conrad has disappeared, Belly must decide how she will spend this summer: chasing after the boy she loves, or finally letting him go.
Honestly, this one wasn't as good as the first one... But it was still very likable and enjoyable... and VERY hard to put down. So I read it in two days (which is super duper fast for me). I sacrificed some sleep, read throughout the not-so-busy parts of my day and VOILA! I was done :D
The reason why this book wasn't as good was because finding Conrad was not that hard. Like seriously... it took 5 minutes of reading time, after Belly gets the phone call from Jeremiah, to find him... I think that if I were Belly, I would've known all along where he was. The second thing was that, I finally realized that Belly's sort of annoying... She's kind of whines a lot and is a little immature in some of her actions.
But the good thing about this book was the plot. OMG, some things were completely shocking. The parts are more towards the end, but if you like this series, your jaw will drop... just like mine did. The cliffhanger is very mind boggling and makes you want MORE!!! Therefore, I cannot wait until the third, and last book comes out. This book also gets you hooked onto it, wanting more. I'm pretty sure that if you don't like it, you'll still end up finishing it because you want to find out who Belly will choose, Jeremiah or Conrad. I think that Jenny Han's writing has something to do with it, because everything sort of flows. The scenes aren't choppy and just go from here to there. They all connect together very well, just like all the puzzle pieces put together.
Why can't May hurry up?? I need the third book... PRONTO! Even though it wasn't as good as the first one, it's definitely a must if you're already hooked onto the series. The ending is REALLY shocking, which will flow great with the third book, We'll Always Have Summer. Oh! If there were "teams" (like there is for The Hunger Games and Twilight) for this book, would you be Team Jeremiah or Team Conrad? I'm honestly torn between the two... :D
It's a really cute cover with Belly and Jeremiah and Conrad, kind of like the cover for The Summer I Turned Pretty. With Jeremiah and Conrad on either side, it shows that Belly's torn between both of the boys, not sure of who she likes better. Also, Jeremiah and Conrad's have their backs turned against each other, possibly sending the message that they're angry with eachother. Overall, a really great cover that says so much about the story :)
*Description from Goodreads.com
**Review copy bought.