Title: We’ll Always Have Summer
Author: Jenny Han
Series: Summer, #3
Date(s) read: February 18, 2013
Genre: YA contemporary
Source: Won (Hardcover)
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.
Oh, Jenny Han — my feels! This book was the perfect, the perfect ending to the Summer series! I feel so sad to see it end, but I’m so happy that it’s one of those series where I felt so much resolution and satisfaction in the end.
Really, I hated the end of the last book, how heartbreaking it was for Conrad to give up Belly like he did and in this book we see such a change in the boys. Some may not see it as a welcome change, but I think it was just their characters evolving. Conrad, in all of his moodiness and sensitivity, seemed to be the one who has a hard time letting things go — I like to think that he just wanted his brother to be happy when he told him he was okay with Jeremiah liking Belly. Of course, I still think that Belly was very foolish for letting Conrad go like that. VERY foolish.
At any rate, this was such a great book and I couldn’t read it fast enough. In the same sense, I wanted to savour each and every page because I didn’t want the story to end. I had to know the final outcome of everything! I was also realizing that I was getting very attached to the characters in the story and didn’t want to let them go.
I was so happy that all three of these stories took place at the Cousin’s beach — it still remains such a perfect setting for a story and I could almost feel the spray of the water on my face as I read it. But it wasn’t all just fun times on the beach — there were major things that happened in this story and I was feeling major emotion while reading.
We still see the characters growing and evolving, and Belly finally starts going by the name Isabel, which is a welcome change. I really like that we see parental in all three of these books — it seems like there are too many YA reads where the parents seem nonexistent that it’s a welcome change to finally see them in the story!
I was so sad when I ended this book, but honestly felt like I could take a breath and set it aside in the end. It was one of those stories that I could go back and read over and over again when I’m in the mood for summer — and in the mood for a twisting tale of romance and family. Make sure you have tissue available becauase this one is a tear jerker!
Great job, Jenny Han! I look forward to trying out more of your stories.