Book 2 in the bestselling The Summer I Turned Pretty series - now a major new TV show on Amazon Prime!
From the author of To All The Boys I've Loved Before (now a smash-hit Netflix movie), perfect for fans of The Kissing Booth, Rainbow Rowell and Holly Bourne.
When something is perfect, you hope it never ends.
Belly's long hot summers at the Fisher boys' beach house are over.
Conrad, the only boy she's ever loved, has left for college, taking her heart with him.
And Jeremiah, his younger brother, is still Belly's best friend - but maybe friendship isn't enough for him anymore.
But when Jeremiah calls and says that Conrad has disappeared, all roads seem to lead back to the summer house.
Will Belly spend another summer chasing after Conrad, or will she finally let him go?
In this second book of the planned trilogy that began with The Summer I Turned Pretty, 16-year-old Belly Conklin feels displaced. Unlike years past, she won't be at the beach with her mother's best friend, Susannah, and Susannah's sons, Jeremiah and Conrad. This summer, I wasn't in Cousins. Conrad and I weren't together, and Susannah was dead. When Belly learns from Jeremiah that Conrad has disappeared, she immediately agrees to help; their search leads them to the beach house, where Conrad is hiding out. Belly's plaintive voice sometimes makes her sound too young, but Han realistically touches upon the characters' various reactions to grief Belly's mother becomes withdrawn, Conrad fiercely protects the house (his father wants to sell it), Belly has trouble processing the permanence of loss as well as Belly's emotional entanglements with the brothers (occasional chapters are told from Jeremiah's perspective, and Belly reflects on her failed romance with Conrad). Though the fate of the summer house is resolved a bit quickly, Belly's difficult relationship with her best friend and her standing with the boys hang in the balance, which should leave readers anxious for the final installment. Ages 12 up.
I thought this book and the whole series was really entertaining and fun to read but at times a bit repetitive.