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Belly finds out what comes after falling in love in this follow-up to The Summer I Turned Pretty from the New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Jenny Han.
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This moving YA novel is a deeply felt tale of first love and first loss. Belly and the group of friends she calls “the boys” have spent every summer of their lives at the beach house their families share. Jeremiah grew to be Belly’s truest friend, while his older brother Conrad became her life-long crush. But those carefree days end when the person who’s been the glue who’s held the whole group together tragically dies. The second book in Jenny Han’s highly emotional Summer trilogy is a wildly engrossing teen romance that also manages to gracefully deal with the subject of grief. Our heart broke for every character here, but we still desperately wanted to know what would happen at prom, and whether Conrad would ever tell Belly what she longs to hear. No matter what your age, this tale of young love will capture your heart.
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sound too young, but Han realistically touches upon the characters' various reactions to grief Belly's mother becomes withdrawn, Conrad fiercely protects the house (his father wants to sell it), Belly has trouble processing the permanence of loss as well as Belly's emotional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 dont only love this book i love the whole series!! this book isnt so bad but the first and last ones seem better :)
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