Can Belly make a final choice between Jeremiah and Conrad? Find out in the conclusion of the New York Times bestselling The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy from the author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (soon to be a major motion picture!).
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!
Isabel (Belly) Conklin always knew she "would be Belly Fisher one day." She just didn't know which of the Fisher brothers she'd marry: Conrad, her first love, or younger brother Jeremiah, who caught her on the rebound. As fate would have it, Jeremiah is the one to propose marriage during the spring of Belly's first year in college. Following impulse rather than reason (or her mother's adamant protests), Belly accepts. However, her premarital bliss is undercut by the flicker of passion she still holds for Conrad. In Han's conclusion to the trilogy that began with The Summer I Turned Pretty, she both underscores the folly of getting engaged too young and vividly depicts the emotions of a girl on the brink of womanhood, impatient to make all of her dreams come true. If Jeremiah's frat-boy mentality is somewhat stereotyped, he remains an effective foil to the more pensive, sensitive Conrad. While Belly's final decision may not come as a surprise to readers, it will satisfy those who have followed her through each of her summers. Ages 12 up.
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My heart. I’m emotionally drained. 3 books 3 days. IM IN LOVEEEEEE with Conrad. I’m sooo happy they ended up together. I cried, laughed, and went on this emotional rollercoaster with Belly.
This book is the best out of the three from the series. I love how Jenny Han shows Conrad’s point of view—finally! The end was not expected to and it is just a very cute love story!
An adult reading YA
I need to preface this by saying I’m a 26 year old woman, not a high school teen.
That being said, of course there were flaws in this series, a few inconsistencies that stuck with me-maybe a little too much-but overall, it was a fun read. The writing style was fluid and elegant, making for an easy and light read.
The character development was wonderful. I loved watching them all grow up, really seeing every step. Belly was a character you could relate to, could love, but could also disagree with. She was raw and real. She made selfish mistakes, but don’t we all?
Jeremiah- he was redeeming in almost all ways. He was kind and full of life. Ever fun, ever loving. I hated the uncharacteristic mistake he made, I didn’t feel like it make any sense. But the way he was brought to forgiveness, I felt it was very accurate. It was very much a terrible mistake a kid in college could make, and he felt remorse. He gets a lot of complaints for being so immature. At the end of the book though, he’s only 21; he IS young, he is immature. There are so many years for him to grow. I adored him from start to finish.
Conrad was different. He was broody, and by far the most self-serving character in the story. If he wasn’t happy, no one could be. There were hardly any redeeming qualities. He did love with his whole heart, those close to him. He just loves himself a lot more. I hated his character as a love interest, but I loved his relationship with Laurel after his mom passed. I could see him as a great friend, just not the partner for Belly.
All this being said, I feel like Belly choosing Conrad was a very inappropriate mistake. Especially in a book for young, impressionable readers. Conrad was manipulative, emotionally abusive. He should not have gotten his way, no matter how much Belly loved him. She loved Jeremiah too. It felt forced that she picked Conrad, like Stockholm syndrome almost. The good guys can win, and we need to teach our daughters and sons this.