Review: It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer #2) – Jenny Han

It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer #2) – Jenny Han


Title: It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer #2)

Author: Jenny Han

Release Date: April 27, 2010

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 288

Source: Bought from bookstore

Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?

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.

4 out of 5 stars


I really enjoyed Jenny Han’s writing style and I really loved this story. I like that the summer house in Cousins is their place. It’s their real home and as long as they’re all together, it’s for all of them. I love that this book is touching but not cry-your-eyes-out sad. It does get sad at some parts, but then some parts make you laugh. I find myself liking the second books in trilogies better than the first because all the world building is over and you can concentrate on the characters and the storyline and the development of the characters. I love how this book has flashbacks all throughout the story. I really enjoyed this because through the first book there wasn’t many flashbacks and I really enjoy getting to know the characters more and more. I look forward to reading the third and final book in this trilogy.


I love the characters in this trilogy. They are so… real. I feel like I could meet someone exactly like them and be comfortable talking to them. Belly grew so much in this book in particular vs. the first. She finally realizes that Conrad isn’t all that he’s cracked up to be. My favorite part about Belly is that she’s becoming more independent and the whole book wasn’t about her moping arounnd about Susannah. Jeremiah, Conrad’s brother, is definitely a new book crush. I’m team Jeremiah all the way. Conrad doesn’t understand Belly the way he should. He “cheated” Belly’s heart by dating Aubrey. (of course the evil girfriend and I would have the same name…)

Who Would I Be?:

I would want to be Belly because I would love to have a summerhouse to look forward to all year. I want that in my life. Wating for summer and then when it does come there would be no worries in the world. You leave your old life behind for the summer. If I was Belly I would have her be in love with Jeremiah because… he’s Jeremiah, enough said. :)


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