Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Review: We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

Published: Simon & Schuster (April 26, 2011)
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover
Series: Book 3 of 3
Source: GalleyGrab

GoodReads Summary: 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.

My Thoughts: All good things have to come to an end, right? I really, really didn't want this series to end. Just when Belly, Conrad, Jeremiah, and I were getting to know one another and be one big happy family, Jenny Han goes and ends it all. Why?!

Well, I'll tell you why. Belly deserves her happy ending. And she gets it. OH, does she get it. But not without going through some serious struggles first. Lots of heartbreak going on in this here book. I wanted to throw the book. I wanted to cry. I DID cry. I got that feeling in my stomach where I wanted to puke because I'm so mad that this is happening and I can't BELIEVE it's happening to me. Wait, it didn't happen to me. But Jenny Han made me feel like it was. I was five seconds from busting out the ice cream and calling over some friends.

Everything comes to a head here. All the underlying tension, the unspoken feelings (good and bad), the painstaking betrayals (OH, how it hurts my heart). And the best part about Han? No matter how badly you want to hate a character for the crappy things they did, she still manages to keep a firm hold on your heart. Her beautiful, atmospheric beachy writing is something I will miss dearly.

Despite all the ups and downs, the Conrad evasions, the lovable Belly obnoxiousness, the Jeremiah fun times, and all the smiles and sadness that won my heart over... this good thing has ended. But let me assure you that I will not be forgetting this series. Every song about summer will bring me back to these characters.

And that ending? *dies*


    Anyway, yes, great end to the series! Totally agree about that and Han's writing.
    Great review!!

  2. *groans* Now, I HAVE to read this series. So much hoopla about the trilogy. Plus, any girl named Belly is bound to get my attention at some point. Thanks for the review!

  3. AHHHHH!!!! I've yet to get my hands on this book, and all the reviews are driving me wild! I love that nobody's giving away spoilers, but I am sooooo wanting to know what happens/read this! :D

  4. I honestly have no idea how to sum up what I felt about this book. I read it along with some friends who are equally dedicated to the Summer books and we screamed and hit each other.. many, many times.