Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.
When I first saw this book, I was like, are you kidding me?
And then, finally, I decided to try it.
Let me just say that this book may suck to everyone else. The readers of romance novels and paranormal YA. And I respect that. I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Even if I ignore their opinion, even if I hate it or choose to completely forget it, it’s still their opinion. How it affects me is my problem. This is my reaction to those one star reviews: This book may suck in your opinion, but it’s one of the only romance novels I’ve ever tried that I actually liked.
I’ll admit I haven’t tried many in the first place, but those other books just don’t interest me. I had faith in Jenny Han because I read one of her other, tween books, Shug. And, oddly enough, this book drew me in. I found three extremely believable, sweet characters in Conrad, Jer and Belly. The other characters were great too, especially Steven and Taylor.
I really liked the poetic feel to a lot of this book, and the verses that really stuck out to me I always went over a few times in my head, trying to understand it and appreciating it. The growth in Belly is really remarkable in this story, and I liked seeing how over the time she has through this trilogy, she matures and learns.
Example: “Moments, when lost, can’t be found again. They’re just gone.”
Example: “It’s the imperfections that make things beautiful.”
This was an amazing summer read, and I’d highly recommend it to teenage girls looking for a great, mellow romance novel.
pg count for the hardback: 276