It's Not Summer Without You

It's Not Summer Without You

A Summer Novel

Book - 2011
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Teenaged Isobel "Belly" Conklin, whose life revolves around spending the summer at her mother's best friend's beach house, reflects on the tragic events of the past year that changed her life forever.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2011, c2010.
ISBN: 9781416995562
Characteristics: 275 p. ;,21 cm.
Alternative Title: It is not summer without you


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Mar 16, 2020

I really loved the first book and was so happy when I found a second and third book! I do think han let the love triangle go on for a bit too long. It would be good idea to end it a little bit sooner Don't get me wrong though, this book is a really captivating read

sjpl_rebekah Aug 26, 2019

I was not quite as enamored with this book as I was with the first one, but it was still a great read. Han captures the feelings of grief, angst, heartbreak, regret, and guilt so so well. As with many trilogies, the second book hits the peak of conflict, so there really is no resolution at the end. I imagine the feelings of resolution will come in the third and final book, and I am really hoping that Belly chooses the brother that I feel is better suited for her.

I certainly experienced some feelings of frustration while reading this book. The characters are so young and impulsive that sometimes I just wanted to shake the selfishness right out of them. I think though that Han’s depiction of how the characters react to tragedy is realistic. It is hard to know exactly how you will cope with something until it happens to you, and sometimes in our hurt we push away the people that matter most and make rash decisions.

That said, I am really looking forward to the final book!

Feb 09, 2019

This is the classic love triangle: is she going for the dark, brooding, mysterious guy or the sweet, friendly, blond guy? (Hint: you'll need to read the next book to find out.)

Aug 16, 2016

Why is it so traumatic, I have just been through the toughest year of my life trying to deal with the death of my Love and my father and there have been many times when I thought that being dead myself would surely be better than trying to deal with the death of two people that were a significant part of my life and all the misery that went with it.
What I want to know is, what is the point of grief, why is it so awful to the point that you feel your own life is not worth living, why is the experience so shocking and what do we really gain from it.
I know I am not the same person and that everything is different now, I don't view that as a bad thing really but what it took me to get to the other side of this is something I find hard to deal with and I wonder what your thoughts are on grief?
Can we ignore it and just get on with our lives because some people seem able to do that, whereas I couldn't carry on, I couldn't even function at all for months and months. Maybe that's a tough journey

Aug 13, 2016

This is the second book to Jenny Han’s trilogy The Summer I Turned Pretty. After Susannah loses her battle to cancer, it is the first summer Belly and her family as well as Susannah’s family will no longer be altogether at the summer house. In fact, no one ends up going in the beginning. Belly and Conrad are now history that did not end well and barely speak anymore. After Conrad goes missing and Jeremiah asks Belly for help to find him, they both know there is only one place Conrad would go- the beach house. They take a trip to Cousins where Belly, Conrad, and Jeremiah are reunited for the first time since Susannah’s funeral. After discovering that the reason why Conrad has been skipping school and missed an exam, they find out that Conrad is actually trying to save the summer house. Mr. Fisher wants to sell the summer house, but Belly and the brothers are not ready to let go. Jeremiah and Belly begin to explore their feelings for each other and problems arise between them and Conrad. By the end of the book, the love triangle is over, and Belly is with the one she felt she was meant to be with. - @bookwormanonymous of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This is the second book in the summer I turned pretty series. Readers get to see the continuation of Belly and her blossoming relationships. This book goes through many past events that lead up to what really happened after they left the cottage. What was once her picture perfect relationship with Conrad turned sour after many events that took place the divided them. Belly must now confront her feelings and see if she can patch up her relationship with Conrad or if it is time to let go of the past. This is a great follow up to the first book and readers are able to get more insight into Belly and her indecisive mind. I suggest that anyone who read the first book, continue to read the rest of the series. You never know what can happen… -- @BakerBooks of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 11, 2016

I loved this book, it was a great follow up to "The Summer I turned Pretty". Belly is a very strong character and helped everyone around her with the death of Susannah. Can't wait to read the next book.

Apr 11, 2015

For every summer Belly can remember, she went to the house on Cousins Beach with her brother, Mother, mothers best friend Susannah, and her boys Conrad and Jeremiah. Although in the past they have all acted like family, Belly has always had a sweet spot for those boys. The previous summer things started happening, things other than romance and this year no one is going back to the beach house. Belly is in disbelief. Her entire life has been measured in summers. The time in between is irrelevant. No where is safe. At home her mother is in a haze over the death of her dear friend Susannah. Previously, Conrad has been Belly’s concern, in a trance whenever with him, but when his feelings aren't matched with hers the past year she feels as if it is the end. She receives a call from Jeremiah and the table turns. For anyone who has ever felt empty by the death of a loved one will understand Belly’s emotion. As well as the emotions attached to holding onto a crush for too long and realizing the pain it causes you. This sequel to the book The Summer I Turned Pretty gives the perfect message of hope. Following Belly on her journey to finding herself again after all that has happened. Provided with a beautiful setting and excellent description of emotion, I don’t know an adolescent who wouldn’t enjoy and find comfort in this story. Would definitely read again and recommend anyone who hasn’t to give it a try.

Sep 01, 2014

A good sequel, but I wonder how long this author is going to make the love triangle exist. I guess I'll have to read the next one to find out. This one was well-written and, I thought, deeper than the first one. Belly is growing up a lot (I still can't stand her nickname) and struggling with her friendships and feelings. So far I've liked this series and recommend it for teens.

Jun 24, 2014

I really enjoyed this book, but I felt that some parts of the plot were underdeveloped.

Oct 31, 2013

Hmmm..Where do I start. I really wanted to loved this book, but I can't say that I did. I was looking forward to great summer book about a summer house and young love.

This was a book about a summer house that two mothers and their children have been going to for years. The mother Laurel and Susannah were best friends since childhood and their children Conrad, Jeremiah, Steven and Belly have been going to since they were little. This is the summer when things start to change. Belly is starting to get older and finding herself and figuring out were her feeling lie. I feel like this book pushed complicated relationship were they really don't have to be. I kinda feel bad for Cam in the book. He is a great guy and sort of didn't deserve what he got, but I am sure he will be fine. Well on to the next one since I already took out all three.

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AlbanianPrincess24 Jul 06, 2012

"Its not summer without you!"

Jul 19, 2010

"Con, you missed two classes and you've got midterms on Monday. You can't just bail. They'll kick you out of summer school."
"That's my problem. And what's she doing here?" He didn't look at me when he said it, and it was like he'd stabbed me in the chest.


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AlbanianPrincess24 Jul 06, 2012

This book is about her "cousins" in Cousins beach. She was not planning to go there that summer, but when her "cousin" went missing. she and her other "cousin", went searching for him. They spend a summer at Cousins Beach


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