Book Review: We’ll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3) by Jenny Han

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Title: We’ll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3)

Author: Jenny Han

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: April 26, 2011

Number of Pages: 277

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance 

Synopsis:

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, now in paperback.

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.

Personal Thoughts:

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

On this last installment in the Summer trilogy by Jenny Han, we follow Belly’s summer adventure for the last time at Cousins beach. With Susannah’s passing, I mentioned in my review on the second book that Belly has finally matured and her character-development since the first book is pretty hard to miss. In this third book, an unexpected event is about to change Belly’s and the Fisher boys’ lives and Belly has to make a very important decision.

As usual, I flew through this book. Aside from the fact that it’s a very short and quick read, once you dive into the story, you just couldn’t stop reading — this is true to almost all of Jenny Han’s novels. Her writing style has always been a comfort zone of sorts for me, because it’s very easy to read.

I think the way this last book is written perfectly ends the story of Belly Conklin and the Fisher boys. I think my feelings towards Jeremiah has changed throughout We’ll Always Have Summer. I have always admired the way he appears to be calm, collected, and happy-go-lucky all the time, but there were instances and situations in this book where those traits didn’t quite fit well, so I kind of started to get annoyed with his character. For the most part, his character can be described as childish.

Overall, this book perfectly wrapped up everything that has happened in the last two books. It answered and dealt with the issues of Belly feelings towards the Fisher boys, her doubts, her grief — everything. What I most loved about these books is the way Jenny Han never stopped including Susannah in all of her books even though she passed away in the first book. I just love how sweet Susannah’s character remained to be even in this last book.

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