All our life we think we have abundance of time. Time to finish our pending works, time to work on ourselves and time to spend with our loved ones. But somewhere in between we forget that we are mortals and as appealing the idea of having time to spend with our loved ones it isn’t true. We never know what and how long our last meeting with someone can be…
ABOUT THE BOOK
It’s not summer without you is the second book of The summer I turned pretty series. It picks up exactly where the first book left and that’s why it can’t be read as a standalone. As compared to the first book, this book doesn’t deal with just love triangles. It deals with more complex themes like death, memories and balancing our feelings. And for some characters it is just about surviving…
Belly always spent her summers at the summer house in Cousins. But now with Susannah gone, everything which both the families had is now forgotten. Now Belly just wished that summer would never come.
But Jeremiah called one day to inform Belly that his former boyfriend Conrad went missing. Belly and Jeremiah both go on a search for Conrad and end up going to the summer house in Cousins. And apparently this would be their last summer there as Mr. Fisher will be selling that house soon.
With Susannah gone, the summer house was their last memory of her. Will they be able to let go of Susannah and that house too? And are Conrad and Belly a good couple or will things with Jeremiah about to heat up..
● Grief– the book shows how grief can consume us. How it can affect our relationships with other people and how badly it hurts to lose something so close to our heart.
● Never give up– Mr. Fisher set his mind to sell the summer house but Belly, Jeremiah, Conrad and Laurel against all odds convinced him to not do so. This shows how even when we have low chances of winning, we should fight till last and never give up.
● Growing up– the life of Belly is shown in the book. All her stages of life and how she grew up both physically and mentally.
● Holding onto memories– though people go, but their memories stay with us. Either we can cry over the lost ones or we can hold onto the good memories and live with the memories for that person. And if we think though our loved ones would want us to choose the latter.
● Death– every human has to die. But death ends the life of a person, not a relationship. And sometimes the death of a person can affect several relationships.
● Bella Conklin– a teenager unsure of her own feelings. The most relatable character and sweetheart of everyone. She may have complications with her feelings but she knows how to hold onto people.
● Steven Conklin– the best brother and the best friend anyone can have. Not only was he with her sister supporting her but when his friends needed him, he was there too.
● Jeremiah Fisher– the most lived boy of the entire series. He gives those golden retriever vibes and is the most charming and cute boy. He is always there to save people whenever they need him.
● Conrad Fisher– the grumpy brother who keeps his feelings to himself. His aloofness and at the same time his hotness is way too appealing. His character comes out more closed in this one.
● Laurel– Steven and Belly’s mother and a divorced woman who is financially independent and knows what she wants. A problem solver and the support system of everyone.
● Susannah– Jeremiah and Conrad’s mother. She is definitely the heart of the family.
● Mr. Fisher– Jeremiah and Conrad’s dad. Though he thinks he is doing what is good for their sons but instead ends up neglecting the perspective of his sons.
● You never know the last time you’ll see a place. A person.
● I didn’t want to make the same mistake my parents made. I didn’t want my love to fade away one day like an old scar. I wanted it to burn forever.
● Just when we thought everything was going to be okay, we all fell apart.
● How do you regret one of the best nights of your entire life? You don’t. You remember every word, every look. Even when it hurts, you still remember.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jenny Han is a successful writer whose famous works include mainly teenage romance with a bit of Asian culture mixed. Her novels are loved by teenagers who are confused about their own feelings and can relate to the protagonists. Her book series To all the boys I’ve loved before has been made into a film adaptation too. And The summer I turned pretty is made into a web series by Amazon prime.
It’s not summer without you is a bit more serious than the previous book. It has major serious themes and the plot too is intriguing. The whole book will definitely keep you hooked up and there will be instances when you will judge the choices of the protagonists but the reason that she is flawed is why all the teenage girls can relate to her.