Thursday, September 27, 2012

We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

Release Date: Out now!

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Pages: 320pgs

The Story

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. Conrad has not gotten over the mistake he made when he let Belly go even as 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 a truth she has possibly always known: she will have to break one of their hearts.

The Review

WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE SUMMER is set two years after the last book of the Summer series had left off from and Belly is now off to college with Jeremiah - who is her now long-time and totally devoted boyfriend - and everything between them is going as great as everyone would expected from them. They go to parties, they have their meals together, they hang out with their friends and they study. Basically everything is perfect or so Belly had thought. With many problems arising in Belly and Jeremiah's relationship, Belly cannot help but think back to those past summers that she shared with the Fisher brother's and the path she didn't follow with her Conrad, Jeremiah's brother and the boy she left behind. Being the last conclusion of Jenny Han's Summer series trilogy, while it's not all smooth sailing for the characters but boy . . . it was everything I hoped for and more!

For those who've read my reviews for the last two books of this YA trilogy, you would know how much love and respect I have for this author, Jenny Han. She's hands down one of my favourite contemporary writers out there at the moment! It's not because she's totally awesomesauce - okay, maybe she is - but the reason why I love her writing so, so much is because she's just one of those authors that you're hooked on from the very beginning and she's an author who can paint a vivid picture of the summers you wished you had experienced sometime in your life and make every scene, every word and every little cliche line sound utterly amazing!

Once again the characters in this series are incredible and so realistic too! Belly, the main narrator of this delicious summer tale, has grown so much in this trilogy alone where I hardy recognize her and she's finally learning from many of her past mistakes which was great to see. Sure, she still makes some wrong choices in this third book but she's a grown woman now and eventually she goes for what she wants the most and you can't help but root for her own happiness! As for Jeremiah's character, her boyfriend at the current time, while he didn't exactly turn out to be the nice guy in the end like the one I loved from the previous two books, but he's trying his hardest to make his and Belly's relationship work, which is completely understandable given his situation. But sadly I kind of lost respect for him . . . such a shame really when you come to think about it because I adored him from the start! But seriously . . . enough about him and let's talk about Conrad!

Oh Conrad, Conrad, Conrad . . . you have won my heart, my soul and you SO totally deserve a whole paragraph all to yourself for staying true to who you are as a person! A gorgeous one at that. Now for the record you guys, Conrad has always had the softer side of me and it's not because he's the broken, bad boy type that we all want to fix somehow (because that's how tortured bad boys are to supposed to impact on us, right?), but no, what I really love about this bad boy (even though he's not a bad boy at all) is just him being . . . well, our Conrad. True and flawed. After his mother's death and after everything that has happened between him, his brother, and even his girl Belly, he needed to find himself before moving forward and I guess in this book he finally gets his life back on track, and he also finally sees what he's been missing all along and that's our Belly. From books one and two readers have been SO frustrated with how Conrad had treated Belly, but in the end he proves himself again and he's now worthy to fight for Belly, and really . . . I think it's Belly who needed to find ways to be worthy of him because whether he's a complete wreck or struggling over his own heart, Conrad is and will always be my summer boy. So be prepared ladies cause this reformed bad (good) boy will have you crying yourself to sleep by the time you finish this book!

Overall, WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE SUMMER is the kind of book that will always be in my heart and even though everything is now coming to an end. And my GOD it's just so hard to let go of these beloved characters of mine, ones I've grown so familiar with, and it's almost like saying goodbye to a family member or a best friend but it's also gratifying to see every character grow with each book and see them off with the happy ending that they ALL deserve! So if you love the first two books in this trilogy, then this book right here will break your heart in every way possible - but in the most brilliant way too! Adored it so much! Gah!

The Rating

5/5 stars

8 comments:

  1. Yay TEAM CONNIE! I love him! Great review Erin! =)

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    1. Thank you! I think pretty much EVERYONE loves Connie!

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  2. ERIN! I literally JUST read the first two books in this series a few days ago and I am SO FREAKING NERVOUS to finish it! I was actually Team Jeremiah (not that I was very optimistic of my chances LOL) but your review is swaying me already! The way you paint Conrad... gah, I just want to run to my copy of WAHS and see him! I mean, I liked him before, sure, but this more grown up version? I LIKE THE SOUND OF IT. I'll be at a Jenny Han signing tomorrow and you've got me even more excited for it... Thanks for the FANTASTIC review, Erin! <3

    Sonia

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    1. Thank you, Sonia! I was on Team Jeremiah too - like from the very beginning - but I was secretly on Team Conrad as well. Hell I love those boys equally. But in this book . . . Conrad totally steals the show for me so I hope you love it just as much I did. Conrad was just agfahjlghaddjgda perfect. haha.

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  3. Great review! I keep hearing good things about this book, and I've yet to pick it up. Now that I've read your review I'll be sure to get it next time I'm at the book store.

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    1. Good to hear! ADORE this book so much!

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  4. "he's the broken, bad boy type that we all want to fix somehow" - for some reason my heart is demanding I go buy a Team Conrad flag... :D

    AHHHHHHH. I SO WANT TO READ A JENNY HAN BOOK. Everyone, EVERYONE, raves about this series! I swear, I have not seen a single person who's read them and said they've sucked. I need a series of contemporaries lining my shelves, ones that force a smile from me every time I look at them. The Summer series SO has the potential to do that and damn you, Erin, you're DRAINING ALL MY BANK ACCOUNT FUNDS, OKAY?

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    1. Go get that flag, Brodie! You must prepare yourself for Conrad-hotness! haha.

      Why haven't you read a Jenny Han book yet? Life isn't complete without reading one of her books. haha. I'm sorry for draining your bank account but it's a matter of life and death. haha.

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