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It's Not Summer Without You

It's Not Summer Without You

A Summer Novel

Book - 2010
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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 BFYR, ©2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781416995555
Branch Call Number: Y FIC HAN
Characteristics: 275 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: It is not summer without you


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pacl_teens Dec 16, 2020

This book was definitely a continuation of book one so it's not a standalone. In the beginning, like book one, the characters, especially Conrad, got on my nerves. However, after reading more, it got more understandable and I'm glad I finished reading the book. The book expresses each character's emotions and flaws so well that you can't help feeling for each of them.
I still like the first book better as this book didn't really do much with the plot but that's how it works for most trilogies. I'm excited to read the last book and see how everything ends. -Lucy, Grade 10

Nov 22, 2020

The plot thickens in the second book of this series. Make sure to read the first one before the second, this is very important.

Oct 01, 2020

This second book in the sequel has been mostly bittersweet, with Belly's relation forming and breaking in a matter of months. But of course, the relationship fades out but her feelings still linger. However, compared to The Summer I Turned Pretty, this book focuses more on family relationships and each person's internal feelings more than romantic relationships, which I think is a big plus and it is much needed. Jenny Han as always is great at using her words to make us feel what the character is feeling. What I love most about the book is that it ends in a cliffhanger, forcing you to rush to the last one in the sequel We'll always have summer".

Aug 22, 2020

This book was so sad, cute, romantic, and meaning which is them trying to find there way in the world. I absolutely loved this book it was so great and everything was so packaged right!!!!!!

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.

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Nov 22, 2020

“But I had loved him. I loved him longer and truer than I had anyone in my whole life and I would probably never love anyone that way again. Which to be honest was almost a relief.”
― Jenny Han, It's Not Summer Without You

Nov 22, 2020

“We stood there, looking at each other, saying nothing. But it was the kind of nothing that meant everything.”
― Jenny Han, It's Not Summer Without You

Nov 22, 2020

“And no matter what you do or how hard you try, you can’t stop
yourself from dreaming.”
― Jenny Han, It's Not Summer Without You

Nov 22, 2020

“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.”
― Jenny Han, It's Not Summer Without You

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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