April 26, 2011
Simon & Schuster
It's been two years since Conrad told Belly to go with Jeremiah. She and Jeremiah have been inseparable ever since, even attending the same college-- only, their relationship hasn't exactly been the happily ever after Belly had hoped it would be. And when Jeremiah makes the worst mistake a boy can make, Belly is forced to question what she thought was true love. Does she really have a future with Jeremiah? Has she ever gotten over Conrad? It's time for Belly to decide, once and for all, who has her heart forever.
Even though I have so many books to read already, after finishing It's Not Summer Without You, I had to immediately go to the bookstore to get We'll Always Have Summer. This series is that good. Even though I am an emotional wreck reading them, I have to say that this is probably one of my favorite YA series to date. And even though this was the last book, I am happy with where Jenny Han went with the ending, and I feel complete.
After all this time reading from Belly's perspective, I have to say that I love her, even though I want to strangle her at times!! I get so frustrated with some of her decisions and the way she lets thing go, but then she will do something later that makes me love her again. I can see why she has such a hard time choosing between Conrad and Jeremiah. They all have such a history together that makes their relationships with each other so complicated. I think We'll Always Have Summer is my favorite book in the series, just because I can finally have closure!
I felt like I had connected with Jeremiah in the last book, but in this one, I was so furious at him. He did something to Belly that is completely unforgivable, and yet he still feels like he can be forgiven. This leads to a marriage proposal that is way too hasty. I mean, after he does something like that, he thinks that being married will make it all better for them?? And even though he does that horrible thing, there are still moments in the story where I can see why Belly loves him so much, and why she would forgive him.
When Jenny Han started telling bits and pieces of this novel from Conrad's perspective, I was jumping for joy! Finally we get to see what goes on inside of his thick head. I didn't think it was possible, but I fell more in love with him. I felt so sorry for him. He is so tortured with the whole engagement, and even though he loves his brother and wants to take care of him, he also knows that Belly is his girl, not Jeremiah's. I watched as he went back and forth with his feelings, and I cried right along with him.
This is a one-of-a-kind series that will make you laugh, cry, cringe, and make you so angry that you want to throw each of the novels across the room. Of course, you will have to pick them back up again because you need to know what happens next, no matter how upset you are. The emotional roller coaster ride is well worth the experience!