Monday, November 14, 2011

The Summer Series by Jenny Han

The Summer Series (The Summer I Turned Pretty, It's Not Summer Without You & We'll Always Have Summer) by Jenny Han.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster's Children Publishing.
Source: Won from publisher.
Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer--they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along. - The Summer I Turned Pretty

Warning: this review is going to contain an excessive amount of exclamation points, unintelligible rambling and lots and lots of fangirling.

I've read the reviews on Goodreads, the horribly sarcastic ones that seem to tear these books to shreds. And I know that everybody has their opinion and not everybody will love a book, but I can't even ... I don't ... WHAT?

These books did some funny things to my heart. They got me all riled up, screaming and squealing and sobbing like a baby at five in the morning. For the week that I read them, I was seriously sleep deprived, laying in bed and wondering who Belly was going to be with and what was going to happen next.

My family used to rent cottages at Oglebay Park in West Virginia every January when I was a kid. All of my aunts and uncles and cousins, probably about forty of us, together for one whole week. I looked forward to these trips more than I looked forward to Christmas. This is wildly different from the beach house and summer activities that Belly waited for each year, of course, and I certainly never had a Conrad or Jeremiah staying in the cottage with me. But I feel like Jenny Han bottled up that essence of those perfect times with family or friends or crushes, whether it be summer or winter or whatever season, and she poured it out into these books.

The romance. Oh my god, the romance! (TEAM CONRAD FTW) It was almost painful to read, in the best way possible. It was harsh and realistic but just as equally sweet and enticing. The difference between the brothers is best seen with in their relationships with Belly, how they treat her, how they touch her, how they speak to her. And while I loved that It's Not Summer Without You spotlighted Jeremiah and We'll Always Have Summer spotlighted Conrad with their own chapters, I loved figuring them out through Belly's eyes more.

I chose to review these books together because I pretty much had the same reaction with every book: a squeal, a scan through the back pages to make sure I didn't miss anything and then an hour spent analyzing every possible thing that would happen in the next book.

Overall, the Summer series absolutely stole my heart! I don't think I've really said much about the novels other than how much I love them, but I hope you take that as a sign to run to your library or bookstore and pick them as soon as possible! Without a doubt the best contemporary series I've ever read!! <3


  1. I pretty much agree with your review. These books summed up mu summers and east breaks. Minus the Conrad (insert drooling here) and Jeremiah (insert puppy eyes). Finely written and I love d seeing the world in belly's eyes. Who didn't have that older guy friend who treated you like a little sister?

  2. I love these books! For realz. Belly annoyed me, like, half the time, but I still adored getting to see her grow up. I was all for Jeremiah the first two books, then Conrad won me over in the third. So glad you liked this series!

  3. I just re-read the first one for the 20th time. I just love it too! I cry and squeal every time. I try to tell every person I know to read these books! But really, I think I bug them. But I've related to these stories too! like the fact my mother has a best friend with two boys (both older than me). One is two years older than me and the other is one year! and they are so cute and both are wonderful guys. We grew up together. Spent Christmas', Thanksgivings, and New Year Eves' together. So this series hit home. Although I kissed both of them, nothing serious has happened. I'm happy you reviewed this series.

  4. I knew that Ginger from GReads absolutely loved this series, but now I have another confirmation about the awesomeness of this series. I seriously need to read it soon. Great review :]

  5. I'm a fan of these books in the sense that they are the perfect Summer reads. I've been a fan since the beginning and so I've been reading one each summer for the past 3 years. I'm sad there won't be another next year. :(

    But while I'm a fan I have to say I don't absolutely adore these books. They're fun, but if you look at them as a whole they don't really go anywhere. Even so I still enjoyed them and I'm glad you did too! :)

  6. I haven't actually read anything in this series yet, but looks like I'm going to have to rectify that! There's something special about a place you only go to in the summers and the people you only see during that time of year (former summer camper, right here!) so I think I'm going to like these books!