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It's Not Summer without You
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It's Not Summer without You
The Summer I Turned Pretty Series, Book 2
by Jenny Han
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Belly finds out what comes after falling in love in this follow-up to The Summer I Turned Pretty from the New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I've Loved Before (soon to be a major motion picture!), Jenny Han.
Belly thought her romance with Conrad was picture-perfect: She was all grown up and dating the boy of her dreams. But things with Conrad were never exactly as she had dreamed (obsessed) about. He keeps getting more distant and distracted, and Belly wishes she could walk away. But when Jeremiah calls her to tell her Conrad has seemingly gone missing, it takes her only seconds to start packing her things. Belly embarks on a journey to find him...no matter how much what she discovers will hurt her.
Belly finds out what comes after falling in love in this follow-up to The Summer I Turned Pretty from the New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I've Loved Before (soon to be a major motion picture!), Jenny Han.
Belly thought her romance with Conrad was picture-perfect: She was all grown up and dating the boy of her dreams. But things with Conrad were never exactly as she had dreamed (obsessed) about. He keeps getting more distant and distracted, and Belly wishes she could walk away. But when Jeremiah calls her to tell her Conrad has seemingly gone missing, it takes her only seconds to start packing her things. Belly embarks on a journey to find him...no matter how much what she discovers will hurt her.
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    chapter one
    july 2

    It was a hot summer day in Cousins. I was lying by the pool with a magazine on my face. My mother was playing solitaire on the front porch, Susannah was inside puttering around the kitchen. She?d probably come out soon with a glass of sun tea and a book I should read. Something romantic.

    Conrad and Jeremiah and Steven had been surfing all morning. There?d been a storm the night before. Conrad and Jeremiah came back to the house first. I heard them before I saw them. They walked up the steps, cracking up over how Steven had lost his shorts after a particularly ferocious wave. Conrad strode over to me, lifted the sweaty magazine from my face, and grinned. He said, ?You have words on your cheeks.?

    I squinted up at him. ?What do they say??

    He squatted next to me and said, ?I can?t tell. Let me see.? And then he peered at my face in his serious Conrad way. He leaned in, and he kissed me, and his lips were cold and salty from the ocean.

    Then Jeremiah said, ?You guys need to get a room,? but I knew he was joking. He winked at me as he came from behind, lifted Conrad up, and launched him into the pool.

    Jeremiah jumped in too, and he yelled, ?Come on, Belly!?

    So of course I jumped too. The water felt fine. Better than fine. Just like always, Cousins was the only place I wanted to be.

    ?Hello? Did you hear anything I just said??

    I opened my eyes. Taylor was snapping her fingers in my face. ?Sorry,? I said. ?What were you saying??

    I wasn?t in Cousins. Conrad and I weren?t together, and Susannah was dead. Nothing would ever be the same again. It had been? How many days had it been? How many days exactly? ?two months since Susannah had died and I still couldn?t believe it. I couldn?t let myself believe it. When a person you love dies, it doesn?t feel real. It?s like it?s happening to someone else. It?s someone else?s life. I?ve never been good with the abstract. What does it mean when someone is really and truly gone?

    Sometimes I closed my eyes and in my head, I said over and over again, It isn?t true , it isn?t true , this isn?t real . This wasn?t my life. But it was my life; it was my life now. After.

    I was in Marcy Yoo?s backyard. The boys were messing around in the pool and us girls were lying on beach towels, all lined up in a row. I was friends with Marcy, but the rest, Katie and Evelyn and those girls, they were more Taylor?s friends.

    It was eighty-seven degrees already, and it was just after noon. It was going to be a hot one. I was on my stomach, and I could feel sweat pooling in the small of my back. I was starting to feel sun-sick. It was only the second day of July, and already, I was counting the days until summer was over.

    ?I said , what are you going to wear to Justin?s party?? Taylor repeated. She?d lined our towels up close, so it was like we were on one big towel.

    ?I don?t know,? I said, turning my head so we were face-to-face.

    She had tiny sweat beads on her nose. Taylor always sweated first on her nose. She said, ?I?m going to wear that new sundress I bought with my mom at the outlet mall.?

    I closed my eyes again. I was wearing sunglasses, so she couldn?t tell if my eyes were open or not anyway. ?Which one??

    ?You know, the one with the little polka dots that ties around the neck. I showed it to you, like, two days ago.? Taylor let out an impatient little sigh.

    ?Oh, yeah,? I said, but I still didn?t remember and I knew Taylor could tell.

    I started to say something else, something nice about the dress, but suddenly I felt ice-cold aluminum sticking to the...

About the Author-
  • Jenny Han is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the To All the Boys I've Loved Before series, now a Netflix movie. She is also the author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series, Shug, and Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream. She is the coauthor of the Burn for Burn trilogy, with Siobhan Vivian. Her books have been published in more than thirty languages. A former librarian, Jenny earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Reviews-
  • DOGO Books maggies20 - It's Not Summer Without You, this is the second book for The Summer I Turned Pretty. After that summer, everything changed, Susannah is gone, Conrad disappeared and Belly miss being with them more than anything. To get Conrad back home, Belly, Conrad and Jeremiah both arrives at the Cousins Beach again. It feels like everything gone back to where it was before, but Conrad's hatred and Jeremiah's love makes things more complicated for Belly. I really enjoyed the second book, because i was very curious about what happened after the first one. I think there were a lot of unexpected plot twists, such as Conrad disappearing and his reason for it. Also how things turned out with Jeremiah and Belly. One strength of this book is how it occasionally changes the perspective, for most of the book, the story is told in Belly's point of view. However, occasionally, the author tells parts of the story from Conrad or Jeremiah's perspective. This gives the readers a better idea of how each character feels. Overall, I think this is a really great book, and it really deserves to be read. :)
  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 15, 2010
    In this second book of the planned trilogy that began with The Summer I Turned Pretty
    , 16-year-old Belly Conklin feels displaced. Unlike years past, she won't be at the beach with her mother's best friend, Susannah, and Susannah's sons, Jeremiah and Conrad. This summer, “I wasn't in Cousins. Conrad and I weren't together, and Susannah was dead.” When Belly learns from Jeremiah that Conrad has disappeared, she immediately agrees to help; their search leads them to the beach house, where Conrad is hiding out. Belly's plaintive voice sometimes makes her sound too young, but Han realistically touches upon the characters' various reactions to grief—Belly's mother becomes withdrawn, Conrad fiercely protects the house (his father wants to sell it), Belly has trouble processing the permanence of loss—as well as Belly's emotional entanglements with the brothers (occasional chapters are told from Jeremiah's perspective, and Belly reflects on her failed romance with Conrad). Though the fate of the summer house is resolved a bit quickly, Belly's difficult relationship with her best friend and her standing with the boys hang in the balance, which should leave readers anxious for the final installment. Ages 12–up.

  • School Library Journal

    April 1, 2010
    Gr 7-10-Belly, 16, lives all year for her summers at Cousins Beach. But when a family friend dies and the beach house tradition is threatened, she faces the season without her second family and without the boy she loves. In this follow-up to "The Summer I Turned Pretty" (S & S, 2009), Belly is still reeling from the dissolution of her relationship with Conrad, her lifelong love, and the death of his mother. But mourning Suzanne is even harder since Conrad has shut down, refusing to talk to Belly or anyone else. When he suddenly leaves school without explanation, his brother, Jeremiah, recruits Belly to help find and mend him. The trio find themselves at Cousins Beach after all, and the memories and feelings of the past come flooding back. Complicated and fragile, Belly's relationships with the two young men are put to new tests as she and Conrad come to terms with their relationship, and Belly and Jeremiah begin to build a romantic bond of their own. This sequel is as quiet and thoughtful as its companion. The nostalgic imagery of a lifetime of experiences at a serene and magical place like Cousins Beach is alive once again, and the desperation the characters feel when faced with losing a loved one and possibly the beach house, too, is warmly imagined. Fans of the first book will enjoy this continuation in which nothing is easy for Belly, but the end result is worth the heartache."Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA"

    Copyright 2010 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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