Skip to main content

Book Review: We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han


We'll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3)Title: We'll Always Have Summer
Author: Jenny Han
Series: Summer, #3
Pages:  304
Publisher: Puffin
Date of Publication: 3rd May 2012
Source: Publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads: One girl.

Two brothers.

The biggest decision of her life . . .


Just when she thought she had all the answers . . .

Isabel has only ever loved two boys, Conrad and Jeremiah Fisher.

One broke her heart; the other made her happier than she ever thought she'd be. But each brother is keeping a secret, and this summer Isabel must choose between the Fisher boys, once and for all. Which brother will it be?

My Thoughts:
This series really surprised me - I never expected to like it quite as much as did. It was one of my first YA contemporary reads and I wasn't really all that sure as to what I should expect, and to be honest, from the covers, it wasn't promising me too much. And then I loved it, and you can guess how I excited I was when this book, We'll Always Have Summer, dropped through my letterbox. I started reading almost immediately and only stopped because I had stupid revision for my stupid exams. Anyway.

However, I do think that this book was the weakest of the three. I loved that I could finally make my choice about which boy I thought was better, and it was great to see Belly making her choice, but I just found that the storyline itself felt really weird... I don't really know how to describe it. At first I thought that the book was the perfect ending, but the more I thought about it, the more I realised I wished it could have been a different way.

I'll attempt to explain myself but I'm not promising anything... For the majority of the book, Belly seems to have made her decision about which boy she will choose, Conrad or Jeremiah. I really wanted her to think about her decision, to not make a snap decision the moment one of them asks her something she thinks she really wants but doesn't really. She jumps to conclusions about her heart and while I think her response was realistic, I kind of really didn't like it. It's difficult to explain and I don't know if that makes sense, but basically it annoyed me that it happened that way and while I enjoyed reading it, looking back it wasn't that great.

And it makes me sad to say that, because I truly did enjoy this book, and saying that doesn't make me sound like I did, I know... Anyway, I'll shut up about that now, and tell you about what I did like. I loved being back in Belly's world - it felt so good! Seriously, to be back at Cousins (even though not much of it is actually set there) and 'spend time' with all the characters again felt great. There were sad bits and happy bits, good things and bad things, just as there always is, and it was awesome.

And of course, there were the boys. I've finally chosen which one I like better, and it's... CONRAD! I like Jeremiah enough, but Conrad's more exciting, more interesting, just all round a better character. Not to say I'd be disappointed with Jeremiah... ;P Aaand that's all I shall say ;D

While I didn't think this book was the perfect ending or the best in the series, it really is a very good read and a must for fans of this series, and ultimately the ending is the right one. If you haven't started the series, you should! If you're worried about not enjoying it because you've not read much contemporary, you should try and see what you think! I promise this series is more than just a bunch of pretty covers.

*Huge thanks to Puffin for sending me this in exchange for an honest review! In no way has this affected my opinion of the book.


Comments

  1. I love this series. It was the first two books that got me blogging! I agree that this book was the weakest of the bunch. But I enjoyed it all the same. I was SO stressed for a good chunk of the novel cause I thought she was gonna make the WRONG decision. I was glad it ended the right way.

    Thanks for the review.

    Sara @ Just Another Story

    ReplyDelete
  2. I really want to read this series, even if I do find it ridiculous that the main character's name is belly! This one is definitely on my wishlist and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!
    Sarah

    ReplyDelete
  3. I really loved this series - I did like the third book, although I felt that the ending was kind of obvious. I also didn't like the ending that much, and neither did some of my friends who have also read the it, but I did enjoy the hype within the book. It's a great series, I've recommended it!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for commenting! :D I love comments, so comment away! :D

*I am no longer accepting blog awards :( I do not have time to go through all the things that come with it, and though I'm honoured you thought of me, I'm sure you can find someone who will love it, and be able to carry out the rules :)

Popular posts from this blog

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada: Review and Giveaway!

Hello! Today I have a review and giveaway for you guys! I was lucky enough to meet Emily Suvada this week, and so I've got a signed copy of This Mortal Coil to give away today!




Here's my review of this great book to whet your appetite!
Title: This Mortal Coil Author: Emily Suvada
Series:  This Mortal Coil, #1
Pages:  464
Publisher: Penguin Children's Books
Date of Publication: 2nd November 2017
Source: Waterstones
Synopsis from Goodreads:When a lone soldier, Cole, arrives with news of Lachlan Agatta's death, all hope seems lost for Catarina. Her father was the world's leading geneticist, and humanity's best hope of beating a devastating virus. Then, hidden beneath Cole's genehacked enhancements she finds a message of hope: Lachlan created a vaccine.

Only she can find and decrypt it, if she can unravel the clues he left for her. The closer she gets, the more she finds herself at risk from Cartaxus, a shadowy organization with a stranglehold on the world's genetic…

#readFreshers: BACK TO CAMPUS

Hey guys! Welcome to my stop on the Freshers blog tour. This book is hilarious and so much fun and I'm so excited to have Tom and Lucy on the blog today!



Here's Tom and Lucy's offering for today!
As soon as we started writing FRESHERS, we knew we wanted to go back to York university.  We spent three years there between 2001-2004 (Lucy) and 2002-2005 (Tom), and we knew that if we wanted to write a realistic campus novel, we had to go back to the campus we'd once called home. So, back in February 2016, we did. Here's a photo of Lucy reminiscing outside the big central hall building (which features quite a bit in FRESHERS). 


While we were on campus, we managed to sneak into our old corridors and have a look around, and it was comforting (and horrifying) to find out that students today are still as gross as we were back in 2001/2002. The corridors were sticky and smelly, and the kitchens were basically pasta-sauce-spattered bomb sites. We also spoke to as many genuine …

Book Review: Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index by Julie Israel

Title: Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index Author: Julie Israel
Series:  n/a
Pages:  308
Publisher: Penguin
Date of Publication: 1st June 2017
Source: For review from publisher*
Synopsis from Goodreads:It's hard to keep close a person everyone keeps telling you is gone.

It's been sixty-five painful days since the death of Juniper's big sister, Camilla. On her first day back at school, bracing herself for the stares and whispers, Juniper borrows Camie's handbag for luck - and discovers an unsent break-up letter inside. It's mysteriously addressed to 'You' and dated July 4th - the day of Camie's accident. Desperate to learn the identity of Camie's secret love, Juniper starts to investigate.

But then she loses something herself. A card from her daily ritual, The Happiness Index: little notecards on which she rates the day. The Index has been holding Juniper together since Camie's death - but without this card, there's a hole. And this particular card …