From Goodreads: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.
I just recently finished the Summer Series by Jenny Han and I really, really liked it. This is a unique contemporary series that follows Belly, her brother Steven, and their friends Conrad and Jeremiah as they spend their summers growing up at Cousins. Each of the three books takes place during the summer, skipping the entire year in between which is something I had never experienced before. In between each book Belly grew up so much because there was so much time in between.
Rachel has been trying to get these books forever, and I am so glad I finally did! Everything about Belly's summers from laying in the sun to swimming in the pool, going to parties on the beach, and swimming in the ocean is amazing. It made me wish that I could have summers like Belly's. Also that it was still summer and I wasn't in school. *cries*
Right, right awesome series of books. Sorry.
Plus can we just talk about Conrad and Jeremiah for a second? I am totally 100% Team Conrad. He's angry, mysterious, hot, and basically everything I look for in a book crush. Don't get me wrong, he definitely had his jerk moments, but by the end of the series I felt like I understood him a bit better. Especially once there were a few chapters from his point of view in the third book, We'll Always Have Summer. Jeremiah was great too, playing the role of the goofy younger brother and usually Belly's partner in crime. But MAYBE there is something else there? IDK IDK IDK.
The relationships in this book were constantly changing and getting more complicated. When this series starts in The Summer I Turned Pretty, it is just a light, fun contemporary about spending the summer at the beach. Then as you get into the story there is a lot more beneath the surface. By the end of the series, Belly, Steven, Jeremiah, and Conrad have all grown up a lot and I really liked getting to see how they changed from book to book.
I might not have always liked Belly, or understood her decisions, but I still really liked her story. From the light and fun moments to the sad ones, The Summer Series was a great read that left me wishing summer would just hurry up and COME BACK already! If you love summer, the beach, and cute boys, then you can't miss this series!
Plus, the covers look pretty cool together. I love matching covers :)-Megan