Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Review: We'll Always Have Summer

Title We'll Always Have Summer (Summer Series 3)
By Jenny Han
Genre YA Contemporary
Pages 291
Recommended by Me

First Sentence On Wednesday nights when I was little, my mom and I would watch old musicals.

Synopsis 
Belly is all grown and going to college. She thought she knew what she wanted but some memories don't let go. Belly will have to decide once and for all what she really wants.



What it has going for it
I really don't know how to write this review and keep it spoiler free. This is one of my favorite series with a love triangle....well, let's be honest. It's the only love triangle in a book series that not only could I stand but had me emotionally invested. As much as Belly annoyed me and never really grew on me I loved the two guys in this book. Loved them not because they're perfectly dreamy but because they're flawed and real. Getting a glimpse into Conrad's head at last was a smart move on the author's part. If we hadn't gotten that glimpse I'm not sure how I would have felt. I love when you're reading a book, perfectly aware that you're being manipulated, but you just don't care. I knew how this whole series was going to end and I was afraid I'd be mad but Jenny Han handled this story perfectly and I was very satisfied. I know at some point I'll probably re-read these and that's the best compliment I can give a book.

What's lacking
Um, Belly never really grew on me  and that was frustrating. By the end of this series she's 18 almost 19 and I was sort of hoping she'd grow up more than she did. I also felt like a certain character, that shall not be named, did not get the respect from the author that they deserved. The whole thing was handled in what felt like a convenient for the author kind of way.

Favorite moment
When Conrad and Jeremiah got in a fight and the whole letter thing. Took my breath away.

Yea or Nay?
If you're longing for a love triangle done right, yes! But seriously, I would highly recommend this series.

19 comments:

  1. AHH!!! I have the first book on my shelf and I keep looking at it thinking about how many people (especially you!) talk of how great it is... I really need to pick it up and find out. Maybe I can put it on a list of 'must read's' for 2013. :)

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    1. You really should try to get to them.

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  2. A love triangle that isn't annoying?? Cool! I love it when a book captures me and makes me want to re-read it. That rarely ever happens to me. I think the last time it happened was with The Hunger Games.

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    1. Yeah, I rarely consider re-reading books. They have to be really good.

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  3. I've been meaning to read this series for the longest time but I keep hearing bloggers say they didn't like Belly and she was frustrating. Not sure how that's going to play out for me. I do want to read it to check out this love triangle.

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    1. Yeah, Belly was immature and kind of annoying but not so much that I couldn't keep reading.

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  4. I always think I should try these books, but then I remember the girl's name is Belly. And I wonder if I could ever take that seriously. :) I've been a little love triangle-d out lately because I usually only care for one of the guys. But if they're both good, maybe I'll give it a look.

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    1. Yeah, it's a horrible name, albeit a nickname but still. The guys are great, though.

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  5. A love triangle done right, huh? There aren't many of those that I'd say are done right. Love triangles and I aren't usually on speaking terms. Hmmm. Maybe, I'll give this one a try.

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    1. Yeah, I'm tired of the love triangle too but this one is heart wrenching. Totally gets you invested.

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  6. Love a book that even when you know the author is manipulating you, it's still worth it! Do wish her name wasn't Belly though, as that's kind of a silly name. But love the thought of two great guys!

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    1. Yeah, I love being manipulated by a good book.

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  7. I was going to skip these... now I don't think I will.

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    1. Oh, I hope you don't. They're quite good.

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  8. I picked up the first one sometime over the summer but never got around to reading it (what else is new, right?). I'm not sure when I'll get to it, but I'm so glad to hear that it's a love triangle done right. I'm not sure I've ever read a well done triangle.

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    1. Yeah, it was a love triangle worth investing in.

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  9. Sounds like I should for sure add these to my pile.

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    1. Totally. I'd be interested to see what guy you like best...very interested.

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  10. It's good to see that it's possible to write love triangles right. I haven't read many books where there are love triangles, but I always thought they were from extremely dramatic to very silly.

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