After the joy that was The Summer I Turned Pretty readers should be prepared for a more hard hitting summer love story from It's Not Summer Without You.
Belly and the boys are back in this second novel in Jenny Han's must read summer series. While we rejoice the return of this summer romance triangle it is not to the famed Cousins beach we find ourselves, but a much more dismal summer shaded by loss.
From the blurb;
'Isabel's lazy, long hot summers at her family friend's beach house are over.
'Conrad - sexy and unavailable - is the only boy she's ever loved. He's left for college, taking her heart with him. Jeremiah, his gorgeous brother, is still Isabel's best friend - but maybe friendship isn't enough for him any more...
'Isabel just wants everything to stay the same, because change means moving on. But if she stops looking back, will she find a future she never knew she wanted?'
Jenny Han is a master of the flash-back technique, which she laces again throughout this book to give us insight into everything that happened in the months outside of summer and key moments from summers past. These clever glimpses into her past help us understand who Belly is and why she makes the choices she does.
While Belly may only live for the summer months it is through these key flashbacks that we understand what has happened to her across the year, and why her love story is still up in the air. As she races to the rescue of one of her golden summer boys will she find herself seeing things in a new light?
For those who've just binge watched the brilliantly adapted Amazon Prime series of the first book we can't wait to see your reactions to this explosive second novel.
This summer lay out your beach towel and tuck into It's Not Summer Without You.
We Give It's Not Summer Without You Five Stars
ISBN - 978-0-141-33055-6 Cover Price - £6.99
Published by the Penguin Group 2010