Review: We’ll Always Have Summer

We'll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3)Belly has always known her whole life that she’s going to Belly Fisher one day. She thinks that that day is coming soon, not with her first love, Conrad, but with her best friend Jeremiah.

Jeremiah and her have spent the last two years together, and even ended up going to the same college. Jeremiah is caring and sweet, everything Conrad never was.

But when Belly discovers something that Jeremiah did when they were going out, she’s forced to re-evaluate her choices. But time is short as Belly races toward one last summer as a single girl before she forever becomes Belly Fisher, forcing her to decide who her heart belongs to once and for all.

Last week was a busy book week for me, I think I read about 4-5 books. We’ll Always Have Summer one arrived in the latter half of the week and I was so excited to finally get my hands on this. I had put a hold on it ages ago, and so I was ecstatic to finally read the epic conclusion to the Summer series. But it wasn’t that epic.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it, because I definitely did. I read it in less than a day. Han has a very effortless style of writing, and I love reading about Belly’s past as the stories from her childhood illustrate how she became the way she is, and how her relationship with the two boys differs.

Belly has also grown a lot, especially from when we first met her, when she was fifteen. She still has many of the same mannerisms and stubbornness from when she was fifteen, but she’s more mature.

I also really enjoyed reading Conrad’s side of things. I appreciate Han throwing in chapters from his perspective every now and then, because it was great knowing why Conrad left Belly two years ago and why he’s avoided her till now. In so many YA books, we read about the girl’s POV and the boy is just such an elusive figure. But not here.

My biggest problem with this book was its predictability. I really loved the first two in this series, and they really tugged on my heartstrings, so I was hoping for a similar reaction. I’m trying not to spoil things, but I was really hoping for more of an emotional investment. Very early on I could tell who Belly was going to end up with, because things were set up so clearly, so I just had to sort of wait and see how she got there. I guess what I’m trying to say is that it never really felt like a fair fight. One player was definitely ahead in the very beginning and it was predictable.

That’s not to say I didn’t like it, because I really did. The ending was sweet and perfect, although it left something to be desired. A big thanks to my friend Chelsey for introducing this series to me. 🙂

So for that: 3/5.

Thanks for reading,

Ikhlas

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