*possible minor spoilers*
Series: Summer #1
Publication Date: May 5th 2009
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.
Wow. This book exists.
So I read this book a while ago now and my original review got lost to the delete button back when I was testing out ways to create my blog and yet I still remember my thoughts and decided to share.
Me reading this was a 1am decision. I thought it would be a fluffy, easy to read book that wouldn’t make me use too much brain power after finishing The Exact Opposite of Okay (an amazing book I will forever recommend) and yet instead it forced me to stay awake till 4am to finish this because of how ridiculous this was.
This follows a girl named Belly. Yes Belly. Who every year goes to a lake house with her mum and brother where they meet up with her mothers best friend and her two sons. This year however is different what with all the teenagers growing up and the family friends illness coming back.
This book made me loose faith in teenage girls. I am literally a teenage girl!
Belly was a irritating, insufferable character who called her supposed best friend a slut because she was 14 and couldn’t decide which boy she fancied and yet she acts like a victim because her friend was crushing on the boy Belly likes and Bellys brother.
There are also chapters written from the point of view of younger Belly and I saw no difference in the way she acted from being 10 to her being 16 in the book.
I also hated how she treated a boy named Cameron. He seemed sweet enough to me and I hope he meets a nice girl in the future who doesn’t treat him like crap. When Belly suggests they go skinning dipping he says he doesn’t want to/feel comfortable (or something along those lines) and Bellys first question was “is he gay?”. No! He justs doesn’t want to get naked with you right now!
If the roles had been reversed and it had been him asking her to go skinny dipping and she said no and he reacted how she did people would have been pissed and outraged.
Then she uses him to make Comrad jealous after he brings home a girl and she acts like a total bitch to this girl.
I have no idea how this book is so popular and I cant believe this is written by Jenny Hann, the author of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, a book and movie I really enjoyed.
I will not be completing this series at any point in the future unless I decide to torture myself.