Book Review: We’ll Always Have Summer (Summer #3) by Jenny Han

Title: We’ll Always Have Summer (Summer #3)
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Publishing Date: April 26th 2011
Length: 304 pages
Genre: YA, contemporary romance
Source: Simon & Schuster Galley Grab

It's been two years since Conrad told Belly to go with Jeremiah. She and Jeremiah have been inseparable ever since, even attending the same college-- only, their relationship hasn't exactly been the happily ever after Belly had hoped it would be. And when Jeremiah makes the worst mistake a boy can make, Belly is forced to question what she thought was true love. Does she really have a future with Jeremiah? Has she ever gotten over Conrad? It's time for Belly to decide, once and for all, who has her heart forever.

Summary by Goodreads

WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE SUMMER is more mature than the previous two novels in the SUMMER series, the characters are grown up now and we get the chance to read about their college life.
Everything seems different, Cousins isn’t a constant stay for summers anymore. In some ways characters moved on, built up their own lives, but they are still unconsciously circling around the same summer house, the memories of past summers and the same feelings that were suppressed or awakened so many years ago.

Belly isn’t the girl who was surprised to be pretty and noticed anymore. I really enjoyed reading about her college life and new relationships. I liked seeing her as a young woman planning her future. She is as lovely as always, the only thing that bothered me was her denial, that she wouldn’t trust her true feelings because she could get hurt.

As in book one and two the story is told from Belly’s point of view. In this last instalment the elder Fisher brother, Conrad also gets to tell some parts of the story from his perspective. In the two previous books he has been an obscure, brooding character and it was my biggest pleasure to finally read about his thoughts and feelings. Former incidents and statements become clearer, his behaviour more comprehensible, which makes him only more appealing.
We also get to witness another side of younger Fisher brother Jeremiah. His actual behaviour shows that people change, no-one ever stays the way he was.

WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE SUMMER adds further characters to our beloved character cast and develops relationships in a more reasonable way, sometimes at cost of personal admissions, true feelings and happiness.

Of course I got teary, in the end, I didn’t want  this series to endThe end was rash, decisions and confessions were made that led to a satisfying end. It was a pleasing end, but offered too few details.

1) we finally get a glimpse of the real big brother
2) we start to look out for fruit stands at the roadside
3) we all want to count on our parents when it comes to important and life changing decisions
4) of a very wise and unforgettable woman
5) infinity finally becomes accessible 

4,5/5 ****/* WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE SUMMER- Confusion, denial, love, two brothers, one girl and the ultimate decision!

Feel the summer spirit of Cousins one last time. See Belly, Jeremiah and Conrad define their future lives and be prepared for a great showdown! WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE SUMMER is the last book in the SUMMER series and definitely a must-read!


* For those of you who haven't already started it, check out THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY, the first  novel in this series!

* You can read the first chapter of WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE SUMMER here

* Read the Q&A with Jenny Han here

* Make sure to visit 

* Thanks to Simon & Schuster and their Galley Grab programme! 

***I really miss the SUMMER series, can you recommend other great summer reads?
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