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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Idolizing In: A Summer Novel, Book 2

Format: Hardcover | Pages: 276 | Release Date: April 2010 | Publisher: Simon & Schuster

"It's Not Summer Without You" [A Summer Novel, Book 2] by Jenny Han

My Book Summary : Belly has always loved summer. She use to wish her days at school pasted by quicker so she could be with her family and their closest friends at Cousins Beach. But this is the first year that she won't be and she's just doesn't know what to do with herself.

The reason for this is because her mother's best friend, Susannah -- who owned the beach house, dead from cancer two months ago, Belly's ex-boyfriend was that Susannah's son, and ever since the funeral she hasn't been able to put the pieces of her broken heart back together. So, when her best friend, Jeremiah -- who is another son of Susannah's, calls to tell her that Conrad (Belly's ex and Jeremiah's brother) has taken off and is asking for her help in finding him, even though she's afraid of confronting Conrad again, she immediately agrees. However, the thing Belly doesn't realize is that Jeremiah has fallen for her too.

They find that Conrad has run off to the beach house and they go after him since he took off the weekend before his summer finals at college, so he needs to return soon. Once there, Jeremiah and Belly find that Conrad had actual reasons for leaving instead of just running away from his responsibilities like they originally thought. In addition, Belly unknowingly finds herself in a love triangle between two brothers, one who would do almost anything to please her and the other who will only show he cares when it suits him best .... what will she do? And when she decides ... how can she choose in a way that won't hurt them all after?

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!!! I loved this continuation of Belly's story! Especially with getting to read some of Jeremiah's point-of-view! With the way the author left the book I think there will be another one, I hope, and I can't wait to see what that "a couple years later" part was about and who with!! Maybe we'll even get to read a bit from Conrad since he is one very moody character I'm curious as to what he's really thinking about. In truth ... I like both brothers and I can't make up my mind as to which one I want Belly to be with. In some ways I wish she could just have them both ... but I know it's not that kind of story either. LOL. This was a great story about the meaning of friendship, how sometimes that friendship can evolve into something more, what brothers or even best friends will do for one another, losing a person who meant quite a bit to you, and the power of teenage romance -- what's true about it and what we just want to see in rose colored glasses.

My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1

Book Teaser(s) :
Teaser 1 - Click Here
"When you swim," he started to say. I thought he wasn't going to continue, but then he said, "You wouldn't notice if the house was on fire. You're so into what you're doing, it's like you're someplace else."
He said it with grudging respect. Like he'd been watching me for a long time, like he'd been watching me for years. Which I guess he had. ~ within Chapter 21
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Jenny, then please check out her website.

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