Belly, her mother, and her brother stay at a summer house with her mothers best friend and her two sons. They’ve been staying there every summer since before she was born. This summer was different. Belly was grown up a little more and the boys noticed. She’s had a crush on Conrad, the older boy, for as long as she can remember. Her brother leaves a few week after they get there to tour colleges. After he leaves, she meets a boy at a party she goes to on the 4th of July. She spends a lot of time with him that summer. Conrad and Jeremiah act overly protective of her almost the whole time. All the while, Susannah is trying to keep a secret from all of them.
The second novel picks up the following summer. Belly and Conrad had a thing for a while during the winter and spring, but it ended at her prom. Susannah, her mothers best friend, passed away. This summer she spends at home with her friends from school. Taylor, Belly’s best friend, keeps trying to set her up with different guys and get her over Conrad. But, then Jeremiah, The other son, called Belly up to tell her Conrad is missing. Belly immediately agrees to help him find Conrad. This time the boys father is the one with the secret.
In the third and final book of the trilogy, Belly is finishing her freshman year of college. Her and Jeremiah are dating. After a huge fight about a trip he took, Jeremiah asked Belly to marry him. When they all go back to the summer house, for a thing for Susannah, Jeremiah and Belly announce their plan to get married. Everyone is shock and the parents shut it down, immediately. After a huge blow-up with her mom, Belly decides to stay at the beach house for the summer. Conrad is also staying at the beach house for the summer, and this time he’s the one in love.
The first novel reminds you of how you felt when you wanted that one boy to notice you. How you felt when a boy finally did. Its an adorable summer romance and an amzing novel about friendship and growing up. This second novel is fun in a way the first one isn’t. It goes back and forth between Belly and Jeremiah telling the story. It’s so much fun to get to know what Jeremiah is thinking about. It a little more complicated than the first book and goes into who the characters are. The third one, like the second also has duel-perspective writing in it. This time it’s Conrad instead.
This trilogy was fun to read. It was cute and romantic and playful and fun. With this being a trilogy and not a stand alone, Jenny Han was able to add way more to the story. There were things that could not have been there if it was a single novel, without the novel being huge. I loved every second of it. It made me cry and giggle like a little girl. It reminded me what it feels like to fall in love for the first time, and what it feels like to fall in love for the last. What it’s like to lose someone you love. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good summer series, and to anyone who loves cute love stories. Definitely a new favorite of mine.
Up next: ‘We Were Liars’ by E. Lockhart