Nov 2, 2011

Review: We'll Always have Summer

Title: We'll Always have Summer (Summer #3)
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 291
Challenge: YA Series
Source: Library
Retailer: BN / Amazon


My Rating:

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 from goodreads.com

I don’t know what I can say about this book, that hasn’t already been said. Before finally picking it up, I had read so many rave reviews; I was really looking forward to finishing the Summer series, and I’ll be honest and say that I was expecting a near PEREFCT book. What I got was something completely different.

I have never, ever, cried so much during a novel, but enjoyed it all at the same time. Ms. Han, you are cruel.

Ok, let’s start with the beginning, I going to be blunt- I felt the author was being biased…. There, I said it. Why, you may ask? Well, let me explain; as a reader, I like making up my own opinion about characters and the choices they make. I might not always see eye-to-eye with their decisions, but I respect them and learn to appreciate there persona.

The way Ms. Han described Jeremiah and Conrad made me feel manipulated, and I didn’t appreciate that. Jeremiah was shown as a flawed character, there’s no other way to put it. He cheated, smoked, drank and didn’t know how to cook (I don’t know why, but the fact that the author decided to make that a valuable trait, that was mentioned on various occasions, really bugged me). On the other hand we get Conrad, the superior brother whom is a medical student, cooks, makes wise decisions and controls his drinking habits….. Get the picture?

I didn't want to hate Jere, but I felt like I was being forced too! He committed the worst relationship crime ever! I hated that that was the case. Why predestine him to fail since the very beginning? But you know what, I still loved him.....

Jeremiah….
the boy with the kind and gentle soul.
the boy who completely won me over during the last book.
the boy who was so vulnerable and hurt because of his brother... A brother I started to hate because of his mood swings and shitty attitude.

How could you do this to me Ms. Han?! How?! You proved to me in the last 2 books that you could write magic!.... You made me feel things no book had ever made me feel. Why such drastic changes?

I’ll be honest and say that although I didn’t like the journey, I was very happy with the ending. It ended the way I wanted too and I had been hoping for that outcome since the very beginning. I just didn’t appreciate the fact that the author had to belittle Jeremiah in order for us to let Conrad back in. Cause after the ending in book #2, I hated him. But after he confesses his love to Belly out on the beach, I pretty much died. When he says, “I still love you.” I was all his once again.

Gosh, this book was such an emotional roller coaster. But I do recommend to all who have already started the series; it’s a must. Whether you’re Team Jeremiah or Conrad, We’ll Always Have Summer is an unforgettable read that will stay fresh in your mind even after you’ve finished reading it. Let me know how it treats you.

7 comments :

  1. Wow. Awesome review Diana.... Like I've already mentioned I've only read the first. I really liked it though. I have to admit I kinda fell for Jeremiah in the first because of his humor and sweet disposition but then Condrad had things going for him too :) I'm happy to hear the ending was good but I'm sad to hear that the author did that to poor Jere! :( Thanks for your honest review Diana!

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  2. I loved the last book, but you are SO right about Jerimiah. I think it was hard for me in book 2 because Conrad was being such a jerk and Jer was...not. I know...I KNOW that he had just lost his mother, but I don't know why he acted like he did.

    In that last book, I cried so much. It was just everywhere and it was so emotional. But, Jer seemed like a different one than we knew from the other books. Or maybe I only saw what I wanted to in the other books. I don't know. I am glad how she ended it though...there in the epilogue. It was years before anything finally resolved. It felt right. Rather than just jumping from one to the other. Great review, Diane!

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  3. Well said! As much as I wanted B to be with C, I didn't want it to happen like that. J was nothing like in the first two books. I definitely felt manipulated as well. I was really starting to like B & J together, they seemed like a great pair until the author turned J into a moronic and selfish jerk. And then C, who was usually the selfish jerk, is the perfect guy now?

    It was a good series, but I really didn't care for this third book.

    Great review! :)

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  4. Awesome review! I haven't heard of this series before but it sounds interesting.

    Sometimes an emotional roller coaster book can be a good and a bad thing at the same time. Good in that the book is making you FEEL, but bad because it can keep you on edge too. lol

    ♥ Sarah @ I'm Loving Books

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  5. Great review, now I didn't like Jere ever all that much but I agree that he suddenly had all the flaws in the world in this book.

    I actually liked Conrad for the first time in this book, once I got to see how his head worked. I didn't always agreed with him but he made more sense.

    The reason why I was mad at this book was because I felt cheated out of the ending, it was summarized rather than shown and that knd of made me mad.

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  6. I haven't read this series yet. The reviews have been somewhat mixed, but everyone still seems to love the series as a whole. I am a bit worried about about the way the boy situation you describe plays out. I think that would irritate me. Thanks for such a thoughtful review!

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  7. Thanks so much for this review. I loved this series, but there was something off on the final book and I was never able to place what it was. You have totally nailed what had been bothering me about it. I totally agree with you that the Jere in this book was totally different than he had ever been. His one huge mistake on spring break would have been enough for Belly to give him the boot, all the other horrible behaviors didn't need to be tossed in.

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