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 wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along. (Source:Goodreads)
I loved this book! I mean, I bought a copy so obviously I knew I’d enjoy it…but I was really blown away by how much there was to the story. It isn’t just about a teenage girl living with two boys for the summer: it is a study of family dynamics and what happens when tragedy strikes.
There are a lot of love triangles out there…and the concept really gets old. However, in this case I was so caught up in the story that I forgot that the whole “girl torn between two guys” thing usually gets on my nerves to at least some degree.
Belly has history with Jeremiah and Conrad…they’re more like family than anything else. Not family to the degree that its creepy that there are romantic feelings involved, I just mean that they are all very close. I love the way that the book doesn’t just start with Jenny Han saying “they’ve all known each other forever. Now on with the story of the current summer…” Instead, there are occasional flashbacks, and you see snippets of Belly and her past interactions with Jeremiah and Conrad. It really cements who they are and what they all mean to each other.
I also love Belly and her interactions with both her own mother and Susannah, mother of the two boys. It is so natural and believable that she idolizes Susannah and is annoyed/embarassed with her own mother. I loved that! It was so real and teenagery.
Anyway, I absolutely loved this book. I started the second of the series, It’s Not Summer Without You, immediately…and now can’t wait for the final book of the trilogy! We’ll Always Have Summer comes out in 2011.