I have immensely enjoyed the first two books in Jenny Han s Summer Series They are a bit fluffy and full of ANGST and DRAMA and produce the occasional eye rolling moment from me but they are also charming and nostalgic and summer y and somehow authentic to the teen voice I found them utterly compelling and deliciously addictive curl up in the sun summer goodness Good times I was absolutely hanging out for the third and final instalment Especially thrilled with the characters having aged and it being in the upper YA spectrum that I so loved with college aged protags Rave reviews of this book did not prepare me for the train wreck experience of reading it As a reader I do not appreciate being manipulated by an author into feeling one way or another about certain characters I prefer characters to be written with authenticity and subtlety and being drawn into a story and being allowed to make up my own mind about how I feel I can handle characters behaving badly I LOVE you Tom Mackee , however, this story was completely biased One character was continually showed as flawed, the other either had his flaws romanticised into strengths or, in most cases, shown to be continually superior with no flaws.It was a recurring theme even in minor circumstances, eg character A is messy, can t cook and liked drinking Oh but character B is so tidy, a healthy cook and displays mature drinking habits It actually felt patronising to me as a reader I did not feel annoyed at the characters I felt annoyed at the author who wrote with such an obvious bias Who took a charismatic character and turned him into a bland douche with no stage presence at all so that her readers would all sway to her POV and guarantee a satisfying ending I felt Han compromised her characters for the sake of a contrived plot.The plot itself didn t have a lot of heart Belly herself did not even seem excited about her choices so I am wondering why she made them and why she stuck to them when they were creating such havoc on her relationship with her mum and adding stresses to her life It did not make sense For a novel that deals with a character becoming engaged and approaching their own wedding, it was decidedly unromantic with no tingles of wedding bell anticipation Han has proved in earlier work that she can create nostalgia and magic and you think a wedding themed book would be a sparkling setting for her to show case her talents Instead it felt weary and dogmatic and contrived it seemed the main event of the novel was there as a way to add forced conflict rather than as a character driven choice.There was a lack of swoon for a book that is billed as a romance Belly wasn t swooning and neither was I Which is a shame as Han has previously showed she is a master at creating just the amount of lovely sighing tingly swoon As for the final ending of the trilogy it ended how I wanted it to end I had been hoping for that outcome since book 1 However, by the time it did end I found I had somehow become so disengaged that it was all rather anti climatic for me I do not know how such a promising series stretched out to become such a mess I am wondering if the author cares for her characters or just used them as pawns to create a lacklustre and predictable drama.I am also feeling out on a limb here amongst so many rave reviews It s been exhausting I need someone to commiserate with I need a massage and nice strong drink I can t say I really like this one but 2 stars for old times sake EDIT the I think about this book the it annoys me I m going with my rarely given 1 star rating I didn t like it Rating 1.5I feel so let down by this book.Let s get one thing straight It was definitely the weakest out of the three.Belly has finally matured, and it has been truly wonderful seeing Belly transition from a young girl to the lady she is today I feel like I grew up with her And that makes her a little extra special for me Meanwhile, we finally get to see things from Conrad POV Finally But there is a BIG problem We all know Conrad is the bad boy typical douche We know he s wronged Belly and been a complete prick, whilst Jeremiah always the gentleman eventually swept her of her feet So what changes Well, this is where I get angry I felt like the majority of the book was spent telling us how bad Jeremiah had fucked up by turning him into a jerk, whilst, on the other hand, Conrad was made into this poor, misunderstood boy who had been this hero all along Really I knew what what going on from the get go, and I suppose, I had reason to be worried I just wish that things didn t have to end this way I expected from a series that had been genuine, lovely and swoon worthy from the very beginning A series that contained one of the most favoured triangles to date Not only did I feel manipulated, but there was no swooning This is horrible because something VERY IMPORTANT happens towards the end, but I didn t feel particularly happy There is so much drama and confusion, that swooning is the last thing on your mind.And girls, what is the summer series without the swoon I ve re read this since the first time and had time to really think things over And although the pace is crazy fast and the book engrossing like its predecessors , I just felt so let down I have always had a soft spot for both boys no matter how sweet or mean they tended to be at times I adored Belly no mater how much she pissed me off What I m trying to say is, it would have been ok to have stayed true to yourself To have allowed Belly to have fallen for whoever just as long as you hadn t changed the boys so drastically Don t you see We loved the three of them regardless You didn t have to basically play switch with both of the boys, so that Belly could pick the other I feel like she thought we couldn t handle who she would pick, so she she just decided to completely change them as if to soften the blow What bothers me is that I feel not only did she underestimate her readers, but almost mocked us You can t face the truth, so let me shift things around I guess what I m trying to say is You didn t have to do it I want you to know that I loved them regardless And even if I didn t, I would have wanted you to follow your heart and allow Belly to pick who she wanted no mater what their flaws We would have accepted them anyway I would have. Warning This review will contain spoilers, and loads of swearing, so please proceed at your own risk Also, this will be a really lengthy review, so please, bear with me.Disclaimer I do not intend to offend anyone with this review, including the author.Actual rating 1.5 stars that 0.5 is for the ending WHAT THE FUCK DID I JUST READ If there was a rating system that rated books based on how much a book fucked you up This one would deserve a million stars No book has ever fucked me up so badly I guess 290 pages of built up frustration can do that to you Part of me was mourning that this series ended Part of me was so angry at how this book left me feeling cheated.I thought I d never say this, but I ve never ever felt so frustrated and mad and hated a book so much I thought The 5th Wave was already bad enough, but this book, THIS FUCKING BOOK, tops it all After finishing this book, I was so FUCKING FRUSTRATED that I FUCKING CRIED I hereby tell you, this has never ever happened to me before I ve never cried because I hated a book so much So here I am, typing this review out at 1 a.m because I m feeling so messed up and filled with rage, I really needed a place to get it all out I have issues with EVERYTHING in this book I really want to kill something or stab someone right now, preferably Belly or Jeremiah.Let s start with the plot, shall we In the beginning of the book, she actually felt really different from the Belly we ve known from the first two books, and in a good way And I thought Hey, Belly finally grew up and became a lot mature, I think I might actually like her now I mean, she s already in college and is finishing her freshman year, so she just has to be different from the clueless little girl right WRONG Not long after I finished that thought, something awful happened She finds out that Jeremiah, her boyfriend right now, cheated on her At first, she was all depressed that she ignored his calls and stuff like a normal person would do, and when she told him that she wanted to talk to him, I was like Yay, just break up with him already, he s an ass And then, the unthinkable happened Jeremiah apologized and he FUCKING PROPOSED Now, now, I don t know about you, but you do NOT propose to someone just for the sake of making up to her Especially after she just found out you cheated on her As if that wasn t bad enough, you know what she fucking did SHE FUCKING ACCEPTED I, personally, would never ever accept someone s proposal after he FUCKING CHEATED Although he did apologized and promised not to do it again, so whatA promise and an apology is not fucking enough Did she lose her fucking mind Is she fucking nuts And here I thought she was just naive Because, apparently, SHE IS MOTHER FUCKING BRAINLESS Also, what s with the rash decision If you really do love him after everything he s done to you, fine, marry him But can t you at least think it through Or maybe wait a little longer and see if everything worked out, then make a decision Marriage is supposed to be a really big deal, it s a once in a lifetime kind of thing I ve never ever heard someone who accepted a proposal right after she found out he cheated Belly and Jeremiah are both fucking twisted, I tell you This is fucking ridiculous.If that wasn t worse enough, this is the thing that pissed me off the most Okay, so, I can forgive you for all that, maybe you re just too wrecked to be rational But this, I cannot So, after they made that stupid decision, they announced their engagement to their family and friends Everyone was startled And everyone disagreed on it because you just DON T get married in college And I thought Good, maybe they can finally see some sense But no, that did not fucking happen Practically EVERYONE tried to talk them out of it, but they just wouldn t listen, they even got all pissed at their family because they re not being supportive and all Reality check You do NOT get married at the age of 19 and expect that your family will support you, if they do, they re as twisted as you are Throughout the book, I was constantly hoping Belly would just wake up and snap out of it She never fucking did I really thought she was better than this Jeremiah, too.Despite all that, the book was focused on the marriage Nothing fucking happened I wasted my precious time on reading about Belly planning out the wedding, shopping for a dress, buying vasesetc., all of which I have no interest in Maybe I am biased, but all I wanted was for Con and Belly to just get together You know when Conrad finally showed up About halfway And you know what the story before he showed up was about Boring college life and stupid marriage planning UGH Okay, but at least Conrad showed up right NO After Conrad showed up, the story was still fucking boring, and it was still about the fucking marriage And then came the chapter when Con finally confessed his love You know what Belly did She fucking ran away and told Jeremiah about this Then, Jeremiah just had to act all pissed off and demand if she was hiding anything, if she still had feelings for Conetc., Belly admitted and Jeremiah said something like I ve known all along and just fucking ran away the night before the wedding Let s stop right there I have issues with this So, if Jeremiah knew about that all along, WHY DID HE FUCKING ASK HER TO MARRY HIM If he doesn t care, then why run away It doesn t fucking make sense This getting married thing was HIS OWN FUCKING IDEA So why continue this twisted relationship if you were so pissed off about that God, I don t fucking understand the logic behind all this Okay, so let s continue On the wedding day, Jeremiah was still gone, so Con went to look for him and stuff He did come back in the end And Belly and Jeremiah FINALLY started doubting this entire ridiculous idea Then, there was a conversation that went a little like thisI thought I could do this, but I can t Jere said What Marry me Okay, maybe you re right It s all too crazy right now We won t get married today We ll just move in to that apartment first Belly said I can t, not until you look me in the eyes and tell me you don t love Con Jere, I love you What I m asking is, do you love him, too Yes But he s not the one I choose I choose you, Jere That s not enough I don t just want a part of you I want all of you You haven t let him go The worse part is, I knew you haven t but I still asked you to marry me Yeah, so basically, Belly never really realized her mistake It was Jeremiah who called it off And then went the vague mention that they didn t get married that day Then BOOM, Conrad and Belly s wedding day We didn t even get to see the actual wedding, only after they got married and went to Cousins beach And then, suddenly, the book is over Just like that Now, can you imagine how freaking pissed I was I was looking forward to the Conrad Belly scene, and after 290 pages of crap, I finally got it ON THE LAST FUCKING PAGE, then the book just fucking ended I really can t believe how I kept waiting for the book to redeem itself, and when it finally did, it fucking ended I felt so MOTHER FUCKING CHEATED I had to repeatedly go over the last page to calm myself I have to admit, that last tiny page was romantic, but it doesn t mean it can make up for 290 pages of frustration Now, can you see how fucking twisted this whole book is God, I want to fucking punch someone.Here s another issue Constantly, I felt like I skipped a HUGE chunk of the book or something I couldn t connect it to the first two books Like how come Conrad bought Belly that necklace if that night on her porch hadn t even happened And, last time I checked, Belly was still crazily in love with Con, so why claim that she s over him Also, a lot of things were left unexplained I kept wanting to know why Conrad would just break up with her like that at prom if he supposedly loved her so much, why he and his dad got back on good terms, and why he was with Aubrey at the funeral But those were never explained.Now, the characters Belly Like I said, SHE DOESN T HAVE A BRAIN I bet her IQ is like, zero She s just so immature, I really can t stand her She must be the most stupid and shallow main character I ve ever met She made me feel all frustrated, I ve never ever wanted to strangle someone so badly I wish she could just die I d rather not waste my time on her Jeremiah He is the only character I hated than Belly He is fucking brainless and immature and shallow, just like Belly, but worse While Belly still maybe has some redeemable qualities, all this guy does is stupid shit He cheated on her just because they had a fight He mother fucking proposed to her after When Belly was doing the marriage planning, he was doing nothing Every time Belly asks him to help her, he always arrives late He s a fucking jealous shit He always makes these stupid ideas that bothered Belly I don t get why Belly still loves him so much after all that He only cares about his fraternity All he can do is use his fucking smile and innocent face to ask people to do stuff for him GOD DAMN IT I HATED HIM I also don t get the drastic change of characteristic He was a pretty nice guy in the second book, so what the fuck happened to him Conrad As you can tell, I loved him in the second book He s dark, thoughtful, reliable He s just pure amazing But in this book He was justokay I have no idea why I justdidn t like him as much, it s really sad, because he s such an amazing characterI go wherever you goTaylor I m happy to say, Taylor IMPROVED Woohoo She s still shallow but she became supportive of Belly, instead of that shitty friend we met in the first two books She s the only character I liked , so YEAH I m glad There are a lot characters in this book, but since no one s special, I don t want to bother Just FYI, her mom s still amazing, but I liked her in the second book Next up, my emotions 1st stage AngerTo be honest, I ve never wanted to smack a book so bad Unfortunately, I read it on my phone, or I would ve jumped on it and smacked it repeatedly on my wall.2nd stage DepressionI really wasn t expecting this The anger only lasted like 10 minutes, then I just started crying There was this heavy weight in my chest that I just couldn t shake off This has never happened to me before I never thought you could cry of frustration This lasted like 12 hours 3rd stage LostI had this pouty expression on my face the whole day And I felt so lost I just couldn t believe everything ended like that I started mourning how the series ended so abruptly, I felt sosad And I kept on reading the last page over and over while listening to sad music and crying.So, now you can see how messed up this is I m fine right now, though winks Anyway, I expected so much after finishing It s Not Summer Without you I really thought this one would be the best book in the series I m still trying really hard not to tear up again while typing this all out This was such a HUGE disappointment I feel so CHEATED and all messed up It seriously feels like my boyfriend just broke up with me or something I think it might take me some time to really calm down and get over this book.Lastly I just want to say Thanks for messing up my feelings, book.Thic is quite ironic, but I miss this series This book, not so much, only the last page. Let me start this by saying we ll always have summer probably might be the best book i have ever read I am damn serious Everything, every single thing, about it is perfect and i wouldn t want it any other way The story is perfectly crafted and the characters, who by now we know better than we know ourselves, are back and making us fall in love with them all over again But shit goes down nonetheless Throughout the book you re debating whether belly should choose jeremiah or conrad Halfway through it, I was pretty sure there wasnt going to be a happy ending which made me so incredibly heartbroken and sad, i couldn t stop crying There so many emotions mixed into this One minute your laughing and the next your crying i admit it, i was a sobbing mess I was praying she would be with the person i was rooting for but it seemed pretty much impossible But in the last few pages, it starts coming together The ending was beautiful, amazing and perfect I can honestly say my life is now complete after reading this Another thing i loved about it was that it had Conrad s pov and that made things so much clear He is not the guy everyone made him out to be, I mean like he s so much than the brooding anti hero He s compassionate and loyal and he s my little baby and I love him than I ve loved anyone or anything Anyway, I loved this book Like really really loved it But the one thing that kills me is that its over now Like no waiting for the next part No checking goodreads everyday to see if the cover or description has been released We need belly and conrad and jeremiah but the thing about the ending is that it s opening a door for your imagination to decide whats next Once upon a time I watched a movie called How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days I spent most of the movie with my head cocked to the side wondering why the fuck I was supposed to care about these characters Girl wants to write an article about how to mess up a relationship and do it all to this guy Guy wants to win a bet and get a promotion or something at work based on his ability to make a girl love him The movie felt neither romantic nor comedic for me I thought the main characters were both creeps who only deserved a relationship with each other to spare other people from them and as you may have guessed that s exactly how I feel about the characters in Jenny Han s Summer series.Han is not untalented There are passages, even chapters, filled with lovely writing full of nostalgia for childhood and summer Unfortunately, a book cannot ride on a few passages of lovely writing For me, a book rides on characters and all of the character s in Han s book are essentially assholes They re all meant to be something better than that, but Han lacks the skill as a writer to do little than attempt to paint an asshole with a can of paint labeled cute I really wish someone would actually own the fact that their characters are jackasses instead of dressing them into something they re not Maybe if Han had embraced her severely flawed characters instead of covering them up I could have liked the book a great deal.Belly I wish I could say I wanted to slap her, but I just stopped caring about her altogether after the second book The two boys she s trapped between pick and chose who she s going to be with like she s the last piece of chicken at dinner She plays right into their hands One brother is done with her never mind she ll kiss the other and it ll be groundbreaking and earth shattering for the next fifteen minutes or so, which is just enough time to justify her switching boys but not enough time to completely kill the love triangle Belly is selfish and childish through the whole series although she allegedly grows up I don t know where I missed that shit Her relationships with other people seem to be based around what they can do for her or her feelings of superiority to them Boring, shallow, and not the brightest lightning bug in the jar.Jeremiah His characters was amazingly flexible based on whatever plot point Han needed to accomplish He was either Belly s tenderhearted summer buddy or just another boy who constantly ignored her He was Belly s white knight or some turd who cheated on her during spring break It was astonishingly inconsistent writing, but that doesn t matter because he wasn t the big love interest and who cares if his character was sacrificed to make that happen.Conrad I don t even know where to begin He s another one who morphed with the plot of the book, although his personality changes weren t so epic as Jeremiah s He sacrifices his relationship with Belly when he s eighteen because his mother asked him to take care of his brothers, but somehow that no longer matters two years later after barely seeing or speaking to Belly while dating other people himself and now he suddenly can t handle the idea of them being together In a letter his mother claims the only time she ever saw Conrad in love was with Belly Of course, he treated her like crap the entire time and that s totally the definition of love.The Summer series is dedicated to a romance that happens on the last page and mostly off screen We get the misunderstandings and the characters with the wrong people without ever actually having them together or seeing them come together in any real way All the important notes were aimed for and missed.The books were inconsistent at best and mostly just ridiculous I don t know why people feed girls the idea guys like Conrad are somehow romantic I will never freaking get it Interrupting someone s wedding is a movie fantasy and in real life it s the opposite of an expression of love If ANYONE takes that long to tell you they love you in real life, trust me, they don t love you The guy who comes chasing after you the moment you really move on is not worth your time. 3.5 5EeeeEEEEEEEeeeee those are my feelings on this book. One GirlTwo BrothersThe Biggest Decision Of Her LifeJust When She Thought She Had All The AnswersIsabel Has Only Ever Loved Two Boys, Conrad And Jeremiah FisherOne Broke Her Heart The Other Made Her Happier Than She Ever Thought She D Be But Each Brother Is Keeping A Secret, And This Summer Isabel Must Choose Between The Fisher Boys, Once And For All Which Brother Will It Be When reading this book, you will becoming very frustrated as I was When it comes to teen relationships, girls tend to make these very sporadic decisions without thinking them through Belly was no exception to this rule Throughout her entire relationship with Jeremiah, she kept having that doubt in the back of her mind that told her this is wrong Plainly she ignored it and made very dumb mistakes It was the small things that showed Jeremiah was not for Belly From not considering her feelings on movie night, to cheating on her during his little frat vacation Somethings are just not forgivable, and no matter what, you deserve better The annoying part was how she kept flashing back to all those moments she had with Conrad knowing that he loved her so much Belly is an imbecile I think we all know how this story ends, and who it was she was going to end up with I say thank god because I would have burned this book should it have been the other way around.Very great ending to a beautifully written series. Words cannot even begin to describe how mad I am after reading this book I fell in love with the series since the first book came out, but now I can t believe it ended the way it did First off, Jenny Han COMPLETELY changed the characters I had grown to love Jeremiah was sweet, caring, and amazing, but in this book he was such a jerk I couldn t stand it Secondly, nothing really happened in the book except for maybe three major events This makes it move slow and repetitive And then it all wraps up in three pages, which really made me upset because I wanted to know how life was after Belly finally made her decision, but no Now I have to say, Jenny Han is an excellent writer who really knows how to bring out emotions in her book, I just hated the way she toyed with her readers by making them jump from guy to guy because she kept on changing personalities throughout the series Maybe I m just bitter because I don t like not being sure about what I m feeling, especially about people who aren t even real So all in all, I feel like 2 is too harsh, but 4 is too much, so a I give a three to the book that is written exceptionally well but was unfair to the readers. This had SO much angst and one of the most intense love triangles i ve ever read about, yet the ending was such a cop out I m very disappointed I wish the first book had remained a standalone and I could ve spared myself the next 600 pages of drama and angst, because I knew from the beginning who she was gonna end up with.
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