Now, she dreads nothing more than heading up and spending time there. Readers who did not like the book found that Belly was not very likable, just an average teenage girl; they found the same to be true about the boys in the book. Things go differently this summer because now, she is pretty and is not left out of things and she has a fling with a boy. In this second book of the planned trilogy that began with The Summer I Turned Pretty, 16-year-old Belly Conklin feels displaced. Han's touching novel paints a realistic portrait of teenage love and heartbreak. Furthermore, how important is it for you to have your friends’ blessings?12. That was with you.” Can you think of other similar mix-ups? The book was well received by critics and fans. 2. But Susanna has passed away, and Belly's romantic relationship with Conrad has soured since her death. Now, she dreads nothing more than heading up and spending time there. Do you believe in soul mates, or is it possible to love more than one person over your lifetime? What does this mean, to you? It may be reproduced in its entirety or excerpted for these purposes. In, Jeremiah "Jere" Fisher: At the outset of the series, he is the "golden" boy, the one who appears to be untainted in the eyes of everyone. While she was in college, she published her first book, “Shug”, a novel about a girl trying to navigate through junior high. Belly, in their minds, still refuses to see that Conrad is not the perfect man that she would like him to be. Just as Belly is resigning herself to summer without her second family, Belly gets a call from Jeremiah letting her know that Conrad has disappeared from school and he needs her help to find him. My mother was no longer all powerful. Jenny was born and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. He even says to Belly herself in, This page was last edited on 5 May 2020, at 07:03. IT’S NOT SUMMER WITHOUT YOU made me laugh, tear up, and swoon, and it is every bit as good as the first book, if not better. He has never fit in—not ... Franny's mom says every mad scientist needs a lab assistant. im so confused :p In the first book, his character is something of a jerk, having spent the summer at the beach getting drunk or locked in his room. It was impossible for me not to get emotionally invested in … I was lying by the pool with a magazine on my face. She received her MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she met Siobhan Vivian and Morgan Matson. Attack of the 50-Ft. Cupid (Fanny K. Stein, Empire Decayed (The Death and Life of Zebulon, The Ghostwriter Secret (Brixton Brothers Series #2), The Monsters of Otherness (Erec Rex Series #2), Neil Flambé and the Aztec Abduction (The Neil. Some readers thought that the author did a good job writing for the adult characters in the book; some thought the relationship that Laurel (Belly’s mother) and Savannah had was quite compelling. Finally however Belly had gotten Conrad's attention and thought … How would you characterize her journey, overall? Speaking of authors who write multiple series within the same universe – Michael Connelly will have the new Lincoln Lawyer novel out soon. You Save 8%. Jenny Han gives us plenty of opportunities to compare and contrast Jeremiah and Conrad—who they are as individuals, as well as who they are as they relate to Belly. retreating from the world after losing everything.Wren Wells is hiding out. Jenny Han has written two trilogies (“The Summer I Turned Pretty” and “Burn for Burn” which she wrote with friend and fellow author Siobhan Vivian) and a duology (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before). I am often asked by readers of the site if I accept donations as a “thank you” for the work I put into the site. I was grown up to do things on my own, without her. What elements of writing craft do you think Jenny Han demonstrated particularly well? They found the love stuff to be changing with Belly not very sure about how she felt about any of the guys in her life. A similar mix-up occurs at the very end of the book, when Jeremiah opens his letter from Susannah, only to realize that the letter inside was really for Conrad: “My mom must have mixed up the envelopes. During the past year away from Cousins Beach Belly and all the boys have gone back to their lives away from one another. You can view Barnes & Noble’s Privacy Policy. In the letter she said she only got to see him in love once. This one picks up a year after the end of the first book as summer is beginning again. Are you satisfied with this ending to the series?Discussion Questions for the Trilogy1. I could get married, I could quit my job. When faced with a tough choice, did she always do the right thing? Her greatest successes?5. Belly narrates most of this book with a few chapters interspersed from Jeremiah's point of view. The first one was perfect for the beach, whereas this one could have been enjoyed just as much in the hotel room. The book shows Han’s ability to write for Belly and the way she wants to act more mature, be a little reckless, but at the same time not leave the safe realm that is her comfort zone. Though we see little of him, his truthfulness is a springboard for Belly to make difficult but wise decisions. He has a crime lab that doubles as a bedroom. The three end up back at the summer house, where they must confront their memories, their grief, and each other. “It’s Not Summer Without You” is the second book in the “The Summer I Turned Pretty” series. How would you explain this?14. When they head back to the beach house, they are able to find Conrad. Would the story be any different if it were compressed into one, comprehensive novel?7. That people are meant to be with one person?” How would you answer this question? It is suspected, though, that he has developed feelings for Belly; he is shown several times as either overly protective or jealous of boys flirting with her. Some readers thought that not a whole lot happens in the book and that Belly wants all the attention, even though Conrad’s mother just died. They also did not like the way that Belly seems to be a thirteen year old (not a seventeen year old, which she actually is) telling her story. She seems to want one man and she wants him to be the perfect man for her. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Every 2 weeks we send out an e-mail with 6-8 Book Recommendations. All of the baby dragons have mysteriously disappeared, and King Piter has lost the trust of his people. The adults leave and Belly and Jeremiah help prepare Conrad for his exams. Each month I pick a charity and ask that you support them instead. The other months just mark off time until the next summer break. I do my best to make sure the book lists are complete and current, but due to human or machine error while attempting to keep 9000+ authors up to date, the occasional book can be missed or will be listed under an alternate title. I was a big girl now. However, the relationship is short-lived when Conrad once again slips back into his emotional old ways. ... Trouble is brewing in quiet, pleasant Alypium, and only Erec Rex can make it better. Which character surprised you the most?