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We'll Always Have Summer 1 Edition
Contributor(s): Han, Jenny
ISBN: 1416995587     ISBN-13: 9781416995586
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: April 2011
Annotation: Two years after committing herself to Jeremiah at Conrad's urging, college student Belly struggles with the realization that the relationship is not as happy as she hoped it would be and is forced to reconsider her feelings in the wake of a terrible act. By the author of Shug.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Love; Fiction.
Brothers; Fiction.
Interpersonal relations; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2010046670
Lexile Measure: 570
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Series: Summer
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.25" (0.86 lbs) 291 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 145094
Reading Level: 3.9   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 8.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q52880
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 15.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall)
Now eighteen, Belly (The Summer I Turned Pretty, It's Not Summer Without You) has accepted her boyfriend Jeremiah's proposal and is planning their wedding. But Conrad, Belly's first love and Jeremiah's brother, reveals he still has feelings for her. In this multifaceted trilogy's conclusion, the love triangle sparks with tension as still-childish Belly must make some unenviable adult decisions. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 March #2)

Isabel (Belly) Conklin always knew she "would be Belly Fisher one day." She just didn't know which of the Fisher brothers she'd marry: Conrad, her first love, or younger brother Jeremiah, who caught her on the rebound. As fate would have it, Jeremiah is the one to propose marriage during the spring of Belly's first year in college. Following impulse rather than reason (or her mother's adamant protests), Belly accepts. However, her premarital bliss is undercut by the flicker of passion she still holds for Conrad. In Han's conclusion to the trilogy that began with The Summer I Turned Pretty, she both underscores the folly of getting engaged too young and vividly depicts the emotions of a girl on the brink of womanhood, impatient to make all of her dreams come true. If Jeremiah's frat-boy mentality is somewhat stereotyped, he remains an effective foil to the more pensive, sensitive Conrad. While Belly's final decision may not come as a surprise to readers, it will satisfy those who have followed her through each of her summers. Ages 12–up. (May)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 July)

Gr 10 Up—In this conclusion to the trilogy, Isabel and Jeremiah are about to marry. Their families think they're too young and suspect that Belly is pregnant, an assumption that she, understandably, finds irksome. A virgin, she sees marriage as an act of defiance under the circumstances, and that's deep, for her. Readers know nothing of her personal ambitions (she's just finishing her freshman year at college) beyond teasing the affections out of Jeremiah and his older brother, both of whom are smitten with her. When Conrad shows up unexpectedly, Belly returns to the dilemma of the earlier books: Which one shall I choose, since both choose me? This is a bit cloying, as is the implication that the search for a life partner begins and ends next door. The Fishers and the Conklins raised their children together, Belly's the only girl (she has an older brother), and she has been looked after like a little sister by all three boys. As for the other characters, Taylor offers a sensible counterpoint to Belly as someone who questions her decision, but who winds up being just what she needs: a friend. Taylor makes her laugh, and offers comic relief as her wedding planner. The tension over whether or not this event is going to happen is well plotted. Both boys adore the protagonist, but in the end neither wants to fawn over her, which makes each a stand-up guy in his own right—and so much harder to choose between. While some might enjoy its fairy-tale essence of children turning into life mates, others might ask whether this series offers young women a path to independent adulthood beyond marrying Mr. Right.—Georgia Christgau, Middle College High School, Long Island City, NY

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