Thursday, August 7, 2014

Review of It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

It's Not Summer Without You
by Jenny Han
Second book in The Summer Trilogy
Age Range: 14+
Grade Level: 8th Grade
Pages: 275 (in British Paperback)
Publisher: Razor Bill Penguin

This is the second book in a series, so no real synopsis.
This takes place in the summer after the first book, and it takes place in about a week in the summer.

The Short:
I had tons of fun reading this book. I am loving the series, and cannot wait to get on to the next book. I am having fun exploring the characters and the beach setting is magnificent.

The Long:
Usually with second books in trilogies, it is weaker than the first book, but that was not at all the case with this book. It seemed to be on exactly the same level as the first book, and was a wonderful continuation.

The characters were their same old self except that they were overcome with grief for losing someone (if you read the first book, you know exactly who died). They were all handling their grief in their way, and it may not have been the best way, but it seemed to work for them.

The book was more focused on the family aspect which I really appreciate in young adult literature. The romance was put on the back burner, and did not really play a external part of the story. There was a lot of internal thoughts about their relationships, but it was not that central to the story.

My main problem with the romance is that it is a love triangle, and I don't enjoy love triangles. Granted, this is a VERY well done love triangle, but it's not my cup of tea.

There were snippets of past anecdotes that happened at the summer house. I really appreciated them because they made the characters seem more real, and like they are more than what was happening in the moment.

The whole book takes place over about a week, and that worried me at first, but it was so well done that I couldn't complain. Everything was so fast moving, and wonderfully written that the book just worked well.

In the first book, you only for Belly's point of view, but in this you got to see what Jeremiah was thinking during many scenes. His point of view was very well developed, and you could actually tell who way talking by the way that they described things. I have to give Jenny Han mad props because that is a very hard thing to do.





Language: Infrequent use of curse words, but they were always very strong
Sex: minimal, mostly kissing
Violence: not a problem

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