We'll Always Have Summer
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We'll Always Have Summer

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by Jenny Han

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Belly has only ever been in love with two boys, both with the last name Fisher. And after being with Jeremiah for the last two years, she's almost positive he is her soul mate. Almost. Conrad has not gotten over the mistake he made when he let Belly go even as Jeremiah has always known that Belly is the girl for him. So when Belly and Jeremiah decide to make things

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Belly has only ever been in love with two boys, both with the last name Fisher. And after being with Jeremiah for the last two years, she's almost positive he is her soul mate. Almost. Conrad has not gotten over the mistake he made when he let Belly go even as Jeremiah has always known that Belly is the girl for him. So when Belly and Jeremiah decide to make things forever, Conrad realizes that it's now or never—tell Belly he loves her, or lose her for good.

Belly will have to confront her feelings for Jeremiah and Conrad and face a truth she has possibly always known: she will have to break one of their hearts.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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)
VOYA - Amanda McFadden
Freshman year at university has Belly wondering if she has made the right decision. She and Jeremiah have been inseparable since they first started dating; they even attend Finch University together. At a party, Belly overhears a conversation about a fling Jeremiah had when he was away. She faces a dilemma—will she breakup with him, or will she stay committed to their relationship? Her decision results in a proposal that has the parents reeling. None feel the young adults are ready to be married—they need to finish their studies first. Belly then catches up with an old boyfriend, Connor, at a beach house in Cousins. She remembers how good their relationship was but feels she needs to let those feeling go, as two years ago she chose one brother over the other. Was it a mistake to choose Jeremiah over Connor? This is the third book in a trilogy, but it could be read as a stand-alone novel due to the emotion given to the story. Written in the first person, the book is easy to read but short on description. The plot is family centered, flaky, and melodramatic. The characters lack any sort of depth and are unconvincing as real-life teenagers. The ending is predictable but finishes the trilogy tidily. Teenage girls may love it as a chick-lit summer read. Reviewer: Amanda McFadden
Kirkus Reviews

Can teenage love ever be forever?

Isabel (Belly) from The Summer I Turned Pretty (2009) and It's Not Summer Without You (2010) finishes up her freshman year at college somewhat unconvincingly committed to Jeremiah Fisher, one of the two brothers with whom she has spent summers since she was small. Isabel becomes furious to learn that Jeremiah had sex with another girl from their college in Cabo on spring break, but he wins back her affections with a grand gesture: a proposal of marriage. Caught up in the idea—she will plan a summer wedding! they will attend college as a married couple!—Isabel tries ignores her misgivings about Jeremiah, the appalled silence of her mother and her own still-strong feelings for Jeremiah's older brother, Conrad. It's both funny and believable when Jeremiah insists he wants to dance the wedding dance to "You Never Can Tell" from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack. Han gives a satisfying nod to wedding-planning fantasies even while revealing their flimsy basis for an actual marriage. A final chapter in 23-year-old Isabel's voice reveals the not-so-surprising happy ending.

Han's impressive ear for and pitch-perfect reproduction of the interactions between not-quite-adult older teens make this an appealing conclusion to this trilogy romance among bright middle-class young people. (Fiction. 12 & up)

School Library Journal
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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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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Summer I Turned Pretty Series, #3
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5.78(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.06(d)
HL570L (what's this?)
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12 - 17 Years

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We’ll Always Have Summer

  • When it’s finals week and you’ve been studying for five hours straight, you need three things to get you through the night. The biggest Slurpee you can find, half cherry, half Coke. Pajama pants, the kind that have been washed so many times, they are tissue-paper thin. And finally, dance breaks. Lots of dance breaks. When your eyes start to close and all you want is your bed, dance breaks will get you through.

    It was four in the morning, and I was studying for the last final of my freshman year at Finch University. I was camped out in my dorm library with my new best friend, Anika Johnson, and my old best friend, Taylor Jewel. Summer vacation was so close, I could almost taste it. Just five more days. I’d been counting down since April.

    “Quiz me,” Taylor commanded, her voice scratchy.

    I opened my notebook to a random page. “Define anima versus animus.”

    Taylor chewed on her lower lip. “Give me a hint.”

    “Umm . . . think Latin,” I said.

    “I didn’t take Latin! Is there going to be Latin on this exam?”

    “No, I was just trying to give you a hint. Because in Latin boys’ names end in -us and girls’ names end in -a, and anima is feminine archetype and animus is masculine archetype. Get it?”

    She let out a big sigh. “No. I’m probably going to fail.”

    Looking up from her notebook, Anika said, “Maybe if you stopped texting and started studying, you wouldn’t.”

    Taylor glared at her. “I’m helping my big sister plan our end-of-year breakfast, so I have to be on call tonight.”

    “On call?” Anika looked amused. “Like a doctor?”

    “Yes, just like a doctor,” Taylor snapped.

    “So, will it be pancakes or waffles?”

    “French toast, thank you very much.”

    The three of us were all taking the same freshman psych class, and Taylor’s and my exam was tomorrow, Anika’s was the day after. Anika was my closest friend at school besides Taylor. Seeing as how Taylor was competitive by nature, it was a friendship that she was more than a little jealous of, not that she’d ever in a million years admit it.

    My friendship with Anika was different from my friendship with Taylor. Anika was laid-back and easy to be with. She wasn’t quick to judge. More than all that, though, she gave me the space to be different. She hadn’t known me my whole life, so she had no expectations or preconceptions. There was freedom in that. And she wasn’t like any of my friends back home. She was from New York, and her father was a jazz musician and her mother was a writer.

    A couple of hours later, the sun was rising and casting the room in a bluish light, and Taylor’s head was down, while Anika was staring off into space like a zombie.

    I rolled up two paper balls in my lap and threw them at my two friends. “Dance break,” I sang out as I pressed play on my computer. I did a little shimmy in my chair.

    Anika glared at me. “Why are you so chipper?”

    “Because,” I said, clapping my hands together, “in just a few hours, it will all be over.” My exam wasn’t until one in the afternoon, so my plan was to go back to my room and sleep for a couple of hours, then wake up with time to spare and study some more.

    I overslept, but I still managed to get another hour of studying in. I didn’t have time to go to the dining hall for breakfast, so I just drank a Cherry Coke from the vending machine.

    The test was as hard as we had expected, but I was pretty sure I would get at least a B. Taylor was pretty sure she hadn’t failed, which was good. Both of us were too tired to celebrate after, so we just high-fived and went our separate ways.

    I headed back to my dorm room, ready to pass out until at least dinnertime, and when I opened the door, there was Jeremiah, asleep in my bed. He looked like a little boy when he slept, even with the stubble. He was stretched out on top of my comforter, his feet hanging over the edge of the bed, my stuffed polar bear hugged to his chest.

    I took off my shoes and crawled into my twin, extra-long bed next to him. He stirred, opened his eyes, and said, “Hi.”

    “Hi,” I said.

    “How’d it go?”

    “Pretty good.”

    “Good.” He let go of Junior Mint and hugged me to him. “I brought you the other half of my sub from lunch.”

    “You’re sweet,” I said, burrowing my head in his shoulder.

    He kissed my hair. “I can’t have my girl skipping meals left and right.”

    “It was just breakfast,” I said. As an afterthought, I added, “And lunch.”

    “Do you want my sub now? It’s in my book bag.”

    Now that I thought about it, I was hungry, but I was also sleepy. “Maybe a little later,” I said, closing my eyes.

    Then he fell back to sleep, and I fell asleep too. When I woke up, it was dark out, Junior Mint was on the floor, and Jeremiah’s arms were around me. He was still asleep.

    We had started dating right before I began senior year of high school. “Dating” didn’t feel like the right word for it. We were just together. It all happened so easily and so quickly that it felt like it had always been that way. One minute we were friends, then we were kissing, and then the next thing I knew, I was applying to the same college as him. I told myself and everyone else (including him, including my mother especially) that it was a good school, that it was only a few hours from home and it made sense to apply there, that I was keeping my options open. All of those things were true. But truest of all was that I just wanted to be near him. I wanted him for all seasons, not just summer.

    Now here we were, lying next to each other in my dorm-room bed. He was a sophomore, and I was finishing up my freshman year. It was crazy how far we had come. We’d known each other our whole lives, and in some ways, it felt like a big surprise—in other ways it felt inevitable.

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    We'll Always Have Summer 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 977 reviews.
    RachelHarrisWrites More than 1 year ago
    WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE SUMMER picks up two years after IT'S NOT SUMMER WITHOUT YOU. Belly and Jeremiah are still in love, attending college together, and taking finals at the end of Spring Semester. Their relationship is genuine, real, and fun. The perfect portrayal of young love. But then Belly uncovers a shocking secret: During their first real fight a few months earlier, Jeremiah went on Spring Break with his fraternity brothers and cheated on Belly. The discovery turns her world upside down. Jeremiah was the one boy she never thought would hurt her. Jeremiah vows to spend the rest of his life making it up to her, and he pulls out an engagement ring. In a completely believable, teenage, not-well-thought-out plan, the two young lovers become engaged. ENGAGED! An end of summer wedding is planned and the first hurdle is telling their families at a ceremony honoring Susannah where they will all be gathered together. Including Conrad. Through a beautiful dual character POV, we discover Conrad has been away for two years because of his love for Belly. The Conrad that I've been waiting two books to see is revealed, and it is well worth the wait. Jenny Han does an awesome job of subtly revealing which brother is truly right for Belly. I must say, though, that I fell completely in love with Conrad in this final chapter of their love story, and the boy delivered some amazing lines. He reveals why he let her go years ago, and the turmoil that watching his brother 'marry his girl and not being able to do anything about it' brings. Jenny Han's dialogue is spot on and heart wrenching, captured beautifully in Conrad's confession toward the end of the book. "It's impossible. . . I love Jere more than anybody. He's my brother, my family. I hate myself for doing this. But when I see you two together, I hate him too." His voice broke. "Don't marry him. Don't be with him. Be with me." Ugh, glorious pain, right? Belly spends the rest of the book completely torn between her first true love, the boy she is certain she will never be able to let go completely, and her best friend, the boy who loves her unconditionally, makes her feel like a princess, and would never walk away from her. While I am Team Conrad obviously, both boys are amazing and the way Jenny has crafted them, I honestly believe Belly would be happy with either of them. That being said, I won't tell you who she picks-I can't go and spoil the whole thing for you-but I will reveal for anyone worried about her making a mistake and advocating teenage marriage, Jenny handles this beautifully. I can also say that there is a place, between chapter fifty-seven and the conclusion of the book, where I wish I could curl up between the chapters and live in the in between. Ah . . .
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    O.M.G I cant tell you how much i loved loved the 2 books before. I loved the setting Cousins beach. Its a bout a summer any girl could only dream about. My favourite is Conrad Fisher because he is so dark and secretive but loves belly so much its heart-breaking to see her with Jeramiah. He's different, he is her best friend and they love each other but in a family kind of way and conrad is perfect for her. They would make the best couple. They have such a strong bond and connection and that makes them the best. I just pray conrad and belly end up together.!! Cant wait for may 2011 summer to read this book i would recommend the 2 books before to anyone.. I promise you, you wont be disappointd. xxxxx
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This third book in the summer trilogy is amazing. I don't care what people think about this book, it's what i think of it. So here it goes: Belly and Conrad's relationship fizzles out completely when he tells Jeremiah it's okay if he wanted to be with her. Two years later, in college, the two are happy and have a healthy relationship. Until Jeremiah did the worst thing a boy could ever do to hurt a girl. Now, Belly and Jeremiah's trust is tested when Belly goes to Cousins, their summer house, and catches up with Conrad. Now, she isn't sure what she feels for Jeremiah or Conrad. When Belly returns, Jeremiah pleads for her to come back by proposing to her, promising he will never do a mistake like that again. After a few weeks of debating whether they should tell anyone yet, they finally let it out and everyone is totally surprised - including Conrad. The love Belly and Jeremiah have in this novel is strong and real. But what Belly had with Conrad is different. Conrad is her life long love; Jeremiah is her best friend. When Conrad opens up to her and says he still loves her, she is at a loss. What now? Read the book to find out what Belly's descision is. (: Who would you choose? - - - Jeremiah loves you all along. He is your best friend. Sweet, kind, and compassionate. Oh, and don't forget fun and outgoing! Conrad plays you like a violin whenever he wants. You have loved him since who knows how long! He doesn't let anyone in, refuses to break down the wall to open up, and is a complete heartbreaker. If you ask me, I would say that I love Jeremiah. He isn't afraid to say or do anything stupid. But if he ever did what he had to me, I would be confused on who I truly loved. I would say Conrad was a close friend whom I loved deeply and never wanted to let go. If he hurt me as many time he hurt Belly, I probably wouldn't like him as much. Overall, I would probably have to choose . . . Conrad. I mean, I could love him for my entire life, date him, and soon marry him. I recommend this book to anyone who loved a summer romance! :)
    theReader278 More than 1 year ago
    I loved reading this wonderful book! It has a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Like always Belly can't chose until the end of the book. I love how real the feelings of the golden three were. Its like real life, but better. Its a great book.
    adinalovesconrad More than 1 year ago
    1. The summer i turned pretty ----> i fell in love with Conrad Fisher 2. It's not summer without you----> i fell in love with Jeremiah Fisher 3. We'll always have summer-------> i'm double-minded i RANDOMLY chose the first two books in a book store.. and then when i read them, i was like,'what if i didnt buy these books...i wouldnt be what i am right now..' ... i filled me :) .. i know this sounds sooo boring but its the truth... i wish jenny han wrote more books on Belly, Jeremiah, Conrad, Steven, Susannah & Laurel... FOR THOSE WHO HAVENT READ ANY OF THEM 'dude! catch-up!! reading books might not be fun, but this isnt a book, its ..its love..written love!!'
    jamiemeade More than 1 year ago
    OK, i know everybody says that this book is so happy and a fairy tale love story- its the complete opposite. This is a real life love struggle,and how belly should be in love with one person, but fate is pulling her towards another. Ever since belly was a little girl, she has loved Conrad fisher to death, and would do anything to satisfy him. When she finally realizes that Conrad " doesn't want her", she gives up and "lets go" of him. That's not the case- for belly nor Conrad. In this book, Conrad finally realizes that what he did was wrong, and sets out to seek belly and tell her the truth- that he is madly in love with her. On the other side, belly is in college, Jeremiah at her side, engaged. This book was so amazing- i couldn't put it down, and i finished it in two days. I won't go on and spoil it for you, but believe me- its heart wrenching, relate able, and so beautifully written that i cried at the end. READ IT!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I am almost embarrassed to admit how many times I've read these books.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Amazing! ABSOLUTE GREATLY written books :) I always liked Conrad durring the very beggining. The ending was shocking, I actually cried, LOVE THESE BOOKS!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I love thesebooks the are the best things ever i love jenny han and she is amazing! i have read all the reveiws of the third book and i think that it sounds amazing. i love the way jenny han puts in the twist how jeremiah cheats on belly! this puts the doubt in bellys mind. My biggest worry for this book is that she might pick Conrad. she thinks he is right for her but i want her to be with JEREMIAH!!! THIS BOOK WILL BE AMAZING FOR ALL READERS EVERYWHERE!
    popocutie912 More than 1 year ago
    i have loved the last two books of this series and i can absolutely NOT wait until this book comes out!! Jenny han has written the best books of all time and i can already feel that this book will be just as perfect!! JENNY HAN is my favorite author of all time: shug was also one of my favorite books ( my other favorites are: the summer i turned pretty and its not summer without you basically all of jenny hans books!!) so if you enjoy reading a sweet romance book READ THE SUMMER SERIES!!!!!! DO IT! jenny han thank you soooooo much for writting the summer series and of course shug. you made it easy to find love in a book! SO TAKE IT FROM ME AND BUY THE BOOK!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I loved this book so much. Actually i loved all the books. This trilogy was a perfect summer read! I could absolutely picture myself reading these books over and over again. I related to the characters easily. It felt so real! I personally thought Belly should end up with Jeremiah because he was her best friend and would never leave her, but feelings aside, these books are worth purchasing and reading. :)
    Christine_Lily More than 1 year ago
    I'm just dying. Completely. This is my favorite series. HANDS DOWN. I love this book, I have never once wanted to laugh while I cried my guts out, until I read this series. Jenny Han is an amazing writer and this is an amazing series. I felt like I was Belly. Throughout the whole series I felt like I was falling in love with Conrad. I felt like he loved me back too, which is so weird because he's not real. I wish he was. And I wish he loved me like how he loved Belly. I felt like I was in Belly's shoes through everything. I felt like it was me who got proposed to, who was in love with two boys at the same time. And last of all I felt like I was the one who was in the beach house at cousins every summer, falling more in love with it, and the people in it. I love this series. Jenny Han, you are an inspiration.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    She chooses ...........................................haaha im not gonna tell you!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    When i read the whole series, i nearly cried on some parts. A must-read book!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    OMG!!! This book is probably one of the best books that i have ever read! The ending nearly made me cry. SUPER SWEET BOOK!!! <3 IT!!!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Okay, dont get me wrong i loved this book. It was one of the bes i've ever read. In this book you see another side of jeremiah not the one that stays with belly when shes sick, but a boy who is always partying and gets obnoxious after a while. Is was always team conrad, so when i read the ending i was super happy! But i wasnt happy with the actually ending. This book was way to short and i was so sad when it ended! The ending was really quick and i wasnt peepred for it. His bok also makes me feel kind of hollow inside, like ill never find as god a man as belly has:( i love this book but hate it for how it makes me feel in the end. Wheres my conrad?
    Page_turner23 More than 1 year ago
    i first read the summer i turned pretty after a trip to the libray i could not put it down and when i found out there was a sequel i was so excited, i finished its not summer without you and all i can say is i love these characters so much. belly is a girl just going after what she wants,falling in love is hard enough but faling in love with two boys brothers non the less is more difficult. i cant wait to read we'll always have summer, and i hope belly ends up with the boy she loves the most and meant to be with.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I read this for six hours straight and finished it in one night, best six hours of my life!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book definetley makes my top list. It takes place after two years since the last book. Jeremiah and Belly end up getting engaged, and the last book is mostly about their engagement and the decision Belly has always had to face...who really has her heart.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I love it so much! I was crying at the end, i felt it was right who she ended up with, even though they both love her so much. I highly reccomend this book. It shows how much a first love really means to you.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Oh my goodness! This was so good! As soon as I finished it I kept thinking about it. Jenny Han created an excellent book that made me fall in love with Jeremy and Conrad. The way that she shapes the characters and leads the books to this final book and moment was outstanding! I would definitely recommend this to people looking for a good book. Thank you Jenny Han for completing this series with such an amazing ending. Please write more about Belly, Jeremiah, and Conrad. Thanks again!
    hey_jess More than 1 year ago
    MOST AMAZING SERIES! jenny han did not disappoint me! cryed throught most of the book! if you looking for a book close to nicholas sparks here it is all three of the book were amazing. i readed this book in one day and could not let it down. i feel in love with this book! cant wait for jenny han to write more young adult books!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I love jerimiah and if she didnt wanna marry him I WILL
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    TEAM CONRAD! This book was magnificent I loved being able to see Conrad's point of view it was amazing. I honestly just absolutely loved eveything about this books and the other two!