by Jenny Han
Released: May 5 2009
Series: Summer #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
“I find that Han’s sweetness in her writing uplifts reader’s spirits and allows you to just forget about life’s worries.”
~ Under the Covers
After I devoured the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series, I was interested to read more of Jenny Han’s books. I love the simplicity to her writing and also how she takes real life issues and explores them in her books. I love this cover and I remember it catching my eye when it first came out but I didn’t read it until now. I don’t think it’s nearly as good as the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before books but it still has the same tone and style I like.
Belly is our main character and she’s a very sweet girl. This story revolves around summer and it being a time of change. Belly and her family also go to his beach house with some other people and that’s really where the memories happen. There’s a bit of backstory told in the form of flashbacks, which I think helps in fleshing out the other characters in the series, especially the boys. But Belly’s growth happens throughout the book when one summer, things begin to change for her.
As I mentioned earlier, this book is very simple and sweet. I think this is a great story to have on your bookshelf when you’re just feeling down and don’t really know what kind of book you’re in the mood for. I find that Han’s sweetness in her writing uplifts reader’s spirits and allows you to just forget about life’s worries. I know they’ve done that for me already in the past.
So while probably not my favorite book from Jenny Han, I’m still looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
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