We’ll Always Have Summer is the third and final installment of Jenny Han’s young adult ‘Summer Series’. It is also the best book of the series. Rating: 3.5/5
Note: This is the third, and final book, in a series. This is not a spoiler free review. I do not suggest continuing on with this review if you have not read this or the other books. If you’ve read the series leave me a comment so we can fangirl together!
We’ll Always Have Summer is the third and final installment from Jenny Han’s ‘Summer’ trilogy. I’ve reviewed the second book in the series, It’s Not Summer Without You, which I suggest reading first. This book was is set two years after the end of the last book, and Jeremiah and Belly have been dating the entire time, and currently go to the same college. At a party together Belly finds out that Jeremiah had cheated on her a few months before during a “break” (HAVEN’T YOU LEARNED FROM ROSS AND RACHEL?!), and they temporarily “break up”. A few days later they get back together…. because Jeremiah proposed, and Belly said yes. Even though they are 19 and 20 respectively. The parents aren’t about it, Conrad is hurt, and shenanigans ensue. It must be hard to be in love with two brothers when both of them love you back.
This book was by far the best book of the trilogy. The dialogue and actions of the characters finally felt real and genuine. Conrad was finally acting like a human instead of like a heartless robot. Belly slapped Jeremiah when she found out he cheated, and Jeremiah punched Conrad after Conrad finally told Belly he has always loved her. There was no weirdness with the writing, and I was so so so glad. I really enjoyed this book, and like the others, it was a quick read. I finished it in about a day or so. It was really good, and when I finished the book I was kind of surprised to realize that I wanted more. Throughout the series I had kind of felt as though Conrad were a complete asshole, and I totally shipped Belly and Jeremiah together. I had moments throughout the other two books where I was like, “Oh man, I really like Conrad and Belly together…” but that all quickly ended the next time Conrad did something stupid. This time it was Jeremiah who was acting dumb, and by having certain chapters be in Conrad’s perspective I was finally able to get him. All this time Belly kept talking about how great Conrad was and I just didn’t see it. Jenny Han finally let us see it in this book.
This book made me cry whenever Susannah was brought up, especially her letter to the kids for their wedding day. Again, though, it took too much time for the book to climax. Then, once it did, it was just over. *Poof*. Like that. I wanted so much more from it. With just 15 pages left in the book her and Conrad were arguing and all this shit was happening and then her and Jere call off the wedding and then all of a sudden four years later we find out that she did marry Conrad after all, and not Jeremiah. I was so glad that they ended up together, but so mad that I didn’t get to see them be a real couple. Not at any point during any of the three books did we get to really see them together. When we did it was just little snippets and it usually ended badly. I would really love it if Jenny wrote another book of them in the future with a family of their own or something. I felt like Conrad and Belly’s story was just starting, and that the series wasn’t really their story at all. But that’s just me.
Before I probably wouldn’t have recommended this series to a friend, but this entire last book is completely worth it. This is a real love story. There is no real happy ending, it’s not easy, and people get hurt. I think that’s the best part, though.
If you’re interested in reading my GoodReads updates from this book you can do so here. I must say, they’re quite entertaining. It will tell you exactly what I was thinking on certain pages.