It's Not Summer Without You takes place several months after The Summer I Turned Pretty and that fact already had me engaged, because I so wanted to know what happened right after the first book ended.
Again the story is told from Belly's point of view who describes her current situation and only gradually reveals what happened after The Summer I Turned Pretty. Jenny Han develops a wonderful balance between present and past events on various levels. And her writing style is just as good and casual as in her first novel in the Summer series.
In It's Not Summer Without You it's also Jeremiah's turn to tell several chapters from his point of view, which gives us deeper insight into his caring and fraternal character.
Belly and Jeremiah often refer to Conrad, who needs to be found after he suddenly left college. Wow, I never dealed with such a difficult literary male protagonist before, when it comes to coping with his emotions and love. Han is a genius, she made me love and at the same time in some way hate Conrad's unstable character. It was so exciting to find out his motives for leaving college so suddenly, it made me understand him a bit more.
The content of It's Not Summer Without You is engaging, the atmosphere isn't as relaxed as in book one, more aggressive, depressing and melancholic. The end was horribly wary and heart wrenching and I am glad I didn't have to wait one whole year for the third book. I started it immediately after I finished this novel.
It's Not Summer Without You is a fast read thanks to an engaging plot and a casual writing style. Still this is no easy read as this second book in the Summer series is about deep feelings and dealing with great losses.
Just like The Summer I Turned Pretty, I read It's Not Summer Without You in one day. It totally consumed me.
It's Not Summer Without You is a fabulous, sensitive and melancholic sequel to The Summer I Turned Pretty. It's simply not summer without this book series!show more