Sunday, 15 July 2012

We'll Always Have Summer , by Jenny Han

We'll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3)
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 3rd 2012 by Puffin (first published April 26th 2011)
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We'll Always Have Summer
  One girl.

Two brothers.

The biggest decision of her life . . .

Just when she thought she had all the answers . . .

Isabel has only ever loved two boys, Conrad and Jeremiah Fisher.

One broke her heart; the other made her happier than she ever thought she'd be. But each brother is keeping a secret, and this summer Isabel must choose between the Fisher boys, once and for all. Which brother will it be?
My Review
Cliche, yes. Sweet and romantic? Yes. Typical teenage book? Yes. But that does not seem to stop me from reading the series of novels and thorougly enjoying them for what they are. I think as children and teenagers we all desire that little bit of romance in our life. Even today, at the age of 22 it is something that I desire, hoping and waiting for prince charming to come knocking at my door with ring in hand. But I don't think I would want to be in the same situatrion as Belly was in. Loving two people who are related to one another is a situation that I would never want to imagine myself in, that need to love one more than the other, yet knowing one of them would be hurt by the actions we have made. It is a love triangle in a completely different way, one that I am sure not a lot of people could see themselves in. But you still manage to relate and connect to the story to see where they are coming from and why they are feeling the way that they are. All of the characters have personalities that seem to shine from the pages, making them come alive as we read on, following their life story and everything that they have done. Through the series of books we have seen all the characters grow up and I really felt that this has given us the chance to get to know them to the full ability that we can when it comes to a character in a book. The author has really developed her story into becoming more than just words on a page by allowing the emotions to really eliminate and shine throughout it all.
In book one I found myself automatically falling for Conrad. There is just something about the way his character is presented to us that we find ourselves automatically falling for. He is closed of and yet he is sensitive and in the third book you get to see the more sensitive side of him, and begin to understand him a little more. I think love is an emotion that we all struggle to understand and come to terms with, especially when we fear that we are not good enough for someone else, or that we will just end up hurt. I think that the author represents these emotions in all of her characters well but especially with Conrad and Belly. you can see that they have a tug of war relationship throughout the whole series and I suppose that this is why it comes across as cliche. Its the fact that you already know, that no matter how hard they try to avoid one another, they are made for each other. In many places you find yourself screaming at the book, screaming at conrad to wake up, to open his eyes and to just show her how he feels and why he feels that way. its  a love romance, a modern romeo and juliette without the killing and the wars etc.
At the same time though you start to feel sorry for Jeremy, who seems to have been strung along the wall a little. He is very much the bandaid on the wound in this case, in that he is merely there to distract her from the real emotions because they are too painful to bare. Yet its something that I think neither of them see, or if they do, they do not want to admit the very fact that this is the case, and that the marriage and entire relationship is a little bit of a flaw. Your heart really gets tugged at at the end when you see the marriage fall apart, because a part of you is hoping that it goes ahead and that it is as beautiful as any wedding should be, but the very fact that your egging Conrad on, makes it almost a win situation for the fact that it didnt happen. I love the simplicity of the book and the very fact that it is light on the mind and the eyes. Its thought provoking ane engaging without being too over the top. Its not raging with emotions but its not so bland that you are getting bored of it either.
This is why I am giving the book a four star rating. the series is one of those types of series that gets better as the books go on. the story is always well developed but the characters are just there with you as your following there lives in words. you really do get a whole round experience with the book, and this for me is always a great sign of a novel because you know its one you will happily read over and over again.
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing

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