Genre: Romance, Tragedy
Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer--they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.
"Summer loving had me a blast... Summer loving happened so fast..." These are the words that Jeremiah told Belly as he was teasing her about Cam. I don't really know why, but it just really describes the book so well. :) I honestly LOVED this book, and it hasn't left my head yet. I really don't know how I never thought about this book before, and I am so glad I picked it up. :)
I love love love love love love love it! <3 It was a beautifully crafted tale, and I am going to try to do this review minus any spoilers. So basically Isabel "Belly" Conklin has been going to the beach house ever since she was little, and has known the people there since as long as she can remember. The people are Susannah, her mother's best friend, and her sons Conrad and Jeremiah. Belly has been hopelessly in love with Conrad ever since she was ten, and Jeremiah has been her best friend since forever. Belly has never been noticed by the boys, and she hopes this will be the summer that changes everything. This will the summer she turns pretty. It's the last summer before everything will change; Conrad going to college and Jeremiah living his football camp dreams, and Belly wants to make the most of it. But will distractions from a new guy and Susannah, who is hiding a whopper of a secret change everything Belly wants? :)
Oh my gosh!! I entirely loved this book whole. At first, when I started reading, I thought that Belly was immature, and it was mentioned to her at several points in the book. But slowly she grew up, and her maturity level grew, and I grew to love her. She is an amazing character, and so are Conrad, Jeremiah, Susannah, and Belly's mother, Laurel. There has been talk of this book becoming a movie, and I sure, sure hope so! The book felt as if it read like a perfect movie!
Likes: The growth of Belly, Conrad, Jeremiah, Susannah (she was amazing!), the summer of hers, no dragging or rushed scenes, everything flowed smoothly, Jeremiah and Belly's relationship, Conrad's struggle and that he overcame it (with what I can't tell you) and the ending
Dislikes: I thought Belly was immature at first, and it was pointed out to her by Conrad (lots of times) and her mother. But then I grew to love her so much, and she ended up being so real to me; Taylor, Belly's best friend that she decided one year to bring to Cousins Beach. I really hated her, and I thought that Belly handled dealing with the friendship maturely.
*Note: This book does have some language and mature content.