Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Date Published: April 27th 2010
Summary (from Goodreads)
It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.
But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started--at Cousins Beach.
I liked the first book in this series but I wasn't sure where it would be headed. My observation upon reading the first couple of chapters was that it was going to be a little heavier and in-depth than the topics encountered in the first book. Susannah has died and everyone left that were close to her goes through various emotions in dealing with her death. This triggers many rifts and changes in the relationships between the Fisher boys and Belly. It was a little painful to read her being confused about her emotions and Conrad having to deal with it by himself because that's just how he does things.
This book was more about the Fisher boys than Belly, but told in various perspectives that included hers. It was actually a breathe of fresh air. The more I read about Belly, the more i start to dislike how she deals with her issues. She's a stereotypical brat who more or less always gets what she wants and it was a little frustrating for me to read through. I guess the part that saved this book for me was when Conrad revealed why he left school and the reasons why he wanted to save their Cousins beach house.
It was really nice to read between Conrad and Jeremiah's points of view. Belly's attitude was starting to make me itchy, to be completely honest. I can't wait to read and review the last book in the series.