It's Not Summer Without You
By Jenny Han
He is Susannahs oldest son and is Jeremiahs older brother. Theri father is Mr. Fisher, who they are always trying to impress. The older he gets the more disconnected he becomes from everyone. He locks himself in his room, parties, drinks, and smokes. He also hides his feelings and emotions from everyone and hides his feelings for Belly. He is normally where conflict begins in the books.
Is the youngest son of Susannah and is secretly in love with Belly. He is also her best friend and always keeps her company as they grow up together at the summer house. He is viewed as the Golden Boy by everyone and is expected to always be the good guy that is always together. As he grows older, he becomes known as the Frat Boy and seems to become less mature. When he finally gets Belly, he ends up cheating on her and tries to propose to her to make it better. She says yes.
Is known as Beck, the person who holds everyone together and always knows the right thing to say. She is Laurels best friend, witch is belly's mom. She is a happy, free person who owns the summer house that everyone goes to in the summer. Though, she is diagnosed with cancer and turns everyone's world upside down, though she still manages to keep everyone together. She is carried through out the books by the kids and the parents. She also leaves letters to the kids for their wedding day. She is super close to Belly, and sometime in the book Belly says she's the mom she always wanted.
She is the best friend of Belly and is practically the very opposite of Belly. She loves boys and that is practically her only focus in life, to be with boys. Though, throughout the books you see her grow up and mature. She still is boy crazy, but has a little more under control. In the books, it explains how Belly once brought Taylor to the summer house and it was a disaster. Taylor had gown for Steven, Conrad, and Jeremiah all at the same time. They end up having a serious fall out and do not make up for awhile. In the last book, Taylor is always there for Belly and helps her with her wedding when Laurel refuses to.
Is Belly and Stevens mother and is Susannah's best friend. She wants the relationship with Belly that Susannah has with her. Laurel always disagrees with Belly when Belly wants her to agree most, and that's where Susannah would always come in and agree with Belly. When it came down to Belly being engaged Laurel was completely against it and refused to attend the wedding until Conrad realize how upset Belly was about it and talked to Laurel, who changed her mind and attended the wedding still. In some parts of the books it shows that Laurel and Conrad are closer than people recognize. They seem to rely on and trust each other.
He is the son of Laurel and the older brother of Belly. He is best friends with Conrad and Jeremiah and always made sure to single out Belly no matter what. He is always shown making fun of her but everyone in awhile shows he has a protective side for her. He isn't in the books very much and only comes in when he is needed. He helps Belly make wise and correct decisions. At some point in the books Steven tells Belly that even though Conrad and Jeremiah are his best friends, she still comes first because she is his brother.
Then this summer isn't the same. They no longer go to the summer together, instead Belly and her mother stays home and Belly is forced to hangout with her best friend Taylor. Belly has been best friends with Taylor for years. Taylor tries to help Belly get over everything and tries to help her have fun, but Belly refuses to do so. She only wants the summer house in Cousins.
Conrad ended up taking Belly to her prom in, The Summer I Turned Pretty, but ended up leaving her their early. This is when Belly realized that Conrad didn't feel the same for her as she did for him. This and many other things lead Belly to go off on Conrad at the wrong time.
So much time has passed and Jeremiah finally calls Belly and tells her that Conrad has disappeared from college and will fail if he doesn't return. Jeremiah asks Belly to help him find Conrad and she agrees to. When they finally find Conrad he is at the summer house in Cousins. They all stay in the house as they try to convince Conrad to go back to school before he fails out. Conrad refuses to and they all discover why, it's because his dad is trying to sell the summer house and won't allow them to keep it. They also realize that there is a lot of things that need to be worked out between all of them and their feelings about what happened to Susannah.
These quotes explain big lessons learned and life changing moments of the characters:
always been. He’d never lied about that. He gave and then he took away. I felt it in the pit of my stomach, the familiar ache, that lost, regretful feeling only he could give me. I never wanted to feel it again. Never, ever. "
“How do you regret one of the best nights of your entire life? You don't. You remember every word, every look. Even when it hurts, you still remember.”
“That's when I finally got it. I finally understood. It wasn't the thought that counted. It was the actual execution that mattered, the showing up for somebody. The intent behind it wasn't enough. Not for me. Not anymore. It wasn't enough to know that deep down, he loved me. You had to actually say it to somebody, show them you cared. And he just didn't. Not enough.”
“We stood there, looking at each other, saying nothing. But it was the kind of nothing that meant everything.”
“I release you. I evict you from my heart. Because if I don't do it now, I never will.”
“There are moments in life that you wish with all your heart you could take back. Like, just erase from existence. Like, if you could, you'd erase yourself right out of existence too, just to make that moment not exist.”
“I hated to leave her and I hated to be near her, because she made me remember what I wanted most to forget.”
“I didn't want to make the same mistake my parents made. I didn't want my love to fade away one day like an old scar. I wanted it to burn forever.”
“It’s all relative, I suppose. You think you know love, you think you know real pain, but you don’t. You don’t know anything.”
“When a person you love dies, it doesn’t feel real. It’s like it’s happening to someone else. It’s someone else’s life. I’ve never been good with the abstract. What does it mean when someone is really truly gone?”
“My dad always used to say that with everything in life, there’s a game-changing moment. The one moment everything else hinges upon, but you hardly ever know it at the time.”