“Oh first loves stories, they are both charming and infuriating. If I was a tween reading this it's a perfect summer read - the anticipation of a first kiss, the validation of finally being included, and the jealousy that destroys us all at that age. But as an adult reading this, I wanted more of the friendship between the moms and the struggle with wanting that 'perfect' summer for the family. I loved the story being from Belly's POV. Han's writing perfectly captures how selfish and unaware we are at that magical age between being a kid and a teen.
Some summers are just destined to be pretty. 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 wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.