It's Not Summer Without You: Book 2 in the Summer I Turned Pretty Series
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When Conrad sends the woman away and informs her that the house isn’t going to be put up for sale after all, Belly realizes that Conrad didn’t come to the summerhouse to skip his exams and escape his problems. He looked terrible the entire night, wouldn’t dance or make conversation, and wouldn’t engage in any of the romantic prom activities she had imagined.
As soon as I got home, I put on my big Cousins T-shirt, filled a water bottle with grape soda and crushed ice, and I watched TV until my head hurt. I turned my head away from her and she said, “How about I French braid your hair for the party tonight?She sobs and apologies for mistreating him on the day of his mother’s burial after he drops her on the sand.
Taylor’s eyes were gleaming, and I hated how smug she looked, like everything was going according to plan. I was eating strawberry ice cream in the living room, and Steven and I were fighting over the remote control.
Before Conrad can reply, Jeremiah says that he himself truly likes Belly, which prompts Conrad to say that he doesn’t like her and only took her to her prom because she asked him. Fisher comes to the house to talk to Conrad, who refuses to accept his father’s plan to get rid of the beach house. They had her on antidepressants all winter, and when she was still moody in the spring, they sent Ellen to a cat whisperer.
Conrad drove down from college to go to prom with her the previous spring, and Belly wonders how Jeremiah knew this.
Even though her interaction with Conrad is tense and unfriendly, Belly is thrilled to be back at the beach house where she made so many childhood memories. Conrad stayed in the guest room, and I lay in my bed awake for hours, thinking about how he was asleep just a few feet away, in my house of all places. As soon as Jeremiah and I got off the phone, I was everywhere at once, throwing underwear and T-shirts into my big overnight bag.