Jenny Han’s “It’s Not Summer Without You” has quite complex characters. Following Sussanah’s death in the previous book, titled “The Summer I Turned Pretty“, Conrad, Jeremiah, and Belly must figure out their emotions as their lives go through many changes. It could be argued that Belly is the most complex character, after struggling to find herself after losing so many people, but I would argue that Jeremiah is the most complex character in the series.
Often overlooked, Jeremiah has struggled the most all by himself. Growing up, it was revealed that Conrad was always his father’s favorite child. Of course, he was fine with being his mother’s favorite, but it had always hurt to see Conrad getting more attention regarding sports and creating a real bond with his father. Growing up like this led Jeremiah to respect and even love his dad even more while looking past the neglect he was presented with in his childhood.
Now, Conrad has run away from his problems in order to save the last piece of his mother; the beach house. This led Belly and Jeremiah to follow him up to Cousins and convince him to go back to university and finish the semester. But, with Conrad’s stubbornness and Jeremiah’s persistence, Belly is stuck between the two.