May 10, 11
Read in May, 2011
** spoiler alert **
I was so looking forward to reading this book. I was so excited when it finally arrived in the mail yesterday. Now I feel more than a little disappointed........ Yes, it's awesome that Belly picked Conrad - I would have been totally devastated if she'd pick Jeremiah, BUT:
After reading the first two books I always felt that there wasn't enough Belly and Conrad time. I thought that I'd finally get it with the third book. How wrong I was. I feel so cheated. I mean Belly and Conrad didn't even kiss in this book!! Yes, I'm really glad she picked Conrad but that wasn't enough. In all the three books there wasn't enough interaction between Belly and Conrad. And when they did interact they nearly always ended up fighting. After reading the first two books I thought for sure that the third book would focus on Belly and Conrad. Especially when they ended up at the beach house together - it would have been the perfect opportunity for them to sort everything out between them....... then the rest of the book could have concentrated on them, their relationship and how they ended up where they did five years later.......
Which brings me to the time line of these books. At the very end of INSWY, the scene with Belly running to the car in her wedding dress, it states that it's A Couple of Years Later. How can that be? Two years later Belly was turning 19, when her and Con get married she's almost 24! And then at the end of WAHS when we read the wedding scene again, it again says A Couple of Years Later. That means Belly has gone from being almost 19 to being almost 24 in just two years! Someone please correct me if I'm wrong!
And what was with Belly agreeing to marry Jeremiah? Did I miss something? She went from breaking up with him to agreeing to marry him. When everyone kept telling her to call it off and she kept refusing I got the feeling that she was just going ahead with it because she didn't want to admit that she was making a mistake. And then Con told her he loved her and she still wanted to go ahead with it! It was like she was trying to prove something, like she was trying to get back at him for rejecting her in the past. What's the saying? To cut off your nose to spite your face. Besides, I thought both Belly and Jeremiah were way too young to get married, and a little immature, especially Jeremiah who was more interested in mucking around with his buddies. Which I can totally understand - I wasn't ready to be married when I was 19 either. (And just for the record, I don't think what Jere did in Cabo was that big a deal, I mean they were broken up for God's sake! Yeah, it would have been upsetting but technically he didn't cheat on her).
As for Jeremiah, although I always wanted Belly to pick Con I always liked Jeremiah, he was a very likable character in the other books but all of a sudden he turned into a bit of a jerk in the third one......
When Conrad told Belly he loved her on the beach and she just threw it back in his face I couldn't believe it! I wanted her to tell him that she still loved him too. Instead she totally rejected him. How could she do that? I felt so bad for him. I know that he hurt her in the past but he was going through so much with his mum at the time. And what about her? The way she behaved after the funeral was appalling but Conrad forgave her. Poor Con, he was finally telling her how he felt and she basically told him that what they'd had meant nothing.
I must say I was glad Belly finally grew up a bit in the last book but not as much as I would have liked. She was such a brat in the first two books, especially the second one.
It's weird but after three books we never actually got to see Belly and Conrad in a relationship in "real time". When they went out previously it was always shown to us in flashbacks..... and when they get married it's a couple of flash forwards!
Things I loved about the book? Belly marrying Conrad, finally getting Conrad's POV, the whole scene where Conrad tells Belly that he still loves her - it was heart wrenching but what he said was so beautiful and it made me understand him so much better, and the ending - I loved it, it made me cry........