There’s always been something special about summer. It’s a test of the way that things are, the way that they could be, but also a million memories that are made and sometimes the memories that are robbed from you.
From the time we are young, our lives are built around summers. They’ve given us something to look forward to, something to miss, something to regret, and something to build from.
And for Belly, Jeremiah, Stephen and Conrad – summers will never be the same. Everything has changed and what they are left with is one defining moment that changed everything.
Susannah is gone. Cousins beach will never be the same. And the summer prior – their last summer all together – is what they are left with. Would they go back and change it? Probably. But they can’t.
What they are left with are the repercussions. They are left with the emptiness, the anger, the confusion, the heartbreak and most of all the grief.
The grief of loosing themselves.
The grief of loosing each other.
The grief of loosing Susannah.
And this summer they will be left with the grief of loosing the house in Cousins Beach.
Prime Video teases, “When an unexpected visitor threatens the future of Susannah’s beloved house, Belly has to rally the gang to come together — and to decide once and for all where her heart lies.”
There are so many thoughts going through my mind as I have watched the trailer over and over.
When It’s Not Summer Without You, the second book in the series, was released back in 2010, I read that first copy that I had so much, that the cover fell off. Ever since then, every year, I have bought the books and annotated them every summer – like a diary of sorts. They kept track of every feeling, every emotion – every moment that I spent searching for who I was.
Because hey, I believe that you can be struggling to find yourself at any moment, at any age, and though you’re filled with something familiar… you aren’t familiar to yourself.
And maybe that’s why the books have remained important to me throughout the years. Maybe it’s why my heart has always been in the moments of finding the magic of summers.
And the way that I can still think about everything that has to do with summers.
The way things smelled.
The way that my heart felt when it would fall in love.
The way that summer was sometimes casually cruel.
The way that sometimes summer isn’t a season – it’s a feeling.
While I am such a diehard fan of the books, I love that the show is able to bring back the same feelings that I felt for the books. That discovery, that laughter, those tears, and everything in between.
I am so glad that this trailer made me cry my eyes out.
Throughout the trailer, Taylor Swift’s, Back to December (Taylor’s Version), can be overheard, offering fans a preview of the track from her next re-recorded album, Speak Now (Taylor’s Version), releasing on July 7. And hey, I am definitely looking forward to that.
But more than anything I am looking forward to the return to Cousins. The second season of The Summer I Turned Pretty airs on Prime Video starting, July 14th.
We’re definitely wondering what will happen in the second season and what parts of It’s Not Summer Without You, will make it into the show.