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Lola Tung (Belly), Gavin Casalegno (Jeremiah)

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Maybe things can be like they were before, even just for a night. 

Yes, things are different now, and they always will be, there’s no denying that. The idyllic summer our parents create for us when we’re kids begins to slowly, but surely, drift away with each year as we get older. But those moments and memories are still there, serving as our happy place, so when things get tough, we seek out that comfort and try like hell to get it back, even for a brief moment.

Spoiler Alert – this review contains spoilers, proceed at your own risk!

And that’s exactly what the young adults did on The Summer I Turned Pretty Season 2 Episode 4. 

They needed an escape to let go of the heaviness that’s been hanging over them and just feel like a carefree kid again for a few hours; where reality melted and nothing truly mattered.  

They were reminded of their close friendship that has brought them so much joy over the years—removed from Susannah’s death, the love triangle, school and their futures, and all the other problems.

They were just living in the bliss and enjoying every minute of it. However, reality was always lurking in the background, waiting to pounce, and we’ll undoubtedly deal with the fallout in the coming episodes, but it was just as important for fans to see this side of the group’s friendship as it was for the characters to relive it. We always hear about how magical their childhood was, yet we’ve never really seen it in action until now. 

It was a reset that provided a lot of fun and laughter, but it also allowed viewers to see that Belly has truly grown into her own; a confident young woman, one that is no longer afraid to take up space and do what she wants. She’s no longer the timid girl she was last year, trying to minimize herself or be the girl that she thinks Conrad wants. 

Conrad also needs to realize that if he doesn’t get it together soon, he’s going to lose Belly for good. Others will see how great of a catch she is, and they won’t hesitate, plus, she isn’t going to wait around forever putting up with his BS. 

While there was definitely a vibe between Belly and Conrad during the carnival scenes, especially as they got competitive and went head-to-head, he mostly seemed oblivious to it, or he didn’t want to let it in because he was afraid that he’d have to face with the consequences of how he treated her. 

Conrad chose to live in that childhood space for a bit, while Jeremiah took his chance and faced the Tower of Terror with her. This would’ve been the perfect opportunity for Conrad to make his move, but he didn’t take it, and Jeremiah didn’t let the chance go by, swooping in and showing Belly that he’s always been there for her and always taken care of her and her needs. And it was so effortless to him that it kind of made me reconsider which brother I’m actually shipping.

There was a moment between Belly and Jeremiah, and it cannot be denied. Even Taylor saw it, though we know she’s rooting for Jer. 

Steven seemingly gave Conrad permission to rekindle his romance with Belly as he mentioned witnessing the sparks, and while I know he means well, his suggestion completely dismisses Conrad’s past behavior and the heartache she endured. A better conversation would’ve been for Steven to tell Conrad that if he’s going to turn up the heat on the flirting, he cannot hurt his sister again the way he previously did.

And it makes me wonder if Conrad can ever change his ways. He’s well aware of the damage he’s done, and yet he remains blocked off and emotionally unavailable. What’s the point of going in circles? Why would Belly even want to do that to herself? He’s got a good heart, but he has plenty of growing up to do if he wants to prove to Belly that he won’t hurt her again.

As for Steven and Taylor, well, those two just need to tell each other how they feel and get it over with because they could not stop cheesing and flirting with each other. It was cute, especially considering last summer’s fiasco. 

And finally—who took the furniture? Their brief summer reprieve was just extended as there’s no way the teens will part ways and leave Cousins behind now that someone is taking the extra step to swiftly get rid of Susannah’s beach house. 

They’ve proven that they will do anything to save that home, and when backed into a corner, my guess is that they will call reinforcements like Belly and Steven’s mom, Laurel, who was seemingly rekindling her romance with Cleveland. She deserves a shred of happiness after losing her best friend, so I’m all here for it. Plus, Cleveland understands the importance of Cousins, and he had a relationship with Conrad, so I’d imagine he’d want to save it as well. Bring in the big guns. 

The teens mean well, but they are naive when it comes to understanding Aunt Julia’s side of things. I don’t think she’s the villain that they are making her out to be. They are seeing it from a topline perspective as a place that was important to them and keeps the memory of their mother alive, however, they aren’t taking into account the financial burden like how much money is required for upkeep.  In the real world, memories aren’t enough to go on. 

However, a lot of it is Susannah’s fault as she never let them see things for what they really were—never let them see the flaws—simply wanting to push away all the pain and discomfort to make things perfect. She did that with her husband’s cheating, her cancer last summer, and now, the boys are finding out that she also did that with her fractured relationship with Aunt Julia, who doesn’t have fond memories of Cousins or her sister, which likely plays into her decision to want to sell the place that only harbors pain and resentment for her. 

Susannah wasn’t a bad person, by any means, but she may have shielded the boys, so now it’s harder for them to make sense of a crippling reality when they are so used to everything going their way and panning out for them. 

Though, I appreciate their enthusiasm and dedication to saving a place that they know meant so much to their mom and became a place where everyone felt safe, loved, and happy, and truly hope there’s a way to reunite them as a family as its clear Sky wouldn’t mind having a relationship with their cousins. 

What did you think of the episode? Will the teens find a way to save the Cousins house? Will Aunt Julia cave once she sees the magic? Will Sky play an integral part in saving the beach house and helping their estranged family? It is called cousins after all! Plus, they definitely seem to enjoy their outing and the company of their cousins and their friends. 

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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ Fans, We’ve Got Some Bad News About Season 3

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Summer 2024 is going to be one without Belly, Conrad and Jeremiah. 

During Amazon’s Upfront event on Tuesday, which was attended by writer Jenny Han, Lola Tung, Gavin Casaelgno and Christopher Briney, it was revealed that the highly-anticipated third installment of the series is being delayed, with an expected release next year in 2025. 

While that isn’t ideal for everyone waiting to see how this love triangle pans out (you should probably just read the book, if you haven’t, at this point), there is some good news on the horizon. 

Minimal details about what to expect have been revealed, however, to make up for the long hiatus—season 2 aired its last episode in August 2023 making this a two-year gap—the third installment will come with an expanded episode count: 11 episodes instead of the previous 7 and 8 in season’s 1 and 2, respectively. 

And as an extra little something-something for fans, the official TSITP X account shared a video of the cast playing beach volleyball with the caption, “see you in Cousins in 2025.”

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And even better—the series has already begun filming, which means that while there’s a wait, there’s also momentum and excitement. 

As for those who have read the book series—avert your eyes if you haven’t—it’s unclear if the 11 episodes will span the entire third book, We’ll Always Have Summer, which finds Belly making a choice between the brothers—or if it will divert from what’s already been established to something more fitting for television (and maybe even appeases the fandoms a bit more?).

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see! 

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7 Steamiest Moments on ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’

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7 Steamiest Moments on 'The Summer I Turned Pretty'

It’s been a month since The Summer I Turned Pretty Season 2 wrapped up, and naturally, I’ve been replaying all of the best moments (read: the ones that give you butterflies) between Belly, Conrad, and Jeremiah, to fill the void.

TSITP hinges on a love triangle between the two brothers and their longtime family-friendly, and when romance is the main focus of a young adult drama, well, you can anticipate that the series will have its fair share of hot and steamy makeout moments, along with plenty of heartbreak… more on that here

With two seasons currently available to binge-watch on Prime Video—and we patiently await the third season—we’re breaking down all the steamiest moments on the show thus far.

 

Conrad and Belly Visit the Cousins House in the Winter

The moment when Conrad and Belly let their love totally consume them takes the top spot simply because of how intimately romantic and pure it is. Conrad showed so much care for Belly, making sure that she felt safe and ready. Nothing mattered except for the love and passion they felt for each other in that very moment; the world could melt away as they spent the evening together, cuddled up warmly by the fire. It’s one of the most pivotal Conrad and Belly scenes because it’s followed by so much anger and heartbreak as their relationship takes a nosedive and ends with an explosive argument at Conrad’s mother’s funeral.

 

 

Belly and Jeremiah Decide to Be Together

Okay, this kiss, was undeniably hot because it came from such a place of happiness and fullfillment. Belly knew what she wanted, and she went after it. They’d been skirting around their feelings for much of season 2, but there was nothing standing in their way anymore, so they both finally embraced their lust and completely gave themselves over to it. The little tug on his sweater indicated how crazy Belly was about him and how badly she wanted him, making everyone’s heart skip a beat while watching at home. The scene was delivered and executed perfectly by the duo (they understood the assignment)—but the Beyonce soundtrack simply elevated it into one of the most monumental romantic moments on television. It was a dream kiss, so even if you’re not Team Jeremiah, you couldn’t help but be completely enamored by this scene.

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Belly and Conrad’s First Kiss on the Beach

There are so many romantic parts to this scene—the apology, Conrad’s honesty about needing and wanting Belly, and Taylor Swift’s “This Love (Taylor’s Version),” all culminating in the moment she’s dreamt of forever—the first kiss during a sunrise on the beach. After putting Belly through such an emotional rollercoaster through the whole season, Conrad made up for it with an absolutely perfect moment. 

 

Belly and Jeremiah’s Makeout

With Conrad, it’s romantic and sensual, but with Jeremiah, it’s passionate, hot and charged. It’s almost as if Belly and Jeremiah cannot wait to get their hands on each other—and in this case, Jeremiah was waiting. He was waiting for his time with Belly to come, and when it did, he bared his soul to her about his feelings before they embraced in a hot and heavy pool makeout session that’s on every girl’s summer bucket list. 

 

Belly and Jeremiah’s First Kiss in the Car

After Belly’s skinny dipping incident, Jeremiah and Conrad come to the rescue, but she makes it a point to go back home with Jere so she can apologize for ditching him during the volleyball tournament and to thank him for picking her up. In place of their usual playful vibe, there’s an intense chemistry that builds up to their first kiss. Sparks fly in a moment that feels both safe and right, because it’s Jeremiah, but also extremely hot and dangerous, because it’s Jeremiah. Jere checks in on her, proving that he values her and cares for her, while Belly boldly makes the first move, placing his hand on her chest, as her heart pounds in a way that indicates a strong and indescribable connection & attraction—it’s a sign that their romance-to-be was inevitable in season 2. 

 

Belly and Jeremiah on Conrad’s Car

Listen, this scene did a lot of damage to both fandoms, in good and bad ways. They couldn’t hold off on those feelings anymore, simply embracing each other in the heat of the moment, but man, it was poor timing. Conrad walked in on them locking lips on his car, at his college, while he was taking a test. It wasn’t ideal, but it had to happen so that Belly and Conrad could put their relationship behind them (for now) and Jeremiah could finally, officially get his moment. Also, it continues on the “hot and heavy” trend for these two, and despite being Team Conrad, I can’t argue that I see the appeal of Jelly because of their raw and real chemistry and longing for one another. 

 

Steven and Taylor Car Hood Makeout 

When you’re young and in love, you make out on and in cars a lot, as evidenced by TSITP. Shortly after Belly and Conrad’s controversial car makeout, Steven and Taylor declared their love for each other in a cute lip-locking moment that came on the heels of a very vulnerable one; Taylor pushing Steven away because, for the first time in her life, she actually cared as much as the person she was in a relationship with. Not only are they both forcing each other out of their comfort zones, but their relationship built up to this moment organically, and it’s so adorable that we can’t help but ship them.

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Is There Going to be a Season 3 of ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’?

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The screen adaptation of The Summer I Turned Pretty—based on a novel of the same name by Jenny Han—was a breakout hit for Amazon Prime Video back in 2022, and after the second season concluded in August 2023, fans have been eagerly awaiting a third season of the coming-of-age drama. 

The good news is that the third installment has already been renewed, but it’s unclear when it might land on the streaming service. As of right now, production has been halted due to the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. 

Previously, season 2 started production in July 2022 and wrapped filming in November, with the show arriving in the summer of 2023, so depending on the strikes, an optimistic timeline would be late summer 2024, but again, that’s at best. 

As for what we can expect, thus far, the franchise has stayed pretty close to the books, meaning that the upcoming third season will be based on We’ll Always Have Summer. 

With the success of the series, Prime Video and Han may decide to add additional seasons, but it’s highly possible that a third season could be the final one, forcing fans to say goodbye to Cousins Beach. 

Han shared the exciting news of S3 on Instagram earlier this year, revealing that it would include a total of 10 episodes—two episodes more than the first and second seasons. 

“We’ll Always Have Summer 🤍 So excited to finally share that we’re coming back to Cousins for Season 3, and this time we’ll have 10 whole episodes. It’s been hard not being able to work on the show because of the ongoing strikes, but we can’t wait to get going on Season 3 as soon as we’re able,” she wrote in the caption.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The second season dug deeper into the friendship—and love triangle—between Belly (Lola Tung), Conrad (Christopher Briney), and Jeremiah (Gavin Casalegno) that was introduced in the first season, though don’t you worry, Belly’s brother, Steven (Sean Kaufman), and her best friend, Taylor (Rain Spencer), were along for the ride, finding their own love story. 

Susannah’s cancer was a major subplot that was woven into the main plot within the first season, with her death having a huge impact on season 2.

You can watch the season 2 trailer below and read all of CraveYouTV’s reviews right here! 

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