I am not sure why I gave this show a chance at first, but I watched it since its release in Brazil, running after school once a week to get home in time to see it. This is definitely one of the best shows I've ever seen. Stories of the kids who lose their parents are usually very dramatic, with eternal grief, which makes most of them depressing when they're very good. But this is so not the case of Summerland. The characters of Nikki, Bradin and Derrick actually handle it in such a realistic way, you forget you're watching TV, and actually feel close to them. This is amazing considering how young they are, to pull such complex characters, and that's just in the first episode.
During the first season you have this lovely miscellaneous of kids struggling to grow up and adults trying to figure out their lives. Like in real life, like me and my mother, like a family. They have a very sensitive point on father and mother figures, which can certainly mess the head of kids living with their aunt and her roommates (which is what they are, despite the friendship), and how this mess up the adults heads too. It's a lot about learning from your mistakes, and they make as many mistakes as anyone does.
The second season, sincerely, was very good, but it was really kinda disappoint somewhere through it. It has all the elements that made me watch it in first place, but there were some more, I didn't felt so much. Like Bradin's surf thing, in such a level, lost a lot of the real feeling of it, and he became a quite annoying character, not at all as I expected. Ava's travels and success in business also seemed sudden, even though this was an year later - somehow, I felt like this would take a much longer time to happen. Susannah's character as "the glue" (as Johnny says) had quite a turn too, when she passes from Ava's friend and everyone's adviser to Ava's sidekick, in the end of this season, which was kinda frustrating.
Maybe all that's just perfect, I don't know, but that's how I felt. For these which I consider to be slops, I'm somehow happy the series didn't go further, or it could be more disappointing.
But even though my opinion in the end seems sad, this is a show I love with all my heart, and I say everyone should watch it.