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The Summer I Turned Pretty [Kindle Edition]

Jenny Han
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (314 customer reviews)

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Belly’s never been the kind of girl that things happen to. Year after year, she’s spent her summers at the beach house with Conrad and Jeremiah. The boys never noticed Belly noticing them. And every summer she hoped it would be different. This time, it was. But the summer Belly turned pretty was the summer that changed everything. For better, and for worse.

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    "This book has what every girl wants in a summer." -- Sarah Dessen, author of Just Listen and Lock and Key

    "The Summer I Turned Pretty offers a hard-to-resist combination -- a beach house, summer love, enduring friendship. A deliciously sweet read." -- Deb Caletti, author of Honey, Baby, Sweetheart and Wild Roses

    "If I could live inside this amazing book, I would. I would inhale the ocean air and soak up the sun, and I would hang out all day with kind-wonderful-funny-awkward Belly and her two known-'em-forever buds, Jeremiah and Conrad. I'd watch the three of them stop being kids and start being more...and I'd hope hope hope that when Belly falls in love -- 'cause you know she will -- she'd give her heart to the exact right boy." -- Lauren Myracle, author of the ttyl series and Bliss

    "This well-written coming-of-age story introduces 15-year-old Isabel, aka Belly, for whom summer has always been the most important time of year. Han (Shug) realistically balances Belly's naïveté with her awareness of the changes the years have brought. Han's novel offers plenty of summertime drama." -- Starred review from Publishers Weekly

    "Belly's dawning awareness of her sexuality and that of the boys is a strong theme, as is the sense of summer as a separate and reflective time and place. Readers get glimpses of kisses on the beach, her best friend's flirtations during one summer's visit, a first date." -- Kirkus Reviews

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    "This book has what every girl wants in a summer." -- Sarah Dessen, author of Just Listen and Lock and Key

    "The Summer I Turned Pretty offers a hard-to-resist combination -- a beach house, summer love, enduring friendship. A deliciously sweet read." -- Deb Caletti, author of Honey, Baby, Sweetheart and Wild Roses

    "If I could live inside this amazing book, I would. I would inhale the ocean air and soak up the sun, and I would hang out all day with kind-wonderful-funny-awkward Belly and her two known-'em-forever buds, Jeremiah and Conrad. I'd watch the three of them stop being kids and start being more...and I'd hope hope hope that when Belly falls in love -- 'cause you know she will -- she'd give her heart to the exact right boy." -- Lauren Myracle, author of the ttyl series and Bliss

    "This well-written coming-of-age story introduces 15-year-old Isabel, aka Belly, for whom summer has always been the most important time of year. Han (Shug) realistically balances Belly's naÏvetÉ with her awareness of the changes the years have brought. Han's novel offers plenty of summertime drama." -- Starred review from Publishers Weekly

    "Belly's dawning awareness of her sexuality and that of the boys is a strong theme, as is the sense of summer as a separate and reflective time and place. Readers get glimpses of kisses on the beach, her best friend's flirtations during one summer's visit, a first date." -- Kirkus Reviews

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    50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars great summer read August 24, 2009
    Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    "The Summer I Turned Pretty" is a great beach read, as dreamy as the summer vacation we all wish we could have.

    Isabel "Belly" lives for the summer, when she can go to Cousins Beach with her mother and brother for the season. Her childhood has been marked by countless summers spent with the Fishers - Susannah, who is like Belly's second mother, and Susannah's two boys, Conrad and Jeremiah, who have acted like her older brothers, first crushes, and everything in between. But now, at fifteen, Belly finds that her normally idyllic summer has changed, and her relationships with the Fisher boys are suddenly very different.

    Simple and sparse, "The Summer I Turned Pretty" is a moderately-paced, introspective novel on growing up and discovering your new niche in a once-familiar world. Belly is a likable, typical teenage girl who has the same outlook and struggles that many girls will be able to relate to. Han captures the transition from childhood to uncertain adulthood nicely, without a lot of angst or "too adult" situations. With the flashbacks to previous summers, readers understand better Belly's inner world and what brings her to the feelings she has during the current summer.

    A good book for those who love teen romance, and a pleasant way to while away the rest of your summer. Recommended.
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    22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Romantic, sweet and funny August 23, 2009
    Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    I don't usually read this kind of book. I like vampires, ghosts, witches or at the least werewolves and angels.

    So I wasn't terribly enthused about this story, which seemed to me, a little slow.

    In fact, the only reason I started the book is because I grabbed it on the way to the dentist and was stuck in a waiting room with nothing but a gruesome book on Periodontal disease to pass the time. Surprise, surprise, I loved it!

    The main conflict is Belly's crush. I wont spill who it is she likes best. But it is the defining theme of the novel. I felt her confusion, yearning and embarrassment as the years passed and the guy she liked treated her like a little kid and/or ignored her.

    But this last summer is different. She's different and so are the guys, Conrad and Jeremiah. Summertime, the part of the year she lives for isn't turning out at all the way she hoped. But life is like that and she isn't one to let herself get too messed up over it. As if things weren't confusing enough, she meets someone. Cameron is perfect. He's smart, he remembers her from a long ago competition and he likes her, alot. Will he be the guy to make her forget her longtime (and possibly futile) crush?

    As I was reading it, it occurred to me that the author could be setting things in motion for a big fall, you know the kind I'm talking about. The romance that turns sour and bitter, where the heroine learns 'a valuable lesson' in the end. In other words, no happily ever after. I really, really, hate books like that.

    So, if that's what's stopping you from reading this book, rest assured, this does have a nice ending.

    Ms. Han is an author to look out for. I don't know if she's written anything else, but I would definitely check out her other stuff.
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    17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Cute summer read November 2, 2009
    By Arielle
    Format:Hardcover
    Belly, her brother Steven and her mother always go to Susannah's beach house every summer. Susannah has two sons, Jeremiah and Conrad. Susannah and Belly's mother, Laurel have been friends forever, and every summer they spend at this beach house, in Cousin's. Belly was always the one that was left out. The only girl out of the four kids, she was used to having to hang out with herself. But this summer is different. She's pretty.

    Belly has always been pretty, but for some reason this summer people actually see her beauty. Her brother Steven is going to be a senior, and later in the summer he leaves with his dad to go on a road trip to look at colleges. Conrad is going to be a freshman in college, and he has been acting strange all summer and Belly wants to know why. Jeremiah is still the same, Belly's true friend, they always stick together. There's a secret that Susannah is keeping from Belly, and she doesn't find out until it's too late. And she also enjoys a summer romance with a boy named Cam.

    Belly has to learn that as she gets older, and the summers creep past her, she has to grow up and be a mature, young woman. She battles boys, love, family issues, and her maturity.

    The book was a tad confusing at first because there are flashbacks to her previous summers at the beach house, yet I enjoyed this book very much. I am sorry if my review was a little confusing but I am writing this before I leave for my trip, so I am a little excited! Ha. I would recommend this book to every teenage girl who loves romance books with a little something else added to them.
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    10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow May 30, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Let me be upfront about it. I didn't like this book. I didn't like it so much but I'm not saying I didn't like it at all.

    I'm going to make this review as short as possible because if I do otherwise I might end up ranting rather than "reviewing."

    I have four reasons why I didn't like it:

    1) Belly herself. I wasn't drawn to her character right off the bat - and I think it's safe to say that the protagonist has to be charming on some level early on. I felt like she was immature (though 15 is kind of like a kid, still) and quite frankly shallow. The book mostly revolved around her so called love for Conrad, one of the brothers, and her other petty problems essentially leading back to her frustrated attempts at getting Conrad. It took me a while (and I mean towards the end of the book) for me to feel even a little bit of appreciation for her. Add that to the fact that it was revealed very late in the book that her real name is actually Isabel. The whole time I felt annoyed that her name's Belly. It's a cute nickname and all but it's just a bit... meh. It's more than just the name. I felt like along with the late reveal, her "spark" came late too. It's like I had to wait for the conflict (the real one, I wouldn't spoil it though) to arise before I even sympathized with her.

    2) Character development. To me some of the characters were a bit raw. I didn't see how they were assets to the story. LIke Steven, Belly's brother. At some point I thought it wouldn't make a difference if he weren't there at all. I think some of the characters weren't developed enough in as much as others were overdeveloped (if that's even possible).

    3) Chapter switching.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars A Pretty Good Book
    I enjoyed this book. It had a good storyline, interesting characters, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Was I kept on the edge of my seat while reading? No. Read more
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    One of the best books I've read in a long time. The whole series is great.
    Published 9 days ago by Tiffrio
    3.0 out of 5 stars ... Cousins Beach at the beach house with her mom's best friend and...
    Belly spends every summer in Cousins Beach at the beach house with her mom's best friend and two sons. Read more
    Published 11 days ago by Krystianna Straley
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!
    I loved this book to death! This was probably one of my favorite books of all time!! I loved the character and everything was well put together. Read more
    Published 17 days ago by Olivia
    5.0 out of 5 stars GingerReader22.blogspot.com Review
    Belly spends the better half of the year counting down the days until summer vacation. Fall, winter, spring, they don't matter. Read more
    Published 20 days ago by GingerReader22
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer Beach Read
    This easy and very summer perfect book was a breeze to read and seemed to exactly capture the emotions of a 16 year old girl so perfectly I will give it four stars. Read more
    Published 22 days ago by Brenn Haydon
    4.0 out of 5 stars I almost judged this book by the cover. I ALMOST DIDN'T READ IT......
    I almost judged this book by the cover. I ALMOST DIDN'T READ IT. What a mistake that would have been. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Bailey Marie
    5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
    I love this book!! It wraps your heart up and squeezes it until it explodes. Its Captivation, romance, and touch of attitude make it an excellent read.
    Published 1 month ago by Suzy Lake
    5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT LIGHT READ
    I loved it! This is my second time re-reading it. I was dying to read it in the winter but I wanted to wait till spring when weather got warmer so I can really get a feel for the... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by parrm
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best ever
    I REALLY REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!! I hate reading but read this book in about one day. It's an amazing book
    Published 1 month ago by Kenzie
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