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The Summer I Turned Pretty [Kindle Edition]

Jenny Han
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 3069 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1416968237
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (December 21, 2010)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CLYLCG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,438 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 49 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romantic, sweet and funny August 23, 2009
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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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13 of 16 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy, breezy read with heart June 3, 2011
Format:Paperback
Jenny Han's THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY is an engaging coming-of-age story that definitely captures the essence of our favorite season. As someone who has visited the exact same beach house with her extended family for more than a decade, I completely related to Belly's attachment to the home she knows by heart. The easy, breezy and relaxing feel of a day at the beach pulses in Han's novel, but it's too flip to declare this book a "summer read."

Told in flashes between summers past and present, THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY well captured the joy and pain of first love -- and those crushes that just won't quit. I really empathized with Belly and fell a little in love with Conrad, too, even though his bad-boy act did eventually grow stale. It was easy to admire Belly's backbone, and the way she stood up against a house full of young men -- no one, not even her brother, could push her around. Though she's many things, Belly isn't used to being "pretty" -- especially not standing next to Taylor, her gorgeous and flirty best friend. That's what separates this summer from all the others. And that's a feeling I related to well.

Though the language was, at times, a little too sparse for my taste -- a little too deadpan; a little too simplistic -- it didn't hamper the emotional impact of Belly's budding relationships and the changes happening as she turns sixteen. I read this one quickly and felt the cool breeze on my face, imagining myself wandering through the sound and huddling close to beach bonfires as the temperatures drop at night. As my own beach vacation looms before me, I wouldn't have wanted to read anything else.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
I loved it!!!!! I would read it many more times and I recommended it already to many of my friends!!!:))))
Published 3 days ago by sweet and mysterious
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
I started crying when I found out Susannah was sick again. SO EMOTIONAL LIKE OH MY GOODNESS love this book
Published 11 days ago by Julia Moore
2.0 out of 5 stars For the younger crowd
I think this is one of those books that is for a certain age group. Very rarely do I say that, but I just feel that way with this one. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Danielle Choffrey
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite trilogy!
These are amazing books worth reading. I couldn't put them down the first and second time around. The absolute perfect summer read.
Published 1 month ago by Passionate reader 13
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
First of all, the better 90% of this book is so full of flashbacks I had to make myself continue reading just because I wanted to know if I was ever going to actually read about... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alba
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephanie
It was amazing :) I loved every second of it. It's real. Makes you feel like living life better. More.
Published 1 month ago by Stephanie
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute
This novel was you typical teenager girl who fall sin love, but the twist is that there's more to the story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alexa Hakim
4.0 out of 5 stars decent book!
3.5 stars. It had a slow take off and took me a while to get into it. After that it became a great book!
Published 1 month ago by ashley cogar
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story of teens years, first love.
This is a story of a group of kids, that grow up together. Now as teens, their families are changing, and they are also changing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DLR
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary romance
It tells about how one summer changed everything to this one girl. No one has never noticed her but until summer comes around she is whole new person
Published 1 month ago by Tybria
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