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The Summer I Turned Pretty Paperback – April 6, 2010
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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
About the Author
Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series; Shug; the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Siobhan Vivian; and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. She is also the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream. A former children’s bookseller, she earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School. Visit her at DearJennyHan.com.
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This book didn't really blow me away because nothing really happens. The story is told through Belly's POV so you see the world through her eyes...as an immature, selfish teenager. It was a story about a little girl who complained constantly about being included, or about crushing over boys, or getting jealous of her best friend getting more noticed by guys while other more important things were crashing down around her. And I really do think Jenny Han did this on purpose. I do think Jenny Han wrote it in a way that other teenagers can relate to. In fact, if I really thought back to my teenage years and put myself in Belly's shoes (and I had to try really hard to do this) I somewhat did relate to her. But this didn't happen often. I wanted a little bit more from all the characters. Belly's obsession with Conrad didn't make sense to me and when things came to a head, when Belly confronted Conrad about his feelings, she mentioned how he was always there for her. But I just didn't get or feel that was the case.
The ending was a little bit confusing and abrupt. It seemed like it only served the purpose to connect this book to the sequel. With that said, I am curious to see how this series plays out so I will continue reading. It is a very quick and easy read.
I liked Belly as the narrator, she's sweet and fun; yet, at the same time insecure and just wants to be liked. She is a bit dramatic at times, but I can definitely relate to her. Her relationship with Steven, Conrad, and Jeremiah was so fun to read. I grew up with a bunch of guys when I was younger, so I know how Belly felt when she describes wanting to fit in with them but at the same time finding it hard to. This little beach house that they stayed at, seems amazing and and I enjoyed the flashbacks between their summers when they were young and how things are now that they are older.
I just wished there was a bit more action in this book, even for a contemporary, it felt a bit slow. Maybe it's because it's a trilogy (which I think is awesome by the way), and since this is the first book, it has to set the tone for the next two books that not much was happening.
I still want to continue on with this trilogy though. I need more Belly and Conrad <3
The first two books they build up one of the characters, making him seem like this amazing guy, even though you know ultimately she is attracted to the other brother. Then she finally gets with the amazing guy and everything is perfect, only for the author to completely destroy the character that you have grown to love. It REALLY made me mad. Then she pushes you to want Belly (I hate her name btw, I don't care if it's just a nickname) to go with the other guy, who in my opinion, never did anything throughout the series to ever make you want to root for as a love interest. I perhaps could have been persuaded to like said guy if them finally getting together wasn't a summary at the VERY END of the last book.
But I did read all 3 books so I guess I liked them enough for that. But if I would have known how they ended, I probably wouldn't have started to read them in the first place. It's not a BAD ending, there just isn't enough of what you have (supposedly) been waiting for for THREE books. I need more than just a summary in a few pages at the end. Disappointing for sure.
The only thing I would have liked to seen added would be more thought to the "summer I turned pretty" aspect. The boys are finally noticing her, which is because she's now pretty. But we never discussed that. With the title I was hoping she'd talk about I'd she's changed, was the only thing that kept the boys from liking her physical? I guess I was hoping that she'd talk about her newfound prettyness but it was brushed aside.
As a booklover, I'm going to nitpick. Don't get me wrong, I liked this book. It was a good book. If you're looking for a simple read on a rainy afternoon, this is your novel.