Monday, January 24, 2011

Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1)
by Jenny Han
Some summers are just destined to be pretty.
Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer -- they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

My Review / Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Belly has spent every summer that she can remember at a beach house with her mom, brother, her mother's best friend, Susannah and Susannah's two sons - Jeremiah and Conrad. For Belly, summers are when she's happiest. Just looking forward to it is what gets her through those long winter months. But everyone's getting older now. Soon, her brother will be starting college and those childhood summers that are so dear to her will be a thing of the past. Belly wants to cherish the last summer when all is as it should be. She has no idea that this summer will change everything.

This was a cute story about family, first loves, and self-discovery. The summer I turned pretty is kind of like that time in your life when you stop feeling like a kid and make that transition into growing up. This is what happened to a girl named Belly and we're with her through it.

The story is told in present tense, but unfolds over multiple summers. I loved that about this book. The flashbacks to summers in the past, filling us readers in about Belly's past. It was like a puzzle coming together. I actually got really nostalgic while reading this. I found myself wishing it was summer right now and reliving my own summers all over again. I can't wait to read the sequel and find out what happens to her next summer!


  1. I read this book and the other 2 like 100 times I LOVE THEM!!!

  2. This was a great summer read. It has what any teenage girl hopes for in the summer. Boys, a beach house, growing up, and having the summer of their lives. The book remains light, while managing to still cover some deeper issues. A good book for certain.


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