The Summer I Turned Pretty

The Summer I Turned Pretty

Book - 2009 | First edition
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Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781416968238
Branch Call Number: YA FIC
Characteristics: 276 pages ; 22 cm

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sjpl_rebekah Aug 02, 2019

There is a lot of hype right now surrounding Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series due to the delightful Netflix movie adaptation that was released last year (if you haven’t seen it already, go watch it immediately!). I will probably get to that book series eventually, but her Summer trilogy has been on my “To Read” list for years, so I finally decided to check it out.

Jenny Han’s writing has a way of transporting me back in time. I literally felt 15 years old again as I was listening. The angst and anguish of first love and the end of childhood innocence was conveyed so incredibly well. It made me wish desperately that I had had a summer home in my youth. Seriously who doesn’t long for carefree days filled with waves and sun and ice cream! As someone who had many unrequited crushes in my youth, I could also completely sympathize with Belly’s longing to be noticed by the object of her affection.

Although this book is part of a trilogy, I almost wish it was a standalone. The ending of the book was very sweet, but I could sense that there was going to be a lot of heartache in the next book (which I of course checked out immediately upon finishing this one). Just like Belly, I did not want the summer to end!

They selected a great reader for this series. Her voice sounds age appropriate, and she infuses the story with a lot of emotion with the inflection and tone of her voice.

I think that it was a great experience reading both of these books. These two books include many adventures. I liked what I read because it is like I am in the story, but I am just reading it. There are many problems in this book which makes it more interesting to read. It was really depressing when both of the boy's mom had passed away.
- Ling Ling, Age 14

Sep 25, 2017

Not the best Jenny Han book.
Because of all her other books I was expecting more romance and a great plot but overall it was likable.

Mar 27, 2017

I found this book slightly boring.

Nov 09, 2016

the summer I turned pretty again is one of the best book. Isabel(Belly) has been in love with Conrad since she was ten but didn't realize that Conrad's brother (Jeremiah) has been deeply in love with her. Belly herself does not like Jeremiah the way he likes her this book takes you to the adventure of heartbreak and joy with these triangles.

Aug 09, 2016

I loved this book. It's about a Girl named Belly who loved summer. Every summer was the same, but this year it was different. This was the summer she turned pretty. I can't wait to read the next book.

Jul 17, 2016

reminds me of youth and how you think of things when so young

May 18, 2016

I would rate The Sumer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han 4/5 stars. This book is about a girl named Belly who visits her mother’s best friend Susannah’s beach house. Here, she lives with Susannah and her two sons Conrad and Jeremiah. Belly has always been chasing Susanna’s son Conrad. But, this summer she recognizes that Jeremiah has feelings for her. Despite everything, Belly meets a new boy named Cameron. This story has the perfect love triangle! Not only does the story revolve around love, but also about Belly’s self-discovery and relationships. This book was the perfect summer read, and the other two books in the trilogy are also amazing! I highly recommend this book for anybody over 12 years of age, especially fans of Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” series. @Dolphin05 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

The Summer I Turned Pretty is a heartbreakingly beautiful novel, the first book of The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy. This summer everything is different. The same as every summer, but somehow different. Belly is nursing a long-time crush on Conrad, Susannah's, Belly's mom's friend's, oldest son. This summer, Belly meets a boy, and that takes her on a whirlwind of discoveries. This book is truly one of Jenny Han's best works. It combines family, friends, love, heartbreak, and finding oneself. If you are a fan of John Green and Stephanie Perkins, this book is a must read.
- @BookwormTAH of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This book is the perfect summer read. It is told through the main character, Belly’s perspective. It revolves around her vacation to a summer house in Cousin’s that her and her family take every year. There they are accompanied by lifelong friends, Conrad, Jeremiah, and Susannah. Belly talks about her relationship with Jeremiah and Conrad from when they were little until everything began to change this summer. She falls in love with Conrad, but is unsure how he feels about her as he is so hard to read. Eventually feelings are exposed, fights break out, and a love triangle is formed. This book is a perfect mix of comedy, romance, and drama.
- @bookwormanonymous of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This is a heartwarming summer tale of a girl who continues her family’s ritual and heads up to her moms best friend, Suzanna’s, cottage for the summer. There she spends her time with Suzanna’s sons, Conrad and Jeremiah, two teenage boys who Belly hopelessly falls in love with. The book is told from Belly’s perspective and she often ponders on her feeling for the two boys. She has trouble deciding between the two. She likes the dark and mysterious Conrad, but at the same time is intrigued by the outgoing and open Jeremiah. She spends her summer trying to get to know the two boys she has grown up with on a more romantic level. Throughout the story, readers are able to see the jealousy of Conrad when belly starts to engage in more meaningful relationships with other boys. This book is an overall fantastic summer read that I really enjoyed. It is an easy read and there is no need to be disappointed because this book is part of a trilogy. I strongly advise you to pick up the book and read it and become captivated by the love triangle between two brothers and an oblivious teenage girl!
- @BakerBooks of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jan 08, 2016

I could not finish this very popular trilogy opener.

Belly is just so. Darn. Annoying. The sad part is that it was sort of appealing at first. Maybe because Belly was stepped on so many times in trivial but memorable ways. The feelings she expresses are universal, or nearly universal, at least. Most people have been that dorky girl who was left out, laughed at, or superficially injured by someone she admired or wanted to be friends with. The problem was that Belly just kept going on and on about it. These memories continued throughout more than half the book without any discernible plot forming.

Belly was not the only annoying character. This is one of the few books about which I can say this: its characters were not only less-than-compelling -- they were downright unlikable. Moody, selfish, and awful, every last one. Okay, except for the moms, who weren’t really too prevalent in the story.

Back to Belly, though, unfortunately. She made herself seem perpetually wronged, but sometimes other people did nothing wrong, and she took it too personally. Also, when she gets a sort of boyfriend who is not the guy she really wants and she tries to go skinny dipping with him, he does not feel comfortable with it. What is Belly’s response? Anger, and the desire to ask him, “Are you gay?” Seriously? Seriously. This boy is in his mid-teens and he hasn’t known her for very long. His response is perfectly normal, even for a straight guy. These leaves me asking two questions: 1) Is she seriously so arrogant that she can’t fathom rejection? and, more importantly, 2) How come guys are considered to be jerks for being sexually pushy, but girls get sympathy when they are sexually pushy, as if their boyfriends are somehow neglectful? That’s a double-standard, and I’m really disappointed in Jenny Han for perpetuating that.

Eventually, there was just nothing to like, nothing to wait for. My advice: ignore the hype.

Dec 11, 2015

I absolutely love this book and the rest of the series. I would total recommended this book to anyone who wants a love story, drama. When I first got this book I was not a big reader but after that I just had to get my hands on the rest of the book.

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