The Summer I Turned Pretty - Jenny Han | Book Review

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Pages: 276 paperback
Publication date: April 6th 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
How I got the copy: Bought 
Rating:  5 out of 5


Some summers are just destined to be pretty.

When each summer begins, Belly leaves her school life behind and escapes to Cousins Beach, the place she has spent every summer of her life. Not only does the beach house mean home away from home, but her favorite people are there: Susannah, her mother's best friend, and her sons, Conrad and Jeremiah. Belly has been chasing Conrad for as long as she can remember, and more than anything, she hopes this summer will be different. Despite distractions from a new guy named Cam and lingering looks from Conrad's brother, Jeremiah, Belly's heart belongs to Conrad. Will he offer his to her? Will this be the summer that changes everything?


While I was reading this little bits and pieces seemed familiar to me, and then I realized I have read this before.. a long time ago. I read this back when I was still in high school and I can say that even though I had already read this I really enjoyed this book again. I hadn't remembered the twist, which wasn't just little but I remember the last chapter that leaves us ready for the next book.

This book is about Belly (Isabel) who goes to the summer house at Cousins Beach. The summer house is her mothers best friend, Susannah's and they've been coming to Cousins since before Belly was born. It's always been, her mother, her brother, Steven, Susannah and her kids, Conrad and Jeremiah and herself. Belly loves the summer house and wishes to be there while school is on. This story is about Belly growing up with the struggles of liking one of Susannah's boys since she was little. 

This book is a contemporary but I think it's more than just a fluffy summer read. The twist at the end makes this book so much deeper and more than just a romance about her and Susannah's boys. It talks about the struggles she has with her mother and her parents divorce. The struggles of trying to met boys, while still being in love with one of Susannah's boys and of growing up with three boys who are over protective of her.

The twist in this book made me cry a little, it was so emotional. I can't believe I didn't remember it but I remember the little things about this book. I am definitely going to pick up the other books in this trilogy, I really want to know what happens!

Throughout the book, there were funny phrases that would never be used in real life like "I was as cool as a cucumber" and there were some times when Belly would act like such a little kid but I had to remind myself that she's 15 years old, not older.

I really enjoyed this book and I recommend it to everyone who loves contemporary! I gave this a 5/5 on Goodreads.


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