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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 terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.
The Summer I Turned Pretty has been a series that I’ve had my eye on for a while. It’s just one of those typical summer reads which are easy to devour and fun to read without putting too much thought into it. The Summer I Turned Pretty did live up to my expectations. It was fun and easy to read. It did have some elements in the story which were darker than I expected, but this wasn’t a bad thing. It actually gave the book a bit more depth. This book was my first Jenny Han reading experience, but I know it won’t be my last!
This book alternated between past and present summers, telling readers Belly’s (Isabel) story. We get to know significant memories from Belly’s past summers, each told in a very memorable way and show readers how it’s turned Belly into the person she is. I don’t think Belly always comes across as likeable. She seems very selfish and immature at points, but I think this proved to me how real she was. God knows we’ve all been a bit selfish and immature at some point in our lives.
As I mentioned it does have some darker elements within it, which surprised me. The Summer I Turned Pretty also touches on divorce and cancer, so it’s not just a summer romance. That said, there is a lot of romance in this story, so if you’re looking for a summer lovin’ story, then this certainly could be the book for you.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a young adult contemporary romance without the boys! Belly’s main interests are Conrad and Jeremiah, family friends that she has known for years. Both boys now notice Belly, as she and they have grow up. I thought Jeremiah was incredibly sweet and Conrad just seemed moody. (He had a good reason, but he very much kept himself to himself and I found it hard to root for Belly to end up with Conrad). Throw in another boy, Cam, who noticed Belly when she wasn’t pretty and you’ve got plenty of male characters to drool/roll your eyes/laugh over.
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