Friday, March 7, 2014
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Title: The Summer I Turned Pretty
Series: The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy #1
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Date Published: April 6, 2010
Genre: YA fiction, romance, contemporary
Pages: 304 (paperback)
Age Range: 13+
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.
The Summer I Turned Pretty is one of those books that will keep your heart pounding and quickly turning the pages. Yes, this is another one of those summer books that are always meant to be read by the pool-side while you bask in the sun. But this book will definitely keep you turning the pages. You might get so engrossed in the book that you might be red from sunburn once you finally snap out of the book.
Jenny Han’s writing is easy and quick, helping you get through the book much faster, or to the part that you’ve been impatiently waiting for. The story that she’s created for these characters is great. I love how she didn’t just focus on the three main characters, but the whole family. The personalities for each character are great as well.
And, of course, what’s a summer read without cute boys? Jenny Han added two to this book (Conrad and Jeremiah), creating an interesting love triangle between the two brothers and their friend (and main character), Belly. Though this book isn’t completely wrapped around in the romance between these three characters. It is also wrapped around a secret that the two brothers are keeping from her. A secret that will change everything in their two families.
This book is on my Top 5. I have recommended it to multiple people and now I’m telling you, “Go. Get. A. Copy!”