The Summer I Turned Pretty

The Summer I Turned Pretty

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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 ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster Children's Pub., 2010, c2009
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster BFYR pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9781416968290
Characteristics: 276 p


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This was one of those books that had me feeling ten emotions at once. It is a book that has me wanting to do nothing but read it. I was sucked into it's vortex of sand and sunshine. If you are in the need of a fun read, pick this one up I couldn't put it down it was that amazing. I bought the ser... Read More »


This book is fluffy junk and is part of a seris of fluffy junk! I barly made it through the book. The only pluss side of this book is that it is a fast read and it is very easy.

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pacl_teens Dec 16, 2020

This was one of my favorite books that I often reach for when I need something to reread. The characters themselves, however, were not my favorite. I found Belly, the protagonist, very annoying and I thought she was very self-centered and immature. The boys, Jeremiah and Conrad, also had their moments but they were better.
However, what I did enjoy about this book and the reason I kept reading it was because of the writing style. I love how the book was written: simple but really gets to your emotions. Jenny Han did a great job reaching to the readers and once you get into the book and get used to the characters, it really is a page-turner. -Lucy, Grade 10

Nov 22, 2020

A great book to read by the pool or next to a fire if your dreaming of summer.

Oct 01, 2020

This has been one of my favorite Young Adult fiction so far. Written by Jenny Han, the major theme in the book is about teenage crushes and boys, even though it does introduce new conflicts close to the end which ties in with other aspects of life. Belly is one of the main characters in the book and she’s also the one who’s telling her story (first person point of view). This book captures Belly’s affection for Conrad, the older son of her mother’s best friend, throughout the years she came to the summer house every summer to see him. It will make you live through the life of Belly as well as understand why she made the decisions she did. Her character is pretty relatable to many young teenage girls, and I think Jenny Han has done a great job doing just that! I would say it is very relatable, and I for sure went through a roller coaster of emotions reading the book. It is a great book in my opinion and I really look forward to the next ones in the sequel!!

Sep 05, 2020

I read a lot of books and a lot of times I can’t read them a again, but for some I can read this over and over again maybe it’s because it’s such a good book and you can’t put it down and when you finish it you just want to read it again and again and again, so you don’t miss a thing and you just can’t stop!!!!!📔📔📔Cause if you feel like that than you think exactly like me!!!!....

Jul 23, 2020

ummmmm who would let ppl call them belly?

Jul 13, 2020

If you loved to All the boys I've Loved Before you would love this. Its by the same author and the characters are so developed. In a way Lara Jean is Belly's reincarnation.

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.

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Nov 22, 2020

“It’s hard to throw away history. It was like you were throwing away a part of yourself.”
― Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

Nov 22, 2020

“Would you rather live one perfect day over and over or live your life with no perfect days but just decent ones?”
― Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

Nov 22, 2020

“Best friends are important. They're the closest thing to a sister you'll ever have.”
― Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

Nov 22, 2020

“It's the imperfections that make things beautiful”
― Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty


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