Book Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Published May 5th, 2009
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
276 pages (Hardcover)

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. (From Goodreads)

Disclaimer: This is definitely an emotion-influenced review.  I tried to rewrite it, but couldn't make it work.  If you don't like reviews that bring in too much "personal baggage", I don't recommend this review.

Overall, The Summer I Turned Pretty is the perfect read for a lazy day at the beach or cottage this summer.  Unfortunately, I chose to read it on a day when my mood was less than stellar, which may have wrecked the experience for me a little.

Belly has been added to my list of annoying characters.  Maybe it's just her age but OMG she is so whiny.   She threw a fit over every little thing and I just wanted to tell her to shut up and calm down.  She also showed no development, with the book culminating in one giant temper tantrum.  It's a good thing Jeremiah and Conrad were a little more "likable".  Both felt more down-to-earth and balanced out the emotional nature of Belly.

I've always wanted to have a beach house, but you don't see a lot of those in farm country.  This allowed the setting to really draw me in, although I wish there had been a little more beach.  It felt real enough without an excessive amount of description.

I might give It's Not Summer Without You a read, but I'm definitely waiting until summer to do so.  I think if my mood had been better, I would have enjoyed this book far more.

Much love, Samantha


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  2. I was disappointed by this book, too. Especially since it's so beloved. I actually just finished the third book a couple of weeks ago and really disliked it. I thought the first two books were alright, but man, that last one just pissed me off. I've always wanted a beach house, too, so I did like that part. Great review!


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